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(In alphabetical order by last name)


 Dr Oded Hershkovich, MD, MHA

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.


Dr Saurabh Kapoor, MS, DNB, MRCS

Dr Kapoor graduated from University College of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India and pursued his post-graduation in orthopaedics from Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh where he was exposed to diverse spinal pathologies including trauma, infection, degeneration and  deformities. He continued his interest in spinal surgeries as a senior registrar and gained further expertise through fellowships in busy spinal units in Malaysia, Germany and Muscat.

He started his spinal fellowships in UK from King's College Hospital neurosurgical department, London, for an year and then joined the CSSS at QMC to get training in the field of complex deformity correction in November 2016 . During this period he authored several international publications in high impact journals including largest series on Giant herniated thoracic discs and first series on CT guided navigation in pedicle screw placement from Indian subcontinent.

He has delivered lectures in various  spinal meetings and has a keen interest in teaching. He is currently faculty in AAOS- India spine partnership. His field of interest are deformity correction, anterior surgeries and minimally invasive spine surgery


Dr Corrado Lucantoni, MD

Dr. Lucantoni completed his medical studies at the Catholic University of Rome, from which he graduated in 2007. He completed his neurosurgical training at the same University  in Rome in 2013, where he developed a special interest for spinal disorders.

After training, he was granted an IGASS (International Group for Advances in Spinal Sciences) fellowship in Spinal Surgery, during which he focused on spinal surgery in the Spinal Unit at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.

Since 2014, before coming to Nottingham, he worked in the Neurosurgical Unit of “G. Mazzini” Hospital, in Teramo,  mainly focusing his activity on traumatic and degenerative spinal cases. 

Corrado has participated to research projects on spinal surgery and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. This fellowship is for him an invaluable opportunity to increase his exposure to complex spinal deformity and degenerative disorders.



Dr Darko Stipic

After graduation at School of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia, Darko Stipic completed neurosurgical training at UHC “Sisters of Charity” in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a holder of European Spine Course Diploma. Since his primary interest has always been spine surgery, he visited France on two occasions in order to undergo two, three-month fellowships in reputable French spinal centers: University Hospital “Caen” and Hôpital P Wertheimer, University Hospital Center Lyon (Campus France Scholarship).

Darko was a member of the founding committee of the Croatian Society for Spine Surgery (2010) and currenty, he is EuSSAB (European Spine Societies Advisory Board) representative of Croatian Society for Vertebrology.

As EuSSAB national representative, he Initiated institutional memberships of two Croatian Spine societies in the EuroSpine. The Spine Society of Europe. Furthermore, he Initiated the process of creation of the Croatian Spine Surgery Educational Curriculum on the basis of the Eurospine educational platform.

At present, he is a member of AO Spine and EuroSpine foundation.

He was Involved in a large number of pituitary operations as a part of the multidisciplinary team of Croatia’s referral Centre for pituitary diseases and surgery.

He published several articles, book chapters and presented on several international congresses. Currently, he is a PhD student and research associate on a project: “The role of regulatory T and NKT cells in control of tumour growth, burns and autoimmunity” at his primary medical school in Rijeka.

Darko joined The Centre for Spinal Studies in Nottingham  in February 2018  in order to work alongside surgeons richly experienced in complex spinal operations. 



​Last Updated: May 2018