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Prof Alister Hart
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Stanmore, London
  • Chair of Academic Clinical Orthopaedics
  • Department of Ortho and MSK Science
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Professor Alister Hart is an orthopaedic hip surgeon; the BBC nicknamed him the “Hospital Hip Detective” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7777932.stm). He trained at Caius College, Cambridge, and then Guy's and St Thomas' and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. 


He was appointed in 2012 to the Action Medical Research Chair of Orthopaedics at UCL and honorary consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).


He is director of implant science at the RNOH (largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK), and member of The EFORT (European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) committee of Implant and Patient Safety Initiative. He leads the RNOH collaboration with UCLH for NIHR BRC.


He has won prizes from: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in 2019, 2016 and 2012; UCL (award for enterprise and provost’s award for public and patient involvement); radiological society of north America (RSNA, for MRI of implants); The Royal Society (350thAnniversary Exhibitor) and the British Hip Society.


He has done 3000 surgical operations including >500 revision hip replacements. He has reviewed for 15 journals and 10 grant bodies. His medicolegal work has been successfully used by both claimants and defendants for the UK government, implant manufacturers, surgeons, insurers and patients.

Research Summary

Professor Alister Hart has pioneered the use of 3D printing for precision hip surgery (www.complexhipsurgery.com), robotic surgery and the analysis of removed implants (www.lirc.co.uk). His research has led to changes to international health policy https://impact.ref.ac.uk/casestudies/CaseStudy.aspx?Id=35202; development of clinical guidance in the UK and abroad; changes to clinical practice and subsequent cost savings. He has published this work in >180 papers (first or last author on >100) with 200 co-authors, including in the journal Nature. These papers have had >4000 citations and an h index of 36 (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=EZosjOcAAAAJ&hl=en ;



He has been Principal Investigator on 26 grant awards since 2006 with total funding of over £7 million from research councils (EPSRC and MRC), Innovate UK, Technology Strategy Board, NIHR, charities and industry.

Teaching Summary

Professor Alister Hart supervises his group of 9 PhD students (5 previously completed students), some clinical and some non-clinical. He has supervised 25 iBSc student projects since 2005, with >90% of these students publishing at least 1 journal paper.


He has examined for medical finals, MD degrees, and PhD degrees at 5 universities (Imperial, UCL, Cardiff, Warwick, East Anglia). He was the external examiner for the Cardiff MSc course in orthopaedic engineering, 2012 to 2015. 


He is the leader for the clinical modules for the 2 UCL MSc’s in musculoskeletal science and Physical Rehabilitation and lectures on courses for: iBSc, Basic sciences course, Knee replacement course, Acetabular reconstruction course.


He has convened, organized and financed 7 international meetings held at the Wellcome, The Royal College of surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine.  

13-JUN-2012 Chair of orthopaedic surgery Division of Surgery Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010 MD Doctor of Medicine – Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge
1994 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge
1992 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Medical Sciences University of Cambridge
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