Mr David Stitson

MB BS, FRCS (Tr &, Orth)


David graduated with honours from the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1991. Having joined the Royal Air Force, his basic surgical training was undertaken in London, at RAF Halton and at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1996. Why not view David's own VITA Orthopaedics website, the South West's knee, hip and elbow specialists.

Higher specialist training in Orthopaedics took David through registrar placements in Plymouth, Truro, Oxford (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital) and Middlesbrough.

In addition, David spent six months as a DePuy Fellow at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in Australia, where he further developed skills as a joint replacement surgeon and learnt the technique of hip resurfacing. He completed his final fellowship examinations and was awarded FRCS (Tr & Orth).

David Stitson works alongside Huw David and Simon Coleridge in a branded partnership named VITA Orthopaedics, who work exclusively out of Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital.

David also provides a full range of hip & knee replacement solutions including partial, total and revision knee replacements.


  • Weekly Monday AM
  • Alternate days by arrangement


Current posts

  • Consultant to Defence Medical Services
  • Honorary Consultant, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth


Other interests

David is recognised as a specialist in lower limb joint replacement and revision joint replacement surgery. His particular interest and expertise is in hip replacement in young adults where he uses CT based planning and a wide range of implants and techniques to achieve individual patient solutions. The aim in each case is accurate reconstruction to provide maximal functional recovery. He is also expert in hip resurfacing and in revision hip replacement.

  • Provision of orthopaedic cover for Plymouth Argyle Football Club and Plymouth Albion Rugby Club
  • Faculty member of AOUK - Teaching Fracture Management.

Member of

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member British Orthopaedic Association
  • Combined Services Orthopaedic Society


Mr David Stitson works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA

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

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

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