1984 …2022

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Bill Ribbans is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Northampton. His main surgical interests are Foot and Ankle, Knee and Sports Injuries. He undertook Fellowships in Sheffield and at Harvard before becoming a Consultant at the Royal Free, London in 1991. Five years later he returned to his home town in Northampton where he continues to work. Since 2012, he has been in full-time private practice.

He joined the University of Northampton in 2005 as a Visiting Porfessor in Surgical Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded a Personal Chair in Sports Medicine.

He has been involved in the medical care of elite Sports people since 1981. He is Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire CCC, Honorary Surgeon to Northampton Town FC and the English National Ballet. He has worked with numerous sports organisations and international teams as both Surgeon and pitch-side Physician during that time.

Bill has over 140 scientific publications and lectures widely both nationally and internationally.  He has an eclectic range of research interests including outcomes in foot and ankle surgery, the genetics of ligament and tendon injury, Vitamin D activity in the musculoskeletal sphere, cryotherapy in recovery and rehabilitation, the ethics of sports medicine and sports injury surveillance.

In 2020, Bill published 'Knife in the Fast Lane'. It is a review of his 40 years of medical involvement in sport at all levels. It is semi-autobiographical and semi-commentary

Research Interests

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Sports Injuries

Musculoskeletal Genetics

Achilles Tendon


Medical Ethics in Sport

Vitamin D


Charlotte Brookes. PhD. Sports, Exercise and Life Science.

Does variations within the NOS2 gene influence risk of Achilles tendon pathology in a British Cohort




Adnan Haq; PhD. Sports, Exercise and Life Science.

An Evaluation of the Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) Treatment for Sports Recovery.



Rebecca Rickaby. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

Genetic basis of human soft tissue pathology.




Louis El Khoury. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

An investigation into genetic variants that might predispose to musculoskeletal sfot tissue injuire with emphasis on Achilles tendon pathology



Paul Beeson. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

An evidence based classification of hallux rigidus.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Aspects of Orthopaedic Surgical Research with emphasis on Surgery in Haemophilia and Immunocompromised patients., University of Glamorgan

… → 2003

Master, Master of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Orthopaedic and Trauma Problems of the Epileptic., University of Liverpool

… → 1990

Bachelor, B.Sc(Hons), Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine


Bachelor, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine


External positions

Chief Medical Officer, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

Sept 2013 → …

Medical Director, Chris Moody Rehabilitation Centre, Moulton College. Northamptonshire.

2011 → …

Director, The County Clinic

2011 → …

Member of the Court of Examiners, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

2003 → …

Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon, Northampton Town FC

1999 → …

Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon, English National Ballet

1996 → …


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