Mr R J Barr – Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

After qualifying MB BCh BAO from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1982 John Barr went on to complete both general surgical and orthopaedic training in Northern Ireland.  He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed) in 1986.  He was then awarded his certificate for completion of training in Orthopaedic surgery in October 1992.  He completed a Doctorate of Medicine by thesis (MD), awarded (from QUB) in 1993.

In 1993 he gained further surgical experience in bone and soft tissue sarcoma surgery and arthroplasty at the prestigious Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham (UK).  There followed a travelling scholarship to the USA where he visited centres of excellence managing tumours, trauma and arthroplasty.  He met and observed the work of world renowned figures in orthopaedics, sarcoma and trauma including Drs Henry Mankin, Bill Enneking and Andrew Burgess (from Boston, Gainesville and Baltimore respectively)

On returning to NI he was appointed Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Royal Victoria and Musgrave Park Hospitals, Belfast in April 1994. Since then his clinical workload has spanned the generality of both elective and traumatic musculoskeletal conditions (including spine). He has extensive experience in the management of multiple injuries, long-bone fractures, peri-articular fractures and lower limb arthroplasty. He has established a Sarcoma service and has remained actively involved in the management of major musculoskeletal trauma, metastatic bone disease and hip replacement surgery.

Locally he is Lead Clinician for the Fracture Outcomes Unit.  Nationally he is on the steering group of the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD).  He is a recognized appraiser for the Belfast Trust and has completed many appraisals for Consultant and other colleagues preparing for revalidation.

He was appointed to the Intercollegiate Board of Examiners for the specialty examination FRCS (T&Orth) in 2003.  He has since attended many examinations throughout the UK and Ireland.  He has been an examiner assessor since 2014.   He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Orthopaedic Oncology Society.

He has a keen interest in post-graduate teaching, training and patient outcomes. To this end, he has been (and currently remains) involved in steering groups within the Belfast Trust.

Mr Barr has a long established personal injury and medical negligence practice reporting on injury sustained in many circumstances. He has experience preparing for, attending and giving evidence in court (North and South Ireland). He sees patients for examination by appointment in Belfast and Newry.

For Medico-legal appointments contact details are:

Personal Assistant:             Mrs Gayle Cole
Telephone:                           (028) 92622322