Exeter Knee

Academic Achievements, Qualifications

& Research Publications​​​

​MBChB MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon​​

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Trust


2015 – Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine (Merit) – University of Bath

2014 - Award of Certificate of Completion of Training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

2012 – Fellowship Examinations in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery – Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

2006 – Membership Examinations in Surgery - Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

2003 – Medical Degree – University of Leicester

2001 – Intercalated Batchelor’s Research Degree – University of Leicester

Sub-Speciality Interests and Conditions Treated

Knee Surgery - including Total Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, Navigated Knee Replacement, Revision Total Knee Replacement, Arthroscopy – meniscal repair or debridement, microfracture, chondroplasty

Trauma surgery – general orthopaedic trauma and specialist knee trauma

Specialist Clinical Interests – knee replacement surgery, revision knee replacement, treatment of infection, the painful knee, sports medicine

Training and Fellowships

I completed my orthopaedic training in the East Midlands (Nottingham, Derby and Chesterfield). This included working at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, the busiest trauma centre in the UK. I then completed a one year Fellowship in Knee surgery in Exeter, followed by a six-month Fellowship in revision knee arthroplasty in Nottingham. I also spent time on a visiting Fellowship to Rush Orthopaedics in Chicago.


I am on the Editorial board for the Bone and Joint 360 journal.
I am a reviewer for the ‘Bone and Joint Journal’ as well as ‘The Knee’ journal.

Prizes and Awards

Prizes and awards:

EKRU Shortlisted for BMA Surgical Team of the Year, 2017
Postgraduate Orthopaedics: The Candidate's Guide to the FRCS (Tr & Orth) Examination, 3rd Edition, Highly Commended in the Surgery category of the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards. I authored three chapters in this book.
Merit awarded for Master’s Degree, University of Bath, June 2015
UKITE (UK In-Training Examination) Prize East Midlands North Dec 2011
Poster prize British Hip Society, Sheffield, Jan 2010
East Midlands Research Meeting Prize November 2010.
Malkin Memorial Meeting, July 2009. (Second prize)
University Hospitals Leicester Clinical Audit Poster Prize 2004. Blood Transfusion after Total Knee Replacement.


I am on the advisory committee for Beyond Compliance, an independent national committee that monitors the introduction of new hip and knee implants.

I am also on the advisory committee for ODEP (Orthopaedic Device Evaluation Panel). This is an independent national committee that evaluates the safety of orthopaedic implants.


I was a medical team leader at the London 2012 Olympics, leading a team of medics treating injured athletes at the Olympic Stadium for the Athletics.

Provided medical care for Nottingham RFC (Championship club) and Leicestershire County RFC

Faculty For Courses

Exeter Knee Masterclass

Mako Robotic Training Course

Mako Registrars Course

Bristol Knee Revision Course

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
ATLS Instructor’s course
Basic Surgical skills course
Postgraduate Orthopaedics Viva course
Postgraduate Orthopaedics FRCS Revision Course
Link Revision Arthroplasty Symposium
European Hinge Masters Meeting
Chesterfield Clinical Examination Course
AO Trauma Faculty

Research Publications

F Awad, D Searle, K Walmsley, N Dyar, C Auckland, R Bethune, K Eyres, AD Toms, JRA Phillips. The Exeter Knee Infection Multi-Disciplinary Team approach to managing prosthetic knee infections: a qualitative analysis
Accepted for publication in Journal of Orthopaedics Sept 2019

Bloch B, Shannak O, Palan J, Phillips JRA, James P. Metaphyseal Sleeves in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty provide reliable fixation and excellent medium to long term implant survivorship. Published online Journal of Arthroplasty September 2019

Kosy J, Phillips JRA, Edordu A, Pankhania R, Schranz P, Mandalia V. Failure to return to preinjury level after hamstring anterior ligament reconstruction: factors involved and considerations in goal setting. Accepted in Indian Journal of Orthopaedics August 2019.

S Bajada, JRA Phillips, AD Toms. Plasma viscosity has a role in the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection after total knee arthroplasty. Published online in Journal of Arthroplasty July 2019. 

JRA Phillips, L Al-Mouazzen, R Morgan-Jones, JR Murray, AJ Porteous, AD Toms. Revision knee complexity classification – RKCC: a common-sense guide for surgeons to support regional clinical networking in revision knee surgery. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2019; 27 (4): 1011-7.
Also published on KSSTA Facebook online as video presentation by JP.

NA Sandiford, JRA Phillips, DI Back, AD Toms. Three cases of femoral stem failure in rotating hinge revision total knee arthroplasty: causes and surgical considerations. Clinics in Orthopaedic Surgery 2018; 10:260-4.

J Kosy, B Bradley, S Middleton, R Stroud, JRA Phillips, AD Toms. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after Total Knee Arthroplasty is Rare and Misdiagnosis Potentially Hazardous – Prospective study of the new diagnostic criteria in 100 patients with no cases identified. Journal of Knee Surgery 2018; 23(8): 797-803.

JRA Phillips B Hopwood, R Stroud, AD Toms, PA Dieppe. The Characterisation of Unexplained Pain After Knee Replacement. British Journal of Pain. 2017; 11(4): 203-209

R Petretta, JRA Phillips, AD Toms. Management of acute periprosthetic infection of the knee – algorithms for the on call surgeon. The Surgeon 2017; 15(2) p83-92 PMID 27346244

Three chapters for 3rd edition of Postgraduate Orthopaedics (P Banaskiewicz). ’How to prepare for the FRCS examinations’ and ‘What to read’ as well as ‘Lower Limb Trauma’. Book published 2017, Cambridge Medicine. Highly Commended in the Surgery category of the 2017 BMA Medical Book Awards.

A King, JRA Phillips. Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Surgery 2016; 34 (9) 427-486. Invited review article aimed at MRCS candidates. 

M Williams, JRA Phillips, KS Eyres. Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty in a Patient with Bilateral Below-the-Knee Amputation. JBJS Case Connect 2015; 5(4): e107.

F Shivji, JRA Phillips, B Gooding, DP Forward, P Manning. Exploring the effects of delivering 24 hour major trauma care on the operative experience of orthopaedic trainees: an observational study. Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Bulletin 2015; 97 (9): 393-396.

JRA Phillips, PJ James. Letter published in BMJ (in print; BMJ 2014;349:g5894) in response to the paper and editorial: M Nieuwenhuijse et al. Appraisal of evidence base for introduction of new implants in hip and knee replacement: a systematic review of five widely used device technologies BMJ 2014;349:g5133.

JRA Phillips, B Hopwood, C Arthur, R Stroud, AD Toms. The natural history of pain and neuropathic pain after knee arthroplasty: a prospective cohort study of the point
prevalence of pain and neuropathic pain to a minimum three-year follow up. Bone and Joint Journal 2014; 96-B: 1227-33. PMID 25183595.

JRA Phillips, HB Waterson, DJ Searle, VI Mandalia, AD Toms. Feature Article. Registry Review: Knee Arthroplasty. Bone & Joint 360; June 2014; 3: 2-8

JRA Phillips. Meetings Roundup 360. EFORT Congress: Istanbul 2013. Bone & Joint 360; December 2013: 2:37

HB Waterson, JRA Phillips, VI Mandalia, AD Toms. Feature Article. Thou shalt not varus: still applicable in total knee arthroplasty? Bone & Joint 360; June 2014; 3: 9-13

JRA Phillips. Feature Article. Joint registries: where we are, where we’ve been and where we are going. Bone & Joint 360; October 2013; 2: 8-12.

JRA Phillips. Meetings Roundup 360. The Great Debate 2013. Bone & Joint 360; October 2013: 2:42.

F Shivji, JRA Phillips, B Gooding, DP Forward, P Manning. Exploring the effects of
delivering 24 hour major trauma care on the operative experience of orthopaedic trainees: an observational study. Accepted May 2014 by Annals of Royal College of Surgeons.

JRA Phillips, CG Moran, A Manktelow. Periprosthetic fractures around hip hemiarthroplasty performed for hip fracture. Injury 2013; 44 (6): 757-62. PMID  23103113. 6 citations (Google Scholar).

Z Klezl, N Bhangoo, G Swamy, JRA Phillips, D Calthorpe, R Bommireddy. Social
implications of balloon Kyphoplasty: prospective study from a single UK centre. Eur Spine J 2012; 21 (9): 1880-1886. PMID 22492240. 2 citations.

R Thompson, JRA Phillips, CG Moran. Atypical femoral fractures and bisphosphonate
treatment. Experience in two large teaching hospitals. JBJS (Br) 2012; 94(3): 385-390. PMID 22371548. 34 citations.

T Al-Atassi, JRA Phillips, A Eid, P Choudhray, DM Hahn. Late recovery of sciatic nerve
palsy at twelve years following pelvis fracture. Injury 2011; 29 (9): 1188-9. PMID 20951991. 1 citation.

JRA Phillips, C Boulton, CG Moran, A Manktelow. The financial cost of treating
periprosthetic hip fractures. Injury 2010;42(2):146-149. PMID 20673576. 6 citations,

JRA Phillips, A Trezies, TRC Davis. Long-term follow up of femoral shaft fracture:
relevance of malunion and malalignment for the development of knee arthritis. Injury 2010; 42(2):156-161. PMID 20656289. 0 citations.

G Garcea, J Weaver, JRA Phillips, C Pollard, S Ilouz, M Webb, D Berry, A Dennison. Total pancreatectomy with and without islet cell transplantation for chronic pancreatitis: a series of 85 consecutive patients. Pancreas 2009 38(1)1-7. PMID 18665009. 42 citations.

H. Chauhan, A. Abrahams, JRA Phillips, JH Pringle, RA Walker, JL Jones. There is more than one kind of myofibroblast: analysis of CD34 expression in benign, in-situ and invasive breast lesions. J Clin Pathol 2003;56:271-276. PMID 12663638. 120 citations

International Presentations 

2019    European Knee Society. Valencia. Outliers of kinematic knee replacements

2019    Madrid Revision Knee meeting. Use of fixed hinges. The ideal hinge.

2019   European Corin knee masterclass. Complex primary knee replacement

2017    Implant related infections within orthopaedics Meeting, Norwich, May

Revisions of revisions

2017    European Knee Society, London,

The Natural History of Neuropathic Pain (podium)

The Incidence of CRPS following Total Knee Replacement (poster)
The Epidemiology of revision total knee arthroplasty in England and Wales (poster)

Early results using the Corin Unity TKR (poster)

2017    European Hinge Masters Meeting, Exeter, February

Hinge for Primary TKR
Exeter Experience of the Link Hinge

2015   European Hinge Masters Meeting, Exeter, June

What makes an ideal stem?

2014   LINKacademy International Revision Arthroplasty Symposium, Berlin, November
Surgical decision making in post-traumatic knee arthritis. JRA Phillips

2014   Orthopaedic Trauma Association meeting, Florida, October
Survival analysis of Exeter Trauma Stem Hemiarthroplasty: the largest patient series to date. S Hammouche, C Holt, JRA Phillips, B Scammell, C Moran. Podium presented by S Hammouche.

2013   EFORT Meeting, Istanbul, June
Femoral Revision for Vancouver B2 and B3 Periprosthetic femoral fractures PODIUM
Periprosthetic fractures around hip hemiarthroplasty PODIUM
Periprosthetic fractures around Exeter stems. A new injury? POSTER
JRA Phillips, A Manktelow

2012   AAOS Meeting, California, February. Vancouver B2 and B3 periprosthetic fractures. Podium presentation presented on my behalf by Mr A Manktelow

2010   International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty Meeting, Dubai, October
Fixation methods around periprosthetic fractures PODIUM
Periprosthetic fractures around Exeter stems. A new injury? PODIUM
Periprosthetic fractures around hip hemiarthroplasty POSTER
The financial cost of periprosthetic hip fractures POSTER
Outcome after Vancouver B2 and B3 periprosthetic fractures POSTER
JRA Phillips, A Manktelow