Mr Robert Lee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Specialises in

  • Complex spinal surgery
  • Minimal access spinal surgery
  • Back pain investigations
  • Back pain management

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I specialise in minimally invasive fusions and decompressions with the emphasis on preservation of the paraspinal musculature and fast rehabilitation. My work as a spinal surgeon at the RNOH routinely involves all areas of the spine, in particular highly complex cases that have been referred from centres around the UK - this includes degenerative, deformity, infection, tumour and trauma work.

I studied medicine at UCL Medical School in London and completed a BSc in Orthopaedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore (RNOH), with research into degenerative intervertebral discs. Having trained as a specialist registrar on the North West London rotation (including several years at the RNOH), I completed the Vancouver Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship in Canada. In 2010 I was appointed as a consultant spine surgeon in Vancouver, and took up my current post at the RNOH in 2012. I also trained in endoscopic microdiscectomies in Bordeaux, France, and completed certified North American training in kyphoplasty and disc arthroplasty.

During my time in Vancouver, Canada, I developed my expertise in computer navigated spine surgery (O-arm and stealth navigation) and have since performed hundreds of procedures using this novel technology.

Some of my cases have been published in scientific literature, one of which was awarded the Jacques DuParc award at the EFORT 2012 European scientific conference.


General Medical Council Number: C4629586

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Robert Lee at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Complex adult degenerative disease and deformity
  • Computer navigated spinal surgery
  • Infection
  • Minimal access spinal surgery
  • Trauma and Spinal cord injury
  • Tumours – primary and metastatic

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Additional information

Special clinical interests: Minimal access spinal surgery, Complex adult degenerative disease and deformity, Computer-navigated spinal surgery, Tumours – primary and metastatic, Trauma and spinal cord injury, Infection.

Research interests

Minimally invasive techniques, computer navigated spinal surgery, management of post-operative spinal infections, metastatic spinal disease



Lee RS, Noonan VK, Batke J, Ghag A, Paquette S, Boyd MC, Fisher C, Street J, Dvorak M, Kwon B: Feasibility of Patient Recruitment into Clinical Trials of Novel Neuroprotective Treatments for Acute Spinal Cord Injury – J Clin Neurosci. 2012 Oct;19(10):1338-43

Schouten R, Lee RS, Boyd MC, Kwon BK, Paquette S, Dvorak MF, Fisher C, Street J: Utility of  Intra-operative Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (O-ARM) and Stereotactic Navigation in Acute Spinal Trauma Surgery – Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. August 2012  19(8): 1137-1143

Lee RS, Reed D, Saiffudin A: Correlation between coronal misbalance on plain radiographs and neuraxial abnormalities on MRI - European Spine Journal 2012 21(6):1106-1110

Lee RS, Dooley JF:  Intrathoracic Dislocation of the Inferior Pole of the Scapula Following Thoracotomy – awaiting publication in Acta Chirurgica Belgica

Vidayan S, Bartlett W, Lee RS, Ostler P, Blunn GR, Cannon SR, Briggs TWR: Use of irradiated autologous bone in joint sparing endoprosthetic femoral replacement tumour surgery – Indian Journal  Orthopaedics. March 2011 Vol 45(2) 161-67

Dunne N, Lee RS: Mixing and Management of Acrylic Bone Cent – Orthopaedic Product News, Feb 2008: 60-62

Lee RS, Weitzel S, Eastwood DM, Monsell F, Pringle J, Cannon SR, Briggs TWR: Osteofibrous Dysplasia. The need for a radical surgical approach – JBJS(B), May 2006 Vol 88-B(5):658-64

Lee RS, Kayser MV, Ali SY: Calcium phosphate microcrystal deposition in the intervertebral disc – Journal of Anatomy, Jan 2006 208(1):13-9

Lee RS, Langstaff RJ: Entrusting patients with their own plain radiographs increases their availability in fracture clinic – Injury, Dec 2005 36(12):1413-5

Haddo O, Higgs D, Lee RS, Pringle J, Cannon SR, Briggs TWR: Not all sacral tumours are chordomas. JBJS Sept 2004 Vol 86-B(Supp III): 256

Lee RS, Higgs D, Pringle J, Haddo O, Briggs TWR: Osteosarcoma associated with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia: a case of a child receiving growth hormone therapy. Sarcoma, March 2004 Vol 8(1): 47-49


Feasibility of Patient Recruitment into Clinical Trials of Novel Neuroprotective Treatments for Acute Spinal Cord Injury
October 2012

Media Coverage

Mr Lee is featured in the Tatler Doctors Guide 2013 - Britain's top 250 Consultants by specialty
Jan 2013

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore.

I am a keen golfer and skier, love travelling and enjoy cooking.

Telephone 020 8901 5555
Private secretary Julie Leete
Private secretary telephone 020 8901 0318
Private secretary email