After many years practice as a general surgeon, Dr. James Buchanan developed a keen interest in prosthetic hip surgery, particularly using uncemented techniques. He has more than 15 years experience with Hydroxyapatite coated implants and is particularly interested in the wear of the weight-bearing surfaces in joint arthroplasty and the use of ceramic and other materials in these applications. Active participation on the FARM’s Board of Directors is a natural extension of his professional experiences and interests.
Dr. Buchanan received his medical training at St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London, one of the colleges of London University. Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England followed in 1972 and he has been in orthopedic practice as a consultant surgeon since 1977. In addition to working at the Sunderland Royal Hospital in the North of England, Dr. Buchanan also holds an honorary post of Clinical Lecturer at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1995 he was awarded the Furlong medal for services to the promotion of Hydroxyapatite Ceramic Coated hip arthroplasty.
In addition to being a member of the British Hip Society, Dr. Buchanan is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine and he reads papers at National and International meetings on the use of bio-ceramics and Hydroxyapatite Ceramic Coated hip implants.
As a recipient of a ceramic on ceramic implant, Dr. Buchanan is a surgeon who practices innovative implant surgery and can speak with authority, both on his personal experience level and academic background, on the merits of alternative bearing surfaces.