Mr Am Rai

Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon

BM, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)


Specialises in

  • Orthopaedics
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal deformities

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I have over 20 years' experience in treating patients for a wide range of back and neck problems including disc herniations, spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis in adults and children, plus trauma, infections and tumours. I have operated on over 3,000 complex spinal operations, and demonstrated expertise on a wide range of spinal conditions with emphasis on spinal stenosis, cervical fusion/disc replacement and minimal access keyhole surgery. I appreciate the disability from spinal disease as I myself have had spinal surgery.

I offer conservative treatment and reassurance, but if an operation is required, I can offer the best technical procedure backed by robust data outcome. I will only refer to surgery when other treatment options have been explored. I will allow as much time as is required to give patients a balanced opinion. This will often involve reviewing images, discussion with other specialists and surgical colleagues. 

I was elected President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) by my surgical peers and have been on the BASS Executive Committee for six years. I have published on national best practice surgical guidelines, helped develop the British Spinal Registry and been involved in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and government-led regional variation in surgical practice across England. I also set up the Travelling Spinal Fellowship (administered through BASS and the British Scoliosis Society) aimed at prospective new spinal consultants.

I am also the Director of a spinal charity Spine Aid, which arranges regular trips abroad for a team of spinal surgeons, medical students, neurophysiology technicians and anaesthetists to help treat under privileged children with spinal deformities.

I am Fellowship trained (Australia, European Travelling Fellowship, South Africa and USA) and have trained spinal consultants who currently work throughout the UK. I helped develop core curriculum for spinal training and am the Foundation Programme Director for junior doctors. I am a regular reviewer of unit level surgical practice in the UK via BASS and Royal College of Surgeons.

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General Medical Council Number: C3454585

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Am Rai at Spire include:

Orthopaedics

Other treatments

  • Cervical reconstruction - disc replacement and motion preservation
  • Disc herniations
  • Kyphosis
  • Minimal access spinal surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma
  • Tumours

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Additional information

Lumbar spine disorders
Minimal access surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Spinal injuries
Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests: Degenerative cervical and lumbar disc prolapse, spinal stenosis, cervical reconstruction with emphasis on disc replacement and motion preservation and scoliosis

Professional memberships

British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS)

British Scoliosis Society

Member of European Spine Society

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons

Member of British Orthopaedic Association

Royal College of Surgeons Appointments Committee Assessor

Professional leadership

Director of Spine Aid
President British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) (2014 - 2017)

Morphology of disc degeneration and cervical disc replacement Minimal access spinal surgery Degenerative adult scoliosis.

Consultant Spinal and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Cromer Hospital.

Honorary Contracts:
Addenbrooke's Teaching Hospital, Cambridge.
Ipswich Hospital, Suffolk.
Cure International Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.

I am married with two children. I enjoy cooking, wine, cycling, golf and chess.

Mr Am Rai performed educational sessions with clinical teams at the Spire Norwich in 2020 for which he was paid £6,000
Telephone 01603 255 614
Website https://londonnorwichspine.co.uk/
Private secretary Judy McKinnon-Evans
Private secretary telephone 01603 505 063