Mr Senthil Selvanathan

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon


Specialises in

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Decompression surgery

I am a Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon at Leeds who specialises in complex cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and intradural surgery.

I completed my neurosurgical specialist training programme at Leeds General Infirmary and was successful in securing the prestigious Leeds national spine fellowship scheme enabling me to complete sub-specialty training in complex spinal surgery.

I was a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant co-holder (worth £1 million) and was a joint Chief Investigator for the FORVAD Spinal Clinical Trial. The trial aimed to compare effectiveness of the two common cervical spine (neck) operations currently used to treat brachialgia. This work was done with close collaboration with Leeds Clinical Trials Unit.


General Medical Council Number: C6145605

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Senthil Selvanathan at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Intradural surgery
  • Lumbar laminectomy (lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy and lumbar instrumented fusion)
  • Thoracic decompression and instrumented fusion

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Additional information

BSc / University of Manchester / 2003
Bachelor of Science

MBChB (Distinction) / University of Manchester / 2006
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

MRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2009
Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2016
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

Professional memberships

Society of British Neurological Surgeons

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Professional leadership

Co-director of the Leeds Spinal Fellowship Programme (Training programme aimed at training future of complex spinal surgeons)

  • Complex spinal surgery
  • Craniocervical junction surgery


Outcome and prognostic features in paediatric pineoblastomas: analysis of cases from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry, January 2007

Extreme lateral Interbody fusion (XLIF) as a treatment for acute spondylodiscitis: Leeds spinal unit experience, January 2007

Clinical and Cost-effectiveness of Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in the Treatment of Cervical Brachialgia, January 2008

Selvanathan SK, Kumar R, Goodden J, Tyagi A, Chumas P. Evolving instrumentation for endoscopic tumour removal of CNS tumours. Acta Neurochir (Wien). January 2012

Selvanathan SK, Chumas P.Utilisation of intra-operative Doppler in the localisation of pericallosal artery during functional hemispherectomies for epilepsy: technical note. Childs Nervous Syst. January 2012

Axial MRI of cervical spine (Anatomy quiz)

Sagittal CT view of the cervico-thoracic spine (Anatomy quiz)

A rare case of anterior sacral meningocoele presenting as cauda equina syndrome. November 2015

Skip laminectomy versus cervical laminectomy, an analysis of patient reported outcomes, spinal alignment and re-operation rates: The Leeds spinal unit experience (2008–2016), January 2019

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon at Leeds General Infirmary

Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University of Leeds

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

Telephone 01977 664 228 / 01977 664 245
Private secretary Jennie Hepton
Private secretary telephone 07845 701 017
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