Professional background

Rahul Patel is a consultant in trauma & orthopaedics at University College Hospital, London. He is actively involved in the training of higher surgical trainees on the London orthopaedic rotations and is also a co-developer and course tutor on the MSc in sports medicine, exercise & health at University College London. He is a senior honorary lecturer of University College London. In 2016 Rahul was the president of the orthopaedics section at the Royal Society of Medicine.

He has been clinical lead for theatre & anaesthesia as well as surgical lead for the Phase 4 development (Grafton Way Building).

Rahul Patel qualified from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. He trained in surgery at various London teaching hospitals before undertaking a formal two-year research period culminating in a higher degree from the University of London. His specialist orthopaedic training was on the Middlesex/University College Hospital, London rotation. Rahul then undertook subspecialist fellowship training in reconstructive arthroscopy and sports orthopaedic surgery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, USA.

Amongst others, he is a member of the British Association of Surgery of the Knee (BASK) Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).

Mr Patel's main orthopaedic and research interests are sports injuries of the knee and hip, knee ligament injury, meniscal preservation and transplant, patellofemoral instability and multiligament injuries of the knee. He is passionate about digital healthcare and is the co-convenor of an annual meeting dedicated to this topic.

Research interests

  • Sports injuries of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • Arthroscopic soft tissue reconstruction (ligaments and cartilage)
  • Total knee replacement
  • Patellofemoral joint replacement
  • Unicompartmental knee replacement


Revision arthroscopic capsulo-labral reconstruction for recurrent instability of the shoulder. RV Patel, K Apostle, JM Leith, WD Regan. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2008 Nov;90(11):1462-7.

Soft tissue knee injuries. RV Patel, FS Haddad. Br J Hosp Med. 2007 Aug;68(8):M138-41

Intraoperative cerberal microembolisation and neuropsychological outcome during primary total hip arthroplasty. RV Patel, J Stygall, J Harrington, SP Newman, FS Haddad. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Jun;468 (6) 1621-9.