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Mr Ian McDermott

MB BS, MS, FRCS(Orth), FFSEM(UK) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Specialising in Knee Surgery

Honorary Professor Associate, Brunel University School of Sport & Education

Clinical Interests

  • Sports injuries of the knee
  • Management of knee arthritis in younger patients
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • Meniscal repair
  • Meniscal scaffolds
  • Meniscal transplantation
  • Articular cartilage repair and replacement
  • Knee ligament reconstructions
  • High performance custom made total and partial knee replacements


This site has been written by Mr Ian McDermott, who is a specialist Knee Surgeon based in Central London. Mr McDermott is the founder of the Sports Orthopaedics UK Group and the London Sports Orthopaedics practice. Mr McDermott sees patients in the London Sports Orthopaedics clinic at 31 Old Broad Street, in the middle of The City, and performs his surgery at The London Bridge Hospital, which one of one London's very best private hospitals.


Mr McDermott is one of the top knee surgeons in London. He is full time private, having left the NHS in 2007. Mr McDermott was the youngest ever surgeon to be elected onto the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2003 he was awarded the President's Medal of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee for his research into meniscal repair. In 2004 Mr McDermott was awarded a Master of Surgery higher degree by Imperial College for his research into meniscal transplantation. In 2005 he was given an honorary appointment as a Professor Associate at Brunel University in the School of Sport & Education. He is a member of the European Meniscal Transplantation Study Group and he is the Honorary Secretary of the UK Meniscal Study Group. Mr McDermott is also on the Editorial Boards of the 'Orthopaedics and Trauma Journal' and 'The American Journal of Sports Medicine' as well as being on the Reviewers Panel of The British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and The Journal of Biomechanics.

Mr McDermott has a particular specialist interest in arthroscopic knee surgery, particularly in complex multiple soft tissue reconstructions, including meniscal replacement surgery, articular cartilage repair and ligament reconstructions. Mr McDermott is one of the UK's leading authorities on meniscal transplantation and on 'biological knee reconstruction' and he also has a specialist interest in the use of high performance custom made total and partial knee replacements for the management of severe knee arthritis in younger patients.



  • Honorary Professor Associate, Brunel University School of Sport & Education
  • Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2004-2010) 
  • Council Member (2007-2010) and Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine
  • Chairman of the RCSEng Medical Student Liaison Committee (2004-2010) 
  • Honorary Secretary of the UK Meniscal Study Group


Mr McDermott has published extensively in the scientific literature, and has given numerous presentations at national and international scientific meetings, including many invited lectures.

Selection of key publications to-date:-

"What tissue bankers should know about the use of allograft meniscus in orthopaedics."
Ian D. McDermott 
Cell and Tissue Banking (2010) 11:75-85

"Meniscal tears, repairs and replacement: a cutting edge view."
ID McDermott & A Robertson
Orthopaedic Product News 2009 (August): 32-34

"Prevention of intra-operative contamination from surgical gown cuffs."
Grice J, Haleem S, McDermott I
Injury, Int. J. Care Injured 2009; 40(4): 458

"The Meniscus 2007 - Reconstruction and Regeneration."
ID McDermott, E van Arkel, R Warwick, D Holsten
The Knee 2008; 15(5): II - VI

"Biomechanics of the menisci of the knee." 
I.D. McDermott, S.D. Masouros and A.A. Amis
Current Orthopaedics 2008; 22(3): 193 - 201

"The effects of lateral menical allograft transplantation techniques on tibio-femoral contact pressures."
I.D. McDermott, D.T.T. Lie, A. Edwards, A.M.J. Bull, A.A. Amis
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy 2008; 16(6): 553 - 560

"The consequences of meniscectomy."
I.D. McDermott and A.A.Amis
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British) 2006; 88-B(12): 1549 - 1556

"Meniscal tears."
I.D. McDermott
Current Orthopaedics 2006; 20(2): 85 - 94

"Human meniscal allograft transplantation."
I.D. McDermott and N.P.Thomas
The Knee 2006; 13(1): 69 - 71

"Soft tissue allografts in the knee: a survey of UK usage and a report of a combined user/provider collaborative group."
I.D. McDermott, N.P.Thomas, S. Poniatowski and R.M.Warwick
The Knee 2006; 13(1): 72 - 75. E-pub 21/11/05

"Tendon Allografts in the Knee."
I.D. McDermott and N.P.Thomas
The Knee 2005; 12(6): 401 - 404. E-pub 27/10/05

"Management of suspected scaphoid fractures in accident and emergency departments - time for new guidelines."
C.C. Tai, M. Ramachandran, I.D. McDermott, S. Ridgeway and Z. Mirza
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2005; 87(5): 353 - 357

"An anatomical study of meniscal allograft sizing."
I.D. McDermott, F. Sharifi, A.M.J. Bull, C.M. Gupte, R.deW. Thomas and A.A. Amis
Knee Surgery, Traumatology, Arthroscopy 2004; 12(2): 130-135

"A Biomechanical study of 4 different meniscal repair systems, comparing pullout strengths and gapping across the repair site under cyclical loading."
S. Richards, I.D. McDermott, P. Hallam, S. Tavares and A.A. Amis
Knee Surgery, Traumatology, Arthroscopy 2003; 11 (1): 23-29

"The Role of Re-hydration in the prevention of Fat Embolism Syndrome."
I.D. McDermott, P.Culpan, M. Clancy and J. Dooley
Injury 2002; 33: 757-759

"Meniscofemoral ligaments revisited. Anatomical study, age correlation and clinical implications."
C.M. Gupte, A. Smith, I.D. McDermott, A.M.J. Bull, R.DeW. Thomas and A.A. Amis
The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2002; 84-B: 846-851

"The Internet - friend or foe? A questionnaire study of orthopaedic out-patients."
C.M. Gupte, A. Hassan, I.D. McDermott and R.DeW. Thomas
The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2002; 84: 187-192

"Biomechanical function of the ligaments and menisci of the knee."
A.A. Amis, A.M.J. Bull and I.D. McDermott
Pathologie ligamentum du genu. Ph Landreau, P Christel. P Dijan Eds. Springer Verlag Pub, 2001

"Day case anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a feasibility study."
I.D. McDermott, C. Hobbs, C. Gupte and J. Hollingdale
The Journal of One-Day Surgery 2001; 10(4): 8-9

"Does the addition of morphine to intra-articular bupivacaine injection improve pain relief after knee arthroscopy? "
I.D. McDermott, E. Crowhurst, E.J.P. Crawfurd and S.G. Tordoff
The Knee 1999; 6: 17-19