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Alistair Ross was Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Royal United Hospital and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath from 1988-2012. He was also Director of Orthopaedic Research (1988-2005). He was educated at Westminster School and studied medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in the University of London. 

He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals. He was the British Orthopaedic Association's European Travelling Scholar in 1987 and received two other scholarships that year to study in Europe and the United States. He has been the principal author or co-author of over 100 publications, abstracts and presentations on joint replacement, spinal surgery, peripheral nerve injuries and orthopaedic oncology and has talked on these topics both nationally and internationally in addition to giving more than 50 invited lectures. 

He has recently contributed to the 41st edition of Gray’s Anatomy. He was a member of the Education Committee of the British Orthopaedic Association for eight years during which he helped devise the core curriculum for higher surgical training. As John Charnley Tutor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, he was responsible for delivering its surgical skills courses. 

He also liaised between the educational divisions of the Royal Colleges and the British Orthopaedic Association, and developed the Core Skills in Operative Orthopaedic surgery course. He has been an Associate Editor of the Bone & Joint Journal (formerly the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British Volume) for ten years and edits BJJ News. He also reviews for a number of other journals. 

Clinically, he has developed minimal incision techniques for surgery of the hip and lumbar spine which have been reported nationally and internationally. His practice is based on precise diagnosis followed by careful selection of the most appropriate treatment for the individual patient. He runs a tertiary referral service for complex reconstructive problems, failed spinal surgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus problems and musculo-skeletal tumours. 

He has an extensive medicolegal practice in personal injury and medical negligence with an increasing number of instructions in high value cases from the major national firms of solicitors. He has appeared as an expert witness in cases up to and including the High Court and has lectured and written on medicolegal aspects of orthopaedic practice.

Professional Memberships

  • Spine Society of Europe
  • International Society of Limb Salvage
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (President 1993/4)
  • British Orthopaedic Oncology Society (founder member 1989)
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons (founder member 1997)
  • British Hip Society
  • British Orthopaedic Study Group (Editorial Secretary 1998-2008, Secretary 2009-11)

Clinical Interests

  • Primary and revision joint replacement
  • Spinal surgery 
  • Orthopaedic oncology

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