As a specialist hip replacement surgeon, and expert in modern robotic surgery, Professor Middleton is recognised nationally and internationally for his work.

His appointment as Clinical Lead for hip and knee replacement at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has allowed him to work nationally to improve the care of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. In addition, Professor Middleton is Head of the Orthopaedic Research Department at Bournemouth University where he trains surgeons from all around the world in the latest hip replacement surgery techniques.

Professor Middleton has used his passion and talent as a renowned hip replacement surgeon to build a large clinical practice across four hospitals. He works as an NHS Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Trauma at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital, and privately as a hip replacement surgeon at The Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital and the Harbour Hospital, Poole.

Did you know? Hip replacement is the most successful elective operation, and Professor Middleton has been involved in the research behind robotic assisted hip replacements for over 20 years.

Qualifications & Honours

Educational and professional achievements

Professor Robert Middleton holds a number of notable qualifications and honours, achieved through years of training and studying at numerous educational facilities around the world including University of Cambridge, London Teaching Hospitals, Fribourg Switzerland, and the Royal Adelaide Hospital for Hip Replacement in Australia to name a few!


  • BA (Hons) in Medicine (University of Cambridge, 1986)
  • MB Bchir in Surgery (University of Cambridge, 1989)
  • FRCS in Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1993)
  • FRCS (Orth) in Orthopaedics (Royal College of Surgeonsof England, 1996)
  • CCST in Specialist trainingin trauma & Orthopaedic surgery (1999)

Honours & Achievements

  • Professor of Orthopaedics Bournemouth University
  • Head of the Orthopaedic Research Unit, Bournemouth University
  • Director of Trauma, Poole Hospital
  • NICE committee, Treatment of Osteoarthritis in the NHS
  • Clinical Lead for Hip and Knee Replacement at NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement
  • Hip Fellow, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • AO Trauma Fellow, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • King’s Fund Travelling Fellowship
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England, Travelling Fellowship

Memberships & associations

Professor Middleton holds a number of professional memberships and affiliations, including:

  • Nuffield Health
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • BMA
  • BOA
  • Bournemouth University
  • General Medical Council


Professor Middleton is highly involved in the research, public engagement and training side of hip replacement and robotic surgery. He has contributed his knowledge and expertise to a number of journals and other publications.

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