Simon Donell


  • 2.42 Medical School

Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Clinical research in bones and joints; knee injuries; fractures.


  • BSc
  • MB BS
  • FRCS(Orth)
  • MD

Research interests 

  • Accelerated fracture healing; bone morphogenetic protein
  • Matrix metalloproteinases in articular cartilage and tendon 
  • Patellar instability and hypermobility syndrome
  • Outcomes of orthopaedic operations; clinical and cost effectiveness
  • Competency assessment in knee replacement

Career summary

Following undergraduate training at University College London, I undertook my basic surgical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. My middle grade rotation in orthopaedics was in Oxford, and Senior Registrar rotation based at St Bartholomew’s. On completion of training I became a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Orthopaedics, UCL, based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Since 1994 I have been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Norwich, and became honorary Reader at UEA in 2004.

Teaching Interests



  • PhD on Bias in Publishing
  • MD on Proprioception and imaging in ACL rupture
  • MD on Patient factors in failed total hip replacement.


  • PhD  Costa ML. Achilles tendinopathy and rupture
  • MD    Blundell C. Assessment of lower limb alignment using pedobarometry and computerised tomography
  • MD    Hing CB. A comparison of the bony morphology of the distal femur with special reference to the shape of the trochlear groove.
  • MD    Johnston P. Expression profiling of matrix metalloproteinases  and their inhibitors in Dupuytren’s disease

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