Mr Robert U Ashford MD FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon


Robert Ashford graduated from the London Hospital Medical College in 1992. He undertook basic surgical training in London and East Anglia and he continued his Orthopaedic training in Yorkshire. After passing the FRCS(Tr. & Orth.) in 2004, he completed a one year fellowship in Sydney, Australia under the expert tuition of Dr Paul Stalley, a world-renowned sarcoma surgeon. He completed a further one year fellowship in lower limb arthroplasty at Buckinghamshire Hospitals with David Johnstone and lower limb joint reconstruction and tumour surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore working under the supervision of Steve Cannon, Tim Briggs, Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, John Skinner and Richard Carrington.

He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the East Midlands Sarcoma Service in 2007. Mr Ashford has extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of hip and knee conditions, bone and soft tissue tumours and trauma. Mr Ashford has published extensively in these fields. He has been awarded an MD for his thesis entitled "Improving the patient journey in breast cancer metastatic to the skeleton" by the University of Sheffield. He is an Honorary Consultant Lecturer in the Department of Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the NHS England Sarcoma Clinical Reference Group.

In 2014 Mr Ashford was selected by the British Orthopaedic Association as an American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellow. The ABC Fellowship is a prestigious, highly competitive and sought-after honour awarded to leaders in the field of orthopaedic surgery. ABC Fellows are chosen every two years and travel to various academic institutions in the United States and Canada. They present their research and act as international ambassadors for the BOA as they learn about healthcare and research in their host countries. Mr Ashford is the first Leicester Surgeon to be named an ABC Fellow. He visited 12 centres on the East Coast of the United States and Canada.

Mr Ashford teaches on a number of courses including the Oxford Musculoskeletal Oncology Review Course and the Yorkshire FRCS(Orth) Revision Course and has been invited to lecture regularly on skeletal metastases.

Mr Ashford is an avid supporter of Leicester Tigers, helps coach his son's team at Syston RFC and is a qualified RFU referee. He enjoys hacking his way around the golf course. He also enjoys skiing, watching (and occasionally playing) cricket and a busy family life!

Mr Ashford is a member of the following specialist societies: General Medical Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, British Orthopaedic Association(BOA), British Orthopaedic Oncology Society (BOOS), British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO), British Association for Surgery of the Knee, British Hip Society and European Hip Society.

He has served as honorary secretary of BOOS and been a member of the BOA education committee and NCRI Sarcoma Clinical Studies Group. He is currently a member of the BASO national committee.


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