Mr James Murray


MA, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MB, BChir (Cantab)

GMC number: 4370150

Practising since: 1996


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr James Murray is a Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, who has been practising in Bristol since 2007. He holds an elective NHS Consultant post at The Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, where he is the Specialty Lead for Knee Surgery, previously having been Director for Elective Orthopaedics 2017 - 2020, Director for Trauma from 2008-2012. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Bristol Medical School.

Mr Murray graduated from Cambridge University, and underwent basic surgical training in Oxford before working in knee and hip research in Newcastle. He then entered orthopaedic specialist training in the Wessex Deanery and won the EndoPlus Knee Prize in 2005. In 2006, he spent a Fellowship year in Sydney, Australia at the internationally renowned Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Surgery, gaining valuable experience in sports injuries and joint replacement surgery under the supervision of Merv Cross, whilst also spending time with Leo Pinczewski, David Wood and Justin Roe. That same year he was awarded the British Association of Surgery for the Knee travelling fellowship. 

His extensive experience has enabled him to offer a comprehensive knee service from ligament reconstruction, meniscal and cartilage surgery, osteotomy, partial, total and revision knee replacement. He leads the Bristol service for prosthetic joint infection of the knee, which runs via a multidisciplinary team at Southmead Hospital. He is well-known to encourage early post-operative mobility with enhanced recovery techniques, such as minimally-invasive muscle-sparing knee joint replacement, avoidance of tourniquets and local anaesthetic infiltrative techniques.

Special interests

Arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery including ligament reconstruction, meniscal repair and replacement. Chondral injury. Sports injuries of the knee. All knee replacement: selective compartmental (half) knee replacement. focal resurfacing, revision knee replacement. Complex knees post trauma.

Personal interests

James has a keen sporting interest, previously playing competitive squash, athletics and rugby, but now he tends to be more of a spectator, but still coaches rugby, plays recreational squash and loves skiing! He is also a keen pianist, playing anything from Blues to Classical.  He is married to a local GP at Bristol University Students' Health Service and together they have three children.

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Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Murray at Nuffield Health

  • Osteotomy
  • Knee replacement revision
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Patella stabilisation
  • Meniscectomy for meniscus tear
  • Cartilage reconstruction
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair

Locations Mr James Murray works with

Related experience


Mr Murray has a keen research and training interest having written numerous published peer-reviewed papers (over 70) and one book, A to Z of Musculoskeletal and Trauma Radiology. He is also a current reviewer for scientific journals, including the Bone and Joint Journal and The Knee, having previously reviewed for Injury, Acta Orthopaedica and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Mr Murray leads on a number of trials and contributes to others as a co-investigator; he works closely with his colleagues as a member of the Bristol Knee Group which carries out research and teaching related to knee surgery both in the UK and internationally. He is a member of both national (BASK Working Groups for Meniscus, ACL Prevention, Arthroplasty and Revision Knee Surgery) and international collaborative consensus groups (International Consensus Meeting for Prosthetic Joint Infection 2018).

He is the current BASK (British Association of Surgery for the Knee) Education Representative, sitting on the BASK Executive since March 2019.


  • Member of the British Association of Surgery for the Knee
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

Other posts held

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust


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

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

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