Mr Alistair Ross MB, BS, FRCS

Mr Alistair Ross

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon


  • Orthopaedic surgery with a particular interest in spinal surgery, primary and revision joint replacement of the lower limb, peripheral nerve injuries and orthopaedic oncology.

Professional positions

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Bone Surgery (British Volume)
  • Examiner, Intercollegiate Board FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics)
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Bath


Alistair Ross was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Royal United Hospital and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath in 1988. He was also appointed Director of Orthopaedic Research and held in that post until 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 had considerable input into the education and training of Orthopaedic surgeons nationally, having been 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. Latterly as John Charnley Tutor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England when he was responsible for delivering its surgical skills courses. He also liaises between the major educational divisions of the Royal Colleges and the British Orthopaedic Association, and has developed the Core Skills in Operative Orthopaedic surgery course.

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 musculoskeletal tumours.

Membership of professional organisations

  • 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-elect)

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