Mr Popa's medical school was University of Medicine in Bucharest, and his post-graduate training was in Bucharest at Trauma and Orthopaedic Hospital of “Foisor”. He then completed three of the most prestigious Spinal Surgery Fellowships in the UK at Oxford University Hospital, Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. All the aspects of spinal pathology and their treatment have been fully covered.
He has a research interest in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Mr Popa's NHS practice is for primary and complex spinal disorders including revision surgery. He would have tried all options of conservative management as physiotherapy, pain mamagement, spinal injections before offering surgery.
Over 80% of the Posterior Thoraco-Lumbar Spine operations that he performs are with minimal access as Microdiscectomy, TLIF - Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Percutaneous Stabilisation and Kyphoplasties. He is involved in the development of the next generation of spinal implants working close with spinal implant companies like K2M.