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Abtin Alvand

BSc, MBBS, DPhil, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Knee Surgeon


Abtin is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford (NDORMS). He graduated from University of London (Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine). After completing basic surgical training on the prestigious Hammersmith surgical rotation, he began higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics on the Oxford programme in 2008. He took three years out of programme to undertake a PhD (DPhil) as the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit Fellow at the University of Oxford. His DPhil was titled “Improving Surgical Learning and Performance at Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty”.

Abtin was appointed as NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2015, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2017. He undertook two post-CCT sub-specialist clinical fellowships focusing on complex hip and knee surgery in Oxford (NOC) and Stanmore (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital). He was then appointed in Oxford as a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon. Clinically, he has a specialist interest in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, revision knee arthroplasty, and peri-prosthetic joint infection.

Research focus

Peri-prosthetic Joint Infection (PJI)

PJI is a disastrous complication of joint replacements and is a significant burden to patients and healthcare providers. Abtin works alongside infectious disease physicians and arthroplasty surgeons at the renowned Oxford Bone Infection Unit, in addition to collaborating with Prof Javad Parvizi (Philadelphia, USA), to develop methods in improving the diagnosis and management of PJI.  

Optimizing the Outcome of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (UKA)

UKA is a commonly performed and technically challenging surgical procedure. Abtin works with Professors Andrew Price and David Murray to investigate methods of improving outcome in patients undergoing UKA surgery.

Surgical Education and Simulation-based Surgical Skill Training

Improvement of simulation-based surgical skill training methods is vital for patient safety and surgical training. Abtin works with Professors Jonathan Rees and Andrew Price on the development of simulation-based training methods for teaching and assessing surgical skills.