Mr Richard Benson

Consultant in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery


Specialises in

  • Upper limb surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair surgery

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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 replantation.

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.


General Medical Council Number: C4727659

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Benson at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder

Orthopaedics - hand and wrist

Other treatments

  • Elbow surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Upper limb surgery

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Additional information

Sports injury
Orthopaedic surgery
Elbow surgery
Hand surgery
Shoulder surgery
Upper limb surgery
Wrist surgery

Special clinical interests: Rotator cuff problems, tendon problems, frozen shoulder, shoulder and elbow arthritis and upper limb trauma.

My research interests include Rotator cuff tendon failure and tendon disorders of the upper limb.

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. 

Mr Richard Benson is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, since starting the role in September 2022. Their role is to provide senior professional advice to the Hospital Director and Director of Clinical Services in order to support effective medical governance and oversight. They are paid £14,000 per annum for this role and are also entitled to receive the following fees for the provision of additional ad hoc services: (i) £750 for chairing a Professional Review Committee; (ii) £500 for each annual medical appraisal undertaken for a doctor designating to Spire for the purposes of revalidation; and (iii) £200 per hour for the preparation of an independent report (up to a maximum of £500 per report) upon request by the Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer.
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