Name and Position

Mr Am Rai

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number:01603 286490


Department page: Orthopaedics and Trauma

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.  He has operated on over 3,000 complex spinal operations, has demonstrated expertise on a wide range of spinal conditions with emphasis on spinal stenosis (elderly), cervical fusion/disc replacement, minimal access keyhole surgery for disc prolapse and scoliosis.

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 six years. He has published on national best practice surgical guidelines, helped develop the British Spinal Registry (over 160,000 patients), been involved in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and the 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 America) and to date has trained many spinal consultants who currently work throughout the UK. Mr Rai has helped develop core curriculum for spinal training and was the Foundation Programme Director for junior doctors.

He has more than 20 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.

His practice covers all aspects of spinal pathology including scoliosis. 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 children with spinal deformities. Mr Rai hopes to devote more time to this charitable work.

Mr Rai prides himself on giving as much time as is required to his patients to provide a balanced opinion. This will often involve reviewing images and discussions with other specialists and surgical colleagues.

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

Mr Rai is married to Jess and has two children. He enjoys cooking, wine, cycling, golf and chess.

Mr Am Rai is a member of the following:

  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • British Cervical Research Association
  • British Scoliosis Society
  • East Anglian Spine Society
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Australian Orthopaedic Research Society

Secretary: Belinda Banham

GMC Number: 3454585