Mr Stuart graduated in 1983 from Newcastle University and undertook pre-registration posts and basic surgical training in Newcastle. He was appointed to the Edinburgh training scheme in 1989 and returned to Newcastle in 1991 as senior registrar in Orthopaedics.
Mr Stuart then spent a year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, USA undertaking research work in prestigious upper limb units, returning to the UK in 1994 as hand fellow in Nottingham and Derby.
In late 1994 Mr Stuart was appointed as Consultant hand and upper limb surgeon at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Stuart is also an examiner for the intercollegiate board in orthopaedics and trauma (2004-2009).