Mr Alistair John Stirling

Personal profile

Mr Alistair Stirling is an experienced consultant spinal surgeon, treating and managing all conditions of the thoracolumbar spine including prolapsed discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spinal tumours, spinal infection, spinal trauma, spondylolysis and lisththesis, degenerative spinal disease and low back pain, and coccydynia. In 2012 his work was recognised with an NHS National Silver Clinical Excellence award. 

 He was appointed consultant at the renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in Birmingham in 1990 where he was responsible for the introduction of microsurgical decompressive and reconstructive techniques. He was previously an MRC Research Fellow in the Department of Spinal Surgery at the University of Leeds, and undertook a Surgical Fellowship in Sydney, Australia. 

Mr Stirling is a recognised national authority on the treatment of spinal oncology and was the lead clinician for the published NICE guideline on metastatic spinal cord compression. He continues as an expert adviser for NICE guidelines. He was Foundation Tutor for Spinal Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2006-11 and introduced courses teaching spinal surgery from introductory level to masterclass level for consultants. 

In 2014, he was elected and continues as Chair of the United Kingdom Spinal Societies Board. He sits on the NHS England Improving Spinal Care Project Board and was a principle contributing author to the National Back and Radicular pain pathway 2017. He sits on the European Spine Societies Advisory Board. He was previously a member of the Council of the British Orthopaedic Association 2012-16. 

Outside of his work Mr Stirling enjoys court sports, skiing and sailing.

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Spinal cord Injury Specialists
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Scoliosis Society
  • RCS Tutor in Spinal Surgery
  • Society for Back Pain Research
  • The Society of British Neurological Surgeons

Clinical Interests

  • Coccydynia
  • Facet joint/nerve root injections
  • Low back pain, sciatica, slipped disc, prolapsed disc, trapped nerve
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal stenosis, degenerative spinal disease 
  • Spinal tumour
  • Spondylolisthesis

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

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