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Profile of Jeremy Fairbank

Jeremy Fairbank

Jeremy Fairbank, MA, MD, FRCS

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor of Spinal Surgery

Special interests: Back pain, scoliosis and other spinal deformities, spinal surgery, fractures of the spine, spinal tumours and infections

Jeremy Fairbank was educated and trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas' Hospital. He qualified MB.BChir from Cambridge University in 1972 and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1977. He obtained an M.D. for a thesis on the facet joint in back pain in 1982 awarded by Cambridge University.

Jeremy's training included two years as a Spinal Fellow in the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry (1998) where he published the Oswestry Disability Index which has become a worldwide standard for assessing back pain and the results of treatment. This was followed by four years as a Senior Registrar in the St Bartholomew's Hospital Training Programme. In 1984 he was appointed Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon to the General Hospital and Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, and in 1989 he moved to Oxford.

Professor Fairbank is currently employed by the Oxford University Hospitals as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in spinal disorders. The vast majority of his work is devoted to treatment of disorders of spine, including fractures, tumours, infections, spinal deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis) and back pain. Jeremy has been a Professor of Spinal Surgery since 2006.

Many of the hospital consultants work with the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) on clinical trials and research studies, investigating a wide range of diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

For information on Professor Fairbank's research studies and publications, visit the NDORMS website.

Professor Fairbank was joint Clinical Director, Thames Valley Comprehensive Local Research Network until April 2014.