Dr Rob Nairn

Dr Rob Nairn


Rob graduated with honours from the University of Western Australia in 2002. He entered the Western Australian Radiology training programme in 2006 and in 2010 he completed his radiological studies. He then commenced a year long musculoskeletal fellowship training position at The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa, Canada. He completed his fellowship training in July 2011 and returned to Western Australia joining Perth Radiological Clinic in August 2011. He became a Partner in 2015.


Musculoskeletal Imaging

Fellowship Training

One year musculoskeletal imaging fellowship including ultrasound, CT and MRI; The Ottawa Hospital/Ottawa University, Ontario, Canada 2010-2011.

Recent Publications

A Midterm Evaluation of Postoperative Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections on Arthroscopic Supraspinatus Repair: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ebert J, Wang A, Smith A, Nairn R, Breidahl W, Zheng MH, Ackland T. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2017 First published online August 14, 2017.

Not All Abdominal Wall Masses in Women Are Endometriomas or Desmoids; Endometriosis-Associated Abdominal Wall Cancer. Archer L, Wong D, Nairn R, Hodder R. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Accepted for publication 2017 24 Jul

Is the hip capsule thicker in diseased hips? K. S. Rakhra, MD FRCPC, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, A. A. Bonura, MBBS, Radiologist, R. Nairn, MBBS, Radiologist, M. E. Schweitzer, MD, Musculoskeletal Radiologist; Professor, N. M. Kolanko, MD, Radiologist, and P. E. Beaule, MD, FRCR, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor. Bone Joint Res.2016 Nov;5(11):586–593.

MDM2/CDK4 gene amplification in large/deep-seated ‘lipomas’: incidence, predictors and clinical significance.
Wong DD, Low IC, Peverall J, Robbins PD, Spagnolo DV, Nairn R, Carey-Smith RL, Wood D. Pathology.2016Apr;48(3):203-9.doi:10.1016/j.pathol.2016.02.007. Epub 2016 Mar 2.

Incidence, degree, and development of graft hypertrophy 24 months after matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation: association with clinical outcomes. Ebert JR, Smith A, Fallon M, Butler R, Nairn R, Breidahl W, Wood DJ. AmJSportsMed.2015Sep;43(9):2208-15.doi:10.1177/0363546515591257. Epub 2015 Jul 10.

Reliability of a 3 T MRI protocol for objective grading of supraspinatus tendonosis and partial thickness tears.
Bauer S, Wang A, Butler R, Fallon M, Nairn R, Budgeon C, Breidahl W, Zheng MH. J Orthop Surg Res. 2014 Dec 18;9:128. doi: 10.1186/s13018-014-0128-x.

Anatomic repair of the distal biceps tendon cannot be consistently performed through a classic single-incision suture anchor technique. Hansen G1, Smith A2, Pollock JW3, Werier J3, Nairn R4, Rakhra KS5, Benoit D2, Papp S3 J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Sep 11. pii: S1058-2746(14)00368-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2014.06.051. [Epub ahead of print]

Percutaneous vertebroplasty: current evidence and controversies, technique, patient selection and complications. Nairn, R, Sheikh, A. Accepted for publication in Radiology Research and Practice.

Recent Posters and Presentations

Scientific Poster RSNA 2013. Hip Capsule Thickness in Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). Bonura A, Nairn R, Schweitzer ME, Beaule PE, Kolanko NM, Rakhra KS