Jonathan Rees

MB BS, FRCS (Eng), MD, FRCS (Tr & Orth)


Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science

  • Academic Consultant Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon.
  • Director of the Oxford Orthopaedic Simulation and Education Centre (OOSEC).
  • Governing Body Fellow of Pembroke College.

Professor Jonathan Rees graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, in 1992. He trained in orthopaedics in Oxford and has Specialist Fellowship training in routine and complex shoulder and elbow surgery. He was appointed as Clinical Lecturer to the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences in 2004 and was then appointed as University Lecturer and Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon in 2005. In 2014 he became Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science. He continues to work as a Consultant Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC).

Clinical Programme

Professor Rees treats elective shoulder and elbow conditions, performing routine and complex shoulder and elbow surgery with an increasing emphasis on arthroscopic (keyhole) reconstructive surgery of the shoulder. Professor Rees trains postgraduate orthopaedic surgical trainees and Fellowship shoulder and elbow surgeons. 

Research Programme

Professor Rees sits on national society, research and outcome committees. He  has a research programme with the main aim of ‘Improving Orthopaedic Patient Outcomes and Treatment Delivery’. This is achieved through research themes that overlap and provide a broad range of collaboration opportunities with a number of national and international academic clinicians and scientists.

Some of his research involves working closely with patients to improve patient experience and patient information. In 2015 after raising funds from national societies and NIHR, he led and completed a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership for 'Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems'. This 18 month process brought together patients, carers and clinicians to set the top 10 UK research priorities for shoulder surgery. 

Education and Training

While Head of Education for NDORMS, Professor Rees developed the current education structure of the department including setting up the Clinical Academic Training Programme. He has also Directed the Trauma, Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Emergency Medicine Programme for the University of Oxford undergraduate medical students.  He set up a regional Musculoskeletal GP programme to update GP's on orthopaedic treatments. This was aimed at improving referral patterns, patient pathways of care and the experience of orthopaedic patients treated at the NOC and in the community. He also runs and teaches on orthopaedic skills courses and lectures on national and international courses.