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Andrew Judge

Honorary Departmental Professor

  • University Research Lecturer

Professor Andrew Judge studied mathematics and medical statistics at Southampton.

He continued his academic career at Bristol, working as a Statistician / Epidemiologist within the Department of Social Medicine where he obtained his PhD, before moving to Oxford to join NDORMS in 2009. In 2017 he was made Professor of Translational Statistics at the University of Bristol. Andrew continues to work closely with NDORMS and is Honorary Lecturer at the NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford.

I am a translational statistician providing a bridge between innovative epidemiological study designs and advanced statistical methodology, that can be applied to practically usable clinical studies that have impact and lead to improved health outcomes.

Within my current role my purpose is:

(i) Research that can improve patient care and change the way patients are treated and managed;
(ii) Innovative methodology for epidemiological research into musculoskeletal disorders;
(iii) Provide opportunities for training and personal development to the benefit of both the individual and the wider research group.


I am a principal investigator and a co-applicant on a number of research grants with > £5million grant income, > 80 publications and an h-index of 20. I've gained recognition for my research into joint replacement surgery, predominantly in the areas of: equity in access to healthcare; predictive modelling of patient reported outcomes; and mortality.

My current research is focused on health service delivery - exploring variation in the way hospitals treat and manage patients, and in understanding which is the best model of care to improve patient outcomes and save money to the NHS.

Areas of research include: Osteoporotic hip fracture (fracture liaison services); podiatry; exercise rehabilitation; enhanced recovery for orthopaedics. We use innovative study designs for the evaluation of complex interventions that include Natural Experimental studies and Process Evaluations.

We adopt a mixed methods approach using qualitative research methods, health economics and statistical analysis, in order to capture deep understanding and lessons for the service on implementation and change.

We make use of routinely collected large national datasets (Big Health Data) that capture actual NHS patient activity, with experience of using data from the National Joint Registry (NJR), Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database, and Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). I have expertise in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for health research.


I supervise a number of DPhil (3 completed) and MSc students (4 completed).

I have experience as a manager with a team of people that include statisticians, a qualitative researcher, administrative assistant, health economist and study coordinator.

All staff are provided mentorship and support for their training and development. Opportunities include writing first author papers, conference attendance, abstracts and presentations, involvement in teaching, and to go on training courses to develop new skills and keep up to date.


I am associate editor of Trials journal and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and a sub-panel member of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream.


  • The Garrod Prize. Monitoring Fairness in Access to Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery in England. British Society for Rheumatology. 21-23 April 2010. 
  • Young Investigators Award. The effects of surgical volumes and training centre status on outcomes following total joint replacement in England. British Society for Rheumatology. 2-5 May 2006.