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  • Sports and Exercise Medicine


Dr Ralph Smith is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley. He qualified from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2008, followed by a Master of Science in Sport Medicine, Exercise and Health from University College London in 2011. Following his General Practice training in Reading, he joined the Thames Valley Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist training programme from 2014. He completed his specialist training 2018 and now holds a substantive Consultant post at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust (OUH).

Through his training, he has acquired extensive experience in multidisciplinary musculoskeletal care and is part of the consultant team delivering the paediatric and adult Oxsport and Complex Musculoskeletal services. He holds a Diploma in Musculoskeletal ultrasound and regularly integrates ultrasound into his practice. He also runs an ultrasound-guided injection service for the OUH Rheumatology department.

He has worked within elite team sport since 2011 and is a locum contractor for the English Institute of Sport. His current roles include first team doctor for Reading FC Womens and London Irish Rugby Union Club. He has extensive experience in a number of sports including rowing, triathlon, modern pentathlon, professional football, distance running and has provided medical cover for camps and tournaments including the Commonwealth Games. He has been the travelling physician for GB Hockey, England Women’s Cricket (two T20 world cups) and British Athletics.

Dr Smith has published and presented internationally in research areas which included stress fractures, triathlon medicine and physical activity in pregnancy. He has been extensively involved in a number of physical activity projects including the national award winning Moving Medicine and Active Hospital pilot projects.


  • MBBS
  • MSc (SEM)
  • Dip (US) MSK


  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)


  • Royal College of Physician Awards Winner - Patient-Centred Care category – Extensively involved in the Moving Medicine Project – Pilot design lead 2020
  • Royal College of Physician Awards Runner up Quality Improvement Category 2020
  • Best Oral Presentation for Public Health Category, RCOG World Congress 2019
  • BASEM National Conference Prize 2nd place for Best Poster Presentation 2018
  • Best Oral Presentation Certificate for Sport Medicine, Asics UKSEM Conference 2011

Research interests

Dr Ralph Smith is currently conducting a pilot study with Biomedical Research Centre into the role of physical activity and gestational diabetes.


  1. Incidence of Undiagnosed Celiac Disease Presenting as Bone Stress Injuries to a Sport and Exercise Medicine Clinic. R.Smith, J.Baldock, M.Fitzpatrick, N.Jones, J.Newton. Clin J Sport Med 2020 Feb 6.
  2. Swimming induce pulmonary oedema. Current Perspectives. R Smith, J Ormerod, N Sabhawhral, C Kipps. Open Access J of Sports Med. 2018 Jul 27;9:131-137.
  3. Negative magnetic resonance imaging in three cases of anterior tibial cortex stress fractures. R Smith, Moghal M, Newton JL, Jones N, Teh J Skeletal Radiol. 2017Dec;46(12):1775-1782. 2017 Dec;46(12):1775-1782.
  4. Infographic: physical activity for pregnant women. R.Smith, H.Reid, A.Matthews, C.Calderwood, M.Knight, C. Foster Br J Sports Med 2017;0:1–2.
  5. Physical activity for pregnant women: an infographic for healthcare professionals. R.Smith, J Shakespeare, Z. Williams, M Knight, C Foster Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (663): 460.
  6. Physical activity and pregnancy: time for guidance in the UK H.Reid, R.Smith, C.Calderwood, C.Foster. Br J Sports Med 2017;0:1–2.
  7. A case of Recurrent Swimming induced Pulmonary Oedema in a Triathlete: The Need for awareness. R.Smith, D. Brooke, C. Kipps, B. Skaria, V.Subramaniam. Scand J Med Sci Sports 2017 Oct;27(10):1130-1135.
  8. 'Too much of a coincidence’: identical twins with exertional heatstroke in the same race. R.Smith, N. Jones, D.Martin, C. Kipps. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Feb 5
  9. Successful use of daptomycin in Panton-Valentine leucocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus paediatric osteomyelitis. G. Erturan, H. Holmes, R. Smith, R. Dodds, S.Iyer. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports Volume 3, Issue 7 , Pages 238-241, 2012


  1. Dr Ralph Smith does not hold a share or financial interest in the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
  2. Dr Ralph Smith does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
  3. Dr Ralph Smith does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at the Rutherford Cancer Centres or on behalf of Rutherford Cancer Centres or Rutherford Health plc.

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