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To protect you, your family and the staff of RNOH Private Care, we now have the facilities to offer video consultations. Your consultant will tell you if your appointment is to be carried out in this way and their practice secretary will provide you with all of the information you need to do this.

If you are asked to attend RNOH Private Care outpatient centre for your appointment, please ensure that you read the information below and follow any social distancing instructions when you arrive at the hospital:


If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. The symptoms are:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. You can find the latest information and advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – alcohol gel is effective against respiratory viruses
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Mr Robert Lee

Mr Lee studied medicine at UCL and completed a BSc in Orthopaedics with research into degenerative intervertebral discs. He completed the Vancouver Spine Fellowship and was appointed as a consultant spinal surgeon in Vancouver in 2010 and took up his current post at the RNOH in 2012.

During his time in Vancouver he developed his expertise in computer navigated spine surgery (O-arm and stealth navigation) and has performed hundreds of cases using this technology.

His work routinely involves highly complex cases that have been referred from centres around the UK. This includes degenerative, deformity, infection, tumour and trauma work. He specialises in minimally invasive fusions with the emphasis on preservation of the paraspinal musculature and fast rehabilitation.

He has authored 17 publications to date, has over 20 podium presentations and is a regular invited speaker at international and national conferences. He also serves as faculty on many courses.

Minimal access surgery, adult degenerative deformity and scoliosis, low back disorders, spinal trauma, infection, cervical disc disease and spinal tumours

Procedures Offered:
All spinal surgery excluding paediatric scoliosis. Specialises in minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery including TLIFs, Lateral Interbody Fusions and ALIFs.

Clinical Interests:
Minimally invasive spinal surgery, adult deformity surgery, metastatic and primary tumours, computer navigated surgery.

Research Interests:
Minimally invasive spinal surgery, computer navigated spinal surgery, outcomes in adult degenerative deformity surgery.

Published Papers:

Lee RS, Schmidt J: Probing, Tapping, Toggling: Are we inserting pedicle screws properly. Accepted for publication by Spinal Deformity

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

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