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Andrew Carr


Head of Department

  • Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics
  • Director of the Oxford Musculoskeletal BRU
  • Director of the Botnar Research Centre

Andy Carr was educated at Bradford Grammar School and the University of Bristol, graduating in 1982. He trained in Sheffield, Oxford, Seattle and Melbourne. He was a lab group head at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford in the 1990’s and has collaborated with other groups in the UK and Europe in the discovery of a number of key genetic loci involved in osteoarthritis. In 1992 he established the shoulder surgery service in Oxford and is a past President of the British Elbow and Shoulder Surgery Society. He was a non-executive director of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) NHS Trust from 2001-2011 and led the NOC as Divisional Director from 2011-2013 during its merger to form Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. This remains the largest NHS Trust merger in the UK.

He has been the Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of Worcester College at the University of Oxford since 2001. He is Head of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) which now includes over 350 scientists and 80 post-graduate research students. In 2011 the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology moved from London to be part of NDORMS. He founded and now directs the Botnar Research Centre, the University of Oxford Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences which houses over 200 multidisciplinary scientists from 40 nationalities. From 2008 he has been director of the NIHR Oxford Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, which focuses on “bench to bedside” translational research.

His awards include the Robert Jones Gold Medal of the British Orthopaedic Association and a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has been a trustee of Arthritis Research UK, a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary and a curator of the Bodleian Library. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009.


His lab currently we has three overlapping areas of research

  • Patient Reported Outcomes and Randomised Controlled Trials of surgery.
  • Cell-material interactions and the development and translation of biomaterials to augment tissue repair.
  • Mechanisms of inflammation, healing and fibrosis in musculoskeletal tissues.

Key Publications


Recent Publications

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