Consultant Profile

Mr J N Alastair Gibson

Mr J N Alastair Gibson MD, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Orth.)
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals and Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Spinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Degenerative lumbar and cervical spinal disease
Spinal surgery
Microdiscectomy and Endoscopic (Video) Spinal Surgery (TESSYS and CESSYS)
Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease
Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disease
Adult spinal deformity

Research interests:

Reviews of spine surgery
Studies of Endoscopic discectomy
Treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (MRC funded)
Development of cervical and lumbar implants and surgical devices

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St John's Hospital, Livingston
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Council)
European Spine Society 
International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
British Association of Spine Surgeons
New York Academy of Sciences
British Orthopaedic Association

Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 316 2530
Private secretary fax:
0131 334 7338
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Friday 9am-1pm/1pm-4pm (alternate Fridays) Tuesday 1pm-4pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Gibson has accepted patients referred to the Spire Murrayfield Hospitals since 1997 with orthopaedic spinal problems.

This reflects his clinical practice at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh and St. John’s Hospital Livingston.  Previously he held appointments as Spinal Fellow at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and Visiting Scholar to the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Recent research has included publication of International Cochrane Literature Reviews of Surgery, development of a patented cervical disc arthroplasty and studies of a novel device harnessing growth to modify scoliosis.

He has specialist expertise in endoscopic spine surgery, pioneering transforaminal discectomy in the UK in collaboration with joimax GmbH, a leading equipment manufacturer.  Recent publications are available at  

Personal profile:

Member Thistle Lawn Tennis Club (past President), Mortonhall Golf Club, David Lloyd Club and the Arran Yacht Club.

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Mr J N Alastair Gibson

Mr J N Alastair Gibson Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Edinburgh, private hospital specialist.

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