Mr Richard Benson
Consultant in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery
MBBS, BSc, FRCS (Tr&O), MD
I graduated as a doctor from St George's Hospital Medical School, London in 2000 and then carried out my basic surgical training on the Reading and Oxford surgical rotation. This was where I developed an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. I enjoy my role specialising in upper limb surgery. My special interests include shoulder and elbow surgery, rotator cuff problems, tendon problems, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, arthritis of the shoulder and elbow and upper limb trauma.
I thoroughly enjoy my job. I'm a very caring and empathic individual who takes great pride in his work. I treat each patient as an individual and ensure I meet the expectations and needs of each patient on an individual basis. I am committed to providing an excellent service to my patients. I achieve very high success rates and very few complications. I take great care in recording surgical details and outcomes in order to audit my work. This helps to ensure I can maintain the high quality I strive to achieve.
I was awarded the Girdlestone Scholarship from Oxford University and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, where I worked as a clinical research fellow. Following this, I gained a doctorate for my work on rotator cuff tendon failure, for which I was also awarded the prestigious Didier Patte Prize by the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery in 2009.
I have spent many years lecturing and tutoring for Oxford University with my Orthopaedic Higher Surgical Training on the Oxford programme. In 2013 I was offered a fellowship with the Brisbane Upper Limb Unit, which is the major trauma centre for Queensland, Australia. I worked there for 12 months, gaining further experience in all aspects of upper limb surgery, including performing replantations. During this time I also became an Associate Lecturer for Queensland University. In 2014 I was appointed as a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone Hospitals.
Research interests: Rotator cuff tendon failure and tendon disorders of the upper limb.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Benson at Spire include:
Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder
Orthopaedics - hand and wrist
Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
I am married to a GP and have two sons. I enjoy spending time with my family and love sport. I particularly enjoy cycling, playing football and rugby.