19 Harley St, London, W1G 9QJ, UK

Mr M Akmal – Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Clinical Director


CCST (Orthopaedics & Trauma) – Aug 2004
(Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training)

FRCS (Orth & Tr) (London) – Feb 2003
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Part 3)

MBBS (London) – June 1992
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

BSc Clin Sci (Hons) – June 1991

Grants and Prizes Awarded


Action Research Project Grant (March 2000) – £70,928
towards cartilage research

The Wishbone Trust (Feb 1999) – £15,136
towards cartilage research

The South East Medical Education & Research Fund – £5,000
(March 1998) towards Tissue Engineering Research

Commercial sponsorship from Genzyme Ltd – £1000
for cost of materials (2001). Tissue engineering research.

Commercial Sponsorship from Kelcon Ltd to support Research (2000)

I am currently preparing a grant application for £120,000 to EPSRC for Spinal
disc tissue engineering research


Lipmann Kessel Prize – 2000 (Winner)
(Charing Cross Hosp) – 1999 (Runner up)

Int’l Cartilage Repair Society Prize – 2000 (Winner)
(Charing Cross Hosp) – 1999 (Runner up)

(Best Poster)
(Gothenburg, Sweden)

Seddon Society Award – 1999 (Medal Winner)
(Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital)

Short Paper Prize (North Thames SpR) – 1999 (Runner up)
(St Marys Hospital)

Physiology Essay Prize – (1988)
(St Marys Medical School)

Professional Courses Attended

(Bordeaux, France)
Oct 2005

(Aesculap- MURNAU, Germany)       
May 2005

(AO-Synthes- DAVOS, Switzerland)      
Dec 2004

(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)
Oct 2004

(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)
Oct 2004

(Orthofix – Verona, Italy)
May 2004

(AO-Spine – Munich, Germany)
May 2004

(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)
Oct 2003

(Northwick Park Hospital)
July 2002

(Royal College of Surgeons, London)     
April 2001

(Royal National Ortho Hosp, London)    
May 1999

(DePuy – Elstree, London)
May 1999

(Royal College of Surgeons, London)     
April 1999

(Leicester University)
Nov 1998

(City & Guilds – Stanmore College)
Aug 1997

(Royal College of Surgeons)
June 1997

(Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course)
Dec 1996

(Advanced Trauma & Life Support Course)

June 1993

Membership of Professional Organisations

Associate member of St Marys Hospital, Imperial College.
Member of the British Orthopaedic Association
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Treasurer of the International Society for Fracture Repair
Amateur Boxing Association of England Approved Doctor
Member of the Seddon Society
Member of the British Medical Association
Member of the Medical Protection Society

Lectures & Talks

1) Spinebase – A solution for multicentre data collection and storage
Oxford Spinal Audit meeting Oct 2004

2) Spinal Metatastases
Oxford Tumour Board meeting Oct 2004

3) Spondylolysis  – A case presentation
Chondrosarcoma of the spine – A case presentation
AO Spine Masterclass, Nottingham meeting Sept 2004

4) Scoliosis – Aetiology and treatment
Oxford Specialist Registrars core curriculum meeting Sept 2004

5) The Flatback syndrome
Oxford Specialist Registrars clinical conference Jun 2004

6) Intervertebral Disc degeneration and tissue engineering
Oxford Scientific Meeting Apr 2004

7) Spinal Surgery in Cerebral palsy patients,
AO Spinal Forum, Royal Society of Medicine, Mar 2004

8) Intervertebral Disc degeneration, mechanisms and aetiology
Exeter scientific Meeting Oct 2003

9) Developing a Tissue Engineering program for articular Cartilage
Lecture given to American Academy of Orthopaedic Travelling Fellows visit at RNOH

10)  Biomechanics of the spine and considerations in spinal surgery
Annual lecture given to MSc Engineering students at Surrey University

11)  Tissue engineering articular cartilage.
Annual lecture given to BSc and MSc Orthopaedic science students at UCL

12)  Pelvic Injuries
Annual lecture on the plaster course at the RNOH

13)  Avascular Necrosis of the Hip – Recent advances
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital SPR meeting Feb 2001

14) Recent advances in Hallux Valgus Surgery
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital SPR meeting May 2001

15) Recent advances in imaging of articular cartilage
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital SPR meeting Aug 2001

16) Patellofemoral arthroplasty
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital SPR meeting Dec 2001

17) Orthopaedics.Com – An internet portal for Orthopaedic trainees
St Mary Hospital SPR meeting Dec 2000

Journal Publications

1) 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

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

3)  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.

4) 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.

5)  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

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

7)  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.

8)  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

9) 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

10)  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.
Accpete for Publication Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery


Truspilot Reviews

Radu Ghebaru
Radu Ghebaru
Quick and easy to book appointments (online and over the phone). Very helpful receptionist. I had a consultation with dr Akmal who is very professional , patient , kind and understanding. he explained me in details my problem. Trustful and confident in his job, I decided to follow his advice and treatment. I had yesterday a spinal injection . No sides effects so far. A bit in pain but it’s normal. I am aware that I will see the results in one week time only. Great team , exceptional staff (from the receptionist to the nurses and dr Akmal). I would recommend Harley Street Hospital - London Spine Unit to anyone who is having back pains.
Ashraf Elawad
Ashraf Elawad
I had difficult times with my disc prolapse in my lower back. The pain was getting worse despite pain killers and physiotherapy. I was a bit nervous considering surgical treatment as a definte solution. The consultation with Mr. Mo Akmal was informative and reassuring and helped me to make a decision going ahead for the surgical option. On the day of the procedure, the staff was welcoming and looked experienced and knew exaclty what they were doing. Mr. Mo Akmal spoke to me before and after the procedure. In less than 2hrs, after the porcedure, I was able to stand, walk, and sit down with no pain. I strongly recommend Mr. Mo Akmal for anybody who has a similar condition.
Joe massimo
Joe massimo
I had minimally invasive spinal surgery for a Bulging disc at L5/S1 impinging on my S1 nerve root. Before surgery I couldn’t walk without a limp and would be in too much pain to walk further than a mile. Being only 21 years old and a keen athlete and student Osteopath, with an interest in sports rehabilitation, I wanted to get back to complete health and fitness from this injury. There is definitely a fear with spinal surgery that a lot of people have in the sports and therapy world however I knew I needed the operation to gain my leg function back and with Mr Mo Akmal and the team at the London spine Unit, I felt in great hands and they were very professional from start to finish with the process. They made me feel very comfortable and safe. I’d highly recommend Mr Mo Akmal and the Team at the London Spine Unit, they are very friendly and take great care of you. I’m feeling much better and am glad I chose to get the surgery done here.
Very good treatment from Mr. Akmal and the staff with amazing results. After the first spinal injection I was sure the treatment won't work but as the team encouraged me to keep going to the second injection it then total disappeared. They were also very helpful with all the documents needed for the insurance cover. Much appreciated! I was struggling
In February 2021 I felt excoriating pain in my lower back. I was unable to stand up straight with my right leg having spasms occurring every hour. The sciatic pain accelerated within days I was bed bound to the point I needed help with basic daily activities such as making a cup of tea. I read the reviews about Dr Akmal, which I found beneficial and decided to book a consultation to see him. I was booked for a Consultation with Dr Akaml as well as an MRI scan & blood tests. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I would get the results on the same day with the treatment options. Dr Akmal was very friendly he discussed the MRI scan with me that showed disc L4-L5 impinging the nerve, he suggested two options. One was the laser treatment to shrink the disc or the second the option was a discectomy. This would be a day procedure with no overnight stay. At no point did I feel pressured to decide on the procedures. Dr Akmal is incredibly knowledgeable this was evident through his years of experience with spinal procedures, I was 100% that the best option would be the discectomy and the best Surgeon was Dr Akmal. I was so impressed with the service and care that was offered at the clinic it was no less than first class to be honest, with no waiting time at all. On the day of the procedure I was in a private room, a lovely healthcare assistant was there to help me get into the hospital gown. Every staff member was ever so kind, they all made me feel at ease. Once I woke up I felt no sciatic pain at all which was an amazing feeling, an emotional moment to finally be rid of that burning sensation. Of course, there was some slight discomfort where the procedure had taken place. After surgery, I was able to stand on my two feet as well as being able to walk without any discomfort. Finally making my own cooked breakfast was a heavenly feeling! I can say with complete confidence that I trust Dr Akmal he is no doubt, on top of his field, a great human being who I’m so grateful to have met. If you want your life back I would highly recommend you book yourself in for a consultation with Dr Akmal, he is worth every single penny! Thank you Dr Akmal!
Good treatment, uncomplciated, great solution,
Sam Sahota
Sam Sahota
My personal experience of The London Spine Unit in Harley Street London and the whole team of surgeon Mo Akmal written two weeks after my Surgery . It’s been an absolutely amazing experience. I am a 58 year old male . Many years ago I was breaking some concrete with a very large sledgehammer that’s where all my problems started. During these many years I have undergone Facet joint injections, many appointments with Osteopaths,Chiropractors,Acupuncture,Massages etc etc the list is endless.They would be helpful for a few days and then the pain in my back and weakness in my legs would return. 2019 had Mri of lumbar area showed disc bulge trapping nerves in l4/5 areas I underwent an open surgery on Nhs to cut away part of the disc that was causing the problem.I was in hospital for 5 days and recovery took many months, Then the pain returned!!I then decided to live with the unbearable pain as I couldn’t go through all that again, I was recommended to Mo Akmal, he arranged a much clearer Mri within two hours he took a look and identified the problem the following week after my pre op assessment my keyhole surgery was done within 2 hours , immediately I was pain free I noticed immediately the pain free sensation I was very happy with the outcome , it was so simple , I could walk painfree. I came in a taxi in the morning and took a taxi back home in the evening . Mo akmal Is a very professional surgeon it was like talking to a friend no rush at all , didn’t even seem like a surgery, Member of his team calls me three times a week to see how I’m getting on. Now I don’t even think about my back as I have zero pain , I sleep well, I feel much better from within, I have no hesitation in recommending Mo Akmal . I am a person that does so much research into things like this as I know the risks aswell as the benefits,I jumped at the opportunity that was given to me for this keyhole surgery. I did not tell anyone of my friends as they really did not know the pain I was in and if I had told them I know they would of discouraged me of going ahead. 2 weeks later I feel totally pain free. If in any doubt I do not mind Mo giving my email to anyone as long as I can help them out of pain .i was always told use hot and cold packs on your back , it didn’t help much mine was a much more deep rooted problem that need proper intervention I have learnt over the years that very seldom will a therapist ever tell you to get an MRI to see exactly what is going on inside your body it’s left to your own judgement, no amount of alternative therapy would of actually helped my problem if I wanted to get to the root of the problem..It’s your choice to go ahead with treatment or not BUT atleast you will know and have a better understanding of exactly what is causing your problem. I would say Don’t suffer in silence do something about it like I did .
Mrs Michelle Hunter
Mrs Michelle Hunter
I would highly recommend Mr Mo Akmal and his team at the London Spine Unit. I have had issues with my lumbar spine for over 20 years and have struggled to find someone who could help. My situation was complicated by a separate neurological diagnosis 7 years ago. Mr Akmal listened to my medical history and offered informed and honest advice, taking a holistic view based on his extensive experience and listening to my opinion with an open mind. I have had 2 minimally invasive procedures at the London Spine Unit during the Covid pandemic. I felt very safe and well looked after on both occasions. The results were great, they allowed me to finally exercise without pain & weakness and to play with my 2yr old! (Which was very important with nursery closures in Scotland!). I still have a way to go but I feel like I have finally found someone who genuinely cares and understands, and I am no longer alone with my health journey. Thank-you Mr Akmal and your amazing team!!
Lee Burnside
Lee Burnside
Top notch service great staff and a fantastic after care support. After having partial disc removed i woke up to zero pain and could walk upright no problem well worth paying for the private treatment.
I had been suffering with a trapped nerve in my back for 18 months which meant I could only stand for about an hour and I couldn’t sit in a chair. I was spending 70% of my day lying down. I had been off work all this time on universal credit (£80 a week). Four different doctors and two consultants said it was a muscle problem. NHS finally agreed to give me an MRI which clearly showed my L5/S1 disc was badly worn, the L5 vertebrae was arthritic and the vertebrae were rubbing together but still they told me it was a muscle problem. One consultant told me I was imagining my leg pain and said to buy a tennis ball and massage my muscle with it by pushing it into my back! I then went to a private hospital in Aberdeen, the consultant there was very arrogant and told me fusing vertebrae and replacing discs didn’t work. He said my problem would go away after a couple of years! This is when I found Mr Akmal! I did an internet search and while I was reading about The London Spine Clinic one of Mr Akmal’s team asked me via web chat if they could help. I briefly explained my back problem and arranged an appointment over the phone for the next day. I uploaded my MRI and Mr Akmal phoned me with his diagnosis. He gave me a fair and honest opinion and said I could take his diagnosis and get treatment elsewhere as I live 700 miles away. Mr Akmal said there was nothing left of my disc and needed an operation. After more fobbing off by the NHS I decided to get the surgery done by Mr Akmal. I flew from Orkney to London on my own on the Sunday, had the operation on the Monday. I went back to my accommodation 2.5 hours after the operation in a taxi. I went back for a check up by Mr Akmal on the Tuesday and flew home to Orkney on the Wednesday. The operation was for: Posterior Lumbar Decompression + Instrumented Fusion. I am so glad I chose Mr Akmal and The London Spine Clinic for this procedure. My whole experience from start to finish was amazing. All the staff were really friendly and helpful. Mr Akmal’s skill, experience and passion for helping people really shines through. The follow up appointments have been excellent. The whole experience was so laid back it doesn’t feel like I had major back surgery 18 days ago. My pain has completely gone. I walked 3 miles for the first time in 2 years the other day. I cannot put into words how this has changed my life! If you have back pain I cannot recommend Mr Akmal highly enough, he will give you an honest opinion and offer the best solution for your problem.

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We provide exclusive health services for individuals seeking Advanced medical, non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments. We are covered by All Insurance Companies apart from AXA PPP

Mo Akmal

Our Medical Director and Lead Spinal Surgeon Mr Mo Akmal MD is a world renowned Spine Specialist Consultant with over 20 years of experience. He and his team have developed revolutionary techniques to perform all types of Spinal Surgery as a Day Case procedure without traditional General Anaesthetic.

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Laser Disc Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day case at our centre on the prestigious Harley Street.

Initial Consultation

with Consultant Spine Surgeon
£ 250
  • No Waiting Times
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  • Includes Clinical Review and Report
  • Multidisciplinary discussion
  • Review of Previous Scans and Reports

Follow up Consultation

any appointment after initial consultation
£ 180
  • Top NHS affiliated Consultant
  • Includes Clinical Review and Report
  • Multidisciplinary discussion

High Resolution MRI Scan

any Single Region (3.0 Tesla)
£ 600
  • No waiting times
  • Includes Full Radiologist Report
  • Open or Closed MRI scan types
  • Copy of Scan on CD

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Pre-Booked Online
£ 800
  • Initial Consultation
  • MRI Scan (Single Region)
  • Follow Up consultation
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