David Beard is Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) in the University of Oxford. He is also Co-Director of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU-Oxford).
His academic qualifications include an MSc in Biomedical Science (Research Methodology) from Kings College (London) in 1992, an MA by Resolution (Kellogg College, Oxford) in 2012, and a Doctorate in Medicine (Oxford) in 1996 awarded for studies on knee joint proprioception and compensatory mechanisms after anterior cruciate injury.
Previous clinical work includes posts in Bath, Jersey, and Canada. He has previously held senior academic posts at Oxford and Australia, and held honorary academic positions in Cardiff and Bristol. Initially qualified a chartered physiotherapist (GDPhys) in Nottingham, he maintains an active clinical role as Specialist Practitioner (Complex Knee) for a West Wales NHS Trust (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board). He is also a Professorial Fellow of Kellogg College and Member of Wolfson College.
Research interests include surgical clinical trials methodology, including placebo control designs, outcome measurement in health and a variety of musculoskeletal intervention studies.