Richard Field

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Richard E. Field is a world-renowned hip and knee surgeon with practices in both the NHS and Private sectors. He is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at St George’s University of London.  He was appointed on the staff of St Helier Hospital, Surrey in 1994 where his NHS practice was based until the Southwest London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) opened in 2004. Professor Field has been SWLEOC's Director of Research since the centre opened and leads the centre's academic surgical team.  

Professor Richard Field qualified from the Westminster Hospital in 1980.  His PhD was undertaken at Cambridge University, on the design of a hip resurfacing implant. Professor Field has been undertaking hip resurfacing since 1995 and adopted the muscle sparing, Direct Anterior Approach (DAA) for hip replacement in 2008. 

Professor Field has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of new hip and knee designs throughout his career.  His pioneering work in arthroscopic hip surgery was recognised by his Presidency of the International Society for Hip Preservation Surgery in 2016-17. 
Professor Field has built up one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive databases on the outcome of hip and knee replacement and has published extensively on hip preservation and joint replacement surgery. He was an advisor on hip replacement to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), a board member of the British Hip Society and President of the International Society for Hip Preservation Surgery. He continues to teach and lecture, in the UK and abroad, on hip and knee surgery.