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James Robinson


Mr James Robinson is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising exclusively in knee surgery. His NHS practice is based at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol, one of the largest teaching hospital units in the UK. He runs weekly knee sports injury clinics and organises the training program for junior surgical trainees.

He has particular interest in arthroscopic “key-hole” surgery, ligament reconstruction, partial knee replacement as well as cartilage and meniscus repair and the treatment of early arthritis. He is often referred complex cases from around the region and has been invited to demonstrate surgery in both Europe and North America.

James undertook his orthopaedic training in London where he was also Clinical Research Fellow in Sports Trauma Surgery at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine. Here he published his thesis on knee ligament injuries and was awarded the prestigious Master of Surgery degree by the University of London.

Following this he spent a year’s fellowship in Bordeaux at the ‘Clinique du Sport’ (an institution consistently rated as France’s pre-eminent sports medicine clinic). He was trained in the latest techniques in arthroscopic (“Key-hole”) surgery, including Anatomic ‘Double-bundle’ Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction. In France he became proficient in the use of computer-assisted surgery (CAS) for knee reconstruction and replacement, making him now one of very few UK based surgeons trained in computer-assisted ACL reconstruction. He spent a further six month’s fellowship in the UK specialising in partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement. He has also spent time at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and at the Orthopaedic Institute of Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA.

James acts as a consultant to several orthopaedic industry companies, and has developed surgical techniques and instruments to assist knee ligament reconstructions and partial knee replacements. He has published many research articles and book chapters on knee surgery and received awards both nationally and in Europe for knee research. He is a reviewer for The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He is regularly invited to lecture and present his research at international meetings, and recently won the President’s Medal awarded by the British Association for Surgery of the Knee.

James has a keen sporting interest and previously captained his university cricket side. He remains a keen golfer, tennis player and in the winter enjoys ski-mountaineering. During his fellowship in Bordeaux it was difficult not to develop an interest in wine! He lives with his family in a small village outside Bristol.