Dr. Robin Higgs' philosophy has always been to deliver skilled orthopaedic treatment with kindness and understanding. Robin is an Orthopaedic Consultant and Orthopaedic Engineer. He has contributed to the advancement of prosthetic design, pioneered the clinical use of ceramic biomaterials and introduced cement-free total joint replacement in Australia. He is the sole designer of a Modular Shoulder Prosthesis and was the recipient of the prestigious Pauwel's Medal for Orthopaedics. He holds academic appointments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and in the Faculty of Science at The University of Technology, Sydney. He is a former Airborne Forces Army Officer, Grade Cricket Player, Canoeist, Parachutist, Medical Officer to International Cricket Teams and youth soccer coach.
Dr. Robin Higgs began his medical career in London at St Bartholomews Hospital. He has served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, commanding a Parachute Field Surgical Unit, and he has served with Commonwealth Forces in Malaysia before commencing Orthopaedic Training in London and Sydney.
Orthopaedic training was undertaken with the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of Australia and New Zealand have been achieved and the Dr. is also a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association. Robin is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and a Member of The Australian Academy of Forensic Science.
Dr. Higgs' major orthopaedic appointment was with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Concord RGH. He has been Director of Orthopaedic Surgery and Executive Director of Surgery at that hospital.
In 1977 Dr. Higgs was Medical Director of the Wales Rescue (SLSA) Helicopter Service. One of the exciting rescues Dr. Higgs has taken part in was featured in the Melbourne Age newspaper. He is seen jumping from the helicopter into the Tasman Sea to provide aid to a burning yacht during the 1977 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Dr. Higgs' main interest and experience is in MAJOR JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY. This interest follows from the many years at Concord Repatriation General Hospital where the patient base was largely from the Veteran community - the age group most needing this type of surgery. During this time Dr. Higgs introduced the (now routine) use of ceramic materials and cement-free implant fixation. This led to his work with Young Adult Joint Reconstruction.
|In 1993 Robin was appointed as Associate Dr. in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, and in 2001 he was appointed Visiting Dr. in the Faculty of Science at The University of Technology, Sydney. The contributions to Orthopaedic Engineering have been many. There has been involvement with the design of three Total Hip Prostheses, the improvement of articulating materials and the design of an artificial shoulder. He is the sole designer of a Modular Prosthetic Shoulder which has been available world wide. His great interest remains Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacement Surgery.
Dr. Higgs has been awarded three postgraduate medals. These have included the prestigious Pauwels medal - awarded by the German Orthopaedic Society for contributions to World Orthopaedic Research in general and for contribution to the understanding of the Biomechanics of the Hip Joint in particular.
In 1996 Dr. Higgs was also appointed Associate Dr. in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Academic appointments in two Faculties of the same University is a rarely achieved honour.
Dr. Higgs conducts his private practice at the North Sydney Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre at Crows Nest.
Dr. Higgs has taught and performed surgery in Europe and Asia. He has demonstrated surgical procedures in 7 countries. He has served on the Scientific Board of Trustees of the AFOR Foundation in Switzerland. This Swiss Government and Industry supported organization is committed to International Orthopaedic Research and Education. He has advised the Austrian Government and was a member of the Scientific Committee tasked with the evaluation of Austrian (K-Plus) research centres.
The Dr. regularly contributes to the scientific literature and to learned societies. He has published 45 papers and chapters, and he has presented 142 papers at National and International meetings. He has written three operative technique brochures and produced two instructional videos.
- Tribology & Rheology of articulating materials & lubricants
- The investigation of improved methods of cementless & cement fixation of artificial joints
- The mechanical properties of skin
- The Orthopaedic use of Tantalum
- Joint Replacement (Hip, Knee & Shoulder)
- Young Adult Joint Reconstruction
- Veterans affairs with respect to Arthritis
- Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Claims
- Orthopaedic Biomechanics & Engineering
- Biomaterials Research & Implant Design
|Member / Fellow:
- Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
- Member Australian Academy of Forensic Science
- The Association for Orthopaedic Research - Scientific Board Member (AFOR - Switzerland)
- Fellow of Australian Orthopaedic Association
- Fellow of British Orthopaedic Association
- Australian Medical Association
- British Medical Association
- The Arthroplasty Society of Australia
- The Aviation Medical Society of Australia & New Zealand
- Medico-Legal Society of New South Wales & Med Law Society
- NH & MRC Independent Assessor