Professor Ashley Blom

MBChB MD PhD FRCS (Tr&Orth) FMedSci

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Health

Ashley Blom, Vice-President of the Medical School
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Professor Ashley Blom
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Barber House
S10 2HQ

I joined the University of Sheffield as the new Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Health in 2023 from Bristol where I was the Head of the Bristol Medical School. I am an Orthopaedic surgeon whose research covers a broad range of basic science and applied methodologies primarily focussing on arthroplasty. I am part of the team that holds the contract to analyse the National Joint Registry, the largest arthroplasty database in the world. I am an NIHR Senior Investigator, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and past President of the European Orthopaedic Research Society.

  • MBChB
  • MD
  • PhD
Research interests

Arthroplasty particularly hip and knee replacement.


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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Blom AW & Learmonth ID (2004) Bone graft substitutes for impaction grafting, Impaction Bone Grafting in Revision Arthroplasty (pp. 121-140). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


Research group

I collaborate with a diverse group of clinicians and methodologists nationally and internationally.

  • NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research: Hip Implant Prosthesis Programme for the Younger total hip replacement patient. (2023-2029: £2,886,480) co-Chief Investigator.
  • NIHR HTA Programme: The clinical and cost-effectiveness of elective primary total knee replacement with PAtellar Resurfacing compared to selective patellar resurfacing. A pragmatic multicentre randomised controlled Trial with blinding (PART) (2022-2026: £1,466,495) Chief Investigator.
  • NIHR Programme Development Grant: Infection and Orthopaedic Management (INFORM): Mobilising evidence into practice. (2021-2023: £149,755) Chief Investigator.
  • NIHR RfPB Programme: A randomised controlled feasibility trial of a prehabilitation intervention in frail older people undergoing total hip or knee replacement.  (2021-2023: £249,997) Co-investigator.
  • NIHR Programme Development Grant: Support and treatment after joint replacement (STAR): translation into practice, long-term follow up and future steps (2021-2023: £149,999) Co-investigator.
  • NIHR RfPB Programme: REST: A prospective randomised feasibility study assessing the impact of a tailored sleep intervention in patients undergoing total knee replacement (2020-2023: £249,456) Co-investigator.
  • HDRUK: A linked, electronic data resource supporting a Learning Health System: Better Care Loops for health and social care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (2020-2023: £1,193,592) Workstream lead.
  • EPSRC: emPOWER: in-body artificial muscles for physical augmentation, function restoration, patient empowerment and future healthcare EP/T020792/1 (2021-2026: £6,142,805) Co-investigator.
  • NIHR HTA Programme: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Scaffold Insertion and Microfracture Compared to Microfracture Alone for the Treatment of Chondral or Osteochondral Defects of the Knee: The SISMIC Study. Ref NIHR127849 (2020-2025: £1,288,474) Co-investigator.
  • NIHR HTA Programme: Radiofrequency denervation for chronic and moderate to severe low back pain: The RADICAL trial. (2019-2024: £1,847,465) Co-Chief Investigator.
  • Ceramtec industry funded research grant. The Clinical and Cost Utility Outcomes of Ceramic Bearings in Total Hip Replacement. (2020-23: £509,087) Co-Investigator.
  • NIHR HTA Programme:  Recurrent Intra-articular Corticosteroid injections in Osteoarthritis; the RUbICOn study. (2020-23: £520,447). Co-investigator.
  • HQIP contract to run the National Joint Registry statistical support and analysis (2022-2025: £1,080,002) Co-investigator.
Teaching interests

Musculoskeletal conditions.

Professional activities and memberships

Arthroplasty surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.