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 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

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 160,000patients), 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 (adminstered 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 is an advocate of giving experienced no nonsense validated advise 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.

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

You can find more information about Mr Am Rai by visiting the London Norwich Spine Clinic.

All patients of Mr Am Rai are entered into the British Spinal Registry.

Member of the General Medical Council (Registration No:3454585)
• 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


There are three Spinal Surgeons at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Mr Rai works very closely with Robert Crawford and Lennel Lutchman to provide an efficient service to all their patients.



  • Trauma
  • Tumour
  • Infections
  • Disc prolapse
  • Fractures of the spineELECTIVE:
  • Lower back problems (lumbar)
  • Upper back problems (thoracic)
  • Neck problems (cervical)
  • Deformity – adult and childrenTREATMENT:
  • Conservative
  • Injections
  • Physiotherapy
  • Explanation and helping you understand
  • Surgery
    Low back:
  • Trans-lumbar interbody fusion
  • Posterior-lumbar interbody fusion
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Interspinous spacers
  • Epidural injectionsNeck:
  •  Anterior cervical decompression and fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Anterior corpectomy