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Alister Hart

Consultant hip and knee surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Professor Alister Hart has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 2006. He works at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital — leading both the academic and practical sides of complex hip surgery at the UK’s largest orthopaedic centre. Alister often sees patients referred with problems that others haven’t been able to explain.

On the frontline

  • leads research and clinical teams to address complex hip surgery
  • more than 3,000 operations performed, including 1,000+ hip and knee replacements
  • hospital board member
  •  work featured as Hip Detectives in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, Diamond Light Source and BBC Online

Expert authority

  • reviewer for eight journals and four grant-awarding bodies
  • invited lectures in more than 10 countries worldwide
  • awards from the British Hip Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Radiological Society of North America and University College London
  • qualified 1994, Caius College Cambridge; consultant since 2006

Leading research

  • published more than 90 papers with 200 co-authors. Papers on painful hip resurfacing and metals in tissue around hip replacements are among the most cited in orthopaedics
  • co-founder and director of the London Implant Retrieval Centre, the world’s largest centre for analysing failed hip replacements
  • collaborations with more than 150 surgeons and engineers around the world

People first

  • treatments focused on patients, their goals and their time, always looking to avoid delay or unnecessary surgery
  • evidence-based approach that harnesses diverse technologies to achieve the diagnosis
  • setting standards, applying the latest research findings, government recommendations and MHRA guidelines

Selected projects

Complex Hip Surgery

London Implant Retrieval Centre

Running for Science