For appointments or confidential discussion call
London Clinic 07776 511824
Norwich Clinic 01603 505063

The London Norwich Spine Clinic is based at
Hospital of St Johns & St Elizabeth, St Johns Wood, London
and the Spire Norwich Hospital, Norwich.

Information for GPs

Mr Am Rai is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon specialising in the management and treatment of a full range of spinal conditions

Mr Am Rai
Your Spinal Consultant


Mr. Rai works from St John’s & St Elizabeth Hospital, St Johns Wood, London and Spire Norwich Hospital, Norwich and is also a NHS consultant (appointed 2001). Mr. Rai treats patients from across the UK and abroad at his practice.

He treats a wide range of problems, such as disc herniations in the neck and lower back, spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis in adults and children, plus trauma, infections and tumours.

His approach emphasises non-invasive procedures and he refers to surgery only when other conservative treatment options have been explored.

Experience and training

Mr Am Rai was elected President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons by his surgical peers and has been on the BASS Executive Committee for 6 years. He has published on national best practice surgical guidelines, helped develop the British Spinal Registry (over 100,000 patients), involved in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and government led regional variation in surgical practise across England. Mr Rai set up the Travelling Spinal Fellowship (administered through BASS & British Scoliosis Society) aimed at prospective new Spinal consultants.

He is fellowship trained (Australia, European Travelling Fellowship, South Africa and USA) and to date has trained over 12 spinal consultants who currently work throughout the UK. Mr Rai has helped develop core curriculum for spinal training and is the Foundation Programme Director for junior doctors.

He has more than 16 years of consultant spinal experience and is a regular reviewer of unit level surgical practice in the UK via BASS and Royal College of Surgeons.

He is 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. Mr Rai hopes to devote more time to this charitable work.

Mr Rai is a advocate of giving experienced no nonsense validated advice with outcome data to confirm treatment plans. He will allow as much time as is required to give his patients a balanced opinion. This will often involve reviewing images, discussion with other specialists and surgical colleagues.

All his patients have validated outcome data, which can objectively assess his outcome and compare to other units.

Mr Rai appreciates the disability from spinal disease as he himself has had spinal surgery.

Am Rai is married to Jess and they have 2 children. He enjoys cooking, wine, cycling, golf and chess.

Expertise and knowledge

Mr. Rai is the author of many original research papers into spinal conditions. He has also featured in various newspaper articles and a Discovery Channel documentary on his innovative work. He regularly attends spinal meetings and gives lectures both on the national and international circuit.

Testimonials >

"I respected Mr Rai's straight-talking, confident and polite manner and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anybody else" Mr L, aged 39, treated for lumbar disc compression
"I am so pleased and eternally grateful to Mr Rai and all the hospital staff that looked after me. Mrs B, Aged 33, treated for a lumbar disc herniation
"I had complete confidence in the procedure, because Mr Rai made it sound so routine and manageable and the obvious solution to my problem." Mrs E, aged 68, treated for spinal stenosis

Private secretaries

Judy Mckinnon-Evans is your first point of contact in welcoming you to the London Norwich Spine Clinic and will be happy to provide any assistance and information you need regarding your appointment at either our London or Norwich clinics.

To make an appointment or an enquiry call either of our clinics
or fill in our online contact form.

London Clinic: 07776 511824
Norwich Clinic: 01603 505063

NHS secretary

Belinda Banham can assist you with appointments to see Mr Rai at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Tel: 01603 286490

NHS spinal team

Mr. Rai works closely with fellow spinal consultants in London and Norwich to offer a balanced, professional and safe approach to your symptoms.

The hospital’s spinal unit attracts trainee orthopaedic doctors from Cambridge University and Texas USA and spinal fellows as part of the Specialist Spinal Fellowship which rotates between the NNUH and Addenbrooks hospital in Cambridge.

To date, the spinal team have trained 12 spinal consultants who now work throughout the UK.


Consultant anaesthetists Dr Barker and Dr Dhrampal from the Norwich Anaesthetic Group are an integral part of the spinal team as are group affiliated to St John’s & St Elizabeth, London.

If you are having surgery, they will arrange a pre-operative assessment to discuss your medical history, the most appropriate anaesthetic for your procedure and any concerns you may have. They can also help with pain control after the operation.


Radiologists from Radiology Group provide Mr Rai with the most up-to-date spinal images to help him make an accurate diagnosis. A specialized musculoskeletal radiology team also provide valuable advice on difficult cases.


Our physiotherapists work closely with Mr Rai to give a co-ordinated approach to treatment. Highly trained with the clinical expertise to provide early assessment of your symptoms, they play a vital part in helping you understand and manage your spinal problem.

They will devise a personally tailored treatment plan that aims to restore normal function to your body, reduce pain and to promote healing and wellbeing.

Jonathan Geere

Jonathan has over 20 years experience and training in delivering personalised care for the range of spinal conditions, from a stiff neck to post-spinal surgical rehabilitation.

Laura Sheppard

Laura has over 12 years experience specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports-related injuries and treatments with a strong bias towards manual therapy. Laura has worked in both private practice and GP surgery settings.

Mr Rai

Positions & posts

  • President British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), 2014-2017
  • Secretary BASS, 2012-2014
  • Director of Spine Aid
  • Foundation Programme Director
  • Qualifications: BM, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)
  • Expertise: Mr Rai has been a Spinal Consultant since 2001, operated on over 3000 complex spinal operations, has demonstrated expertise on a wide range spinal conditions with emphasis on spinal stenosis (elderly), cervical fusion/disc replacement, minimal access keyhole surgery for disc prolapse and scoliosis