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Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan


Ortho-Spine Surgeon


35+ Years of Experience


New Delhi

About Doctor

Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan is a highly accomplished and experienced Spine Surgeon, recognized among the top professionals in his field, with 35 years of expertise.

In 1976, Dr. Krishnan graduated with his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, and then in 1980, he earned his master's degree in orthopedic surgery from the Central Institute of Orthopedics at Safdarjang Hospital.

After finishing his Senior Residency, he pursued additional training and certification in the United Kingdom.

While there, he earned a Master of Clinical Hygiene degree (MCH) from the University of Liverpool, a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital in London, and he passed the United Kingdom Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examination of the Surgical Royal Colleges.

In 1995, he became a Senior Consultant in Orthopedics at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

In 1999, the Mid-Cheshire NHS Trust recruited him as a full-time Consultant Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon. He also has a private practice at the BMI South Cheshire Hospital and the Spire Stretton Hospital.

He was the first person to establish a spine service in East and South Cheshire, and his practice was solely dedicated to the treatment of spinal conditions.

Spine surgery was one of the specialties that he instructed specialist registrars from the Mersey Rotation.

Since he first came back to Apollo in April 2012, his whole practice has been focused on spine surgery, which he has been doing for well over 15 years in the United Kingdom.

He treats a wide variety of spine conditions, ranging from disc and degenerative problems to spinal deformities, spinal infections, spinal injuries, and spinal tumors. His scope of practice is extensive.

Medical Qualifications

  • MBBS - University of Delhi, 1976
  • MS - Orthopaedics - University of Delhi, 1980
  • PHD (London)
  • FRCSOrth

Clinical Expertise

Special Interest

  • Simple cervical and lumbar discectomies 
  • Cervical and lumbar disc replacements 
  • Vertebrectomies 
  • Reconstruction for spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumors and the full spectrum of spinal deformities.

All Treatments

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy
  • Cervical decompression
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Cervical laminotomy
  • Cervical posterior decompression and fusion
  • Cervical laminectomy and fusion
  • Cervical posterior foraminotomy
  • Anterior/posterior cervical fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical fusion for tumors
  • Posterior thoracic decompression
  • Posterior thoracic laminectomy
  • Thoracic posterior fusion
  • Thoracic interbody fusion
  • Thoracic posterior fusion for tumors
  • Percutaneous pedicle instrumentation of the thoracic spine
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar posterior fusion
  • Lumbar fusion for tumors
  • Pars repair
  • Percutaneous pedicle instrumentation of the lumbar spine
  • Posterior spinal fusion
  • Anterior/posterior spinal fusion
  • Anterior spinal fusion
  • Exploration of fusion
  • Osteotomies
  • Removal of spinal implants/hardware
  • Revision spinal surgery
  • Synovial cyst excision

Professional Work Experience

  • Consultant, Mid-Cheshire NHS Trust with private practice at BMI South Cheshire Hospital and Spire Stretton Hospital
  • Consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

Career Highlights

  • He has a wealth of experience in spinal surgery as a result of his work at Mid-Cheshire Hospital for ten years, where he was responsible for the care of more than three thousand outpatient spine patients and performed more than three hundred fifty spine surgeries annually.
  • In addition, he maintains a busy private practice in Cheshire, where patients come from North Wales.
  • His surgical expertise includes procedures as varied as cervical and lumbar discectomies, vertebrectomies, TESSYS, spine reconstruction for trauma and spinal tumors, and the whole spectrum of spinal abnormalities.
  • He ensures that all of his patients have thorough documentation by auditing the outcomes of all of his patients and requiring all of his patients to complete international protocols such as the Oswestry Disability Index, the Canadian Neck Disability Index, and his own Spinal Deformity Protocol.
  • In 2011, colleagues at Apollo extended an invitation to him to go to Delhi to do intricate spinal surgery there.
  • The patients were exceedingly complicated and had been rejected at other hospitals in Delhi. They were of a kind that is seldom encountered in the West since diagnosis and treatment in the NHS are completed relatively early owing to the referral system in the UK general practice.
  • Both the difficulty of the situation and the positive results were watershed points in his life, and as a result, in 2012 he made the decision to go back to Delhi after declining an offer to work as a senior consultant in Singapore.

Research and Fellowships

  • Past member, British Orthopedic Association
  • Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI)
  • Delhi Spine Society
  • Delhi Medical Council
  • Arthritis & Rheumatism Council the Wolfson Foundation

Awards and Recoginition

  • Gold Medal in MCH, Liverpool, 1984
  • Hammersmith & Queen Charlotte Special Health Authority and Proteus Molecular Design, all in the UK
  • Two of his research assistants went on to obtain PHD in related projects.

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