Kevin Cheah

Areas of Interest

Health Care

Honorary Award

Honorary Master of Science, 2002


Kevin Cheah is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. After qualifying from Sheffield University his first post was at Oswestry Hospital as Orthopaedic Surgeon. During this time he established the Clwyd and Oswestry Research Tissue Bank where he held the post of Medical Director. In 1992 he moved to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, specialising in hip and knee replacements. In 1997 he moved to the Springfield and Nuffield Hospitals. Kevin has been a driving force behind recent advances in bioengineering research, having developed new methods of repairing cartilage tissue in the knee. Kevin's relationship with our University began in 2005 when he accepted a three-year professorship. He has since acted as supervisor to many of our PhD students, giving them the invaluable opportunity to observe his work first hand. Kevin's support has also been instrumental in enabling the University to secure additional funding from the Chelmsford Medical Education Research Trust.

In 2002 Kevin Cheah was awarded the honorary degree of Master of Science.


"The Senate of Anglia Polytechnic University has great pleasure in recommending the award of an Honorary Master of Science degree to Mr Kevin Cheah, MB, ChB, FRCS, independent Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Bioengineering, External Supervisor of research students at this University and expert badminton player up to county level. 

This award is made in recognition of his infectious dedication and dynamism among research students in Bioengineering within Design and Communications Systems, where his surgical skill and knowledge have been such an inspiration and his encouragement for students to publish and present their research findings, which has had a most beneficial effect on the developing reputation of the Bioengineering Research team, both within the region and internationally. 

Kevin Cheah was born in Penang, Malaysia and came to England in 1976. Following his secondary education at Oswestry School, he went on to Sheffield University Medical School where he qualified in medicine in 1984. After various pre-registration House Officer posts he carried out surgical training in Sheffield and Derby and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989. Next, he began training for his orthopaedic career at the internationally-renowned Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, including spending two years at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in Stoke-on-Trent. During this time, he was awarded the Lloyd Griffiths Medal for the Best Orthopaedic Resident in 1993.

He was responsible for setting up the Clwyd and Oswestry Research Tissue Bank, where he held the post of Medical Director for two years from 1994. This tissue bank provides bone allografts for implantation in patients requiring bone grafts during orthopaedic surgery. At this time, he was also co-opted as an Advisor to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency in the area of the use of human tissues for transplantation. 

He was later appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust at the Broomfield Hospital, where he worked for five years, until 2001. His speciality is in hip and knee surgery and he began to become involved in establishing a link between Broomfield Hospital and the Bioengineering Research Unit at APU, during which time he procured funding to enable the establishment of a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University. Presently he supervises the second incumbent of this post as well as three PhD students. Already an international patent has been filed in respect of a cement delivery system used in total hip replacement. 

He left the National Health Service in 2001, after seventeen years service and works currently as an independent Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, based at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford. His current clinical interest is in the treatment of articular cartilage defects in the knee joint, a procedure called autologous cartilage transplantation. This work is carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex. Kevin is one of a very small minority, qualified to perform this special surgery and was recently invited to give a presentation of his work to Young Engineers of the Year at National Science Week held in the House of Commons.

Mr Kevin Cheah is an orthopaedic surgeon of great skill and experience, who continues to be a most supportive external supervisor of research students in Bioengineering and has been instrumental in attracting research funding to the Unit wherein the research team and research students have greatly benefitted from his knowledge and enthusiasm.

It is for these reasons, therefore, that I invite you, Mr Chairman, to confer on Mr Kevin Cheah, MB, ChB, FRCS an Honorary Master of Science degree of this University."