Professor Rory J O'Connor

Professor Rory J O'Connor


Rory O’Connor is Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Head of the Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the Charterhouse Rehabilitation Technologies Laboratory. Professor O’Connor is Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds.

Professor O’Connor is an honorary consultant physician and lead clinician in rehabilitation medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is Deputy Clinical Director and Rehabilitation Technology theme lead for the National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Pro Dean for Research and Innovation
  • Head of the Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Research interests

Professor O’Connor has received research funding from EPSRC, AHRC, NIHR, the Wellcome Trust and other charities. He leads an interdisciplinary team that delivers game-changing rehabilitation research. He has a track record in designing, developing and testing healthcare technology. His research has been awarded the 2009 Limbless Association Prize, the 2006 Prix from the Académie Européenne de la Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation and the 2003 Philip Nichols Prize from the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2017 he was elected to the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine.


  • MD, University College London
  • MEd, University of Leeds
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy
  • FRCP, Royal College of Physicians

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Complex interventions
  • Educating doctors to provide safer care
  • International health research
  • Musculoskeletal disease
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