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John O'Hara

Mr J.N O'Hara FRCS, FRCSI MCh. 


I was born in Ireland, the second of six sons. Both my parentswere doctors - my father having served in the RAMC during World War II, was for a time Anaesthetist to Sir John Charnley. My mother was a family doctor.

I went to medical school in Dublin and qualified with the Royal College of Surgeons in 1976 and, like many before and after me, worked in various fields of orthopaedics before specialising in hip problems of children and adults.

In the 1980s, while trainees, I worked with Derek McMinn developing the idea of metal-on-metal hip resurfacing and made the first wooden prototype. I then went to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada to work with Bob Salter, where I developed and perfected my skills in pelvic osteotomy surgery - or in simpler terms, surgical correction of the hip and femur for people who were born with dislocated or shallow hips.

I am currently one of five Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons working in the Birmingham Children's Hospital, England. I also have sessions at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, where I have approximately 27 consultant colleagues. A fairly large percentage of my National Health Service work is paediatric orthopaedics and the remainder is, generally speaking, surgery on the consequences of childhood disease of the hip in young adults.

My practice embraces conditions of the hip such as dislocation and dysplasia (DDH), Perthes' Disease and Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis (SUFE), conditions which in adult life are principally responsible for a large number of hip replacements or resurfacings each year. I have carried out a substantial number of pelvic osteotomies of my own design. I also have extensive experience of the various acetabuloplasties and am familiar with the use of allografts in the correction of acetabular deformity.

In my adult practice, I mainly treat the sequelae (pathological consequences) of hip dysplasia, principally by the (combined) use of pelvic and femoral osteotomies. I also carry out hip resurfacings or total hip replacements, whichever procedure is best suited to my patient.

I see my private patients in my consulting rooms and perform their surgery at The Priory Hospital, Birmingham. I have published a number of medical papers and lectured extensively around the world. I believe I am the first non-American to be invited to be a guest lecturer to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

I am happily married to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Apart from spending time with my family, one of my greatest pleasures is seeing my patients fit, active and able to lead full and useful lives, which had previously been denied them.