Aarvold, Mr Alexander

BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCSEd(Tr&Orth), MFSTEd, DM

Aarvold, Mr Alexander (Orthopaedics) photo


Children's orthopaedic surgery


  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
  • Perthes disease (a childhood condition affecting the hip)
  • Neuromuscular disorders


Mr Aarvold graduated from medical school at the University of Edinburgh in 2002. He trained in Edinburgh, Sydney, Nairobi, Oxford, London and the Wessex region. He completed a fellowship in paediatric orthopaedic surgery at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada in 2014-15.

He has been awarded travelling fellowships to specialist centres in Italy, Australia, Canada and USA


Mr Aarvold is a consultant surgeon who specialises in children's orthopaedic surgery. He joined the Trust in November 2015.

He holds weekly clinics dedicated to developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), continuing Professor Nick Clarke’s legacy. Together with Ms Kirsten Elliott and Mr Ed Lindisfarne, he manages the Pavlik harness programme for infants with DDH, plus operations for those that come to surgical treatment.  

Mr Aarvold also has a specialist interest in cerebral palsy, and runs fortnightly dedicated neuromuscular clinics with Miss Caroline Edwards and Mr Simon Bennet. Alongside the specialist multi-disciplinary team, he treats children with the condition using Botox injections, soft tissue releases and bone operations.


Mr Aarvold is an honorary associate professor at the University of Southampton. He runs a research programme focusing on developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), Perthes disease, osteonecrosis (a disease caused by reduced blood supply to the bones) and cerebral palsy. He supervises research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level and acts as principal investigator on national and multinational trials.

He sits on the research board of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery (BSCOS) and on the medical advisory boards for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), the International Perthes Study Group (IPSG) and for the charities DDH-UK and the Perthes Kids Foundation.

He has published 40 scientific papers and his research continues to be presented worldwide. He has won awards for best research papers at BSCOS, Gauvain, British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) and UK National Stem Cells Network conferences. His thesis on bone tissue engineering was awarded the Syme Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


Mr Aarvold has run the regional post-graduate education programme for orthopaedic trainee surgeons in Wessex from 2016 to 2020. He is a member of the Wessex Surgical Training Committee (STC), sits on training review panels and is an assigned educational supervisor for orthopaedic registrars and fellows. He is lead for undergraduate education in children's orthopaedics at Southampton Medical School, involved in curriculum development, lecturing, giving tutorials and as personal academic tutor for medical students. He was appointed to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers in 2015 and was voted Wessex orthopaedic trainer of the year 2017-18. 


You can contact Mr Aarvold via his secretary Helen Williams - call 023 8120 5758 or send an email