Consultant profile

Richard Nutton MB BS MD FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Edin)

Richard Nutton is a graduate of Newcastle Medical School (1975), MB, BS with Honours.  He was appointed to the surgical training programme in the North-East of England and went on to specialise in Orthopaedic Surgery.  During his training, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to undertake research and study at the Mayo Clinic in the United States.  On returning to the United Kingdom, this work was used to produce an MD thesis at Newcastle University. 

Richard is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1979) and was awarded a Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh without examination in 1994. 

He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital in 1986, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Trauma by the University of Edinburgh in 1988.

Richard has been actively involved in teaching and research throughout his professional career, producing original publications on the management of knee ligament injuries, the use of transplant tissue (allograft) in the treatment of serious knee ligament injuries. Recently, he has been taking undertaking research on the outcome of total knee replacement surgery and in other aspects of the management of osteoarthritis of the knee. 

He is based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he provides training to orthopaedic surgeons with an interest in knee surgery through a long-established Knee Fellowship. 

Richard was instrumental in establishing specialist clinics in shoulder and knee disorders in Edinburgh.  He introduced keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery to the shoulder and the technique of arthroscopic reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee.  He has organised many courses to pass on these skills to other orthopaedic surgeons. 

Richard is a member of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) and the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS).  He has links with orthopaedic surgeons in many parts of the world and is a member of the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS).

Richard has a keen interest in all sports, rugby and cricket in particular.  He is Honorary Medical Advisor to the Scottish Rugby Union and is a co-organiser of a study to assess risk factors for injury in teenage rugby players.  This work has been used by the SRU to establish new age group bands for players.  Aside from this advisory role, Richard is regularly involved in the care of injured rugby players and other sports men and women.

Spare time is spent either watching sport or playing it. An arthritic knee (courtesy of rugby) stopped me running but I cycle ,ski, golf and spend time in the gym when not boring my sports mad sons with endless ‘in my day’ sagas of my sporting youth. Otherwise good food, good wine, music, gardening and fishing fill out the rest of my time when I’m not working.