Staff Profile

  • Professor William Ribbans’ current roles include: Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club; Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Northampton Town Football Club and the English National Ballet; Medical Advisor to UK Athletics; Director of The County Clinic, Northampton; and Medical Director of the Chris Moody Centre for Sports Rehabilitation, Moulton College.

    Professor Ribbans qualified as a medical doctor in 1980, and was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1991, with Fellowships at University of Sheffield and Harvard University.

    Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons) Royal Free
    1980 MB, BS Royal Free
    1985 FRCSEd Edinburgh
    1990 MChOrth Liverpool
    1990 FRCS(Orth) Intercollegiate
    2001 FRCSEng (ad eundem) England
    2003 PhD Glamorgan
    2006 FFSEM(UK)



    Memberships and Appointments

    • Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
    • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)
    • Member of the British Medical Association
    • Member of the Harvard Alumni Association
    • Member of the Herbert Seddon Society for RNOH Alumni
    • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
    • Member of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
    • Appointed Member of the Medico-Legal Committee, British Orthopaedic Association. 2008-present.
    • Appointed Member of the Court of Examiners – Basic Scientist for Anatomy – Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2003-present.​
  • MSc Podiatry at the University of Northampton

  • Professor Ribbans has had an active research profile throughout his medical career in North America, Central America, Australia, India, South Africa and many European countries.

    Current research projects include:

    • Genetics of Tendinopathy and Ligament Injuries, in collaboration with University of Cape Town
    • Sports Medicine Ethics
    • Injury Surveillance in E​​lite Sport
    • Posterior Ankle Impingement
    • Cryotherapy in collaboration with with Moulton College

    Current PhD students:

    • Louis El Khoury: Genetics of Achilles Tendinopathy
    • Rebecca Rickaby: Genetics of Achilles Tendinopathy


    Completed PhD students:

    Paul Beeson: Hallux Rigidus

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view William Ribbans’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.