Jonathan Eldridge joined University Hospitals Bristol and the Avon Orthopaedic Centre as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in February 2002.
During the course of his orthopaedic training as a university lecturer and specialist registrar in Bristol he gained extensive experience in general orthopaedic surgery, teaching and research. He developed an interest in lower limb surgery and, following a clinical sports knee fellowship with Dr David Wood at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in the Olympic year, and a European Travelling Fellowship, he has continued to develop expertise in specialist surgery of the knee. Jonathan has become an internationally renowned knee surgeon through many publications and is regularly invited to teach and lecture both nationally and internationally.
Jonathan’s clinical practice encompasses the entirety of knee surgery with particular expertise in patellofemoral instability, ligament reconstruction, compartmental replacement and joint preservation. The majority of his NHS practice is now tertiary referral.
His research interests include the investigation, diagnosis and management of patellofemoral instability and arthritis, the aetiology of anteromedial osteoarthritis of the knee, biological reconstructive solutions, robotics and kinematic alignment in compartmental and total knee replacement. He has pioneered and developed the indications for, and practice of, trochleoplasty and medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction in the treatment of patellofemoral instability and has supervised trainees through doctoral theses into the aetiology of anteromedial osteoarthritis of the knee and the kinematics of the stable and unstable patellofemoral joint.
He has collaborated with world renowned scientists at the University of Bristol to develop novel stem cell therapies to treat meniscal tears, assisted in the development and application of robotic surgery to compartmental replacement and has worked on the design teams for replacement prostheses and instruments.
Jonathan is co-convener of the annual Bristol and Oxford unicompartmental knee arthritis symposium and have convened unicompartmental Masters meetings. He has organised multiple international cadaveric early intervention courses and the Bristol cadaveric knee ligament course.
He is a founder member and first president of the British Patellofemoral Society, dedicated to education in best practice and support for new surgeons in the field and is also a member of the BMA, BOA, BASK, EKS and ESSKA