Understanding the spine and its issues has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was educated in Mumbai, India where I qualified as Neurosurgeon with a Gold medal from the University of Mumbai.
I was trained in a busy multispecialty academic hospital in Mumbai, India. My Neurosurgery department was well known in India and internationally for its contribution towards spine surgery. There, I acquired extensive surgical experience in managing different spinal pathologies. We organised workshops, courses and conferences to train Neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons in the specialised field of the spine.
I had UK Neurosurgery training at Bristol and was awarded FRCS Neurosurgery in 2007.
I had further training in spinal biomechanics at Yale University, Connecticut, USA. This was followed by two renowned spinal fellowships: predominantly orthopedic spine fellowship at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia and predominantly neurosurgical spine Fellowship at Walton Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool.
I have several publications in the field of spine surgery in peer reviewed journals. I have also authored chapters on spine in Neurosurgery textbooks.
I am working at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, as a Consultant Neurosurgeon sub-specialising in complex spine surgery. My interest includes surgery on cervical spine pathologies, degenerative spine conditions, spinal trauma, infections and malignant conditions affecting the spine.
My department is supported by an excellent team of neuro-radiologists providing imaging and interventional support. Our neuro-anesthetists are highly skilled in giving anesthetic support for patients with complex medical conditions.
I work with a dedicated and specialised team of nursing staff in theatre and wards trained to manage all types of spine cases. We are supported by experienced physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments helping recovery and rehabilitation.
We have the advantage of a state of the art High Dependency and Intensive Care Unit under an experienced consultant Intensivist, for round-the-clock critical care management. This infrastructural support is paramount for performing spine surgeries in medically complex patients.
I believe very strongly in providing as much information and adequate time for patients to enable them to choose the treatment option they are most comfortable in pursuing. Giving best possible result of surgery with minimal setbacks is my goal. I am proud to state that the RVI is well-equipped to manage all types and complexities of spine conditions. It also has the correct ethos of being patient-centric and delivering high quality patient care.