Dr. Abhay Nene, Mumbai

Dr. Abhay Nene, an alumnus the T N Medical college graduated as a medical doctor in 1995, and later completed his post graduate training in Orthopedic Surgery in 1998 from the University of Bombay. After many more years of training in the sub speciality of Spine Surgery in Bombay and multiple centers across the world,  he currently practices as a Spine Surgeon attached to various corporate hospitals in Bombay. His areas of special interest are Paediatric spinal deformity, Spinal tumor reconstruction, Tuberculosis and the Osteoporotic spine. He has been an author to over two dozen international publications and text book chapters and is actively involved in research as well as runs fellowships to train young spine surgeons. He is a keen academician and is currently the India Chair of the AO Spine, one of the world’s leading academic organization.

Apart from this, Dr. Nene is a regular half marathon runner – having completed 20 half marathons all over the world, an avid cyclist – having cycled some of the worlds toughest routes including Manali to Leh (reaching 17500 feet, over 6 of the toughest Himalyan passes) , the Tour of the Nilgiris (India’s longest cycle race: Top 30 finisher in August 2014) and recently a 60 hour non stop relay cycle ride from New Delhi to Bombay, raising 2.5Cr for cancer children. He is an avid trekker, having scaled the Everest Base Camp, and just this month, summited India’s highest trekkable peak –  Stok Kangri, at 20,000 feet. Abhay moonlights with a rock band – the Flunkies – as a back up vocalist and guitarist….


  • Spine Foundation Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • M.S. (Orthopedics), University of Bombay, 1998
  • M.B.B.S. University  of  Bombay, 1995.

 International Awards:

  • ASSI-Dartmouth Spine Fellowship, September 2006,
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, USA
  • Scoliosis Research Society Scholarship, September 2004,
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • International ISSLS Spine Fellow award
    International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) May 2002,
    Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Overseas Experience:

  • September 2006, ASSI-Dartmouth Spine Fellowship
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, USA
  • November 2005, Ulm, Germany,
    Training in Spine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • September 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Scoliosis Research Society Scholarship
  • May 2004, Neustadt, Germany
    Visiting Spine Surgeon, Klinikum Neustadt
  • May 2002 , Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    ISSLS International Spine Fellow award
    International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
  • May 2002
    Visiting Spine Surgeon
    Spine Institute, Norton Hospital
    Louiseville, Kentucky, USA
  • April – May 2001
    Visiting Spine Fellow
    Queens Medical Center, Nottingham, UK
  • July – August 2000
    Visiting Fellow, Division of Spine Surgery,
    National University Hospital, Singapore

Work Profile:

Consultant Spine Surgeon
Wockhardt, Hinduja Surgical Specialty, Lilavati, and Sportsmed Hospitals

Our team, that works from several prime hospitals in central Bombay  conducts a wide variety of spine surgeries, including Spinal deformity corrections, spinal tumor reconstructions, surgery for spinal infections, reconstructive surgery for osteoporotic fractures, cervical spine instrumentation, occipito cervical spine surgery, and minimal access procedures like  endoscopic and micro discectomy, nucleoplasty, thoracoscopy , vertebroplasty etc. Disc replacement surgery, and growing rod surgeries including rib expansion, and computer navigated spine surgery are some of the contemporary surgeries done at our unit.

Honorary Visiting Paediatric Spine Surgeon
B J Wadia Children’s Hospital, Bombay

We get a huge spectrum of paediatric spinal pathology at this busy children’s public hospital in central Bombay, ranging from congenital atlanto- axial subluxations, varied forms of childhood spinal TB and congenital and idiopathic scoliosis of early onset. The variety of surgery we do here varies from growth rods to corrective osteotomies and C1C2 fixations in children. I have been attached to the Wadia Children’s Hospital since 2009.

Office Positions:

  1. National Chairman, AO Spine India
  2. Member, AO Spine India research Council
  3. Member, Scientific committee, Association of Spine Surgeons of India
  4. Member, Bombay Spine Club

Teaching & Research:

  • Teacher for the Fellowship of the National Board (FNB) in spine surgery from 2009 to 2014 at the Hinduja Hospital
  • Several research projects – clinical and basic underway at our center at any given time – including Spinal Tuberculosis, Spinal Osteoporosis, Pathological changes in the Degenerative spine, etc
  • Coordinator for the national TB Spine Registry and research of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India  (ASSI)

Participation as Invited Faculty for Spine Conferences / Workshops:

National / International Meetings attended as an invited speaker:

  • Spineweek, May 2016, Singapore, as faculty for ASSI and SMISS.
  • Program Chair for the AO Asia Pacific Meeting at Hong Kong, Sept 2015
  • NASS: 2015, Chicago
  • Nov 2014, World Osteoporosis Forum, Taipei
  • Global Spine Congress, April 2013, Hong Kong
  • NASS: September 2012, Dallas.
  • Indo American Spine Alliance meeting, Bangalore, Sept 2102
  • Asia Pacific ‘Inspiration’ Spine meeting at Bali, Indonesia, June 2010
  • Jeju Asia Spine Society meeting at Jeju island, South Korea, June 2010
  • Orthopedic Association meeting, Shanghai, China, May 2009
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) meeting at San Antonio, Texas, USA, September 2009
  • Japanese Cervical spine society meeting, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, japan. July 2009. Invited Faculty
  • Osteoporosis Association Meeting, Seoul, S Korea, October 2009
  • SRS Regional meeting, Delhi, 2007
  • SRS Global Outreach Scoliosis camp – Dhaka, Bangladesh Jan 2009
  • AO Principles and Advanced courses 2008 onwards
  • AO Tips for Trainers course 2006
  • Spine Foundation Basic Spine Course, Nasik 2010
  • Instructional Course in Spine (ICS) jointly conducted by the European Spine Society and the Association of Spine Surgeons of India – On Faculty every year since 2003 (inception)
  • ASSICON –National Annual Spine meetings all over India from 2002 till date
  • ISSICON March 2006, 07, 08 New Delhi
  • WIROC 2003 onwards, Bombay.
  • IOA December 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society Conference, Baroda, February 2005
  • Combined APOA and Spine meet, National University Hospital, Singapore, October 2002
  • KOA Con, Feb 2006, Dharwad, UP spine Chapter meeting, Barielly 2008, Tripura Spine association hands on workshop, Agartala 2005, Spinal Trauma Workshop, Nanded 2001, Spinal Deformity Workshop, KOA, Banglore 2000
  • Spine Update Workshops of the Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009

International conferences participated in as a scientific presenter:

  • Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Foundation certification course, Singapore, March 2007
  • Scoliosis Research Society 41st Annual Meet, Monterey, California,September 2006
  • AO Advanced Spine Course, Davos, December 2005
  • Scoliosis Research Society 39th Annual Meet, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2004
  • European Spine week, Porto, Portugal, June 2004
  • APOA, October 2002, Singapore
  • ISSLS, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2002
  • Euro Traveling Spine Fellows Meet, May 2001, Nottingham, UK

Other Academic Activity:

  • Chair for several national and international AO Spine meetings
  • Organizing secretary for WIROC, the annual Western India Orthopedic Association meeting, December 2011, Bombay
  • Organizing secretary for the Silver Jubilee Assicon meeting in Bombay 2011. This 400 delegate international meeting of the association of spine surgeons of India (ASSI) commemorated the 25 years of the existence on the ASSI
  • Organizing secretary of the mid annual meeting of the ASSI (held as a joint meeting with the Spine Society of Europe) in the years 2005 and 2007
  • We organize 2 to 4 Spine Update CMEs / Surgical demos every year at our Institute
  • Organizing the Spine Foundation Masterclass, the annual lecture series in spine surgery for post graduate students, since 2004
  • Over 50 podium presentations and a dozen poster presentations at national and international spine meetings.
  • Six to 8 Academic Spine conferences / workshops attended every year since 2001, as faculty, instructor or delegate.

Publications  in  International  Journals:

  1. Recurrent Spinal Giant Cell Tumors: A Study of Risk Factors and Recurrence Patterns : Asian Spine Journal 2016; 10(1): 129-135. Patil S, Nene AM.
  2. Incidental Dural Tears during Spine Surgery: Prevention and Management : Journal of Orthopaedic Complications 2016 Jan-April;1(1):23-25. Manish Kothari, Kunal Shah, Abhay Nene
  3. Assessing Frailty in elderly undergoing spine surgery
    International Journal of Spine 2016 Jan-Apr;1(1):39
    Kunal Shah, Manish Kothari, Abhay Nene
  4. Decision Making in Surgical Management of Degenerative Scoliosis
    International Journal of Spine 2016 Jan-Apr;1(1):10-14
    Kunal Shah, Manish Kothari, Abhay Nene
  5. Spondylolysis Amongst Fast Bowlers: Review Article. Journal of Post Graduate Medicine, Education and Research. Oct-Dec 2015; 49(4): 186-193
  6. Isolated Mucormycotic Spondylodiscitis of Lumbar Spine-A Rare Case Report
 J of Orthopedic Case Reports, April-June 2015: 5(2): Pg 55-57 Shailesh Hadgaonkar, Kunal Shah, Shekhar Bhojraj, Abhay Nene, Ashok Shyam
  7. Spinal Subdural Haematoma, J of Orthopedic Case Reports, April-June 2015: 5(2): Pg 72-74 Kothari Manish K, Shah Kunal Chandrakant, Nene Abhay M
  8. Predictors of kyphotic deformity in osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures: a radiological study. Patil S, Nene AM., Eur Spine J. 2014 July
  9. Non-surgical management of cord compression in tuberculosis: a series of surprises.  Patil SS, Mohite S, Varma R, Bhojraj SY, Nene AM. Asian Spine J. 2014 Jun;8(3):315-21.
  10. De-novo XDR Tuberculosis Spine in a 3-year-old Girl.
    Mohan K, Joshi N, Pawar U, Nene A
    J Glob Infect Dis. 2014 Jan;6(1):44-5
  11. Posterior approach in thoracolumbar tuberculosis:
a clinical and radiological review of 67 operated cases.
    S Rawall, K Mohan, A Nene. Journal of Musculoskeletal Surgery, Springer. April 2013
  12. Surgical patterns in osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.
  Patil S, Rawall S, Singh D, Mohan K, Nagad P, Shial B, Pawar U, Nene A. Eur Spine J; 2013 Apr;22(4):883-91.
  13. Postvertebroplasty instability Report of 5 cases.
    Premik Nagad, Saurabh Rawall, Vishal Kundnani, Kapil Mohan, Sanganagouda Patil, Abhay Nene
    J Neurosurg Spine 16:387–393, April 2012
  14. Drug Resistance Patterns in 111 cases of drug resistant Tuberculosis-Spine.   Kapil Mohan, Saurabh Rawall, Uday Pawar, Meeta Sadani, Premik Nagad, Amita Nene, Abhay Nene
    European Spine Journal : January 2012
  15. Post operative visual loss.
    Indian Journal Of Orthopedics, Volume 46, January 2012
    SS Patil, Kapil Mohan, U Pawar, A Nene
  16. Role of ‘low cost Indian implants’ in our practice: our experience with 1,572 pedicle screws
    Saurabh Rawall, Kapil Mohan, Premik Nagad, Ashutosh Sabnis , Uday PawarAbhay Nene
    European Spine J DOI 10.1007/s00586-011-1914-3, July 2011
  17. Tuberculosis of the spine: 2011 update
    A. Nene, U. Pawar.  Argospine. Springer-Verlag France 2011 – ArgoSpine
    NEWS & JOURNAL – quarterly September 2011 – Vol. 23 – N°3
  18. Outcome of single level instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion using corticocancellous laminectomy bone chips  Sanganagouda Patil, Saurabh Rawall, Premik Nagad, Bhavin Shial, Uday Pawar, Abhay Nene    Indian Journal of Orthopaedics | November 2011 | Vol. 45 | Issue 6
  19. Spinal instability in ankylosing spondylitis.
    Badve SA, Bhojraj SY, Nene AM, Varma R, Mohite S, Kalkotwar S, Gupta A.
    Indian J Orthop. 2010 Jul;44(3):270-6.
  20. Major Vessel Injury With Cage Migration – Surgical Complication in a Case of Spondylodiscitis
    Uday M. Pawar, D’Ortho, DNB Ortho, Vishal Kundnani, MS Ortho, and Abhay Nene, MS Ortho
    SPINE Volume 35, Number 14, pp E663–E666, ©2010, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  21. Spinal loop rectangle and sub laminar wiring as a technique for   scoliosis correction. Bhojraj SY, Varma RG, Nene AM, Mohite S.   Indian J Orthop. 2010 Jan;44(1):50-6
  22. Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis of the Spine—Is it the Beginning of the End? A Study of Twenty-Five Culture Proven Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Spine Patients
    Uday M. Pawar, D’ortho, DNB Ortho,* Vishal Kundnani, MS Ortho,* Vikas Agashe, MS Ortho,* Amita Nene, MD, DETRD, FCCP,† and Abhay Nene, MS Ortho*
    SPINE Volume 34, No.22, pp E806, ©2009, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  23. Occipito-Atlanto-Axial Osteoarthritis – A Cross Sectional Clinico-Radiological Prevalence Study in High Risk and General Population     Siddharth A. Badve, MS,*† Shekhar Bhojraj, MS,† Abhay Nene, MS,‡ Abhijit Raut, MD,§ and Ravi Ramakanthan, MD§
    SPINE Volume 35, No.4, pp 434, ©2010, Lippincott Williams &  Wilkins
  24. Giant cell tumor of the spine: A review of 9 surgical interventions     in 6 cases.   Bhojraj SY, Nene A, Mohite S, Varma R.
    Indian J Orthop. 2007 Apr;41(2)
  25. Results of Non Surgical Management of Thoracic Spinal Tuberculosis in Adults- a study of 50 cases
    A Nene, S Y Bhojraj, The Spine Journal, Jan-Feb 2005
  26. Lumbosacral Tuberculosis in Adults
    S Bhojraj, A Nene. British Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, May 2002

Other Publications:

  1. ASSI textbook of Spinal Infections and Trauma
    • Radiology in spinal trauma – A Sabnis, A Nene
    • Bacteriology of Spinal Tuberculosis – P Nagad, A Nene
    • Multi drug resistant Spinal TB- U Pawar, A Nene
  2. Textbook of Orthopedics and Traumatology. 2008, Jaypee
    • 142.1 Metastatic Disease of the Spine   S Bhojraj, A Nene
    • 142.2 Primary Tumors of the Spine   S Bhojraj, A Nene