Consultant Profile

Mr Richard Pickard

Mr Richard Pickard BM, FRCS (Ed), FRCS Tr & Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital, Spire Thames Valley Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Spinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Back pain and neck pain, minimally invasive spinal surgery, degenerative conditions of the Lumbar, Cervical and Thoracic spine, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Decompression, Discectomy / Microdiscectomy, Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica, Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty.

Research interests:

Extended roles of Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Extended roles of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Assessing the role of bone substitutes in spinal fusion


Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

British Orthopaedic Association

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Suzanne Johnson
Private secretary telephone number:
01582 714423
Private secretary fax:
01582 714470
Private secretary email address:
Tuesday afternoons
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Richard Pickard is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the management of all spinal conditions.

Mr Pickard completed his training as a spinal surgeon at the world leading spinal centre in Oxford, undertaking a prestigious one year advanced spinal fellowship giving comprehensive training in all aspects of cutting edge spinal surgery. This was followed by a further year as a Consultant at the Oxford Spinal Unit. He graduated from Southampton Medical School in 1993 and undertook his specialist registrar orthopaedic surgical training on the Hampshire rotation considered nationally as one of the best training schemes.
He is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust.
Mr Pickard has a spinal practice that covers all elements of spinal surgery throughout the lumbar, cervical and thoracic spine. This includes back and neck pain, sciatica, microdiscectomy, spinal decompression, spinal fusion, balloon kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty, minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement, spinal fusions, deformity, degenerative conditions, epidurals, facet joint injections and nerve root blocks.

He has published extensively and presented papers at both national and international meetings. He is also regularly asked to teach on spinal training programs throughout London and the South.

Mr Pickard also provides trauma and spinal surgical support to the British Forces holding the rank of Surgeon Commander and was 1 of 2 British Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeons and the sole spinal surgeon deployed to camp Bastion Afghanistan for 3 months in the summer of 2011

Personal profile:

Richard is married to Alison a GP and has three young children and a springer spaniel.

He enjoys spending time with his young family as well as sailing, cycling, skiing and cooking.


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Mr Richard Pickard

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