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Mr Phillips treats patients with conditions of the knee, specialising in knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), joint replacement and trauma surgery. He performs unicompartmental, total and revision knee replacements.
Mr Phillips was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Exeter in January 2015 after completing his specialist training in the East Midlands. He undertook Fellowships training in knee surgery in Exeter and Nottingham, and he undertook a Travelling Fellowship to Chicago. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2013. He now works as one of the knee specialists at the renowned Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
To complement his training, Mr Phillips also completed a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Bath (receiving a merit award), and was a Medical Team Leader on the athletics track at the London 2012 Olympics treating injured athletes.
Mr Phillips also maintains an active commitment to training, research and governance. He is on the advisory board of both Beyond Compliance and ODEP, national committees that evaluate new knee implants to ensure patient safety. He is on the editorial board of the popular BJ360 orthopaedic journal, and he is also a member of the prestigious AO trauma faculty that trains surgeons in trauma surgery.
Mr Phillips is also the National Clinical Lead for a Peer Support Programme called 'Joint Understanding' with Arthritis Research UK, coordinating peer support groups for patients undergoing knee replacement surgery.
Mr Phillips is also experienced using the Mako robot-assisted arm to perform partial knee replacements.
Areas of interest
Knee replacement; Knee arthroscopy; Revision Knee replacement; Sports injuries; Partial knee replacement; Trauma surgery; Mako robotic surgery
Mr Phillips does not perform ACL reconstruction surgery or patellofemoral stabilisation surgery
- Claire Marks
- Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital Wonford Road Exeter EX2 4UG
- 01392 247359
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Andrew R Teasdale Not Fee Assured
- Dr Bruce McCormick Not Fee Assured
- Dr Rupert Broomby Not Fee Assured
- Dr Edward J Hammond Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon,
Exeter Knee Reconstruction Unit
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital,
Mr Phillips is involved in active research in knee surgery as well as speaking regularly nationally and internationally as an invited speaker.
Mr Phillips’ main research interests are in pain and infection after knee replacement. He is currently involved in a number of local and national randomised controlled trials in knee surgery at EKRU.
He has over ten peer-reviewed publications in research journals and he is on the editorial committee of a popular orthopaedic journal (BJ360).
Mr. Phillips enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family, going for walks on Dartmoor or on paddleboarding along the coast. He is a keen sportsman & enjoys playing rugby & tennis.
In 2016, Mr Phillips won the Bovey Tracey Men's Veterans Tennis Competition, and in 2017 was the Mixed Doubles Champion and runner up in the main club competition. He currently represents Bovey Tracey Tennis Club in regular matches.
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.
R Petretta, JRA Phillips, AD Toms. Management of acute periprosthetic infection of the knee – algorithms for the on call surgeon. Invited review publication for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Awaiting publication.
Invited to write 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’. Submitted and awaiting publication.
JRA Phillips, H Burton, N Badhe, CG Moran, N Vollaard, BJ Ollivere. Dissertation for Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine University of Bath February 2015. Comparative cohort study of proprioception, clinical and functional outcome after multiligament knee injury
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, 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.
JRA Phillips, HB Waterson, DJ Searle, VI Mandalia, AD Toms. Feature Article. Registry Review: Knee Arthroplasty. Bone & Joint 360; June 2014; 3: 2-8
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, CG Moran, A Manktelow. Periprosthetic fractures around hip hemiarthroplasty performed for hip fracture. Injury 2013; 44 (6): 757-62.
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.
JRA Phillips, C Boulton, CG Moran, A Manktelow. The financial cost of treating periprosthetic hip fractures. Injury 2010;42(2):146-149. PMID 20673576.
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.
Courses offered to GPs
I am happy and willing to give talks on knee injuries or knee replacements.
- Medical School University of Leicester 2003
- Intercalated BSc University of Leicester 2001
- Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine University of Bath 2015
Reference number 6075486
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Advisory Committee Member Beyond Compliance 2015
- Advisory Committee Member Orthopedic Device Evaluation Panel (ODEP) 2015
- Editorial Committee Bone and Joint 360 Journal 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, 2013
Affiliations / memberships
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association for Surgery of the Knee
British Medical Association
Orthopaedic Trauma Society
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