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Last updated: 16 Nov 2020
Mr Syed Aftab is a Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal London (Barts Health NHS Trust). Having completed pre-clinical medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, he went on to Edinburgh University for clinical medicine. He underwent higher surgical training in Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery on the London NE Thames rotation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He also gained a Master of Science at University College London in Trauma and Orthopaedics during his training. Syed completed his advanced fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Royal London Hospital and is trained in the management of adult / paediatric deformity, spinal trauma, spinal tumour surgery, spinal infection surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery and degenerative spinal surgery. Furthermore, he continues to broaden his experience with visitations to international centres of excellence for spinal surgery (Antwerp Belgium, Bordeaux France, Neustadt Germany). He has a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery in trauma and complex degenerative spine.
Syed believes that the best outcomes for patients can only be achieved when decisions are carefully considered and works within the framework of a multidisciplinary team which includes other spinal orthopaedic and neurosurgeons, anaesthetists, medical specialists and pain specialists. He is the Clinical Effectiveness Lead for Orthopaedics at the Royal London and is actively involved in teaching other doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. He organizes the ‘Spine Term’ for the Royal London Hospital and Sir Percival Pott Orthopaedic Rotations.
Syed has published widely in a number of peer-reviewed medical journals and is actively involved in research into spinal surgery. He has presented at national and international conferences. His area of interest is minimal access spinal surgery, back pain and degenerative spine with a major interest in minimal access spinal trauma surgery.
Areas of interest
Back pain; Neck pain; Deformity; Spinal trauma; Spinal tumour surgery; Spinal infection surgery; Minimally invasive spinal surgery; Degenerative spinal surgery
Anaesthetists worked with
Mr Syed Aftab has worked with Dr Giampaolo Martinelli at the following hospitals:
- Bupa Cromwell Hospital (1-5)
- London Bridge Hospital (1-5)
- BMI The London Independent Hospital (1-5)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
Minimally invasive management of spinal trauma, Spinal fracture management
Spend time with family, Travelling.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Bengali - Conversational
- MA Cantab Cambridge University 2002
- MBChB Edinburgh University 2005
- FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons, England 2014
- MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics University College London 2015
Reference number 6120579
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2016
Affiliations / memberships
Generam Medical Council
British Medical Association
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Spinal Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Post treatment communication
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