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Professor Hart is an orthopaedic hip surgeon, specialising in hip problems. His clinical interests focus on how to achieve lifelong function for patients that undergo hip replacements.

Specialties and sub-specialties

Hip problems

Professional profile

Professor Alister Hart is a orthopaedic hip surgeon, specialising in hip and knee problems, and director of research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust in Stanmore, London.

The BBC nicknamed him the 'Hospital Hip Detective' for his work on assessing patients with painful hips and problematic hip replacements.

His clinical and research work focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for patients requiring hip replacement surgery and hip revision surgery. He emphasises the need for optimal surgical, implant and patient factors.

His work has led to changes to international health policy and in August 2020 he was appointed to the European Commission expert panel on orthopaedic devices.

Current posts

  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    UCL and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Medical training

Year qualified 1994
  • Cambridge 1994


Why running a marathon is good for midlifers
Daily Telegraph
Far from damaging your knees, running can rejuvenate them, and other parts of the body, doctors now believe.
Running after 40? No, it won’t wreck your knees
The Times
Ignore the jogging in midlife naysayers, recent studies suggest it can help to keep your knees and hips in good condition.
Marathon running may be good for your knees
The New York Times
Could it be that marathon training and racing are actually good for our knees? A myth-toppling new study of novice, middle-aged runners suggests that the answer is a qualified yes.
Q&A: Professor Alister Hart
Marylebone Journal
Professor Hart spoke about the impact of 3D printing on the world of orthopaedics.
Metal-on-Metal Hips: A Cause for Concern
The London Clinic
Professor Hart describes the problems that have come to light in patients who have had metal-on-metal (MOM) hip replacements since 1997.

Personal interests

Climbing mountains, canoeing down them and taking my family camping in wild places.