Richard Keen

Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease


Richard graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1988. After training in general rheumatology, he developed his interest in osteoporosis and rare bone diseases. He completed his PhD examining the genetic epidemiology of postmenopausal osteoporosis and was the recipient of Young Investigator Awards from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the European Calcified Tissue Society. In 1999 he was appointed as Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK.

Dr Keen is experienced in the management of patients with osteoporosis and other rarer bone diseases including Paget’s disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, X-linked hypophosphataemic rickets, fibrous dysplasia and fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). He also works with athletes from sports such as athletics, rugby union and football, and has expertise in management of bone-related problems such as stress fractures, bone stress response/bone marrow oedema syndromes, osteitis pubis and myositis ossificans.

Recent and current appointments

  • Director, Centre for Metabolic Bone Disease, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK
  • Associate Director, Research & Innovation, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK
  • Lead for adult metabolic bone disease in the Musculoskeletal GeCIP Domain of NHS England’s 100,000 Genome Project.
  • Medical Advisor to the UK Brittle Bone Society
  • Member of the International Executive Council on Clinical Care and Treatment of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)
  • Member of European Reference Network for Rare Bone Diseases (BOND)

Publications, lectures and teaching

  • Teacher on iBSc Clinical & Molecular Endocrinology (King’s College London)
  • Lectures nationally and internationally on bone diseases
  • Published over 60 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals

Society memberships

  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • Bone Research Society
  • British Society of Rheumatology
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • National Osteoporosis Society
  • Paget’s Association
  • Royal Society of Medicine

Contact details

To find out more, or to arrange an appointment please call 0203 195 2442. 

Office details:

Mobile: +44 (0) 7432 028 009

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