DR G. BALAMURALI (Spine specialist)– Best SPINe SURGEON IN CHENNAI
About Dr. G. Balamurali, Spine Surgeon
About Dr. G. Balamurali
Dr. G. Balamurali MBBS, MRCS (Ed), MD (UK), FRCS (Neurosurgery) Head of Spine and Neurosurgery, Kauvery Hospital Managing Director – HAMSA Spine and Brain Rehab Adjunct Professor, Sree Balaji Medical College and hospital, Chennai
Fellow in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – UK, USA, Switzerland Fellow in Complex Spine Surgery – UK, Switzerland
Member of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. UK
FRCS (Surgical Neurology)
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. UK
University of Central Lancashire. Preston, U.K
International Spine Academy (iSpine) – Director - iSpine is an academic platform to deliver higher education with the latest advancements in clinical and surgical knowledge in spine surgery and allied specialties. www.ispine.co.in
HAMSA Spine and Brain Rehabilitation – Managing Director – Hamsa is a 20 beded rehab centre exclusively for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Brain Injury (BI, Stroke, located in the heart of the Chennai city. www.hamsarehab.com
GETfit360 – Director & Trainer – GET Fit 360 is a holistic weight loss practices, which offers a permanent solution for overweight and obesity. www.getfit360.co.in
Dr G Balamurali is an internationally trained spinal neurosurgeon with 15 + years of surgical training and work experience from the UK. He is extensively trained in all niche aspects of spinal surgery having worked in UK, USA and Switzerland. His special interests are in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery, spinal cord tumours, trauma and pediatric spine surgery.
Dr G Balamurali is an internationally trained spine surgeon with 26+ years of total surgical experience, 16 years from the UK. He is extensively trained in all niche aspects of spinal surgery having worked in the UK, USA and Switzerland. His special interests are in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery, spinal cord tumours, trauma and pediatric spine surgery.
He is also interested in academics, research and training with a research degree from Cambridge University, UK. He is appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Spine and Neurosurgery from Bharat University, Chennai. As a leading spine surgeon in Chennai, he has received several awards. Some of them to mention are best contribution to society award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for working with persons with Spinal Cord Injury, Best Doctor award from the Tamil Nadu Government and very recently selected as "one of the 50 influential persons of Chennai 2020".
Want to know more about Dr G Balamurali, the best spine surgeon in Chennai? Then let's dive in to little deeper to know about his qualifications, awards, special interests, core operative skills like Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery, Keyhole Spine Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery, Complex Spine Surgery, Deformity Spine Surgery and much more.
Has accrued multiple fellowships across his career, acting as resplendent proof of his status as the best spine surgery specialist in Chennai.
Today, Dr. Balamurali is the Head of Spinal Surgery at Kauvery Hospital, Chennai. He is proactive about bringing maximum value to aspiring spine surgeons in Chennai, as is clear through his adjunct professorship at the Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital. These ventures have given Dr. Balamurali an ideal platform to nurture the future of spine surgery in Chennai.
Other Qualifications for Being A Best Spine Surgeon in Chennai
Below are some of reasons why Dr G Balamurali is considered as one of the best spine surgeons in Chennai by the people. One of the most essential parts of our body is our spine. It connects through the brain. A spinal disorder may affect a lot of our brain functions and may even cause our body to be paralyzed. A common complaint from medical patients related to spine is back pain. Back pain may either be severe or simple. Whether a back pain is severe or simple, it would really take time for it to heal. A simple back pain would take weeks to be treated while a severe back pain takes months or even longer. Because our spine is very sensitive and very essential for our body and brain functions, it is just reasonable for us to be very careful in choosing the right spine doctor or surgeon to treat our spinal problems or disorders.
In choosing a spine doctor or spine surgeon in Chennai, we do not just rely on recommendations. We must bear in mind that we are going to trust them with our lives. A good spine specialist or a spine surgeon in Chennai does not rush to recommending a surgical treatment for our spinal problem or back pain in order for them to earn. A spine surgeon or a spine specialist in Chennai has the responsibility to educate their patients on when it is necessary to go through a spine surgery. It is their responsibility to let you go through conservative back pain treatments first before they recommend a surgical option. Their responsibility also includes helping us in making a decision whether we are going to have a surgical procedure done or not.
We also should consider a spine doctor or a spine surgeon's experience in spine surgery. It is always better to trust a spine surgeon in Chennai who has more successful surgical experiences with our lives than those who just had few experiences. This is when we may consider recommendations from those who have had successful spine surgeries already.
Most patients are also confused in choosing the right spine doctor or spine surgeon in Chennai. They usually do not know who to consult, an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Although there are some medical practitioners who focus on spinal surgery, there are also some who handle other medical conditions other than spine disorders. In this case, if we are not able to find a spine surgeon in Chennai and our choices are either orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, we have to identify what specific disorder we have.
A neurosurgeon in Chennai deals with spine surgeries related to tumors and the brain. An Orthopedic surgeon primarily deals with deformities. So before we decide who to choose, we should be able to identify what particular disorder we have. However, if there is an available spine surgeon in Chennai, it is best to seek his help instead of the other two. A spine surgeon knows best the different spine surgery procedures, how and when to perform them.
Any damage done by a non-expert spine surgeon on our spine may cause a very serious medical problem. These problems would mostly be those that greatly affect our brain functions.
Qualifications/Awards & Fellowships
Professional Awards and Scholarship
Best Abstract Presentation - Gold Award from Royal College of Edinburgh International Conference, Chennai, 2022
Best contribution to society award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for working with persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Prof. Alan Crockard International Travel Fellowship Award winner, Spine Section American Association, Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, USA - Feb 2010.
International Travel Scholarship Synthes - Switzerland and Medtronic, USA – January - 2010.
Health Care Administration (HCA) International Foundation Travel Fellowship Award winner, London, UK – 2009
Best Doctor Award from Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition for Excellence in Medical Profession, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, August- 2019
One of the Top 50 most influential people of Chennai 2020 selected by Chennai Insider
Minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery
Spinal cord tumour surgery
Paediatric spine surgery
Brachial plexus (DREZ) lesioning and other pain procedures
Complex spine surgery
Deformity spine surgery
Core Operative Skills
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – TLIF and OLIF (fusion procedures), decompression and foraminotomy, percutaneous screws for deformity correction, intradural procedures for tumour and tethered cord through tubes, minimally invasive fixation for fracture spine and vertebroplasty.
Complex Spinal procedures - Minimally invasive trans-thoracic discectomy, trans-oral and trans-mandibular approach to anterior CVJ, OC fusion, C1-2 procedures, degenerative scoliosis and anterior lumbar procedures, vertebrectomy and reconstruction for tumours, complex trauma to any part of spine
Spinal Cord Tumors - Complex large intradural and intramedullary tumours, metastatic spine tumours, bony tumour reconstruction and AVM
Deformity Surgery- Congenital, adolescent idiopathic and adult deformity spine surgery – Scoliosis and kyphoscoliosis
Congenital Paediatric anomalies of the spinal cord – Split cord syndrome, lipomyelomeningocele, open myelomenongocele, tethered cord, foramen magnum decompression, deformity correction and syringopleural shunts
Cranial Surgeries: General neurosurgery including trauma, tumours, hydrocephalus shunts, infection and paediatric neurosurgery.
Fellowships in Spine and Neurosurgery
Nottingham Senior Spinal Fellowship (UK), 2011 AO Spine accredited, Dr Bronek Boszczyk, Mr Mike Grevitt, Mr John Webb
University of California, San Francisco (USA - 2010) AANS & NASS accredited Spine Fellowship, Dr. Praveen Mummaneni (Minimally invasive spine surgery)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago (USA -2010) AANS & NASS accredited Spine Fellowship, Prof. Richard Fessler (Minimally invasive spine surgery)
Liverpool Spinal Fellowship (UK-2009) Nationally accredited Neuro-Ortho spine fellowship, Mr Gordon Findlay, Mr R Pillay, Mr DeMatas
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (UK- 2007- 2008) Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Neuro and Spinal surgery, Mr I Kamaly, Mr J Thorne, Mr J Leggate
Head of Spine Surgery - Kauvery hospital, Chennai.
Adjunct Professor – Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Joint Secretary - Spinal Cord Society
Chairman - Outreach Program - Spinal Cord Society (SCS)
Committee member - Spinal Cord Injury Prevention - Spinal Cord Society (SCS)
Editorial board member - Journal of Spinal Surgery (JOSS)
General Medical Council (UK), Full Registration
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Association of Spinal Surgeons of India (ASSI)
International Spinal Cord Society (ISCS)
Spinal Cord Society (SCS)
Neurological Society of India (NSI)
Neuro Spine Surgeons Association (NSSA)
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of Bharath (MISSAB)
Tamil Nadu Association of Neurological surgeons (TANS)
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSED)
Professional Career – 27 Years Across 4 Countries
Head of Spine Surgery
Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon (Jan 2015 – Till date)
Kauvery Advanced Spine Centre, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, India
Senior Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon (Oct 2011 - Dec 2014)
Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India
Consultant Spine Surgeon (2010-2011)
Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham. UK.
International Spine Fellowships (2008-2010)
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Northwestern memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA
Schulthess Klink, Zurich, Switzerland
Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham. UK.
Walton Center for Neurosurgery and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK
Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery (Training number: NWN/031/505/F) (2003-2008)
Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre, Hope Hospital, Manchester, UK
Lancashire Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust, Preston, UK
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester, UK
Clinical Research Fellow in Neurosurgery (2002-2003)
Lancashire Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust, Preston, UK
Clinical Fellow in Spinal Cord Injuries (2002)
North of England Spinal Injuries Centre, James Cook University, Middlesbrough, UK
Senior House Officer– Neurosurgery (2000-2002)
Walton Center for Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK & Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK
Senior House Officer - General Surgery Rotation (1997-2000)
Withybush General Hospital, Wales, UK
Senior House Officer – General Surgery (1997)
Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India
Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India
HAMSA Community Rehab - A community based rehabilitation project for differently abled children in partnership with Rotary Club of Madras North at Montfort Community Development Society (MCDS)
Rotary Activities - Presently holding the post of Secretary in Rotary Club Chennai Legends, Chennai. Chairman of Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow since 2012.
Rotary Activities - Presently a member of Rotary Club Chennai Legends, Chennai. Chairman of Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow since 2012.
HAMSA Community Rehab - A community based rehabilitation project for differently abled children in partnership with Rotary Club of Madras North at Montfort Community Development Society (MCDS)
Rotary Activities - Presently a member of Rotary Club of Madras North, Chennai. Chairman of Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow since 2012.
Thalirgal – A unique project in partnership with Government hospitals, Kauvery hospital, Chennai and Rotary Club of Madras North to treat babies with congenital spine and brain abnormalities.
RASTRA – Rotary Aid for Spinal Treatment and Rehabilitation for rehabilitation and vocational training of spinal cord Injured and paralyzed patients. This was the first of its kind in the whole world through Rotary to provide free rehabilitation for 34 patients at a cost of 48 lakhs under my chairmanship and this project is still ongoing.
Project AMISH (Awareness Movement for Injuries to the Spine and Head) – Founder of this awareness project to educate people on the seriousness of these injuries and how to avoid them with qualified and trained instructors. Our motto is “Be safe, it’s worth it”.
Publications, Presentations, Courses, Workshops, Book Chapters
Interested in academics, research and training. Presented around the world in multiple areas of Neurological surgery.
National &International presentations
Functional outcome and biomedical impact after anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and posterior tubular foraminotomy for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy – a prospective comparative study, Dr P Keerthivasan, Dr G Balamurali, OASISCON 2021
Compliance of patients and adherence to osteoporosis management protocol by treating surgeon in osteoporotic vertebral fractures treated with vertebroplasty, Dr P Keerthivasan, Dr G Balamurali, TNOACON 2021
Radiological protocol in spinal trauma: literature review and Spinal Cord Society position statement. Author: G Balamurali, P.K Karthik Yelamarthy, H S Chhabra, Vedant Vaksha, Yatish Agarwal, Anita Agarwal, Kalidutta Das, Hans Joseph Erli, Mihir Bapat, Roop Singh, Darshan Gautam, Rushama Tandon, Sriram Rajan. Publisher: European Spine Journal. August 2019
Paraspinal congenital infantile fibrosarcoma. Author: Sanjana Venkateswaran, SivasankarJayakumar, SathishManivel, Mallikarjuna V S, Balamurali G. Publisher: Journal of Neonatal Surgery, 2019
Presence of Undiagnosed Cervical Myelopathy in patients referred for Surgical Evaluation of Lumbar Stenosis. Author: Gopalakrishnan Balamurali, Vishal C Gala, Jean-Marc Voyadzis, david Rosen, Apazra Burks, Laurie Rice, Richard G Fessler. Publisher: The Journal of Spinal Surgery. 2016| April-June | Issue 2
Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Treatment of Primary Spinal Column Lesions. Author: Gopalakrishnan Balamurali, Ajay Ramesh Kothari, Amjad Nasr Anaizi, Jean Marc Voyadzis, John O’tootle, Richard G Fessler. Publisher: The Journal of Spinal Surgery, July-September 2015;2(3):0-0
The assessment of neuronal status in normal and cervical spondylotic myelopathy using diffusion tensor imaging. Author: Rajasekeran S, Yerramshetty JS, Chittode VS, Kanna RM, Balamurali G, Shetty AP. Publisher: Spine. 2014 Jul1; 39 (15): 1183-9.
Improving levels of evidence in studies published in spinal journals from 1983 to 2011. Author: Gnanalingham KK, Davies BM, Balamurali G, Titoria P, Doyle P, Abou-ZeidA. Publisher: British J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr; 27(2):152-5. Epub 2013 Feb 1. Review.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Author: G Balamurali, Om Prakash, S Rajasekaran. Publisher: The Journal of Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association. Feb 2013, 39(1)
Kyphoplasty for lytic tumour lesions of the spine: prospective follow-up of 11 cases from procedure to death. Author: König MA, Jehan S, Balamurali G, Bierschneider M, Grillhösl A, Boszczyk. BM. Publisher: Eur Spine J. 2012;21(9):1873-9. Epub 2012 Apr 6.
Anterior thoracic foraminotomy through mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of giant thoracic discherniations. Author: Russo A, Balamurali G,Nowicki R, Boszczyk BM. Publisher: AuthorEur Spine J. 2012 May;21 Supply 2:S212-20. Epub 2012 Mar 20.
Combined transnasal and transoral endoscopic approaches to the craniovertebral junction. Author: El-Sayed IH, Wu JC, Ames CP, Balamurali G, Mummaneni PV.J Publisher: Craniovertebr Junction Spine. 2010;1(1):44-8.
Improvement of persistent developmental stuttering after surgical excision of a left perisylvian meningioma. Author: Balamurali G, S Bukhari, J Carter, A Sofat. Publisher: British journal of Neurosurgery. August 2010; 24(4): 485–487
Thorotrast-induced primary cerebral angiosarcoma: case report. Author: Balamurali G, du Plessis DG, Wengoy M, Bryan N, Herwadkar A, Richardson PL. Publisher: Neurosurgery. 2009 Jul;65(1):E210-1; discussion E211.
Rupture of brainstem cyst with clinical benefit after head injury. Case report. Author: Hussain Z, Balamurali G, King T. J Publisher: Neurosurg. 2007 Jan;106(1 Suppl):41-3.
Thoracic intraduralextramedullary capillary haemangioma: A case report. Author: Alakandy LM, Hercules S, Balamurali G, Reid H, Herwardkar A, Holland J P. Publisher: British Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2006; 20(4):236-9
Four decades of normal pressure hydrocephalus: are we doing better? Author: Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N. Publisher: Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. December 2004, 1(suppl 1) S61.
Outcome predictors in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus – Preston NPH study preliminary results from the first year. Author: Balamurali G, Goulash A, Starkey N. Publisher: Cerebrospinal fluid research. December 2004,1(Suppl1):S15
Outcome predictors in patients in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus – Preston NPH study preliminary results from the first year. Author: Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. Publisher: British Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2004; 18(4): 407 – 422
Advances in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus - Literature review. Author: Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. Publisher: British Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2004; 18(4): 407 – 422
Papillary endothelial hyperplasia associated with cortical dysplasia. Du Plessis D Author: G, Balamurali G, Smith ET, Broome JC, Pizer BL, Mallucci CL. Publisher: ActaNeuropathol. 2003 Mar;105(3):303-8. Epub 2002 Nov 14.
Correlation of neuropsychological tests, Rcsf and gait improvement after lumbar drainage of CSF in suspected Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus patients. Author: Balamurali G, AprajayGolash, Nicola Starkey. Publisher: British Journal of Neurosurgery, October 2003: 17(5): 477-497
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus and dementia: recent developments in determining surgical prognosis. Author: Balamurali G, Nicola Starkey, AGolash. Publisher: British Neurological Association abstracts, Vol 17, PXX 07.01 page 57, 2003
Oral Presentations – National & International
Neurosurgical management of neuropathic pain and spasticity, TANS, Salem, April 2023
Managing OPLL, OLF and Calcified disc in thoracic spine, TANS, Salem, April 2023
Handling a leaking wound, DSSCON, Delhi, March 2023
Embracing new technologies to avoid complications in spine care, Chairperson, DSSCON, Delhi, March 2023
Principles of management of Thorocolumbar vertebral fracture, SCS CME, Webinar, March 2023
Rehab surgeon interface during management of acute SCI, Moderator, Webinar, SCS CME, March 2023
Surgical Resection of Complex Intradural Tumours by MIS Technique, TANSCME, Webinar, December 2022
Management of Spinal Metastasis, Tumour Board Master Class, Chennai, December 2022
Pain procedures for cancer pain – Vertebroplasty, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Morphine Pump, DREZ, Cordectomy & others, Oncology – Spine Meeting, Chennai, December 2022
How to improve Oncology service for spine and brain surgery? Integrated pathway, Oncology – Spine Meeting, Chennai, December 2022
Technology & Healthcare, NASTech, Chennai, December 2022
Surgeons Basic Saw Bone Workshop, Chairperson, ISSICON – ASCoN 2022, Delhi, December 2022
Management strategies for Dural injury and Dural repair, ISSICON – ASCoN 2022, Delhi, December 2022
Table faculty, ISSICON – ASCoN 2022, Delhi, December 2022
Facilitatory role of enabling technologies in anterior approach for OLIF, ALIF, DLIF, Panelist, ISSICON – ASCoN 2022, Delhi, December 2022
Surgical resections of complex intramural tumours by MIS tech, MISSABCON, Pune, November 2022
Abstract presentation – Comparative study of management of intra – dural tumours with minimally invasive surgery and conventional open surgery, Royal College of Edinburgh International Conference, Chennai, October 2022
Poster presentation – A Novel Private – Public Hybrid model for treatment of Congenital Spinal Abnormalities in South India, Royal College of Edinburgh International Conference, Chennai, October 2022
Management of Anterior Cervical CSF leak, Bombay Spine Society Conference, Virtual, October 2022
Why only a doctor when you can be a Docpreneur, The Pune Spine weekend, Webinar, September 2022
No NTD, South NEOCON, Trichy, September 2022
Evidence based approach to common spine tumours, National Live webinar series, Panelist, NBEMS, August 2022
Dialation technique in cervical spine – Anatomical relevance and difference as compared to lumbar spine, WNS, Delhi, August 2022
Tubular discectomy, WNS, Delhi, August 2022
Master your private practice, Medicall, Chennai, July 2022
Advances in Spine Injury Management, Trichy Kauvery Trauma Course, Webinar, June 2022
Case based discussions, Panelist, IGOF, Chennai, June 2022
Anterior Surgery in Tracheotomised Patients – Risks and Precautions, IGOF, Chennai, June 2022
Branding oneself in private practice,NSI, Chennai, June 2022
Understanding early development of the craniocervical spine as a basis for congenital deformity,NSpine, Portugal, May 2022
Challenging TB deformity cases from my practice,NSpine, Portugal, May 2022
Treatment options in basilar invagination,NSpine, Portugal, May 2022
Recognizing and treating spinal meningioma,NSpine, Portugal, may 2022
MIS surgery for spinal cord tumours,NSpine, Portugal, may 2022
Managing OPLL and related ossification condition in the thoracic spine,NSpine, Portugal, May 2022
Lumbar canal stenosis, Panelist, NBEMS Spine Surgery, Webinar, May 2022
Expert talk - Healthy Spine & Brain, GRF web TV, Mauritius, May 2022
Challenges in Surgery for Elderly Spine, TANS, Thanjavur, May 2022
L5-S1 Extra Foraminal disc herniation, Webinar, MISSAB Summer Symposium, April 2022
How to build your private practice, Medicall, March 2022
Advances in rehabilitation, Webinar, JournoMed, Chennai, March 2022
Significance of Magnification and illumination in Spine Surgery, Webinar, ORTHO TV, February 2022
Insurance & cashless treatment for Rehabilitation in India, Webinar, HAMSA Rehab, February 2022
Global Burden - Need for Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation seminar, Medicall, December 2021
Is Rehabilitation a viable business, Moderator, Rehabilitation seminar, Medicall, December 2021
HAMSA Rehab - Lessons learnt, Rehabilitation seminar, Medicall, December 2021
Role of intraoperative neuromonitoring in degenerative spine surgery, Park Clinic Update, Webinar, December 2021
Implant failure in spine surgery, Park Clinic Update, Webinar, December 2021
Cervical spondylodiscitis in children - case based, Moderator, ISSICON 2021, Webinar, November 2021
Rising up to the challenge posed by Spinal Cord Injuries, Panelist, Spine Wellness & Care Foundation, Webinar, September 2021
Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury patients – Changing trends, Guest speaker, OASISTNOACON 2021, Salem, September 2021
Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, ORTHO TV Webinar, Chennai, September 2021
Thoracic Deg Myelopathy, Panelist, ICS & ASSI Live Surgery Course, Webinar, August 2021.
High cervical myelopathy- surgical strategies with recent advances, Panelist, National Live Webinar Series, NBE, Webinar, August 2021
Advances in Rehabilitation in Healthcare, Interactive Webinar, Kauvery Hospital & HAMSA Rehab, Chennai, April 2021
Degen spondylolisthesis – fusion vs no fusion, Expert Panelist, MISSAB Surgical Symposium Webinar 2021, Bangalore, April 2021
Minimizing dural tears during MIS procedures, MISSAB Surgical Symposium Webinar 2021, Bangalore, April 2021
Minimally Invasive approach to giant thoracic disc, MISSAB Surgical Symposium Webinar 2021, Bangalore, April 2021
Adult Spine Deformity, ORTHO TVWebinar, Chennai, March 2021
Advances in Neurorehabilitation, IMA, Chennai, March 2021
"Transthoracic approach to Giant Thoracic Disc, Association of Spine Surgeons of India Conference, Webinar, January 2021
Surgical management – Is it a practical cost effective solution for all unstable vertebral fractures, International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference, Webinar, December 2020
Both conservative and surgical management have a role to play in management of vertebral lesions. Spinal centres should be able to offer both – Panelist, International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference, Webinar, December 2020
MIS in spinal trauma, Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Webinar, December 2020
Does timing of surgery have implications on outcome in degenerative lumbar disease? Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of Bharath, Webinar, December 2020
Virtual reality, digital surgery and advanced technology in spine surgery, MATS 2020, Gurgaun, February2020
MI Cervical Lamino Foraminotomy, CraniovertebralJunction Endoscopic and Minimal Invasive Cervical Spine CME, MS Ramaiah MCH, Bangalore, February 2020
Subaxial Cervical Pedicle Screws, CraniovertebralJunction Endoscopic and Minimal Invasive Cervical Spine CME, MS Ramaiah MCH, Bangalore, February 2020
Goel Harms technique, Spine Association of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, December 2019
Atlanto Axial Dislocation, Spine Association of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, December 2019
“Anatomy of lumbar spine “ Neuro Resident Surgical Training, J&J, Chennai, November 2019
Lumbar Spine & MIS instrumentation, Neuro Resident Surgical Training, , J&J, Chennai, November 2019
How to train to become a MIS surgeon, Neuro Resident Surgical Training, J&J, Chennai, November 2019
How to do MIS TLIF-Indication and tips, Neuro Resident Surgical Training, J&J, Chennai, November 2019
Posterior Tubular approach under Unilateral Cervical Radiculopathy, MISSICON, Chandigarh, November 2019
Advances in Spine Surgery, IMA, Chennai, September 2019
Differentiating tubercular and pyogenic infections of the spine, NSSA, Kochi, August 2019
Management of surgery related complications in adult spinal deformity, NSSA, Kochi, August 2019
Role of Neuromodulation in SCI, Neurotrauma, Agra, August 2019
Steroids in SCI, Neurotrauma, Agra, August 2019
ACDF vs ADR vs MIS vs Post foraminotomy: current state of evidence, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
Videos - How I do it for disc removal: Different techniques, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
Tips & Tricks ; Inside-Out, Outside-In and Outside-Out.When & How, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
Advances in Spine Surgery, IMA, Pondicherry, August 2019
Management of Congenital Spine Abnormality in Children, Child Trust Hospital, Chennai, July 2019
Diagnosis and treatment of low grade Infections, NSpine, London, June 2019
Differentiating Tubercular and Pyogenic Spine Infection - Clinical, Radiological, Histopathological and management, NSpine, London, June 2019
Epidural abscess formation - treatment concepts in pyogenic abscess and TB abscess, NSpine, London, June 2019
DREZ lesions for pain after SCI, NSpine, London, June 2019
Spinal schwannomas and neurofibromas - difference in surgical management, NSpine, London, June 2019
Avoiding complications in spine surgery, International Summit on Excellence in Spine Surgery, (IESS), Chennai, June 2019
Lumbar Canal Stenosis – A to Z of it, International Orthopaedic Conclave, Noida, January 2019
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, NSI, Jaipur, December 2018
Spinal deformities and degeneration in adolescent, The Obstetric & Gynaecological Society of Southern India (FOGSI), Chennai, December 2018
Management of Spine Injury, ISCCM, 14th Annual Refresher Course, Chennai, November 2018
What are the challenges faced in developing an Injury prevention program for India and LMIC, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5 -7 2018
What are the challenges faced in developing an Injury prevention program for India and LMIC, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5 – 7 2018
DREZ Lesioning for Neuropathic Pain in SCI and BPI, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5-7 2018
Natural course of cervical spondylotic myelopathy, NSSA, Nagpur, September 2018
Management of dural leaks, Dr Reddys Symphosium on Dural Repair and Reconstruction, Trivandrum, September 2018
Instructional course in Spine 2018, Amritsar, August 2018
Management strategies for dural injury and dural repair, Association of Spine Surgeons of India Live Surgery Course, New Delhi, June 2018
MIS PLIF/TLIF: Rationale, Principles and Technique – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Update & Live Operation & Cadaveric Endoscopic Spine Surgery Workshop, Chandigarh, May 2018
Tamil Nadu Neurological forum, Guest lecture, April 2018
Principles and Introduction to MIS Surgery, MIS posterior cervical foraminotomy – Technique & Road to becoming a MIS surgeon, Salem – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Course, March 2018
Advances, Indication and outcomes of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Indian Medical Association, Madurai, March 2018
Advances in Safe Spine Surgery, Indian Medical Association, Tirunelveli, January 2018
Outcome of DREZ lesioning for Neuropathic pain, Neurological Society of India Conference, Nagpur, November 2017
Road to becoming an MIS Surgeon, Annual Conference of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India - MISSICON, Chennai, October 2017
Micro lumbar discectomy, Tips & tricks, Annual Conference of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India - MISSICON, Chennai, October 2017
Surgery for spinal anomalies, Balamurali G, OGSSI & National Neonatal Forum (TN Chapter), Chennai, September 2017
Outcome of 5 years experience of dorsal root entry zone lesioning for neuropathic brachial plexus pain, Balamurali G, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, (WFNS 2017), Turkey, Istanbul, August 2017
Antenatally detected paraspinal congenital infantile fibrosarcoma, Sivasankar Jayakumar, Sathish Manivel, Balamurali G, Global congress for Consensus in Paediatrics and Child Health CIP, Sri Lanka, November 2017
Outcome of 5 years experience of DREZ lesioning for brachial plexus avulsion, Balamurali G, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Association of Neuro Surgeons (TANPANS), Pondicherry, April 2017
Role of Dorsal Root Entry Zone Rhotomy surgery in management of Brachail Plexus Pain. Invited lecture. Balamurali G, National Hand Surgery Conference, Mangalore, India, November 2014.
Vertebral and intraspinal anomalies in Indian population with congenital scoliosis - a study of 119 consecutive patients. Neeraj Gupta, Balamurali G, Rajasekeran S. (BEST POSTER AWARD). Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Culcutta, January 2014.
Anterior thoracic foraminotomy through mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of giant thoracic disc herniations. Global Spine Congress. G Balamurali, BM Boszczyk. April 4-6, 2013. Hong Kong, China.
Type 2 Odontoid fracture management, Invited talk. Balamurali G, Association of Spine Surgeons of India Conference, Kochi, 2013
Anterior Thoracic Foraminotomy through mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of giant thoracic disc herniation Balamurali G, BM Boszczyk, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
Minimally invasive microsurgical resection of Intradural spinal tumors using tubular retraction system. Balamurali G, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
Adjacent level cervical disc revision surgery – techniques and outcomes Balamurali G, BM Boszczyk, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
Minimally invasive posterior cervical discectomy for cervical radiculopathy. Balamurali G. October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
The presence of undiagnosed cervical myelopathy in patients referred for surgical evaluation of lumbar Stenosis. Balamurali G, Richard Fessler, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
Minimally invasive microsurgical resection of Intradural spinal tumors. Balamurali G, Neuro Spine Surgeons Association, Chennai 13-16th September 2012, Chennai, India.
Back and Neck pain management – overview. Balamurali G, Ganga Spine Therapy course, 9-10 June 2012, Coimbatore, India.
Role of Neurosurgeon in the management of spinal deformity. Balamurali G, Association of Spine Surgeons of India conference, 27-30 January 2011. Mumbai. India.
Percutaneous reduction and minimally invasive trans sacral screw fixation in U-Shaped fractures of the sacrum. British association of Spinal Surgeons annual conference, Edinburgh, February - 2011. (BEST INOVATIVE TECHNIQUE POSTER AWARD). M A Konig, S Jehan, G Balamurali, U Seidel, P Heini, B M Boszczyk.
Is it safe to use long screws in L5/S1 stand alone anterior interbody fusion? : A review of 38 patients. British association of Spinal Surgeons annual conference, Edinburgh, February – 2011.M A Konig, G Balamurali, F V Ebrahimi, MP Grevitt, H Mehdian, BM Boszczyk
Early results of stand-alone anterior interbody fusion in iatrogenic spondylolisthesis patients.British association of Spinal Surgeons annual conference, Edinburgh, February – 2011M A Konig, G Balamurali, F V Ebrahimi, BM Boszczyk
Anterior lumbar surgery in senior patients for complex reconstruction of the spine. British association of Spinal Surgeons annual conference, Edinburgh, February – 2011M A Konig, G Balamurali, S Badhe, BM Boszczyk
A Comparison of Mini-Open and Open Approaches for Resection of Thoracolumbar Intradural Spinal Tumors. BRITSpine annual conference April 2010, Liverpool. UK Lu D, Balamurali G, Chou D,Mummaneni
Retrospective study of the outcomes of lumbar microdiscectomy following selective nerve root blocks. BRIT Spine annual conference April 2010, Liverpool. UK. Balamurali G, Elmalky M, Haruna I, Dematas M, Pillay R.
Vertebroplasty – a restrospective review of indication, selection and outcome in a single centre. BRIT Spine annual conference April 2010, Liverpool. UK N Slater, G Balamurali, R Pillay.
Quality of studies published in spinal journals over three decades: Improving quality of evidence for clinical practice. Society of British Neurological Surgeons. Dublin, September 2009. (BEST POSTER AWARD) Paul M Doyle, G Balamurali, Punnet Titoria, AhmedAbou-Zeid and Kanna K Gnanalingham
A Pictorial review of multi-slice CT perfusion in brain tumours. Balamurali G, Lekka E, Stockley H, Patankar T. World Federation of Neurological surgeons. Boston, USA. August 2009.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A Prospective study to identify the predictive indicators of shunt responsive Patients. Balamurali G, Abbott, J, Spooner A, Golash A. World Federation of Neurological surgeons. Boston, USA. August 2009.
Pre-operative investigations for elective lumbar discectomy - Are we following the NICE guidelines? Balamurali G, Reddy G, Vennila R, Gnanalingham K, Cowie R. Society of British Neurological Surgeons. Liverpool, April 2008
Primary angiosarcoma of the brain as a late and rare complication following local Thorotrast contrast. Instillation. Balamurali G, M J Wengoy, DG du Plessis, PL Richardson. Society of British Neurological Surgeons. Liverpool, April 2008
A rare case of Thorotrast induced cerebral angiosarcoma – case report and review of literature. Balamurali G, Richardson P, Sofat A, du Plessis D, Bryant N, Herwardker A American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Washington. April 2007.
North West of England Normal Pressure hydrocephalus study of outcome predictors in shunt responsive patients. Balamurali G, Golash A, Bhatti I, Sofat A American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Washington. April 2007.
Preston Normal Pressure hydrocephalus study – 1 year outcomes of a prospective analysis of outcome predictors in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus.Balamurali G, Bhatti I, Golash A. Society of British Neurological Surgeons. Preston. September 2006.
Preston Normal pressure hydrocephalus – Can we treat these patients? Balamurali G, Culpin V, Abbott J, Spooner J, Golash A. Annual Faculty Research Day, University of Central lancashire. Preston.28th June 06.
Outcome predictors in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus - Preston NPH study. Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. Society of British Neurological Surgeons. Manchester September 22nd – 24th. 2004.
Four decades of normal pressure hydrocephalus: are we doing better? Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N. Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida. 48th Annual Scientific Meeting. June 23 – 26 2004 Dublin, Ireland.
Outcome predictors in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus - Preston NPH study preliminary results from the first year.Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida. 48th Annual Scientific Meeting. June 23–26. Dublin, Ireland. 2004
Advances in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus - Literature review. Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatt British Neurosurgical research group (BNRG). March 3rd& 4th 2004. Hull.
Outcome predictors in patients in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus – Preston NPH study preliminary results from the first year. Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. British Neurosurgical research group (BNRG). March 3rd& 4th 2004. Hull.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus and dementia: recent developments in determining surgical prognosis. Balamurali G, Nicola Starkey, Aprajay Golash. Poster Presentation at the British Neurological Association (BNA). 13th –15th April 2003. Harrogate.
Phase contrast Cine imaging and Quantitative assessment of CSF flow in Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. HussainZakier, Balamurali G,GolashAprajay, Tomlinson Helen. Poster Presentation at the British Neurosurgical Research Group (BNRG). 20th – 21st March 2003. Cambridge.
Correlation of neuropsychological tests, Rcsf and gait improvement after lumbar drainage of CSF in suspected Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus patients. Balamurali G, AprajayGolash, Nicola Starkey Poster Presentation at the British Neurological Research Group (BNRG). 20th – 21st March 2003. Cambridge.
Autonomic Dysreflexia – Can they be recognized in Accident and Emergency departments? GBalamurali, C.G.Greenough, J.White. Presentation at the National Guttmann Spinal Symposium at James Cook University Hospital in June 2002.
Papillary endothelial hyperplasia associated with cortical dysplasia. Daniel du Plessis, G. Balamurali, Conor L. Mallucci, M Javadpour, E.Trevor Smith, John C. Broome,
Poster Presentation at
a)European Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery – Sweden 2001
b)InternationalSociety for PaediatricNeurooncology– London 2002
c) International Society for Paediatric Oncology- Portugal 2002
Publications & Book Chapters
Patient Information Book – Minimally Invasive Lumbar Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy Surgery
Patient Information Book –Minimally Invasive Cervical Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy Surgery
A new approach to Back & Neck pain
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery—Techniques, Evidence, and Controversies Publisher: AO Spine,AO Education Stettbachstrasse , 8600 Duebendorf, Switzerland. Chapter:4.2.2 Posterior approaches: Microsurgical disc surgery – Author:G Balamurali, S Rajasekaran, Rishi Kanna, Ajoy Shetty
The SPINE – Text book of Spine Surgery Publisher: Japee Brothers Chapter: 18: Cervical radiculopathy evaluation and non surgical treatment. Authors:G Balamurali, S Rajasekeran Chapter: 24: Congenital abnormalities of the Spinal cord Authors:G Balamurali, S Rajasekeran
6. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery textbook – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery of India text book Publisher: Japee Brothers Chapter 9: Tubular Retractors in Cervical Spine Authors:G Balamurali, T Ganesh Keshav Chapter 41: Tubular Retractors in Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Authors:G Balamurali, Vignesh Pushparaj
Progress in Spinal Surgery Publisher: Jay Dee Services Inc Chapter:10, Page 89-99 DREZ operation for Brachial Plexus Neuropathic Pain Author:G Balamurali
Progress in Clinical Neurosciences, Publisher: Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Limited Chapter:22, Session 6, Page 243-251 DREZ Operation for Neuropathic pain Author: G Balamurali
Course Manual, Spine Boot Camp, International Spine Academy – Author
Link Magazine: “The magazine for people with hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida” Issue 209, Summer 2004. Balamurali G. Page 23. – NPH research Hope.
Link Magazine: “The magazine for people with hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida” Issue 215, Winter 2006. Balamurali G. Page 20-21 – NPH research Hope.
Dr. G. Balamurali is one of the leading spine surgeons in Chennai, India. He is internationally trained in all niche aspects of Spine Surgery. He has over 26 years of surgical experience in this field.
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