Mr Abhay S Rao

Mr Abhay S Rao

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Elland Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Abhay S Rao at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - spine

Other treatments

  • Adult spinal deformity surgery
  • Coccygectomy¬†
  • Interbody fusion surgery - PLIF, TLIF, ALIF, XLIF and OLIF techniques
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Surgery for degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine

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Professional profile

I am currently working as a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds (since Sep 2001). In addition to the general spinal surgery practice, I perform complex spinal surgery with major interests in spinal surgery including deformity surgery, surgery for spinal tumours and trauma and surgery for pathology in lumbar spine. I also participate in the spinal rota involving acute and complex spinal referrals from around the region.

I am the Lead for the Fellowship programme in Spinal Surgery in Leeds. Currently I supervise appointments of three Senior fellowship candidates each year and undertake Educational supervision and monitoring of their portfolio. I have secured Royal College approval for these fellowships. I also act as Lead for the Yorkshire Deanery in the appointment of National Spine Fellows each year

In the role of Clinical Director for Major Trauma Designation, between 2011 and 2014, I helped deliver a successful Business Case for the Major Trauma Centre at Leeds. As the leader, I have set up a Sub Regional trauma unit network, as well as form an effective internal clinical governance within Leeds.

Clinical Interests

My main area of expertise and interest are: Complex spinal surgery, Paediatric, adolescent and adult Scoliosis Correction surgery, Spinal Tumour surgery (Neurology sparing spinal reconstruction Surgery) and Minimally invasive spinal surgery.

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Qualification and professional memberships

FRCS (Orth) / Intercollegiate Board / 1999
Royal College of Surgeons

FRCS (GLAS) / Glasgow / 1995
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

MBBS / India / 1986
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

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Personal Profile

I relax out of hours by running and playing online chess. I am also an enthusiast for animal charities, specifically Hope Pastures (Horse and Donkey) sanctuary in Leeds, for which I raise money each year by running in the Leeds Half Marathon.

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Private contact details

Telephone For appointments at Spire Elland 01422 324020