Mr Christopher Smith


PGC MedEd, DipSEM, MB BCh, MD, FRCS(Tr&, Orth)

GMC number: 4526920

Practising since: 1998


Orthopaedic surgery

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Chris Smith is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital and the Exeter Nuffield Hospital. Chris has been performing shoulder and elbow surgery in Exeter since 2010. He has a highly specialised clinical practice, exclusively in shoulder and elbow arthroscopic (keyhole) and arthroplasty (joint replacement) surgery. He provides specialist shoulder and elbow treatment and advice to the Exeter Chiefs. 

He gained his medical degree at the University of Wales and completed his Orthopaedic training on the Warwick Orthopaedics specialist registrar programme. He obtained a Masters's degree (MSc) in Orthopaedic Engineering and an advanced academic doctorate (MD) in shoulder biomechanics at Imperial College London. He was also awarded a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Mr Smith completed a specialist fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery under Professor Tim Bunker and has a particular interest in sports injuries related to the shoulder. 

He founded ExeterShoulder and ExeterElbow to provide a high-quality efficient service, for patients experiencing shoulder and elbow problems. 

He takes infection control seriously, which is why he does not wear a tie and has exposed arms below the elbow, in accordance with the Department of Health and NICE guidelines. 

Other interests

Mr Smith has a keen interest in teaching and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education, as well as being recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently supervising a MD student in treatments for tennis elbow. He co-hosts the Exeter Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship for senior orthopaedic trainees who anticipate taking up a shoulder and elbow consultant post and performs live surgical demonstrations of shoulder replacement surgery to other consultant surgeons.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Christopher Smith at Nuffield Health

  • Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
  • Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Elbow surgery
  • Shoulder Manipulation
  • Tennis elbow release
  • Arthroplasty

Locations Mr Christopher Smith works with


    Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

    01392 276 591
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Mr Smith has always had a strong research ethic and believes that improvements in outcomes for patients can only be achieved by well controlled research. Previously, he was appointed full-time Clinical Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery with the University of Warwick. He has won grants to fund his research from the prestigious Research for Patient Benefit Programme and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He believes in establishing the best surgical outcomes through evidence based medicine and is currently leading research in to frozen shoulder, shoulder replacements, shoulder fractures, rotator cuff tears, elbow replacements and tennis elbow. He presents his research regularly at the annual British Shoulder Surgeons conference (BESS), and the biannual European Shoulder Surgeons Conference (SECEC),twice winning the accolade of best research (SECEC in 2006 and BESS in 2015). 


  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Higher Education Academy

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Insurers Mr Christopher Smith works with

Mr Christopher Smith works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


Mr Christopher Smith does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Christopher Smith does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Christopher Smith does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.