Mr Buchanan trained at the London medical school of St Mary’s Hospital qualifying in 1986 and later completed his orthopaedic training in the North West Thames area. Nine months of his time was spent on a fellowship at the Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine centre in West Australia. During his fellowship period, he became proficient in the management of sports-related problems with particular reference to shoulder and knee injuries.
Appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Conquest Hospital in 1998 he has continued as a general orthopaedic surgeon managing traumatic injuries, performing hip and knee replacements and has specialised in arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery and surgery of the shoulder and elbow.
Within the hospital, he is actively involved in teaching junior doctors and surgeons. Mr Buchanan now provides tutorial education for the Royal College of Surgeons tutor, examining prospective orthopaedic consultants at a national level and instructing in arthroscopic surgery on various courses around the country.