31 January 2020
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I studied at UCH in London, and my post-graduate training was in London at UCH, Queen's Square, RNOH Stanmore and Northwick Park, and in Nottingham where I was a Spinal Research Fellow and a Registrar in Orthopaedics. I was a consultant in Orthopaedics with an interest in Spinal Surgery at the Whittington Hospital in London for seven years before moving to the RNOH as a Spinal Surgeon with an interest in degenerative conditions of the Lumbar Spine. I have a research interest in Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery and am the UK representative of ISMISS which is now 27 years old (www.ismiss.com).
My NHS practice is for complex spinal disorders including revision surgery. Over 90% of the Posterior Lumbar Spine operations that I perform are minimal access, either endoscopic (for lumbar disc protrusions) or using minimal access tubes (Lumbar Fusions - mostly TLIFs). I am involved in the development of the next generation of spinal implants and biologics and am an advisor to Medtronic, Apatech (Baxter Travenol) and K2M.
I have a professional relationship with Premiership Football and Rugby, the English Cricket Board (County and National) and English National Ballet. At Spire Bushey Hospital, my typical patient has a degenerative or structural problem with the lumbar spine, causing back pain and/or sciatica. Many of my patients are seeking second opinions.
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Member of British Association of Spine Surgeons
Member of Spine Society of Europe and programme committee member for EuroSpine
Board Member of International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery since 2005
Consultant Spine Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
I believe that the trauma of the surgical approach adversely affects our ability to achieve consistently good outcomes in lumbar spine surgery, and until we overcome this, our ability as surgeons to evaluate the success or failure of the surgery itself will remain compromised. My Fellowship in 1990 was spent evaluating minimal access treatments for lumbar disc protusions (chemonucleolysis and percutaneous discectomy), and this has been the most important thread in my career.
Outside of medicine I am the co-founder and co-owner of a multiple award winning gastropub business in London (www.dukeorganic.co.uk).
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