19 Harley St, London, W1G 9QJ, UK

Mr M Akmal

Mr Mo Akmal
MBBS BSc(Hons) MD FRCS(Orth&Tr)
Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon

PRESENT POSTS AND POSITIONS

  1. Consultant in Spinal Surgery. Department of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics,
    St Marys Hospital NHS Trust, Paddington, London W2 UK

    Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon and Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgeon.
  2. Honorary Senior Lecturer
    Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

  • Associate member of St Marys Hospital, Imperial College.
  • Member of the British Orthopaedic Association
  • Member of The British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • Member of The British Cervical Spine Society
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the Seddon Society
  • Member of the British Medical Association

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

  • 1986-1992 St Marys Hospital Medical School Paddington London W2
  • 1984-1986 Matthew Boulton College of Science and Technology, Birmingham
  • 1979-1984 Handsworth Wood Boys School, Birmingham

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctorate in Medicine (MD) – Jan 2007 London University
  • Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) – Aug 2004
  • Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons (England) FRCS)
    Part 3 completed (Trauma and Orthopaedics) – Feb 2003
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    (London University) – June 1992
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 1991 London University

GRANTS, PRIZES & SPONSORSHIPS

GRANTS

  • Imperial College Charity Association(2009) – £100 k
    For developing a Minimally invasive spinal surgery service
  • 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 intend to submit a grant application for £120,000 to EPSRC for Spinal
    disc tissue engineering research.

PRIZES

  • Lipmann Kessel Prize – 2000 (Winner)
  • (Charing Cross Hosp) – 1999 (Runner up)
  • Int’l Cartilage Repair Society Prize – 2000 (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 Prize – (1988)
    (St Marys Medical School)

PROFESSIONAL CME COURSES ATTENDED

Ultrasound Guided Chronic Pain Management – May 2010
Sonosite, Hertfordshire

Cervical & Lumbar Disc Replacment Cadaver Course – Feb 2010
(Newcastle Surgical Training Centre)

ANNUAL LONDON IMPERIAL SPINE COURSE – Mar 2010
Main organiser, London

LUMBAR DYNAMIC STABILISATION SOLUTIONS – Jan 2009
Medtronic, Lisbon, Portugal

ANTERIOR LUMBAR SPINE SURGERY COURSE
(Synthes, Innsbruck, Astria) – Oct 2008

PAEDIATRIC RESUSCITATION TRAINING
(St Marys Hospital, London) – Oct 2008

SPINE 2008The 15th SPINAL SURGERY COURSE – Oct 2008
(Brunel Universityl- London, UK)

MINIMALLY INVASIVE ACCESS SPINE SURGERY – June 2007
(Medtronic – Brussels, Belgium)

ENDOSCOPIC DISCECTOMY TRAINING
(Karl Storz, Bologne, France) – Sep 2006

BALOON KYPHOPLASTY TRAINING
(Kyphon, Germany) – Apr 2006

THORACOSCOPIC SPINAL SURGERY
(Aesculap – MURNAU, Germany) – May 2004

SPINE DEGENERATIVE AND TRAUMA COURSE
(AO-Synthes- DAVOS, Switzerland) – Dec 2004

SPINE 2004The 12th SPINAL SURGERY COURSE – Oct 2004
(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)

MEDICAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Oct 2004
(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)

EXTERNAL FIXATION IN TRAUMA – May 2004
(Orthofix – Verona, Italy)

LUMBAR DISC REPLACEMENT SURGERY – May 2004
(AO-Spine – Munich, Germany)

SPINE 2003The 11th SPINAL SURGERY COURSE – Oct 2003
(Hammersmith Hospital- London, UK)

MICROSURGICAL SKILLS – July 2002
(Northwick Park Hospital)

APPROACHES TO THE THORACIC AND LUMBAR SPINE
(Royal College of Surgeons, London) – April 2001

SURGERY FOR THE FOOT AND ANKLE
(Royal National Ortho Hosp, London) – May 1999

THE MANAGEMENT OF SPORTS INJURIES COURSE
(Royal College of Surgeons, London) – April 1999

EXTERNAL ORTHOPAEDIC FIXATION SYSTEMS – April 1999
(Royal College of Surgeons)

A.C.L.S-Completed
(Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course)

BASIC SURGICAL SKILLS COURSE – Completed

BASIC AO COURSE – Completed

A.T.L.S- Completed
(Advanced Trauma & Life Support Course)

IONISING RADIATION CERTIFICATION – Completed

SPINE CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Eurospine 2010 – Sept 2010
Vienna, Austria

Britspine Meeting 2010 – April 2010
Liverpool

Eurospine Meeting 2009 – Oct 2009
Liverpool

British Orthopaedic Association – Sep 2008
Liverpool UK

World Society for Endoscopic Navigated and Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery (Faculty)
London, Olympia – Jan 2008

Eurospine Meeting – Oct 2007
Brussels, Belgium

Britspine Meeting – Oct 2006
Cardiff

Eurospine Meeting – Oct 2006
Istanbul, Turkey

International Society for Fracture Repair. 9th Annual Conference
Bologna, Italy-Nov 2004

A Combined approach to fragility fractures – Oct 2004
London

AO Spine User group meeting – Sept 2004
Nottingham

Britspine Meeting – Jun 2004
Nottingham

4th Live Spine Surgery Symposium – Feb 2004
Bern, Switzerland

Society for back pain Research – Nov 2003
Institute of Engineers, London

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

Organisational Experience

Mr Akmal has been on the Organising Committee and faculty for various International medical meetings with the most recent being

  1. The 15th Imperial College Spinal Surgery Course.
  2. The World Society for Endoscopic Navigated and Minimal Invasive Spine.
  3. The 9th International Society for Fracture Repair Meeting in Bologna Italy.

Responsible for coordinating the timetable, finances, IT and personnel for the meetings. I was the the treasurer for the International Society (an Inetrnational Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons) for past 6 years, I managed all the finances, membership subscriptions and meeting activities.

Management Roles

Currently the Chief of Service for Orthopaedic and Trauma at St Marys Hospital

Was a member of the St Marys Hospital Lindo Wing Management board. Roles include strategy development, organisation of private orthopaedic services and streamlining day to day processes in clinics and theatres.

Commercial Expertise

Director of The London Spine Unit, a private practice facility based at Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. Team includes a 2 spinal fellows, Spinal coordinator and 2 secretaries.

Expertise in business planning and was involved in developing and submitting an improvement plan for NHS recruitment. This involved the use of Information Technology to improve the efficiency of NHS Human Resources departments throughout the UK. The need for technology transfer in academic research is becoming an important issue for NHS R&D.

Educational and Training

Clinical and Educational Supervisor for Orthopaedic Trainees at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trusts and responsible for overseeing the educational and clinical progress of trainees through the surgical training programme. The role involves assessments and appraisals of Foundation year and Specialist Trainees in Orthopaedics.

Has been on the teaching faculty as a project supervisor for UCL students during their Degrees at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Royal National orthopaedic Hospital. A number of my students being awarded Prizes for the work.

Currently an examiner for The MBBS Finals exams at Imperial College

Has  been the Supervisor of Major Research Grant Projects including The Wishbone Trust , Action Research Grant and Commercial Sponsorships and have managed grants in the excess of £100,000. This involved, recruiting appropriate researchers, managing research projects and writing end of Research reports to sponsors.

Currently participates in both formal and informal teaching and training of medical students and allied health professionals. Through regular lectures, journal club meetings, audit presentations, surgical supervision, MDM meetings, problem based teaching, ward rounds, outpatient clinics and exam assessments supports all aspects of teaching and disseminating knowledge.

Service Development

The Multidisciplinary Spine Service at St Marys Hospital was one of Mr Akmals key projects on the NHS.  By engaging pain rheumatologists, specialist consultants, radiologists, psychologists, allied health professionals and nurse specialists he enhanced productivity and reduced waiting times for patients on the NHS.  The quality of our service has also improved by reducing waiting times for patients referred for spinal surgery.

Mr Akmal has developed protocols, engaged clinicians and established the Spinal Multidisciplinary Meeting which has streamlined the management of back and neck pain referrels into Imperial NHS Trust and reduced clinic waiting times to meet the 18 week target.

Mr Akmal was pivotal in the establishment of a Community-based musculoskeletal Triage system for Kensington & Chelsea PCT and Westminster PCT and led in developing protocols for referral into seconday care.  He also developed clinical links with oncology, neurosurgery, ortho surgery, neurology, radiology, physiotherapy and rheumatology in setting up a spinal surgical service at St Marys.  He is currently developing a unique sacral tumour surgery service and has an honorary contract at The Royal Marsden Hospital to support this complex work.

Journal Review

Is currently a reviewer for The Journal Spine, a highly-rated international medical journal.

Clinical Experience

Currently employed as a consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma with a specialist interest in Spinal Surgery.

Other responsibilities include being an Educational supervisor for 3 Foundation year trainees and provide educational support and career guidance.  Mr Akmal runs a high quality clinical service, with an interest in spinal surgery. He has negotiated and recruited 3 extra extended scope physiotherapists (one based in the community).  He has have implemented a weekly multidisciplinary (MDT) meeting to discuss patients with spinal disorders.  Through regional & national work with the British Association of Spinal Surgery (BASS) he contributes to patient education and information.

HIGHER SURGICAL TRAINING

Spinal Surgery Fellowship Jan 2004 – Dec 2004

The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford. Oxford University Hospital, UK.

Specialist Registrar Jul 2003 – Dec 2003

Chase Farm Hospital
Enfield, Middlesex, UK

Spinal surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma surgery

Specialist Registrar Jan 2003 – Jul 2003

University College London Hospital
London, WC1.

Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgery, and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Specialist Registrar Jul 2002 – Dec 2002

University College London Hospital

Paediatric Orthopaedics and Paediatric Spinal Surgery

Specialist Registrar Jan 2002 – Jun 2002

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP.

Peripheral Nerve Injury and Congenital Hand Deformity Unit

Specialist Registrar Jul 2001– Jan 2002

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP.

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Unit

Specialist Registrar Jan 2001 – Jun 2001

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP.

Spinal Surgery with a special interest in Scoliosis

Specialist Registrar Jul 2000 – Jan 2001

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP.

Bone and Joint Reconstruction Unit. Academic Professorial Unit

Specialist Registrar Jul 99 – Jun 2000

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust
Chelsea, London, SW1.

Knee Surgery. Trauma and Orthopaedics

Specialist Registrar Aug 98 – July 99

Barnet General Hospital, Barnet, Enfield.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Honorary Senior Lecturer Mar 2005 – present

Clinical Research Fellow Aug 97 – July 1998

Honorary Research Fellow Aug 1998 to 2005

Mr Akmal is committed to developing a tissue engineering programme for musculoskeletal disorders.
He has both theoretical and practical knowledge of processes, governing regulations, patenting issues and techniques involved in Tissue Engineering articular cartilage and spinal discs.

Doctorate in Medicine (MD Degree)
The Institute of Orthopaedics Stanmore
University College London, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

“The use of Bioreactors in articular cartilage tissue engineering”.

BSc Clinical Science

St Marys Hospital Medical School (Taught Course)
Hammersmith Hospital, London (Research Project)

Module 1 : Use of computers & statistics in Medicine
Module 2 : Molecular Biology & Genetics
Module 3 : Biological Membranes and Biophysics

Supervisor of Major Research Grant Projects 1999 – 2003

The Wishbone Trust Grant – 1999
South East Medical Education Research Grant

Action Research Grant + Commercial Sponsorships 2000 – 2003

Supervisor of BSc and MSc Student Projects 2001 – 2003

PUBLICATIONS

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. Akmal M, Anand A, Anand B, Wiseman M, Goodship AE, Bentley G.
    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. PubMed PMID: 16567795.Status of recently submitted papers
  11. Synovial Fluid Biochemistry – A Novel approach to diagnosing an infected
    Arthroplasty.

    Akmal M, Stafford G, Anand B, Skinner J, Bentley G.
    Submitted. Presently being reviewed by JBJS British
  12. A Novel Injectable Cellular Hydrogel for the Treatment of Nucleus
    Pulposus Degeneration

    Anand A, Akmal M, Wiseman M, Goodship G.
    Submitted. Presently being reviewed by Eur Spin Jour

Current Research

  1. The treatment of Severe Spinal Infections
    • Epidemiology of Tuberculosis and Spine infections (In collaboration with Ealing Hospital and Charing Cross infectious disease departments)
  2. Spine Tumours
    • Functional outcome following Sacral excision surgery for recurrent rectal carcinomas (in collaboration with Dept of General Surgery – Paris Tekkis)
    • Survivorship following radical excision surgery for recurrent rectal carcinoma (in collaboration with Dept of General Surgery – Paris Tekkis)

PRESENTATIONS TO LEARNED SOCIETIES

  1. Novel method of Rdaiological Assessmet on Muscle Atrophy in Degenerative SpinesD Bhagawati, H Krishnan, Akmal
    American Orthopaedic Association 2009
  2. The Use of Expandable Cages and Ventrolateral Locking Plates in Severe
    Spinal InfectionsHussein A, Meir A, Hamady M, Akmal M
    British Orthopaedic Association 2008
  3. Cauda Equina Syndrome – A proposed Classification system .Akmal M, Anwar F, Fairbank J, Kadoo-Hudson T, Wilson MacDonald J.
    Britspine 2006
  4. The relationship between Scoliosis and Hip dysplasia in Cerebral PalsyAkmal M, Anand B, Tucker S, Nejad-Hashemi A, Morley T
    Britspine 2006
  5. The Use of Methylprednisolone in Spinal Trauma PatientsEwell M, Sutcliffe J, Akmal M
    Britspine 2006
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The effects of methylprednisolone on articular chondrocytes.Mannering N, Akmal M, Kesani A, Bentley G.
    Orthopaedic Research Society 2003
  9. Synovial Fluid Biochemistry – A Novel approach to diagnosing an infected
    Arthroplasty.Akmal M, Kesani M, Skinner J, Bentley G.
    British Orthopaedic Research Society Sept 2001
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Hydrogels for the Treatment of Nucleus Pulposus DegenerationAnand A, Akmal M, Wiseman M, Goodship G.
    British Orthopaedic Research Society, April 2004
  15. 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
  16. 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

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
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