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Prof. Bill Ribbans

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery BSc(Hons), MB, BS , Orth, MCh, PhD, FRCS (ORTH), FFSEM (UK), FFRCS Ed (Tr. and Orth.)

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Bill’s training is in the assessment and treatment of bone, joint and soft-tissue problems. He has undergone extensive training in medicine and surgery in general and Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in particular. He has treated world champions from eight different sports and Olympians with 28 medals between them. His work is divided between commitments to his practice at The County Clinic, Northampton, and academic commitments, particularly at the University of Northampton. He works closely with a network of colleagues in sports medicine, rheumatology, surgery, radiology, anaesthesia, physiotherapy, and podiatry locally, nationally, and internationally, to try and provide for each patient optimal assessment, advice, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Bill was appointed as an Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon in 1991 to the Royal Free Hospital in London. In 1996, he returned to his hometown to commence work at Northampton General Hospital. In 2012, Bill entered into full-time Private Practice having opened The County Clinic with his colleague, David Stock, in 2011. In 2005, he was appointed Visiting Professor in Surgical Sciences to the University of Northampton and to a full personal Chair in Sports Medicine in 2010. Bill was Medical Director of the Chris Moody Rehabilitation Centre at Moulton College from its inception in 2012 until 2020. Bill is also involved with a number of local and national sporting organisations. He has acted as Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club since 2012. In the past, he has been Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the English National Ballet, Northampton Saints and Northampton Town FC. He has worked closely with England Rugby and British Athletics. Bill has published over 100 scientific articles, books, book chapters and theses. He has lectured in all five continents of the world. He is the author of Knife in the Fast Lane published in 2020. He undertakes a lot of media work, including television, radio, podcasts, and newspapers relating to matters of interest in the sporting sphere – especially around athlete welfare and health provision.

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