Prof Rory O’Connor

Prof Rory O’Connor

Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Head of the Section of Rehabilitation Medicine, Institute Co-Director for Student Education

0113 392 2615

Summary: Professor O’Connor leads the rehabilitation research programme within the University of Leeds

Location: Martin Wing, Leeds General Infirmary


Rory J O’Connor is the Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Head of the Section of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the Charterhouse Rehabilitation Technologies Laboratory. Rory is Lead Clinician and an Honorary Consultant physician in Rehabilitation Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts. He is rehabilitation theme lead to the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative, Devices for Dignity (D4D) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

With funding from EPSRC, AHRC, NIHR, the Wellcome Trust and other charities, he leads a multidisciplinary team to deliver internationally-leading 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.

Rory is part of 3 EPSRC networks, working with a wide range of experts from academia, industry and the NHS. He is a member of NICE’s Medical Technologies Advisory Committee and was a member of the NICE stroke guideline development group from 2010 to 2013. He chaired the national committee for Rehabilitation Medicine training at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board from 2010 to 2016 and was Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine from 2009 to 2013.