Mr David Pemberton



GMC number: 2949817

Practising since: 1984


Orthopaedic surgery

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David Pemberton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in lower limb surgery particularly around the knee. Since being appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in 1995 he has increasingly sub-specialised in knee surgery and in particular soft tissue injuries to the knee. He therefore has extensive experience in reconstruction of injured knees, especially in sports people of all levels. 

With over twenty three years of experience at Consultant level and with the benefit of a year’s specialist Fellowship training in Adelaide, South Australia, David has maintained his interest in sport through his management of sports injuries. He is an Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and the Cardiff Devils Ice hockey team, he was previously with the Ospreys and Gwent Dragons. He also maintains strong professional and social links with Pontypridd Rugby Club and has close associations with several other premiership and first division sides.

David is still playing rugby as a veteran level despite injuries causing temporary postponement of his plans to continue playing until he is 60! Nonetheless he can personally recommend the reconstructive skills of his Orthopaedic colleagues at Nuffield Health. 

Sports injuries however are only a small part of his clinical practice, with the majority of patients requiring intervention for degenerative conditions, in particular knee cartilage tears and arthritis. Despite specialising in knee surgery, David still performs a lot of hip replacement surgery and indeed is one of the pioneers of ceramic bearing hip implants in Wales. He is now pioneering the utilisation of inter-positional implants for early knee arthritis in young, active patients and dual compartment replacements for knee arthritis preserving the patient’s own cruciate ligaments.

David is a firm believer in patient choice, which is why he was a founder member and Director of  Vale Healthcare in 2008,  He is currently the medical advisory committee chairman and therefore closely linked with hospital senior management regarding the issues around maintaining excellence in clinical care.

He maintains an interest in education through regular General Practitioner meetings as well as teaching at Undergraduate and Post-Graduate level and has travelled to international meetings to demonstrate cruciate ligament reconstruction techniques.

Mr Pemberton specilaises in the following treatments at Nuffield Health The Vale Hospital:

Treatments and tests offered by Mr David Pemberton at Nuffield Health

  • Knee replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Hip replacement

Locations Mr David Pemberton works with

Related experience

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Glamorgan Hospital (Cwm Taf Trust)

Insurers Mr David Pemberton works with

Mr David Pemberton works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • PHC
  • Simplyhealth
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Mr David Pemberton has the following interest in this hospital/ another Nuffield Health hospital or the company:

Mr Pemberton is the Medical Advisory Committee Chair for Nuffield Health Cardiff & Vale Hospital. No remuneration is paid for this role, however use of medical secretary services, administrative accommodation and consulting room used in connection with it are not charged for. Services used in connection with the provision of Mr Pemberton's private practice are charged at market rates.

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

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