The Team

Robert Lovell

I qualified from University College London Medical School in 1998 and undertook my basic surgical training at University College Hospital, St. Mary's and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. I then joined the East Anglian Higher Surgical Training Programme in Trauma and Orthopaedics. During this training I specialised in spinal surgery and, after gaining my Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, travelled to Australia for the prestigious year long AO Spinal fellowship in Brisbane.


I was appointed as a consultant in spinal surgery at The Ipswich Hospital in 2010. My practice involves all aspects of spinal surgery including trauma, deformity, infection, cancer and degenerative conditions such as back pain and sciatica. My particular sub-speciality interests is cervical (neck) surgery and I have extensive experience in cervical disc replacement. I also have an interest in the non-operative management of back pain and have a growing practice of spinal surgery under regional anaesthesia (just numbing the bottom half of the body as with a caesarian section). This markedly reduces post-operative pain and enhances recovery.


I consult privately at Gilmour Piper as part of the multi-disciplinary team and offer a complete spinal service involve all aspects of diagnosis and treatment including MRI scans, injections and surgery. I regularly undertake spinal medico-legal and clinical negligence work and provide operating services privately at both The Suffolk Nuffield Hospital and The Ipswich Hospital.


I am actively involved with the education of trainee surgeons and other colleagues, lecturing widely and internationally on many aspects of spinal surgery. I also lecture to patient groups.


Outside of work I am a keen musician and am happily married with two young daughters.


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