John Insall

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John Nevil Insall
TitleOrthopaedic Surgeon

John Nevil Insall (1930–2000) was a pioneering English orthopaedic surgeon who contributed extensively to the advancement of total knee replacement surgery. He designed four models of widely used systems.

He was born in Bournemouth, England. He attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[1] graduating in 1953. He worked as a physician and orthopedic surgeon in England and Canada before joining the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He founded the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and the Knee Society.

In addition to his pre-eminent knee textbook Surgery of the Knee (Churchill-Livingstone, 2000), Dr. Insall wrote approximately 150 peer-reviewed articles, 41 book chapters and 5 books. He has also trained over 200 orthopaedic residents and 100 national and international knee fellows throughout his academic career.

He died of lung cancer on 30 December 2000, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.

His publications include the following:

  • Current concepts in primary and revision total knee arthroplasty (Lippincott-Raven, 1996)
  • Surgery of the knee, Volume 1 (Churchill Livingstone, 2001)

The Insall award was established to honor Dr. Insall's achievements and contributions to orthopaedics. This award recognises outstanding papers concerning clinical results and techniques. The John N. Insall Travelling Fellowship is awarded to four candidates internationally. This allows those individuals to travel to prominent knee surgery centers.


  • Wolfgang Saxon (18 January 2001). "John Insall, 70; Surgeon Made Knee Replacements". The New York Times.
  • R. D. S. (1 April 2001). "Obituary: John N. Insall, MD, 1930-2000". The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 83 (4): 635. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  1. ^ Freeman, M. A. R. (March 2003). Condylar Total Knee Arthroplasty at the London Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery with Special Reference to the Period 1970/1980 (PDF). III Curso Internacional de Artroplastias - III International Course in Arthroplasties p. 72. Active Congress. Archived from the original (pdf) on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.