Welcome to the new era of surgical precision
Restoring quality of life through next-generation robotic surgical systems

About Us

The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) is a private, independent medical research organisation dedicated to enhancing patient outcomes by accelerating the convergence of innovation and surgical excellence.

Established in 2015, AIRO was founded by leading Australian orthopaedic surgeon scientists Professor Riaz Khan and Associate Professor Daniel Fick, and Managing Director, Associate Professor Brett Robertson.

Working in partnership with local and international universities and leading private organisations, AIRO is collaborating with experts in biomedical and robotic engineering, computer science, molecular and cellular science, biomechanics, physiotherapy and psychology to study and develop industry-leading, evidence-based technology that offers unparalleled function and precision.

The fundamental driver of AIRO is to restore quality of life to patients through the development of next generation orthopaedic surgical systems. Our research and development activities are driven through strong clinical interactions to deliver a step change improvement in evidence based, surgical precision.

Together, AIRO and its partners are creating a new standard of patient care, and a bright future for the field of orthopaedics.


Professor Riaz Khan


Professor Riaz Khan qualified from Guys Hospital in London, and completed his orthopaedic training in Cambridge. He undertook a fellowship in Perth, Western Australia, before returning there as a consultant in 2005 where he has been practicing ever since.  He works in partnership with Professor Daniel Fick at The Joint Studio, and operates out of Hollywood Private Hospital, the Mount Hospital, and St John of God Hospital Geraldton.

Riaz is a professor at the University of North Texas and Curtin University of Technology and is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He is a Surgeon Scientist who has published over 40 peer review journal articles and has been awarded over AUD1 million in research grant funding.  He has delivered over 50 invited presentations to learned societies and serves as a reviewer for the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of Arthroplasty.

The Joint Studio has its own dedicated prospective patient database and supports an AOA accredited international fellow. Publications are listed on the web site.

Professor Daniel Fick


Professor Daniel Fick graduated with Honours from the University of Western Australia in 1997 and completed his training at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. This was followed by an international fellowship at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in the United Kingdom.

Today, as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons he works as an Orthopaedic Consultant in partnership with Prof. Riaz Khan at The Joint Studio, operating out of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), Hollywood Private Hospital, and both St John of God Hospital Geraldton and Geraldton Regional Hospital.

Dan is a professor at the University of North Texas and an associate professor at Curtin University and has been a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association since 2007, is represented on the Medical Board of Western Australia and has served as a reviewer on the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (BJJ) since 2007.

As a Surgeon Scientist, Dan has an extensive research history and con tributes to the Joint Studio's own continuous prospective arthroplasty research database.

Associate Professor Brett Robertson

Managing Director

Since graduating from the University of Western Australia (UWA) with a PhD in peri-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation Brett has forged a strong career in health management and research administration. In 2007, he founded Physical Solutions a successful physiotherapy company in Perth, WA before joining one of Australia’s leading medical research organisations, the Ear Science Institute of Australia (ESIA) as Chief Executive Officer. Whilst at ESIA he actively managed the construction, tenanting and ongoing operation of the Institutes AUD20 million clinical and medical research building. He was also the driving force behind the development and establishment of the Institutes state-of-the-art AUD2.7 million surgical simulation and medical training facility.

Brett is an associate professor at the University of North Texas and at Curtin University of Technology, he has over 10 peer reviewed journals articles and over AU$11M secured in competitive grant funding. He has attended leadership workshops at the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA on scholarship from the Harvard Club of Australia, and is currently studying at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a 40under40 winner (2015).


A comprehensive research programme underpins each and every component of the robotic surgical system throughout its five development phases. Drawing on existing research and fundamental best practice principles in robotics, safety systems and human factors, AIRO are innovators in robotic systems


Collaboration is key to AIRO's success. Drawing on a strong local and global network, some of AIROs partners include:

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