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Spinal Surgeons in Mumbai

Dr Arvind G Kulkarni
MS (Orth) (Bom), D’Orth, FCPS, Diploma (SICOT)

Clinical Fellowship in Spinal Surgery – NUH, Singapore
Clinical Fellowship in Adult Spine Surgery – TWH, Toronto, Canada
Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Spine – HSC, Toronto, Canada
Clinical Fellowship in Adult & Paediatric Spine – St. George &                                                  Westmead, Sydney, Australia
Clinical Fellowship in Disc Replacement Surgery, NUH, Singapore 

Special Interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Chronic Low Back & Neck Pain, Spinal Deformity, Revision Spine Surgery, Spinal trauma & tumours.                    

Surgeries performed:                                    

  • Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy with MetRx system for Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc (PID)
  • Micro-Endoscopic Laminotomy & Decompression (Microlumbar Laminoplasty) with MetRx system for Lumbar Canal Stenosis (Spinal Stenosis)
  • Laminectomy +/- Instrumented Fusion for Lumbar Canal Stenosis
  • Have done more than 75 cervical disc replacement (CDR) out of which about 20 cases have been multi-level, the maximum being 3 level in 5 patients Artificial Disc Replacement (Total Disc Replacement) for Chronic Low Back pain.

  • Spinal Fusion for Chronic Low Backpain, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Infections, Spinal Tumors etc

  • Anterior Cervical Decompression & Fusion for Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors etc

  • Cervical Laminectomy and fusion for Cervical Myelopathy, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors etc

  • Cervical Laminoplasty for Cervical Myelopathy

  • Atlantoaxial Fixation and Fusion for Atlantoaxial Instability (secondary to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Trauma, Developmental causes)
  • Occipitocervical Fusion for Trauma, Tumors, Compression etc around the craniovertebral junction
  • Deformity Correction - Scoliosis (Paediatric & Adult), Kyphosis (due to Scheuermann's disease, Post-infective, Post-tubercular, Post-traumatic, Ankylosing  spondylitis, Osteoporosis etc)
  • Thoracoscopic Anterior Release & Fusion for Scoliosis
  • Anterior Spinal Decompression & Fusion at all levels (Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar)
  • Posterior Spinal Decompression & Fusion at all levels (Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar)
  • Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures, Metastasis to the Spine etc
  • Surgeries for Spinal Trauma
  • Surgeries for Spinal Tumors
  • Facet joint injections
  • Transforaminal Epidural Injections   
     

Education : 

  • M.S: (Master of Orthopaedic Surgery) Post Graduate Degree in Orthopaedic Surgery from   Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital* affiliated to University of Mumbai, India. (2000) 
  • D’ Orth (Diploma in Orthopaedic Surgery): from the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Mumbai. (2000) 
  • FCPS (Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons): from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai. (2002) 
  • Fellowship in Spinal Surgery: Department of Neurosurgery, KEM Hospital & Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai. (2002-2003) 
  • Fellowship in Spinal Surgery: Department of Orthopaedics, National University Hospital, Singapore. (2003-2004) 
  • Fellowship in Adult Spinal Surgery: Department of Orthopaedics, St George Hospital and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. (2004-2005) 
  • Fellowship in Adult Spinal Surgery: Spine Division, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada. (2005-2006) 
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Spine Surgery:  Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada (2006) 
  • Fellowship in Paediatric Spine Surgery: The Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children at Westmead Sydney, Australia. (2006-2007)

AFFILIATIONS [Life - Member 

  • Association of Spine Surgeons of India [ASSI].
  • Indian Orthopaedic Association [IOA].
  • Bombay Orthopaedic Society, Mumbai [BOS].
  • Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India [POSI].
  • Karnataka Orthopaedic Association [KOA].
  • Orthopaedic Association of South Indian States [OASIS].
  • Indian Medical Association [IMA]
  • World Spine Society [WSS]

Testimonials:

~ Dr Kulkarni has focused interest in complex spinal surgery. He is very competent clinically and has excellent professional attitudes.

Dr Michael Fehlings
Director of Spinal Program - Toronto Western Hospital,
Deputy Editor - Spine journal,
Chairman – Krembil Neuroscience Program,
Toronto, Canada.
~ Dr Kulkarni is dedicated, hardworking and his careful assessment of patients has proven beneficial in the management of complex spinal patients.

Dr Eric Massicotte
Consultant Spinal Surgeon,
Spinal Program – Toronto Western Hospital,
Toronto, Canada 
~ Dr Kulkarni is a diligent reader and has an excellent knowledge of literature. His skills are such that he should be able to offer a comprehensive spinal service to adults & children upon his return home to India.

Dr Andrew Cree
Director, Spine Fellowship Programme,
Children's Hospital Westmead & Westmead Hospital,
University of Sydney,
Sydney, Australia.
~ Apart from developing advanced surgical skills in spinal surgery Dr Kulkarni has displayed keen interest in clinical research.

Prof Hee-Kit Wong,
Head of Spine Division & Head of Department of Orthopaedics,
National University Hospital,
Singapore
~ Dr Kulkarni is an enthusiastic and sincere worker and has the dedication that is necessary to become a spine surgeon. He has developed proficiency in performing a wide range of minor & major procedures for conditions like scoliosis, degenerative spine, spinal trauma, spinal tumours, spinal infections. He is extensively trained in artificial disc replacement

Dr Hee Hwan Tak,
Consultant Spinal Surgeon,
Spine Division, National University Hospital,
Singapore
~ Dr Kulkarni is very earnest in his work and is a very fast learner. He has mastered most of advanced spinal surgeries including artificial disc replacement

Dr David Wong,
Consultant Spinal Surgeon,
Spine Division,
National University Hospital,
Singapore

ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • Faculty at Instructional Course Lectures – A Combined ASSI (Association of Spine Surgeons of India) & SSE (Spine Society of Europe) Conference at Shimla August 2008.
  • Invited to speak on ‘Spinal Surgery – An Overview’ by IMA-Gokak Branch on the 28th of June 2008
  • Invited to speak on ‘New Advances in Spinal Surgery’ by IMA-Mumbai Branch on the 8th of June 2008
  • Awarded the prestigious ‘Korean SICOT Award’ to attend the SICOT Annual Congress at Hong Kong in August 2008
  • Advisor on ‘Spinal Issues and Problems’ for NDTV.
  • Faculty ‘Decision Making in Spine Surgery and Spinal Techniques (Lumbar Spine)’ organized and invited by Guntur Bone Club, Guntur-Andhra Pradesh, March 15th 2008
  • Performed the First Prodisc-L Lumbar Disc Replacement in the country at Bombay Hospital, Mumbai in February 2008.
  • Faculty ‘Advanced Spine Course’ organized by Bombay Orthopaedic Society, January, 2008
  • Faculty ‘The Spine Millenium’, pre-conference workshop WIROC, Mumbai 21st December 2007
  • Invited to speak on ‘New Advances in Spinal Surgery’ by ‘Somawar Mandal – Senior Citizen’s Club’, Bandra –East Mumbai on the 10th December 2007.
  • Faculty ‘Cervical Disc Arthroplasty’ at Saifee Hospital Mumbai on 13th November 2007.
  • Invited to speak on ‘New Horizons in Spinal Surgery’ by Maharastra Orthopaedic Nursing Association at SP Jain Auditorium, Bombay Hospital on the 4th of September, 2007.
  • Invited Faculty at ‘Post-Graduate Orthopaedic Course’ at Swasthiyog Prathisthan, Miraj to speak on ‘Spondylolisthesis’ on the 31st of August 2007.
  • Honoured by the Indo-American Society, Mumbai on the 24th of August 2007 for the pioneering effort in introducing ‘Artificial Disc Replacement’ to the city of Mumbai
  • Pioneer in the field of ‘Artificial Disc Replacement’ in Mumbai. Performed the first ever ‘Artificial Lumbar Disc Replacement’ in Mumbai on the 6th of July 2007.
  • Faculty for Symposium on ‘Multilevel Disc Disease’ during Instructional Course Lectures – A Combined ASSI (Association of Spine Surgeons of India) & SSE (Spine Society of Europe) Conference at Goa in August 2007.
  • Invited as ‘Guest Editor’ for the Journal Neurology India - Spinal Supplement isuue – December 2005 edition.
  • Awarded the esteemed ‘Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Scholarship’ to attend 40th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting at Miami, Florida, USA in October 2005.
  • Awarded the ‘Advanced AO Fellowship in Spinal Surgery’ by AO – Spine, North America for the year 2005-06
  • Awarded the 'Gold medal - Depuy–Acromed Best Paper Publication Award' by the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) for the year 2005 during the Annual Conference at Bangalore, India
  • Selected for the prestigious ‘St George Hospital [Sydney, Australia] Clinical Fellowship in Spine’ starting December 2004.
  • Awarded the esteemed ‘Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Scholarship’ to attend 39th Annual Scoliosis Research Society Meeting at Buenos Aires, Argentina in Sept, 2004.
  • Selected for the prestigiousNational University Hospital [Singapore] Clinical Fellowship in Spine’ starting September 10th, 2003 (15 months) under the supervision of Prof. Hee-Kit Wong.
  • Selected for the prestigious ‘Neuro-Spine fellowship’ conducted by Dr Atul Goel (the pioneer of C1-C2 lateral mass fixation), Head of Department, Neurosurgery Department, KEM Hospital and Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai.
  • Awarded the 'Gopalkrishnan Fellowship in Arthroscopy' by the Indian Arthroscopy Society.
  • Secured 17th rank for the country in the All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination, 1997.
  • Secured 94th rank for the state in the Common Medical Entrance Test, Karnataka Board 1990.
  • National Merit Scholarship for securing 69th rank at the state level in the Karnataka S.S.L.C. Examinations in 1988.
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