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Dr Malik Shakeel Ahmed
Senior Fellow 2016

Malik graduated from Pakistan in the year 2001 and received the MBBS degree in 2003. He completed his post graduation in Trauma & Orthopedics in Qatar. He developed interest in spine during orthopaedic training.

After completing Post graduation he started his career in spine surgery in Qatar and did one year fellowship in Spines from 2014-2015 in the same department.  

Malik is an active member of AO Spine and has done a Spine Fellowship in the UK in 2014.  Currently he is a spinal fellow at QMC Nottingham.  He has a special interest in the spinal deformity and degenerative spine.




Murali Venkatesan MCh(Orth) FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Senior Fellow 2016

Murali graduated from medical school in the southern part of India and after that he came to the UK for surgical training. He completed trauma and orthopaedic surgery training in the East Midlands region and developed an interest in spinal surgery whilst working as a spinal trauma fellow with Mr Sell based at the University Hospitals of Leicester.

He has published numerous papers and his spinal work include thoracolumbar trauma, odontoid peg fracture, atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation, Cauda equine syndrome and minimally invasive surgery.  He received Arthritis Research UK Young Investigator award in the British Orthopaedic Association congress in 2013.  He obtained MCh Orth degree with thesis on screening of thoracolumbar spine fracture in blunt trauma patients.

He joined The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery in Nottingham to further his spinal surgery skills by having exposure to a broad spectrum of spinal surgery. His main interests are deformity correction and minimally invasive surgery.


Sleiman Haddad
Senior Fellow 2016

Sleiman completed his medical studies at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, a leading institution in the Middle East, from which he graduated with High Distinction in June of 2009.  He also earned the Penrose award of the 2009 graduating class.

He then moved to Barcelona in Spain where he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology in May 2015 at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, a national reference hospital at many levels especially in Spine Surgery.  During his training he developed a special interest for spinal disorders and was offered to extend his Spine Surgery rotation to deepen his knowledge in the matter.  After finishing his training he was offered a temporary contract with the Spinal Surgery Unit at the same hospital that he gladly accepted prior to moving to Nottingham.

Sleiman has written book chapters, peer reviewed articles and participated in many research projects in Spine Surgery. He was also an orthopedic and spine research fellow at the prestigious Rothman Institute of Philadelphia during summer 2014.

His PhD thesis tries to shed a light on the relationship between surgical site infection and the final outcome of spine surgeries.
This Fellowship represents an invaluable opportunity for him to enhance his exposure to spinal deformity corrections, degenerative disorders, trauma and infection control.


Areena Rouchelle D'souza
Senior Fellow 2016

Areena is an Orthopaedic surgeon who completed her training from Fr. Muller's Medical College, Mangalore, India in May 2012. Following this she had completed a year of Senior Residency in Orthopaedics and Spine in Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, India. She was then awarded a 2 year spinal fellowship from the Association of Spine Surgeons of India in October 2013.

Areena is the first female Indian ASSI spine fellow to have completed the spinal fellowship. During this tenure she has attended and presented various national and international conferences and has written chapters in national and international textbooks of Spinal surgery.

Following that she worked as a Associate Consultant in Spine services in the Orthopaedic team at Artemis hospitals, Haryana, India.



Luca Boriani
Senior Fellow 2016

Luca graduated cum laude in 2004 at the Medical School of the University of Bologna, Italy, with a work on the Chordoma of the mobile spine that was later published in Spine. He completed his residency in Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, University of Bologna in 2009. During this time Luca focused his studies mainly on tumors and infections of the spine with several publications in impacted journals. 

After finishing his training he was offered a temporary contract with the Oncology and Degenerative Spinal Surgery Unit (directed by Dr. Stefano Boriani) working at the same time as one of the managers of the Bone and Tissues Bank at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute.

In 2012 Luca started to work as an Orthopedic Consultant in the newly built City Hospital of Schio, ULSS4, in the north of Italy, a very technologically advanced hospital. There, under the guidance of Dr Balsano, Luca started to study spine deformity both of children and adults, with both open and minimal invasive approaches.  Between 2012 and 2015 Luca completed his PhD in Biomedical Science studying the allografts in spine reconstruction after oncologic resection.

Since 2009 he has been an active AO Spine member. He has attended, as an observer, the prestigious North American Spine Centers of Dartmouth University, NH, USA (Dr. J.N. Weinstein, Dr. W. Abdu) and Vancouver General Hospital, BC, Canada (Dr. C. Fisher, Dr. M. Dvorak).  Luca is currently a Senior Fellow at QMC, Nottingham. His aim is to complete his training here as a spine surgeon.


Bashar Alhani
Junior Fellow 2017

Bashar graduated from the medical faculty of the University of Vienna in 2000, which is also his hometown. He completed general medical training in 2004 with stints in the UK as a house officer, hence graduating as GP.

From 2006, started neurosurgery training in Salzburg, Austria, moving on in 2008 to Deggendorf, Bavaria, completing his training under Professor Rath and Mr Moszko at a strongly spine focused neurosurgical unit. He worked for 8 months at Consultant level (Oberarzt) at a catholic hospital in lower Bavaria, and moved to the UK to become a clinical fellow in neurosurgery in Coventry in October 2015 before joining CSSS Notts.

Bashar is very interested in spine, particularly trauma and degenerative, as well as malformations, and has been excited about this fellowship at CSSS ever since visiting the department in July 2013.
When he is not in hospital, he enjoys the time with his family and being outdoors.


Oded Hershkovich, MD, MHA
Junior Fellow 2017

Dr Hershkovich has graduated from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa, Israel - MD in 2003.  He gained a Bachelor of Medical Science Degree - Bsc (Cum Lauda) in 1999 and also received a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 2009 from the Ben-Gurion University the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

In the last years Dr Hershkovich has been trained by world renowned surgeons in Sheba Medical Center, which is the largest hospital in Israel.  It is also one of the main nationwide referral centers for orthopedic surgery.  He had the opportunity to participate in a large variety of surgeries, ranging from adult and pediatric trauma to corrective procedures for congenital and degenerative deformities of the spine.  He was granted a specialist degree in orthopedic surgery from the IMA in 2016.

Dr Hershkovich is also a pivotal leading researcher in many of the projects initiated in his department and holds more than 20 peer reviewed publications and as many major national and international conference presentations.  He is currently a journal reviewer of several journals including The Spine Journal (the official journal of NASS).  He is also on the editorial board of the Disaster and Military Medicine Journal and was one of its founders.

Dr Hershkovich's main interests are minimal invasive spinal surgery, degenerative spine disease and spinal deformity correction and his aim is to become a leading spine surgeon.  He joined The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS) at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, in February 2017.



Shashidhar B Kantharajanna
Senior Fellow 2017

Shashidhar is an orthopaedic surgeon who completed his orthopaedic training from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER, Chandigarh), a premier institute for post graduate studies in Northern India, in December 2011.  Following this he completed 11 months of Senior Residency in the spinal unit at the same centre.  He then pursued a 1 year post-doctoral fellowship in spinal surgery at the Bombay Hospital and research centre in Mumbai, in Central India. After this he worked as a clinical assistant professor in spinal surgery in the orthopaedic department at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research centre in Bangalore, in Southern India.  Before coming to QMC, Shashidhar completed a 1 year clinical fellowship at National University Hospital at Singapore, with a primary interest in adult deformity and degenerative spine. He has received awards like: The Department of Biotechnology (DBT, India) young scientist travel grant award as an orthopaedic resident in 2011, Euro Spine young spine surgeon travel grant for the year 2015 and the Scoliosis Research Society Global Outreach educational scholarship for the year 2015.
 Shashidhar has several peer reviewed publications in international journals, which reflects his keen interest in research.  He has won best paper awards at national and state level in appreciation of his research work.  His post graduate thesis was a pilot clinical study evaluating the safety and early clinical outcome of co transplantation of olfactory mucosa and bone marrow stem cells in chronic spinal cord injury.  This Fellowship represents an invaluable opportunity for him to further his interest in research and enhance his expertise in motion preservation surgery and complex paediatric deformity correction.

 Aryan Dawoodi
Senior Fellow 2017