Robert Stuart qualified from University College Dublin medical school in 1982. In 1987 he graduated with FRCSI and in 1993 was awarded the degree of MCh from U.C.D. for his original research into oesophageal motility disorders. At the end of his specialty training in 1995 he qualified as a Specialist General Surgeon with an Upper Gastrointestinal Sub-speciality. Robert was awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Colleges of Surgeons in Glasgow and Hong Kong.
In 1992 Robert was Visiting Professor in Surgery at the Chinese University in Hong Kong and trained with Professor Sydney Chung in advanced endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Between 1995 and 2006 Robert was Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Royal Infirmary with a special interest in gastro-oesophageal diseases, endoscopy, gallstones, anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery. In 2006 Robert became the first consultant general surgeon in full-time independent practice in Glasgow, at Ross Hall Hospital. He is a member of the Ross Hall Medical Advisory Committee.
Since the 1980s Robert has been involved in clinical and laboratory research and has published over 100 original articles and book chapters in international medical literature. He regularly gives invited lectures and presentations worldwide. Robert chaired the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Networks (SIGN) guidelines for the management of Gastric and Oesophageal Cancer.
He is the Bariatric Surgery tutor on the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) course at the Cushieri Skills Centre in Dundee. Robert is a Fellow of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, a member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society and a Fellow of the European Association of Endoscopy Surgery.