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Professor Dylan Morrissey


Consultant Physiotherapist and Professor of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Centre: Sports and Exercise Medicine

Telephone: +44(0) 7941710273
Twitter: @DrDylanM


ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7045-3644
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Hello there, thank you for visiting. My name is Dylan Morrissey and I am a Consultant Physiotherapist and Professor of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Bart's and the London NHS trust / Barts and the London Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). I am academic lead for Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at QMUL, comprising an inter-disciplinary team of 14 people. 

My career goal is to combine the best of educational, research and clinical practice to develop, disseminate and deliver step-changes in care for musculoskeletal conditions.

A key research theme is the link between movement and pathology, whether that link serves as a diagnostic tool, treatment modality or outcome measure. Tendinopathy is a key area of expertise. I am privileged to lead an academic team of 14 and deliver the oldest MSc programme in SEM in the world, the largest intercalated BSc at QMUL and an inter-disciplinary cadre of doctoral students. Developing artificial intelligence to support clinical reasoning, and digital solutions to improve care is an expanding avenue of work. To those ends, I have gained more than £12m in research funding, with a third as lead applicant, and authored ~ 140 peer-reviewed full papers.

Leadership of research ethics at QMUL enables me to scratch my human rights itch.

My enduring passion is clinical physiotherapy with working in Paralympic Sport being a career privilege, while leading specialist centres for dance and tendon injury rehabilitation is my daily contribution.



My overarching career objective as a clinical academic is to combine the best of educational, clinical and research practice in order to develop and deliver high-quality evidence-based physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. The link between movement and pathology, tendinopathy, clinical reasoning, digital innovation and education are particular interests.

Group members

Research staff:

  • Dr Jose Inacio Salles Neto (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Ms Adele Hill (Doctoral research fellow)
  • Mr Josh Cosgrove (CRN funded fellow)
  • Mr Rodrigo Rabello Da Silva (industry funded)
  • Ms Theano Vikatou (industry funded)
  • Mr Julian Leong (industry funded) 

PhD students (completed):

  1. (jt 1st supervisor) Dr Saira Chaudhry: 2008-2012: (funded by Lahore University) to study: ‘Biomechanical modelling of eccentric and concentric loading of the triceps surae complex’.  Became a lecturer at QMUL.
  2. (1st supervisor) Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown OBE: 2010-2016 p-t: (funded by an ARUK educational research fellowship) to study Professional interventions for musculoskeletal conditions. Now an NIHR ASCL at QMUL.
  3. (1st supervisor) Dr Paulina Kloskowska: 2012-2016: (Self and grant funded) ‘The biomechanical determinants of sports related groin pain in athletes.’ Now senior lecturer at Kings College London
  4. (1st supervisor) Dr Colm Daly: 2011-2016 p-t: (Self and grant funded) to study ‘Biomechanical factors associated with previous hamstring injury in high level sprinting athletes’. Now clinical scientist in his native Ireland.
  5. (1st supervisor) Dr Simon Lack: 2012-2017 p-t: (Self and grant funded) to study ‘The interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the presentation and management of patellofemoral pain’. Now senior lecturer at QMUL.
  6. (2nd supervisor) Dr Chineye Princess Udeze: 2013-2017, (ORS funded) to study ‘The role of high frequency loading in the treatment of tendinopathy’.  Now in industry.
  7. (1st supervisor) Dr Jack Shih-Fan Tu: 2013-2017 (Self and grant funded) to study ‘Effects and Mechanisms of Kinesio-taping for Low Back Pain’. Now a post-doc at Oxford university.
  8. (jt 1st supervisor) Dr Bairu Zhang: 2014-2018 (Principal’s fellowship) to study ‘Functional Data Analysis in Orthogonal Designs with Applications to Gait Patterns’. Now in the pharmaceutical industry.
  9. (1st supervisor) Dr Brad Neal: 2014-2019 p-t: (Self and grant funded) to study ‘The role of running re-education in the management of Patellofemoral Pain’. Now a lecturer at the University of Essex.
  10. (1st supervisor) Dr Halime Gulle: 2017-2021, funded by a full Turkish government scholarship to study ‘Outcome predictors for plantar heel pain’.  Now a post-doc with Dr Irene Davis in Florida.
  11. (1st supervisor) Dr Abdulhamit Tayfur: 2017-2021 funded by a full Turkish government scholarship to study ‘Outcome predictors for Patellar Tendinopathy’.  Now an academic in Istanbul.
  12. (1st supervisor) Dr Mehmet Delen: 2017-2021 funded by a full Turkish government scholarship to study ‘Outcome predictors for Shoulder rotator cuff pathology’.  Now an academic in Ankara.
  13. (2nd supervisor) Dr Gamalendira Shivapatham: 2018-2022 (HBLB funded) ‘Development of slip-plane elastography’ now a Senior Clinical Scientist
  14. (2nd supervisor) Dr Beyza Tayfur: 2018 – 2022 funded by a full Turkish government scholarship to study Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Markers of Early Post-traumatic Knee OA.
  15. (1st supervisor) Dr Igor Sancho Amundarian: 2016 - 2023. Biomechanics of Achilles tendinopathy. Now a lecturer in San Sebastian.
  16. (2nd supervisor) Saleh Al-Saleh: (Saudi government funded). Started Sep 2018 – submitted Dec 2022 to study The Effects and Mechanisms of Rehabilitation Interventions for Patellofemoral Pain.
  17. (1st supervisor) Anna Hebda-Boon: p-t (Self and grant funded) .Sep 2017 start, Submitted September 2023: to study ‘Improving physiotherapists’ gait analysis of children with cerebral palsy’. 

PhD students (current):

  1. (1st supervisor) Tobias Bremer: p-t (Self and grant funded) Jan 2018 start: to study ‘Outcome predictors for lateral hip pain’.  
  2. (2nd supervisor) Amy Dowse: (EPSRC funded) to study: Mobile Health Technology for Patients Suffering with Anxiety and Chronic Pain.
  3. (jt 1st supervisor) Fatma Bosnina: (Libyan government funded F-T). Started Apr 2021 to study The Diagnostic Criteria for Exercise-Induced leg pain.
  4. (1st supervisor) Cabella Lowe: (Industry funded) Started 2020 PT To study Digital triage of musculoskeletal conditions
  5. (2nd supervisor) Rebecca Phillips: (NHMRC funded) to study Rehabilitation adherence  
  6. (1st supervisor) Adele Hill: (Barts Charity funded) to study Decision support for low back pain.
  7. (1st supervisor) Merve Bodur: 2022 – 2026 funded by a full Turkish government scholarship to study outcome predictors for lower limb conditions.
  8. (1st supervisor) Nouf Bindiran: 2023 – 2027 funded by a full Saudi government scholarship to study the association of nutrition with injury in elite female dancers and athletes
  9. (1st supervisor) Ricarda Tillmann: (Barts Charity funded) 2024-28 studying dance interventions to increase physical activity in young people with cerebral palsy

Key Publications

Full list of publications

  1. Neal, B.S., Barton, C.J., Birn-Jeffery, A., Morrissey, D., Increased hip adduction during running is associated with patellofemoral pain and differs between males and females: A case-control study (2019) Journal of Biomechanics, 91, pp. 133-139, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.05.014
  2. Neal, B.S., Lack, S.D., Lankhorst, N.E., Raye, A., Morrissey, D., Van Middelkoop, M., Risk factors for patellofemoral pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis, (2019) British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53 (5), pp. 270-281. Cited 2 times., DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098890
  3. Tzortziou Brown, V., Underwood, M., Westwood, O.M., Morrissey, D., Improving the management of musculoskeletal conditions: Can an alternative approach to referral management underpinned by quality improvement and behavioural change theories offer a solution and a better patient experience? A mixed-methods study (2019) BMJ Open, 9 (2), art. no. e024710, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024710.
  4. Tan, X.L., Pugh, G., Humby, F., Morrissey, D., Factors associated with physical activity engagement among adults with rheumatoid arthritis: A cross-sectional study (2019), Musculoskeletal Care, DOI: 10.1002/msc.1385
  5. Udeze, C.P., Jones, E.R., Riley, G.P., Morrissey, D., Screen, H.R.C. An in vitro investigation into the effects of 10 Hz cyclic loading on tenocyte metabolism (2019) Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, DOI: 10.1111/sms.13465
  6. Bourke, L., Stevenson, R., Turner, R., Hooper, R., Sasieni, P., Greasley, R., Morrissey, D., Loosemore, M., Fisher, A., Payne, H., Taylor, S.J.C., Rosario, D.J., Exercise training as a novel primary treatment for localised prostate cancer: A multi-site randomised controlled phase II study (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 8374, Cited 1 time. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26682-0
  7. Salles, J.I., Guimarães, J.M., Filho, G.M., Morrissey, D., Effect of a specific exercise strategy on strength and proprioception in volleyball players with infraspinatus muscle atrophy (2018), Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28 (9), pp. 2093-2099. Cited 1 time. DOI: 10.1111/sms.13216
  8. Mason, B.S., Vegter, R.J.K., Paulson, T.A.W., Morrissey, D., van der Scheer, J.W., Goosey-Tolfrey, V.L., Bilateral scapular kinematics, asymmetries and shoulder pain in wheelchair athletes (2018), Gait and Posture, 65, pp. 151-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.07.170
  9. Lack, S., Birn-Jeffery, A., Beasley, I., Morrissey, D. Queen Mary University London: One of the longest established masters of sport and exercise medicine globally (continuing professional development series) (2018), British Journal of Sports Medicine, 52 (3), pp. 206-207. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098108
  10. Yet, B., Marsh, W., Morrissey, D., Towards an Evidence-Based Decision Support Tool for Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions (2018), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 255, pp. 175-179. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-921-8-175
  11. Tzortziou Brown, V., Underwood, M., Mohamed, N., Westwood, O., Morrissey, D., Professional interventions for general practitioners on the management of musculoskeletal conditions (2016) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016 (5), art. no. CD007495, DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007495.pub2
  12. Barton, C.J., Lack, S., Hemmings, S., Tufail, S., Morrissey, D., 57203247178;55347775600;55385973300;56662072200;7006350683; The 'Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain': Incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning (2015), British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49 (14), pp. 923-934. Cited 74 times. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-093637
  13. Rowe, V., Hemmings, S., Barton, C., Malliaras, P., Maffulli, N., Morrissey, D., Conservative management of midportion achilles tendinopathy: A mixed methods study, integrating systematic review and clinical reasoning (2012), Sports Medicine, 42 (11), pp. 941-967. DOI: 10.2165/11635410-000000000-00000






I am privileged to lead an academic team of 14 and deliver the oldest MSc programme in SEM in the world, the largest intercalated BSc at QMUL and an inter-disciplinary cadre of doctoral students.


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