Mr Perry leads the research within the orthopaedic team, and holds national grants and awards. 


Brief Biography

Mr Perry holds a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award, enabling him to develop research both within Liverpool and nationally. He is employed by the University of Liverpool as a Clinical Senior Lecturer, and is is part of the Institute of Translational Medicine, which has musculoskeletal disease as a core focus. He has a PhD in Epidemiology, focusing on Perthes’ disease of the hip.

Clinically, he has particular clinical interests in hip diseases and trauma. He has undergone broad surgical training in Merseyside, Warwick and fellowship training from SickKids, Toronto, Canada.  

Mr Perry has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, and several textbook chapters. For his research has been awarded both the Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Robert Jones Gold Medal from the British Orthopaedic Association.

Mr Perry sits on the methodology committee for the Bone and Joint Journal, and is a reviewer for the NIHR EME programme, the BMJ, Nature Scientific Reportsm Bone and Joint Journal and Acta Orthop.

Research Activities

Mr Perry undertook a PhD investigating Perthes’ disease of the hip. This was largely concerned with investigating the causes this enigmatic disease. The results demonstrated some intriguing geographic patterns of disease throughout the UK, with far more disease in the North of the UK compared to the South.

Mr Perry then moved to the University of Warwick to be an NIHR Clinical Lecturer, where he particularly had great exposure to Clinical Trials with mentorship from Prof Matt Costa and Prof Damian Griffin amongst others.

Mr Perry now is focusing his efforts on forming comprehensive cohorts in children’s orthopaedics across the UK. It is hoped that this will both directly inform clinical practice, and provide sufficient knowledge from which to develop future clinical trials. This is funded by NIHR, with collaborations from the University of Oxford and a strong network of childrens orthopaedic surgeons from around the UK. The British Orthopaedic Surveillance Study is now active and recruiting children with Perthes' Disease (Legg-Perthes' Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease) and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis, SCFE, SUFE). 

Other ongoing work is using national databases to investigate epidemiology, and service delivery in orthopaedic surgery. Ongoing projects include the use of CPRD, Scottish ISD Data, HES, NHFD and TARN. 


MB, ChB (Hons), Liverpool.

FRCS (Tr & Orth), Royal College of Surgeons of England

Higher Certificate in Statistics, Royal Statistical Society

PhD, Liverpool



Hunterian Professorship, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Robert Jones Gold Medal and Association Prize, British Orthopaedic Association 

John Sharrard Prize , European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS)

Conrad Lewin Prize, British Association of Clinical Anatomy


Research Fellowships:

NIHR Clinician Scientist

NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Warwick

BMA Doris Hillier Award

John Monk Research Fellowship


Research Interests

Evaluation of orthopaedic treatments

Patient-specific outcome measures

Unmet need and disparity in health care

Big Data and population health


Key Publications

Perry DC, Griffin XL, Parsons N, Costa ML. Designing clinical trials in trauma surgery: overcoming the research barriers. Bone & Joint Research. 2014; 3(4): 123 – 29.

Perry DC. Unravelling the Enigma of Perthes’ Disease. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons. 2013. 95(5): 311 – 16.

Perry DC, Bruce CE, Pope D, Dangerfield P, Platt MJ, Hall AJ. Comorbidities in Perthes’ disease: A case control study using the General Practice Research Database. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012; 94(12): 1684 - 89.

Perry DC, Jones H. Bruce CE, Pope D, Dangerfield P, Platt MJ, Hall AJ, Green DJ. Abnormalities of Vascular Structure and Function in Children With Perthes’ Disease. Pediatrics. 2012; 130(1): e126 - 31.

Perry DC, Bruce CE, Pope D, Dangerfield P, Platt MJ, Hall AJ. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease in the UK: Geographic and temporal trends in incidence reflecting differences in degree of deprivation in childhood. Arth Rheum. 2012; 64: 1673 – 79.

Singhal R, Perry DC, Cohen D, Bruce C. The use of CRP within a clinical prediction algorithm for the differentiation of septic arthritis and transient synovitis. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2011; 93(11): 1556 – 61. 

Perry DC, Bruce CE. Evaluating the child who presents with an acute limp. BMJ. 2010; 341: 444 – 49.

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Academic Enquiries

If you have a question related to university work please e-mail

Mr Perry is unable to respond to clinical queries via the university address. 


Patient/ Family Enquiries

Please telephone Mr Perry's secretary (Ann Kershaw). Ann is on 0151-252-5779