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Orthopaedics Consultants

Mr Venkatesh Balaji

Picture of Mr Venkatesh Balaji, consultant orthopaedic surgeonGeneral information:

Name, qualifications:

Venkatesh Balaji BM (Honours and Distinction in Clinical Sciences), BSc (1st class Honours), MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

Practising at:

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Trauma and Orthopaedics


Spinal Surgery

Special clinical interests:
  • Degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery including fusions, decompressions and microdiscectomies
  • Injection therapies
Current posts (NHS, University):

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Year of first medical qualification:


Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
Contact Details


Professional profile

Mr Balaji read medicine at the University of Southampton and completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with first class honours. He completed his basic surgical training in Cambridge before entering higher surgical training on the Percivall Pott rotation in London. He completed his specialist spinal training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore (RNOH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital in combined degenerative and deformity fellowships. In 2014, he was appointed as a consultant spinal surgeon at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Balaji's work as a spinal surgeon involves all areas of treatment of the degenerative spine, with an interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Mr Balaji has published several scientific papers and has presented his work in both national and international meetings in the field of spinal surgery.

Outside of work, he is a keen golfer and tennis player, and a budding amateur cook.

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