David Beard is Professor and Surgical & Complex Intervention Trials Program Lead at the NHMRC CTC, University of Sydney. His role involves various aspects of evaluating (pan-specialty) surgery but with a special interest in orthopaedics and plastics, but also other (MSK) complex interventions (such as physiotherapy). He is also Professor of Musculoskeletal and Surgical Sciences at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) in the University of Oxford, an NIHR Senior Investigator and the Rosetrees/RCS Director of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU NDORMS-Oxford). Initially qualified clinically as a physiotherapist (Notts), he has Masters degrees in Biomedical Science (KCL London, and Oxon), a Doctorate in Medicine (Oxon) and honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons FRCS (Eng), and the British Orthopaedic Association (FBOA).
David has published several clinical trials in surgery, orthopaedics and rehabilitation and is currently Chief Investigator or Co-app in 16 substantial trials in orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ENT and RAS. Specific research interests include surgical trials methodology, including placebo control designs, outcome measurement, and innovation/robotic surgery. He has over 300 published articles (many trial and surgery related, including 8 in the Lancet). As a trialist he sits on, or chairs, several NIHR/Charitable Steering or Funding committees, both nationally and internationally.