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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Spinal tumours
•Mr Selvanathan undertook his medical training at The University of Manchester before undertaking foundation training jobs at Manchester Royal Infirmary and basic neurosurgical training at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool.
•Mr Selvanathan completed his neurosurgical specialist training programme at Leeds General Infirmary.
•He was successful in securing the prestigious Leeds national spine fellowship enabling him to complete sub-speciality training in complex spinal surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, UK.
Areas of interest
Cervical spine (Simple and Complex Surgery)
Thoracolumbar spine (Simple and Complex Surgery)
Surgery for slipped lumbar and cervical disc
Surgery for myelopathy
Minimally invasive (key-hole) surgery
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Spinal Neurosurgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University of Leeds
◦Current NIHR grant co-holder (£1 million) and clinical researcher. The grant is being used to conduct a clinical trial comparing two common cervical spine (neck) operations (FORVAD Trial- www.forvad.uk). This work is done with close collaboration with Leeds Clinical Trials Unit.
Cycling and badminton
Current NIHR grant co-holder (£1 million)
Degree of Distinction in Medicine and Surgery (University of Manchester)
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus posterior cervical foraminotomy for the treatment of patients with cervical brachialgia. Leeds Spinal Unit Experience (2008-2013). Selvanathan SK, Beagrie C, Thomson S, Corns R, Deniz K, Derham C, Towns G, Timothy J, Pal D. Acta Neurochirurgica 2015; 157(9):1595-600. Pubmed number: 26144567. Lead researcher and first author.
Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) as a treatment for acute spondylodiscitis: Leeds spinal unit experience. Timothy J, Pal D, Akhunbay-Fudge C, Knights M, Frost A, Derham C, Selvanathan S. J Clin Neurosci. 2018. Senior supervising author.
- FRCS (Surgical Neurology) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2016
Reference number 6145605
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCT(Neurosurgery), 2018
Affiliations / memberships
•Society of British Neurological Surgeons
•British Association of Spinal Surgeons
•Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
•European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
•General Medical Council
•Medical Defence Union
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