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Mr Robert Lee Mr Robert Lee

Lee, Mr Robert

  • Position: Consultant Spinal Surgeon
  • Qualifications: BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth) Fellowship trained in Vancouver (Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Program)
  • Specialty: Minimal access surgery, adult degenerative deformity and scoliosis, low back disorders, pars repairs, computer navigated spinal surgery, revision surgery, complex spinal surgery, sacroiliac joint fusion surgery.

Profile:

Mr Lee’s work as a spinal surgeon in Stanmore routinely involves all areas of the spine and in particular highly complex cases that have been referred from centres around the UK.

This includes degenerative cases, deformity (spondylolisthesis and adult scoliosis), revision cases, sacroiliac joint fusion, infection, tumour (primary and metastatic) and trauma work. He specialises in anterior and posterior minimally invasive fusions and decompressions with the emphasis on preservation of the paraspinal musculature and fast rehabilitation.

Mr Lee was fellowship trained in Vancouver, Canada where he developed his expertise in computer navigated spine surgery (O-arm and stealth navigation) and has performed over a thousand cases using this novel technology.

Mr Lee is regularly asked to speak at international and national conferences and is a faculty member on many minimally invasive courses. He has published extensively and his current research interests are the outcomes after minimally invasive surgery, adult deformity correction and computer navigated spinal surgery.

Mr Lee is currently the national lead of the British Spine Registry and is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society.

Mr Lee also has a personal website which can be found here.

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Procedures/treatment undertaken:

Adult degenerative deformity and scoliosis, low back surgery, pars repairs, computer navigated spinal surgery, revision surgery, complex spinal surgery, sacroiliac joint fusion surgery, anterior column reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery.

Education and Training:

Qualifications: BSc, MBBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Fellowship trained in Vancouver (Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Program)

Research interests:

Outcomes after minimally invasive surgery, adult deformity correction and computer navigated spinal surgery.

Achievements/ awards/publications

UCL Medical School - Proxime accesit to the University of London Gold Medal

Winner of the RNOH 2019 Staff Achievement Award for Achieving Excellence

Publications:

Lee YC, Lee R. Image-guided pedicle screws using intraoperative cone-beam CT and navigation. A cost-effectiveness study. J Clin Neurosci. 2020 Feb;72:68-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2020.01.025

Lee YC, Lee R, Harman C. The incidence of new onset sacroiliac joint pain following lumbar fusion. J Spine Surg. 2019 Sep;5(3):310-314. doi: 10.21037/jss.2019.09.05.

Lee YC, Lee R.: Minimal invasive surgical algorithm for revision lumbar spinal surgery. J Spine Surg. 2019 Dec;5(4):413-424. doi: 10.21037/jss.2019.09.08.

Mokawem M, Katzouraki G, Harman C, Lee R. Lumbar interbody fusion rates with 3D-printed lamellar titanium cages using a silicate-substituted calcium phosphate bone graft. J Clin Neurosci. 2019 Oct;68:134-139. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2019.07.011

Lee RS, Beder D, Street J, Boyd M, Fisher C, Dvorak M, Paquette S, Kwon B: The use of vacuum-assisted closure in spinal wound infections with or without exposed dura. Eur Spine J. 2018 Oct;27(10):2536-2542

Lee RS, Batke J, Weir L, Dea N, Fisher C: Timing of surgery and radiotherapy in the management of metastatic spine disease: Expert Opinion. Journal of Spine Surgery 2018 Jun;4(2):368-373

Prasad V, Mesfin A, Lee RS, Reigrut J, Schmidt J: Probing, Tapping, Toggling: Are we inserting pedicle screws properly. Spine Deformity. 2016 Nov;4(6):395-399

Sedra F, Lee RS, Dominguez I, Wilson L: Neurological complications using a novel retractor system for direct lateral minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Sep;31:81-7

Mendelsohn D, Dea N, Lee RS, Boyd MC: Bilateral Pedicle and Crossed Translaminar Screws in C2. Asian Spine J. 2015 Oct;9(5):783-8

Lee RS, Schmidt J: Probing, Tapping, Toggling: Are we inserting pedicle screws properly. Spine News International. Sept 2014

Schouten R, Keynan O, Lee RS, Street JT, Boyd MC, Paquette SJ, Kwon BK, Dvorak MF, Fisher CG: Health-related quality-of-life outcomes after thoracic (T1-T10) fractures. Spine J. 2014 Aug 1;14(8):1635-42

DiPaola C, Dea N, Dvorak, M, Lee RS, Hartig D, Fisher C: Surgeon-Industry Conflict of Interest: Survey of Opinions Regarding Industry Sponsored Educational Events and Surgeon Teaching. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Mar;20(3):313-21

Aftab S, Chimutengwende-Gordon M, Malik A, Lee R: The Use of Stem Cells For The Treatment of Spinal Surgical Conditions - Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2013 Vol. 8, No. 6, Sep 9.

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 – Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2012 Oct;19(10):1338-43

Lee RS, Dooley JF: Intrathoracic Dislocation of the Inferior Pole of the Scapula Following Thoracotomy – Acta Chir Belg, 2012, 112, 450-452

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 neuroaxial abnormalities on MRI - European Spine Journal 2012 21(6):1106-1110

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 tumor surgery – Indian Journal Orthopaedics. March 2011 Vol 45(2): 161-67

Dunne N, Lee RS: Mixing and Management of Acrylic Bone Cement –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

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