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Professor Alister Hart Professor Alister Hart

Hart, Professor Alister

  • Position: Professor of Orthopaedics
    Director of Research and Development
  • Qualifications: MA MD FRCSG (Orth)
  • Specialty: Hip problems


Professor Alister Hart is a hip surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and the UCL chair of orthopaedics. The BBC nicknamed him the “Hospital Hip Detective” for his clinical and research work on hip implants which has led to changes to international health policy and regulation. He has pioneered the use of 3D printing for primary and revision hip surgery.

Education and training:

He trained at Caius College, Cambridge, and then Guy's and St Thomas' and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital MA MD FRCS (Orth)

Specialist interests:

Complex hip surgery, www.complexhipsurgery.com

Exercise to avoid surgery, www.exerciseforscience.org

Research interests:

He leads a research team of surgical technologists, based at the UCL Stanmore Campus & RNOH NHS Trust, focussed on Implant Science and Surgical Imaging Technology. The unit includes the London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC), the RNOH/UCLH BRC collaboration and the Running for Science (RFS) project. His research has featured in the media:

The BBC nicknamed him the “Hospital Hip Detective” ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7777932.stm

The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/well/move/marathon-running-may-be-good-for-your-knees.html)

The Times (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/running-after-40-no-it-wont-wreck-your-knees-hj3zj0626?shareToken=66b18938f75991f1d6e717701f6d7c2e); 

The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2008/jun/15/health.medicalresearch 

Radio four https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-e8c6cbab-da44-4a3c-8f9b-c4fccd53dd24


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 published >200 full journal articles with >5000 citations.


Hip replacement and revision hip replacement 
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