Mr Robert Lee
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
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.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Robert Lee at Spire include:
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
Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore
I am a keen golfer and skier, love travelling and enjoy cooking.