Profile

Dr. Balamurali Gopalakrishnan

Qualification

MBBS, MRCS, MD(UK) FRCS(Neurosurgery)

Speciality

Spine Surgery

Location

Chennai

About the Doctor

Designation: Senior Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon
Department: Spine Surgery
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday - 9am to 6pm
Awards
  • Health Care Administration (HCA) International Foundation Travel Fellowship Award winner London, UK - 2009
  • Prof. Alan Crockard International Travel Fellowship Award winner Spine Section American Association, Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, USA - Feb 2010.
  • International Travel ScholarshipSynthes - Switzerland and Medtronic, USA – January 2010.
  • Outstanding service in Rotary ( Dr.Abdul Kalam) - 2014
Brief Profile:
Dr. G. Balamurali is a Senior Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon. He is an internationally trained Spine and Neurosurgeon with 15 years of Surgical Experience in the United Kingdom. Extensively trained in all niche aspects of Spinal Surgery from UK, USA (San Francisco & Chicago) and Switzerland (Zurich). He was formerly a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK and Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India. He specializes in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for a variety of conditions, including degenerative spinal disease, Spinal Fusion and Spinal Cord Tumours. He performs most Complex Spine Surgeries involving the Spine and Spinal Cord. He is among the very few Spine Surgeons in the country who performs Functional Spine surgery for Pain and Spasticity. Dr Balamurali has been a guest lecturer at several national and international meetings and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He is the co-author of several chapters in textbooks. He is an Academic Spine and Neurosurgeon with a Research Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from UK. Outside work he is an active person doing social projects for the underprivileged, artist and keen fitness enthusiast in sports and outdoor activity.
Clinical Expertise & Services Offered:
• Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Entire Spectrum
• Micro Endoscopic Disc Surgery - Neck & Back
• Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
• Spinal Cord Pain Surgery (DREZ - brachial plexus)
• Pediatric Congenital Spinal Surgery
• Deformity Spine Surgery (Scoliosis, Kyphosis)
• Spinal Fracture Fixations and Reconstruction
• Complex Spine Surgery (Tumour Reconstruction)
• Peripheral Nerve Surgery
• Robotic guided Spinal Pain Procedures and Injection
• Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery
• Cancer pain procedure (Selective DREZ, Cordotomy)
• Craniovertebral junction Surgery (Chiari Decompression, OC Fusion)
• Spinal Cord Stimulation
• Baclofen pump insertion
• Surgery for Spasticity (Selective DREZ)
• Newborn With Myelomeningocele
• Brachial Plexus Surgery(Nerve Transfer and Pain)
• Spinal Injection Procedures
• Spine Surgery in the Elderly
• Craniocervical Junction Surgery
Professional Experience:
1. Senior Consultant Spinal and Neurosurgeon (Jan 2015 – Till date) Kauvery Hospital
2. Senior Consultant Spinal and Neurosurgeon (Oct 2011 - Dec 2014) Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India
3.  Consultant Spinal Surgeon (2010-2011) Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham. UK.
4. International Spinal Fellowships (2008-2010)
• University of California, San Francisco, USA
• Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA
• Schulthess Klink, Zurich, Switzerland
• Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham. UK.
• Walton Center for Neurosurgery and Royal Liverpool University. UK
5. Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery (Training number: NWN/031/505/F) (2003-2008) – CCST.
• Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre, Hope Hospital, Manchester, UK
• Lancashire Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust, Preston, UK
• Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester, UK
6. Clinical Research Fellow in Neurosurgery (2002-2003) Lancashire Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust, Preston, UK
7. Clinical Fellow in Spinal Cord Injuries (2002) North of England Spinal Injuries Centre, James Cook University, Middlesbrough, UK
8. Senior House Officer – Neurosurgery (2000-2002) Walton Center for Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK & Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK
9. Senior House Officer - General Surgery Rotation (1997-2000) Withybush General Hospital, Wales, UK
10. Senior House Officer – General Surgery (1997) Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India
11. Internship (1995-1996) Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India

Professional Body Membership:
1. General Medical Council (UK), Full Registration 
2. American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
3. Association of Spinal Surgeons of India (ASI)
4. International Spinal Cord Society (ISCS) 
5. Neurological Society of India (NSI)
6. Neuron Spine Surgeons Association (NSSA)
7. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India (MISSI)
8. TamilNadu association of Neurosurgeons (TANS)

Field of Interest:
SPINAL CORD TUMOUR SURGERY
PAEDIATRIC SPINE SURGERY
BRACHIAL PLEXUS DREZ LESIONING
COMPLEX SPINE SURGERY

Languages Known:  Tamil and English

Social activities:

Spine 360 Conclave: Organized a conclave on behalf of Kauvery hospital along with The Hindu as an awareness initiative for the public on back and neck problems in GRT convention centre on 25th November. More than 450 public attended and benefitted from the mega event. There were 18 Panelists from various professionals and from all metro cities. There were 4 sessions on the topic Causes of back and neck pain, Women, Children and Elderly with back problems - How to manage?, Myths about back and neck pain management and How to have a healthy spine?. The whole event was live streamed on all social media which was viewed by millions of people from all over the world. The event was followed by free consultations for patients with back and neck problems.

Rotary Activities: Presently a member of Rotary club of Madras North, Chennai. A Paul Harris Fellow since 2012. Have started a project called RASTRA – Rotary Aid for Spinal Treatment and Rehabilitation for rehabilitation and vocational training of spinal cord Injured and paralyzed patients. This was the first of its kind in the whole world through Rotary to provide free rehabilitation for 34 patients at a cost of 48 lakhs under my chairmanship and this project is still ongoing. We have literally put 34 families back on their feet and aim to expand to other cities.

Project AMISH: Founder of an awareness project called AMISH – Awareness Movement for Injuries to the Spine and Head. India unfortunately is the head and spine injury capital of the world. One of the main reasons for this is lack of safety on the roads and at the work place. A large number of volunteers (200+) were involved in creating an awareness to avoid serious spine and brain injuries to the public. The goal is to reach the vulnerable people in the society like, construction workers, auto drivers, two-wheel drivers, tree climbers and others to educate them on the seriousness of these injuries and how to avoid them with qualified and trained instructors. Our motto is “Be safe, it’s worth it”.

DOCTORNET India.com – During the severe floods of December 2015, a group of volunteers were formed under the leadership of Dr Balamurali and Mr Aravindan, who formed doctornet India. This group provided free medical care for the flood affected victims. Later the group evolved with a mobile app for connecting poor patients with doctors by mobile video conferencing. This will help the rural India connect to modern medicine.

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