19 Harley St, London, W1G 9QJ, UK
Mr Mo Akmal Best Spine Surgeon

Mr Mo Akmal MD

MBBS BSc (Hons) MD FRCS (Orth)

Mr Mo Akmal MD rated as the Best Spinal Surgeon in the UK ?

Mr Mo Akmal is a world renowned spinal surgeon known for his expertise in diagnosing and treating complex spinal conditions. He is widely considered as one of the best spinal surgeons in the world. has over three decades of experience in treating a range of spinal conditions. He has performed thousands of successful surgeries and has helped numerous patients regain their mobility and quality of life. this article, we will delve into why Dr. Mo Akmal is the best spinal surgeon and what sets him apart from his peers.

Great Spine Team!


Great Consultant very caring at this clinic – daughter had a procedure too and the day care unit team were all amazing!

Dont be put off by people you speak to on phone or front desk staff – didnt get great service from them but once you get beyond them, the experience was amazing and top class.

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Amazing experience from start to finish


From the initial phone call until the follow up service everybody was so nice friendly kind and reassuring. At a time when pain takes over your thoughts the team are there to make the experience as trouble free as possible. Mr Akmal gave a clear view of what he thought needed to be done and it was then carried out and I left the hospital the same day in a lot less pain than I entered the operating room in stayed in a hotel for a night and back to Cumbria the next day. Minimal invasive L5-S1 fusion. If you are considering surgery do not hesitate to have an assessment at this place. 5 star care and attention from picking up the phone. It felt like you were talking to a friend when speaking to Mr Akmal he put my mind at ease immediately and I knew I was in the right place doing the right thing. Many thanks for your care and attention. I would recommend to everybody struggling with any back issues.

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Expertise and experience

Dr. Mo Akmal has over three decades of experience in treating a range of spinal conditions. He has performed thousands of successful surgeries and has helped numerous patients regain their mobility and quality of life. Dr. Akmal specializes in complex spinal surgeries, including revision surgeries, scoliosis correction, and spinal tumor removal. His extensive experience and expertise make him a top choice for patients with challenging spinal conditions.

Cutting-edge technology and techniques

Dr. Akmal is committed to using the latest technology and techniques to provide his patients with the best possible outcomes. He uses minimally invasive surgery techniques whenever possible, which minimize tissue damage and reduce recovery time. Dr. Akmal also uses state-of-the-art imaging technology, including intraoperative MRI and CT scans, to ensure the highest level of precision during surgeries.

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Centre for Medical Excellence
Harley Street in the UK is renowned for its excellence in medical innovation. It is a hub for some of the best medical professionals in the world, offering cutting-edge treatments and procedures in a range of specialties, from cardiology to dermatology. Many of the doctors and medical facilities on Harley Street have a reputation for pioneering new techniques and technologies, and their research often leads to significant advancements in healthcare. Patients from all over the world seek out the expertise and innovation found on Harley Street, making it a true leader in the field of medical innovation. Google News

Education and Training

Mr Mo Akmal has completed a rigorous education and training program, including a medical degree and residency in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. Additionally, he has completed a fellowship program in spinal surgery in Oxford UK to gain specialized knowledge and skills.


Mr Akmal has extensive experience in performing spinal surgeries, particularly in minimally invasive spinal surgeries. He is the pioneer of Spinal Day Surgery. His extensive experience allows him to handle unexpected complications and makes him more confident

Board Certified

Mr Mo Akmal is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by The Royal College of Surgeons, England. Certification ensures that the Mr Akmal has met the high standards of the specialty board and has passed rigorous testing.

Communication Skills

Mr Mo Akmal has excellent communication skills to effectively communicate with patients, their families, and other healthcare providers. He is able to explain complex medical terms in a way that is easy for the patient to understand and is able to answer any questions that the patient has.

Compassion and Empathy

Mr Mo Akmal is compassionate and empathetic towards his patients. Having had spinal surgery himself, he is able to understand patient's fears and concerns and is able to provide emotional support to them throughout the surgical process.

Attention to Detail:

Mr Akmal pays excellent attention to detail to ensure that he performs surgery accurately and correctly. Attention to detail is crucial in spinal surgery, as small errors can have significant consequences.

Continual Education

Mr Akmal continues to learn and keep up-to-date with the latest advancements in spinal surgery to provide his patients with the best possible care. He participates in continuing education programs, attends conferences, and reads medical journals to stay informed.

Good Judgment

Mr Akmal has good judgment to make critical decisions during surgery, such as determining the optimal surgical approach and how to handle unexpected complications..

Technical Skills

Mr Akmal has exceptional technical skills to perform complex spinal surgeries, which often require a high level of precision and dexterity.

Positive Outcomes

The best spinal surgeon should have a track record of successful outcomes and high patient satisfaction rates. You can check Mr Mo Akmal’s reviews and testimonials from previous patients to see how satisfied they were with their surgery and their care.

Our Revolutionary Techniques allow any Spinal Surgery to be performed as Day Case.

The London Spine Unit is the only centre in the World that can perform Major Spine Surgery as an Outpatient Procedure ie Day Surgery

Mr Mo Akmal, Best rated UK Spine Specialist and Pioneer of Spinal Day Surgery and his expert team have developed specialist methods that allow Rapid Recovery Spinal Day Surgery. We avoid using Traditional General Anaesthetic and are highly focused on Fast recovery.

We use Advanced anaesthtic techniques, Highly specialist equipment and Cutting edge methods to achieve Outstanding Results. 

Professional experience

More than 30 years of experience
Medical Director at The Harley Street Hospital London UK
 Honorary Consultant Spinal Surgeon, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (2007 – 2020)
 Consultant Spine Surgeon, The London Spine Unit (2005 – present)
 Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2004 – present)
 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St Mary’s Hospital, London (present)


 Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Orthopaedics and Trauma (2004)
 Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Orth and Tr, London (2003)
 Imperial College London Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine (1986 – 1992)

Publications and conferences

 Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College, London (present)

Prizes and awards

 Spinal Surgery Clinical Fellowship in Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital for Trauma and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre for elective surgery

Brief info of Mr Mo Akmal

Mr Mo Akmal is Lead Spinal Surgeon at The London Spine Unit. He has a strong commitment to Education and Training and Currently runs the Annual Educational Course for International delegates on Spinal disorders at the Royal College of Surgeons and runs a fellowship program for higher surgical trainees and is an examiner for the final MBBS exams at Imperial College.

Mr Akmal’s pioneering work was recently featured in one of London’s most popular and widely read newspapers “The Evening Standard”

Mr Akmal is one of the leading voices in the promotion of osteoporotic fracture prevention. He is a board member of The internationalSociety for Fracture Repair and is actively engaged in an educational campaign for the early treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. He has been performing balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures and is on the steering committee for the Osteoporotic Fracture Campaign.


Translaminar cervical epidural steroid injection for radiculopathy – A one year review of outcomes. YC Lok, S Ahmed, C Jenner, C McCarthy, M Akmal. J Bone Joint Surg Br In Press

Outcome of abdominosacral resection for locally advanced primary and recurrent rectal cancer. Bhangu A, Brown G, Akmal M, Tekkis P.
Br J Surg. 2012 Oct;99(10):1453-61. doi: 10.1002/bjs.8881. PubMed PMID: 22961529

An evaluation of a postoperative rehabilitation program after spinal surgery and its impact on outcome. McGregor AH(1), Henley A, Morris TP, Doré CJ; FASTER team.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Apr 1;37(7):E417-22. (Collaborator)

Clinical images: Magnetic resonance imaging appearance of alkaptonuria. Hamdulay SS1, Finegold J, Boyer L, Khanna M, Akmal M, Walker A, Kinderlerer A.Arthritis Rheum.
2012 Jan;64(1):129: 10.1002/art.33357.

The Use of Expandable Ventrolateral titanium cages in the treatment of Spinal Infections
M. Akmal, A. Meir, A. Hussein, M. Hamady J Bone Joint Surg Br Proceedings 2011 93-B:28;

The Implications of Hip or Spine surgery on Cerebral palsy patients with scoliosis and hip subluxation. M Akmal, A Abbassian, A Anand, J Lehovsky, D Eastwood A Hashemi-Nejad
J Bone Joint Surg Br 2008 vol. 90-B no. SUPP III 450

Early and Long term Functional Outcome sussing methylprednisolone in Trauma patients with acute spinal cord injury. V Elwell, J Sutcliffe, and M Akmal
J Bone Joint Surg Br Proceedings 2008 90-B:460;

The Effects of Hyaluronic acid on articular chondrocytes. Akmal,M.; Singh,A.; Anand,A.;
Kesani,A.; Aslam,N.; Goodship,A.; Bentley,G. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2005 Aug;87(8):1143-9

The 9th Conference of the International Society for Fracture Repair. [Report]. Akmal M, HoangKim A, Moroni A. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 19(6):436-437, July 2005

Segmental variation in the in vitro cell metabolism of nucleus pulposus cells Isolated from a
series of bovine Caudal intervertebral discs. Wiseman MA, Birch HL, Akmal M, Goodship AE
Spine. 2005 Mar 1;30(5):505-11.

Reliability of preoperative templating in total knee arthroplasty. Aslam N, Lo S, Nagarajah K,
Pasapula C, Akmal M. Acta Orthop Belg. 2004 Dec;70(6):560-4.

The effect of Nicotine on spinal disc cells – A cellular mechanism for backpain ?
Akmal M, Kesani A, Singh A, Wiseman M, Anand B, Goodship A.
Spine. 2004 Mar 01:29(5);568-575

Functional Outcome in Trauma Patients with a Spinal Injury.
Akmal M, Trivedi R, Sutcliffe J. Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):180-5

A prospective, randomised comparison of autologous chondrocyte implantation versus mosaicplasty for osteochondral defects in the knee. Bentley G, Biant LC, Carrington RW, Akmal M, Williams AM, Skinner JA, Pringle J. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2003 Mar;85(2):223-30.

Associated Injuries in Trauma Patients with Spinal Injury. Akmal M, Sohaib SA, Earlam R, Sutcliffe J.
J Bone Joint Surg [Br], 2001 Jun; Vol 83 Supp 2

The effects of methylprednisolone on articular chondrocytes. Mannering N, Akmal M, Kesani A, Bentley G.
J Bone Joint Surg [Br], 2003; Vol 85 B: Supp 1

Culture within a rotating wall vessel bioreactor enhances cartilage matrix synthesis by bovine and human chondrocytes in alginate constructs. Akmal M, Anand B, Wiseman M, Lee DA, Bader DL,
Bentley G. J Bone Joint Surg Br April 2006vol. 88-B no. 4 544-553

Presentations to Learned Societies

Novel method of Radiological Assessmet on Muscle Atrophy in Degenerative Spines
D Bhagawati, H Krishnan, M Akmal. American Orthopaedic Association 2009

The Use of Expandable Cages and Ventrolateral Locking Plates in Severe Spinal Infections
Hussein A, Meir A, Hamady M, Akmal M. British Orthopaedic Association 2008

Cauda Equina Syndrome – A proposed Classification system.
Akmal M, Anwar F, Fairbank J, Kadoo-Hudson T, Wilson MacDonald J. Britspine 2006

The relationship between Scoliosis and Hip dysplasia in Cerebral Palsy
Akmal M, Anand B, Tucker S, Nejad-Hashemi A, Morley T. Britspine 2006

The Use of Methylprednisolone in Spinal Trauma Patients
Ewell M, Sutcliffe J, Akmal M. Britspine 2006

Effect of Nicotine on Intervertebral Disc Cells.
Akmal M, Kesani A, Wiseman M, Enobakhare B, Mannering N, Goodship A, Bentley G.
British Orthopaedic Research Society Sept 2001. Orthopaedic Research Society 2003

Intra-articular Hyaluronic acid injections – A cellular mechanism of action ? Akmal M, Singh A,
Kesani A, Anand A, Enobakhare B, Bentley G. . Orthopaedic Research Society 2003

The effects of methylprednisolone on articular chondrocytes.
Mannering N, Akmal M, Kesani A, Bentley G. . Orthopaedic Research Society 2003

Synovial Fluid Biochemistry – A Novel approach to diagnosing an infectedArthroplasty.
Akmal M, Kesani M, Skinner J, Bentley G. . British Orthopaedic Research Society Sept 2001

Associated Injuries in Trauma Patients with Spinal Injury.
Akmal M, Sohaib SA, Earlam R, Sutcliffe J. European Federation of National Associations of
Orthopaedics and Traumatology Rhodes, June 2001; Vol 83 2

Enhanced chondrocyte proliferation in tissue engineered constructs using a Rotating Wall
Vessel Bioreactor. Akmal M, Wiseman M, Hallam P, Bader D L, Lee D A, Bentley G.
International Cartilage Repair Society, 3rd Symposium, Sweden. April 2000.

In-Vitro evaluation of chondrocyte seeded alginate/collagen sponge constructs for tissue engineered articular cartilage. Hallam PJB, Akmal M, Lee D A, Bentley G, Bader D L.
International Cartilage Repair Society, 3rd Symposium, Sweden. April 2000

Chondrocyte cultures within alginate beads enhanced using a rotating bioreactor: Implications
for tissue engineering. Akmal M, Bader D L, Wiseman M, Bentley G, Lee D A.
British Orthopaedic Association Congress Meeting, Glasgow, 1999.

Hydrogels for the Treatment of Nucleus Pulposus Degeneration
Anand A, Akmal M, Wiseman M, Goodship G. British Orthopaedic Research Society, April 2004

Functional Outcome in trauma patients with spinal Injuries.
M Akmal, A Sohaib, O Chan, R J Earlam, J C Sutcliffe.
Journal of Radiology Proceedings Dec 1997. Radiological Society of North America, USA 1997

Is there a cephalic phase for exocrine pancreatic enzyme secretion ?
A H Raimundo, J Rogers, P Fielden, M Akmal, N J Sebire, J Misiewicz, D B A Silk.
BSG London 1991. GUT, Oct 1991, 32:10:A1244

The British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting, London. 1991

Management Events attended

2014 The Future Hospital Programme. CCG Secondary Care Doctors network Meeting
2013 Navigating the New Competition and Procurement Rules . Regional meeting for CCG Leaders
2013 Together to Improve Value Programme (TIV)
Aspire and Assess
Service Line Management
Operational Improvements
2013 How the New NHS Works. Islington CCG Development Session, London
2013 Payments by Results (PbR) Training, Imperial College
2012 Leadership Master Classes
Data Driven Leadership
Problem Solving Skills
201 2 Managing Concerns about Conduct and Performance of Medical Staff: A Legal Perspective
2011 Training and Assessment for Educational and Clinical Supervisors
Workplace-Based Assessment
Working with Portfolios
CCG Governing Body Seminars attended
2014 Apr Specialist Cancer/Cardiac Reconfiguration Programme – update
Feb Governing Body Seminars
Children’s Services
Older People’s Services
Learning and Physical Disabilities
Sexual Health and Last Years of Life
2013 Dec Governing Body Five Year Plan
Commissioning and Planning 2014-2019
Sep Out of Hours / Urgent Care
Islington CCG Constitution
Islington Pioneer Proposal
Jun Board Values and Behaviours
Mar How the new NHS system works from 1st April – exploring the Boundaries
Feb Whittington Health Foundation Trust Application
Whittington Health Strategy: Transforming Healthcare for Tomorrow
Jan Everyone counts: planning for patients 2013/14
Nov Social Care Bill : Implications

Clinical Skills Courses completed

2014 Lateral Approaches to the Lumbar Spine. Cadaveric Training Lab. Biomet, New York
2014 Lateral Spinal Fixation Course (Live Surgery Demonstrations). Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 Posterior Cervical Spine Fixation. GS Medical, Germany
2010 Ultrasound Guided Chronic Pain Management. Sonosite, Hertfordshire
2010 Cervical & Lumbar Disc Replacement Cadaver Course. Newcastle Surgical Training Centre
2009 Lumbar Dynamic Stabilisation solutions. Medtronic, Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery. Synthes, Innsbruck, Austria
2008 Paediatric Resuscitation Training. St Marys Hospital, London
2008 The 15th Imperial Spine Surgery Course
2007 Minimally Invasive Access Spine Surgery. Medtronic – Brussels, Belgium
2006 Endoscopic Discectomy Training. Karl Storz, Bologne, France
2006 Balloon Kyphoplasty Training. Kyphon, Germany
2004 Thoracoscopic spinal surgery. Aesculap – MURNAU, Germany
2004 Degenerative and Spinal Trauma Course. AO-Synthes- DAVOS, Switzerland
2004 The 12th Imperial Spinal Surgery course. Hammersmith Hospital- London
2004 Medical Communication Skills Course. Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK
2004 External Fixation in Trauma. Orthofix – Verona, Italy
2004 Lumbar Disc Replacement Course. AO-Spine – Munich, Germany
2002 Microsurgical Skills Course. Northwick Park Hospital
2001 Approaches to the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. Royal College of Surgeons, London
2000 A.C.L.S Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course
2000 A.T.L.S Advanced Trauma & Life Support Course
1999 Ionising Radiation Course

Regular Attendance to Annual and Biennual Spinal Conferences
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Spinal Surgeons
World Society for Endoscopic Navigated and Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery

Links :

Mr M.Akmals full profile and personal websiteMr M Akmal on BC Radio 4 presentation on Balloon KyphoplastyMr M Akmal’s article on Balloon Kyphoplasty Article for the National Library for Health RecentUK Publications

:Akmal M, Singh A, Anand A, Kesani A, Aslam N, Goodship A, Bentley G.Related Articles, Links
 The effects of hyaluronic acid on articular chondrocytes.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2005 Aug;87(8):1143-9.
PMID: 16049255 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
:Wiseman MA, Birch HL, Akmal M, Goodship AE.Related Articles, Links
 Segmental variation in the in vitro cell metabolism of nucleus pulposus cells isolated from a series of bovine caudal intervertebral discs.
Spine. 2005 Mar 1;30(5):505-11.
PMID: 15738781 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
:Akmal M, Kesani A, Anand B, Singh A, Wiseman M, Goodship A.Related Articles, Links
 Effect of nicotine on spinal disc cells: a cellular mechanism for disc degeneration.
Spine. 2004 Mar 1;29(5):568-75.
PMID: 15129075 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
:Akmal M, Trivedi R, Sutcliffe J.Related Articles, Links
 Functional outcome in trauma patients with spinal injury.
Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):180-5.
PMID: 12544937 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
:Akmal M, Anand A, Anand B, Wiseman M, Goodship AE, Bentley G.Related Articles, Links
 The culture of articular chondrocytes in hydrogel constructs within a bioreactor enhances cell proliferation and matrix synthesis.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Apr;88(4):544-53.
PMID: 16567795 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
:Bentley G, Biant LC, Carrington RW, Akmal M, Goldberg A, Williams AM, Skinner JA, Pringle J.Related Articles, Links
 A prospective, randomised comparison of autologous chondrocyte implantation versus mosaicplasty for osteochondral defects in the knee.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2003 Mar;85(2):223-30.
PMID: 12678357 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Treatment of all spinal disorders

The London Spine Unit specialises in Minimally Invasive Treatments allowing rapid recovery and return to normal function.

UK's Leading Spine Surgeon

Mr Mo Akmal has developed revolutionary techniques to perform Day Case Spinal Surgery. We avoid traditional General Anaesthetic for all surgery.

Trusted by patients worldwide

The London Spine Unit provides the highest quality care to all patients and has VIP services for those seeking exceptional services.

Patient-centered approach

Dr. Akmal places a strong emphasis on patient-centered care. He takes the time to listen to his patients, understand their concerns and goals, and develop customized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Dr. Akmal works closely with his patients throughout the treatment process, providing ongoing support and guidance to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.

Collaborative approach

Dr. Akmal recognizes that spinal conditions can be complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. He works closely with a team of healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, pain management specialists, and rehabilitation specialists, to provide comprehensive care to his patients. Dr. Akmal also collaborates with other surgeons and specialists to ensure that his patients receive the best possible care.

Research and innovation

Dr. Akmal is committed to advancing the field of spinal surgery through research and innovation. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at national and international conferences. Dr. Akmal is also actively involved in developing new surgical techniques and technologies to improve patient outcomes.

In conclusion,

Dr. Mo Akmal is widely regarded as one of the best spinal surgeons in the world. His extensive experience, use of cutting-edge technology and techniques, patient-centered approach, collaborative approach, and commitment to research and innovation set him apart from his peers. If you are looking for a spinal surgeon, Dr. Akmal is an excellent choice who is sure to provide you with the best possible care.

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