Professor Iain McNamara

Professor Iain McNamara

Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon

MA (Cantab), MRCS, FRCS (Tr and Orth), MD

Specialises in

  • Knee replacement
  • Knee surgery
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Sports injury
  • Knee arthroscopy

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I was appointed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) in 2013 as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, where my elective work covers all aspects of knee surgery. I have specialist interests in early and end stage knee arthritis and its treatment by non-operative and operative methods (such as replacement surgery), arthroscopic (telescope) treatment of cartilage and meniscal problems and management of knee cap dislocations.

I took over as Lead of the Orthopaedic Research Unit in 2016 and was appointed as an Honorary Professor at University of East Anglia in the same year. All of my research is tailored to improving patient outcomes by laboratory-based investigations and trials involving surgical and rehabilitation techniques.

I undertook my undergraduate training at the University of Cambridge and qualified as a doctor from the University of Oxford in the year 2000. Then I undertook my higher surgical training on the East Anglian rotation. During this time I undertook a research degree (Doctorate of Medicine) at the University of Cambridge, with the research topic investigating the reconstruction of bone following failed joint replacement, for which I was awarded both luminosity and the top thesis prize in 2010.

I also undertook three fellowships over the course of two and a half years, training under international experts. Then I trained in sports surgery, including arthroscopic surgery and ligament reconstruction, and early arthritis intervention at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, a complex knee revision arthroplasty fellowship in Nottingham and a trauma fellowship at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.


General Medical Council Number: C4752772

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Iain McNamara at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Medico-legal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries

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Additional information

Knee surgery
Orthopaedic surgery

MA / University of Cambridge / 1997
Master of Arts

BM BCh / University of Oxford / 2000
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP / London / 2005
Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians

FRCS / London / 2010
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

MD / University of Cambridge / 2010
Doctor of Medicine

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Orthopaedic Assocation

British Association for Surgery of the Knee

Professional leadership

Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia

My research is focused around prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infected joint replacements, tendon and ligament research and the testing and evaluation of new orthopaedic devices, including knee replacements. I am involved in a number of National committees working to improve safe introduction of new orthopaedic implants into clinical practice and the outcomes of patients with infected arthroplasty both with the laboratory based research and also in clinical practice.


Prof McNamara Pandemic Knee EDP article

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Honorary Professor University of East Anglia

Out of work I have a busy life and try to spend as much time as possible with my wife and two daughters. I am keenly involved in music and golf locally.

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