Mr Raj R Thakrar

BSc(Hons) MBBS FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Consultant Knee and Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialty: Orthopaedics

Location: London

Professional Profile

Mr Thakrar is a highly accomplished Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon with extensive expertise in knee surgery and sports injuries. His educational journey began at the Royal Free and University College London Medical School, where he achieved outstanding academic performance, including a First-Class Honours BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology and a Merit award in Medicine. Following medical school, he pursued his higher surgical training in the West Midlands Deanery.

To further refine his skills, Mr  Thakrar completed dual subspecialty knee fellowships at renowned institutions. His first fellowship focused on arthroplasty and sports knee surgery at the Academic Lower Limb Reconstruction Unit at University College London Hospital and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health. His second fellowship specialised in knee osteotomy surgery and knee ligament reconstruction surgery at Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital, an internationally respected facility.

Currently, Mr Thakrar serves as a Consultant at The East and North Herts NHS Trust, Lister Hospital. In this role, he addresses a wide spectrum of knee pathologies in both adult and paediatric patients, along with general trauma conditions. His particular interests lie in knee joint preservation surgery, managing young adult knee osteoarthritis, and treating sports-related knee injuries. Notably, he co-leads the Osteotomy Unit at Lister Hospital and is currently the Clinical Governance Lead for Trauma and Orthopaedics at the hospital.

Committed to advancing medical knowledge, Mr Thakrar actively engages in research endeavours. He has secured numerous research grants, authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He regularly shares his insights at regional, national, and international scientific gatherings and serves as a reviewer for esteemed journals like The Bone and Joint Journal.

Beyond his clinical and academic pursuits, Mr Thakrar is deeply invested in teaching and training. He imparts his knowledge to students at various levels, from undergraduates to international audiences. He holds a faculty position at the International Basingstoke Osteotomy Masterclass and contributes to the Royal College of Surgeons of England CCrISP Course.

In his leisure time, Mr Thakrar indulges in his passion for sports and personal fitness, particularly enjoying rugby, cricket, and Formula 1 motorsport. Additionally, he cherishes spending quality time with his young family.

Specialises In

  • Knee Osteotomy Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Cartilage Surgery
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction Surgery
  • Patella instability
  • Sports Injury
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Arthroplasty Surgery
  • Trauma

Professional Memberships

British Orthopaedic Association, ESSKA, British Patellofemoral Society, British Association For Surgery Of The Knee, RCS, iWantGreatCare

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