Robert Śmigielski is a specialist trauma and orthopaedics surgeon, as well as an expert in sports medicine. He has been a member of the Polish Olympic Team since 2002. Continually on a quest to perfect his techniques, this year he has founded the MIBO Foundation – International Institute for Orthopaedic Research.
His main areas of orthopaedic expertise are the knee (mainly ACL, PCL, menisci, and patellofemoral joint), muscles and tendons, and the ankle joint with a special interest in the Achilles tendon. He is best known for his anatomical discoveries that resulted in new, anatomy-based methods of the ACL and the Achilles tendon reconstructions. His findings (the ribbon-like form of the ACL and three-bundle structure of the Achilles) were, and are (as he tirelessly spends hours in the cadaver lab) based on the years of careful studying the anatomy through dissection, as well as his experiences in the OR.
Robert is a member of a number of specialist orthopaedics study groups and societies, such as AAOS, ACL study group, AGA, ESSKA, ISAKOS, UASTKA, and many more. He regularly attends congresses and meetings during which he shares his knowledge and experience with fellow surgeons. He has published many papers and several book chapters.
Between 1998 and 2017, he ran a successful sports medicine and orthopaedics clinic in Warsaw, called the Carolina Medical Center. Shortly before he left to take up new challenges, the clinic was awarded the title of FIFA Clinic of Excellence. Speaking of soccer, between 2006 and 2010, Robert was the Chief of the Medical Committee of the Polish Football Association. Moreover, in the year 2004-2006 he was the Chairman of the Medical Commission, a statutory body of the Polish Olympic Committee. Now, apart from his scientific endeavours, he stays busy working with patients at a newly established Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Institute called MIRAI. His patients range from professional athletes to amateurs who enjoy an active lifestyle. A large portion of his time is devoted to teaching residents and fellow surgeons and perfecting his techniques. Every minute that is left in his intense schedule he spends with his family and on his robust anatomical research.