Jon Smith

MBChB (Hons) MRCS (Ed) FRCS (Tr.& Orth)

Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Consultant Surgeon at The Yorkshire Knee Clinic

“I’ve already recommended him to quite a few of the players here. I’d recommend him to anyone.”

Daniel Cowling, Batley Bulldogs, YKC patient

In 2013 Jon was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He currently carries out treatment at the Leeds Nuffield Hospital in West Yorkshire.

Jon’s specialist interests include the management of sports injuries, partial knee replacement and joint preservation surgery in young adults.

He is affiliated with a number of elite sports clubs in the Yorkshire region, including Super League and Championship rugby league teams.

His main interest outside surgery is sport, in particular, trail and fell running. He is a veteran of the iconic Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race, with a personal best of 3 hours 39 minutes and has recently completed the Ben Nevis Race in a sub 2-hour time.

Jon has previously been a Yorkshire cross country champion and played senior level football in the West Riding County Amateur League. In the spring and summer months, Jon enjoys a leisurely game of golf with friends and colleagues.

Knee Surgery Experience

To date, Jon has completed over 6,000 operations including 2,000 knee arthroscopies, 1500 total knee replacements, 500 partial knee replacements and 500 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions.

Jon is a former recipient of the prize for outstanding performance in arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery, awarded by the British Orthopaedic Association.


Treatments Include:


Knee arthroscopy (keyhole) surgery

Knee ligament reconstruction
Treatment of meniscal injury including repair
Cartilage regeneration surgery
​BioPoly RS implantation
Healthy knee x-ray
Patella stabilization
Patello-femoral knee replacement

Unicompartmental knee replacement

Total knee replacement

Training Background

Jon Smith graduated from the University of Liverpool with a gaining a first class honours degree in Medicine & Surgery

In 2000, Jon graduated from the University of Liverpool, in the top 5% of the national cohort, gaining a first class honours degree in medicine and surgery.

After completing basic and higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Yorkshire region, he became one of the youngest surgeons ever to pass the Royal College Fellowship examinations.

Jon’s name was added to the GMC Specialist Register in 2011.

Jon’s springboard into consultant practice was supported by The Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Prof. Nick London, with whom Jon completed a high-volume fellowship in 2010.

Following this, Jon completed a prestigious 18 months national fellowship at the Royal Derby Hospital with Tim Wilton, past BOA president, and Guido Geutjens, sports knee surgeon for Derby County FC and other Premier League football clubs.

During this period, he completed more than 1,200 independent knee operations.

Research & Development

Jon’s research work has centred on joint preservation surgery for the treatment of young adults with knee osteoarthritis and has been presented at international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2014 he was one of only three UK consultant surgeons selected to join an evolving European Excellence Programme based in Zurich, with a primary focus on orthopaedic product innovation and implant design.

Jon is currently a lead investigator for a national multi-centre clinical research trial to evaluate the BioPoly RS implant – an innovative device to treat young adults with early knee arthritis. Jon has been involved with the design of the device and a number of his patients feature on the BioPoly website.

Teaching & Training

Jon is a popular trainer of senior orthopaedic registrars on the regional Yorkshire Deanery Programme and was recently nominated for the annual trainer of the year award. He is a faculty member of many national and postgraduate orthopaedic courses.

Jon has worked closely with both Smith and Nephew Sports Medicine and Schwartz Biomedical in consultancy, educational and product development roles. Through this work he now offers a national and international Visiting Surgeon Programme (VSP), which involves surgical colleagues from across Europe and the UK visiting Jon to gain experience in contemporary knee surgery techniques.

Membership of Societies

Jon is an active member of the following societies:


British Orthopaedic Association
British Association for Surgery of the Knee
British Trauma Society
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
ISAKOS - International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Clinic Location

Nuffield Health Hospital Leeds

Nuffield Hospital Leeds

2 Leighton street, Leeds, LS1 3EB
Main switchboard: 0113 388 2000
Out-patient bookings: 0113 388 2067

Healthy knee x-ray


Jon Smith is Fee Assured with most major insurance companies.

Fee Assured Specialist Knee Surgeon

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