Mr John Nolan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS(England), FRCS(Orth)

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I have been a consultant in Norwich for over 20 years, having trained mainly in London, Norwich and Australia and enjoy a busy clinical practice of general orthopaedics and trauma surgery. The greater part of this practice consists of major joint replacement surgery and I have carried out over 5,000 hip and knee replacements. I am particularly stimulated by complex revision problems of the hip.

I have been the orthopaedic department’s Clinical Director, examined for the Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Orthopaedics for the Royal College of Surgeons and reviewed for a number of journals including The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Hip International. I carry out Invited Reviews for the Royal College of Surgeons and Fitness to Practice Assessments on behalf of the General Medical Council.

In 2010 I was rated as one of the best hip surgeons in the country by 50 other senior hip surgeons.

After six years as the Honorary Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the British Hip Society, I served as Vice President and President Elect before taking on the role of President of The British Hip Society in 2015-2016.

I am now the chairman of the Consultant Staff at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


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Clinical interests

Orthopaedic surgery
Hip surgery
Hip revision surgery
Knee surgery

Special clinical interests: Young hip arthritis; Avascular necrosis; Complex revision problems.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Orthopaedic Association

British Hip Society (Past President)

Research and publications

1. Joint replacement outcomes (clinical, PROMS and economic)
2. Waiting lists/scoring system
3. Young hip arthritis and metal-on-metal hip replacements

Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust

Personal profile

I am married to Jo who is currently a non-practicing GP. Our boys are James who is in his 3rd year studying Dentistry at Dundee University, George who is studying Maths and Chemistry at Durham University and Archie who is 14. 

We enjoy the outdoors, especially flying (I have a private pilots licence), sailing, cycling and ball games. I am fascinated by old buildings.

Financial interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

Contact information

Private secretary Cathy Smith
Private secretary telephone 01603 720 324
Private secretary email