Mr Rai has 20 years’ of experience in treating patients for a wide range of back and neck problems including disc herniations, spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis in adults and children, plus trauma, infections and tumours. Mr Rai has operated on over 3,000 complex spinal operations, and demonstrated expertise on a wide range of spinal conditions with emphasis on spinal stenosis, cervical fusion/disc replacement and minimal access keyhole surgery. Having had spinal surgery himself, he is very familiar with the pain and distress that can be caused by spinal problems.
Although Mr Rai manages most patients through a conservative approach, if an operation is required, he can offer the best technical procedure backed by robust data outcome. Mr Rai will only refer to surgery when other treatment options have been explored. Mr Rai will allow as much time as is required to give patients a balanced opinion. This will often involve reviewing images, discussion with other specialists at The Harley Street Hospital and surgical colleagues.
Mr Rai was elected President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) 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 and been involved in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and government-led regional variation in surgical practice across England. Mr Rai also set up the Travelling Spinal Fellowship (administered through BASS and the British Scoliosis Society) aimed at prospective new spinal consultants.
Mr Rai the 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 is Fellowship trained (Australia, European Travelling Fellowship, South Africa and USA) and has trained spinal consultants who currently work throughout the UK. He has helped develop the core curriculum for spinal training and is the Foundation Programme Director for junior doctors. Mr Rai is a regular reviewer of unit level surgical practice in the UK via BASS and Royal College of Surgeons.
Professional MembershipBritish Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS)
Royal College of Surgeons (England)
British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)