approach to patient care
and medical education


dr n. med. Robert Śmigielski

Trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, Expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine

Precursor of new trends in the area of surgical and biological treatments, including stem cell therapy.

The why and how of human movement and sports fascinated me already during my time at the university. Orthopaedics, Traumatology, Sports Medicine - these were obvious choices. As it turns out, human motor system is still quite a mystery, with new publications rolling in regularly. The desire to learn about anatomy and further on, to understand the functions of individual components of our musculoskeletal system and how they interact with each other translated into my completing two specialisations and many research programs conducted in cooperation with top-notch surgeons and medical universities spread around the world.


There are no impossible missions or lost causes. Instead, there are patients seeking help and a plethora of untapped opportunities. In short: "Never give up, keep trying 'till you succeed!"


"Years of working together and gaining valuable experience. Excellent contact based on trust, dialogue and mutual respect. These are the people whose skills and professionalism I can attest to. That is why I know I can entrust my patients to their care."
~Robert Śmigielski

Daniel Kopko

physician during specialisation in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology, sports medicine expert with vast experience in working with elite athletes, including the Polish Weightlifting Federation team and ballet school dancers


Beata Ciszkowska-Łysoń

II deg. specialist in radiology and imaging diagnostics as well as nuclear medicine, doctor of medical sciences, expert in the field of imaging diagnostics in orthopaedics, in particular in ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging


Marcin Plenzler

physiotherapist and functional diagnostician, for many years head of the Functional Diagnostics Dept. at Carolina Medical Center, expert in the field of fascial techniques and postoperative rehabilitation, particularly of the knee joint


Dariusz Straszewski

physiotherapist, certified expert in the field of manual therapy, especially on the course of conservative lumbar-sacral discopathy treatment, qualified health coach and exceptional pain management specialist


Trauma & Orthopaedics

My experience in treating orthopaedic and trauma patients, working with athletes, and scientific research.


Head of the Department of Arthroscopy and Pediatric Knee Surgery at the Paediatric Surgery Hospital in Warsaw ("Na Kopernika")


Physician at the Central Sports Medicine Center (Centralny Ośrodek Medycyny Sportowej) in Warsaw


Scholarship holder of the International Olympic Committee - Rennbahn-Klinik in Basel, Switzerland


Orthopaedic surgeon in the Orthopaedic Surgery Ward of the Bródno Hospital (Warsaw)


Sports Medicine

2016 - member of the Medical Mission during the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
2011 - 2016 - head of the medical team dedicated to the dancers of the Polish Grand Theater, Opera and National Ballet
2008 - member of the Medical Mission during the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing
2006 - head of the Medical Mission during the Winter Olympic Games in Turin
2005-2008 - chairman of the Medical Committee of the Polish Football Association
2004 - member of the Medical Mission at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens
2004 - 2008 chairman of the Medical Committee of the Polish Swimming Association
1996 - head of the Medical Committee and the physician of the Polish Football Association
1992-1995 - physician of the representation of the Polish Triathlon Association
1987-1992 - physician of the Polish Kickboxing Association’s team


Research and Medical Education

  • founder and chairman of the Scientific Board of the "Ars Medicinalis" Foundation (formerly MIBO)
  • annually conducts about 40 lectures around the world
  • originator and co-founder of CEMED Medical Education Centre (Centrum Edukacji Medycznej)
  • author and co-author of almost 50 publications
  • instructor at specialisation courses and practical workshops
  • participates in numerous scientific projects including the co-creation of a knee surgery textbook with Harvard Medical School
  • he was the first to carry out a meniscus transplant and introduced stem cell therapy in orthopaedics in Poland
  • author of innovative surgical techniques, including an anatomical ACL reconstruction using the "ribbon" method
  • involved in the development and/or implementation of innovative technologies in medicine, including 3D printing and VR - one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in Poland using 3D-printed guides and models in orthopaedic procedures


27 April 2020

When orthopaedic patient requires a psychiatric consult?

Interdisciplinary orthopaedics… this time joining forces with psychiatrists! A characteristic quality of Dr. Śmigielski’s approach to patients and their problems is his holistic assessment of the […]
27 April 2020

Physical Activity and Genetics – where they intersect

Another lecture from the series of interdisciplinary speeches combining orthopaedics and other fields of medicine, This time, Dr. Robert Śmigielski was speaking at the 21st Congress […]


I am an active member of many international as well as local societies and associations whose main goal is to share experiences, educate, and establish best practices in trauma, orthopaedics, and sports and regenerative medicine.

Stępień K, Śmigielski R, Mouton C, Ciszek B, Engelhardt M, Seil R.

Anatomy of proximal attachment, course, and innervation of hamstring muscles: a pictorial essay. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019;27 (3):673-684.

Hamstring injuries are very common in sports medicine. Knowing their anatomy, morphology, innervation, and function is important to provide a proper diagnosis, treatment as well as appropriate prevention strategies.

Download the full text

Christian Fink, M.D., Robert Smigielski, M.D., Rainer Siebold, M.D., Elisabeth Abermann, M.D., and Mirco Herbort, M.D.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using a Ribbon-Like Graft With a C-Shaped Tibial Bone Tunnel

According to recent anatomic studies, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) appears to be a flat, ribbon-like structure, with a thin, oval-shaped insertion on the femur and a C-shaped tibial insertion.

Download the full text

Śmigielski R, Zdanowicz U, Drwięga M, Ciszek B, Williams A.

The anatomy of the anterior cruciate ligament and its relevance to the technique of reconstruction. Bone Joint J 2016;98-B:1020–6.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is commonly performed and has been for many years. Despite this, the technical details related to ACL anatomy, such as tunnel placement, are still a topic for debate. In this paper, we introduce the flat ribbon concept of the anatomy of the ACL, and its relevance to clinical practice.

Download the full text

Śmigielski R, Zdanowicz U, Drwięga M, Ciszek B, Siebold R.

Chapter 1: Ribbonlike Anatomy 1 of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament from Its Femoral Insertion to the Midsubstance

This is a detailed anatomical study describing the ribbonlike structure of the ACL from its femoral insertion to the midsubstance. A key point was to carefully remove the surface fibrous membrane of the ACL. Two millimeter from its bony direct femoral insertion, the ACL formed a flat ribbonlike ligament without a clear separation between AM and PL bundles. The ribbon was in exact continuity of the posterior femoral cortex. The findings of a flat ligament may change the approach to femoral ACL footprint and midsubstance ACL reconstruction and to graft selection.

Download the full text

Szaro P, Witkowski G, Śmigielski R, Krajewski P, Ciszek B.

Fascicles of the adult human Achilles tendon – An anatomical study.

The Achilles or calcaneal tendon is the structural base for the biomechanical work of the ankle joint. The purpose of this study is to describe the internal structure of the human Achilles tendon. The anatomy of the Achilles tendon has been described in lower mammals in which it has three parts which can be dissected from its beginning to the insertion onto the calcaneus. The partial ruptures of each part suggest that the human Achilles tendon may also be composed of parts.

Download the full text


Life Institute, where I provide services in orthopedics, traumatology, sports medicine, regenerative medicine, including stem cells therapy in cooperation with the Polish Stem Cells Bank.


LIFE Institute
ul. Grzybowska 43a, lok. U8 (1 piętro)
00-855 Warszawa
Dedykowane wejście od ul. Żelaznej.

Tel. Kom.: +48 733 466 677

Life partners:


Enel-Med Szpital Centrum
Al. Solidarności 128
01-195 Warszawa

Recepcja szpitala:
tel.: +48 22 431 66 28
kom.: +48 882 061 559‬