Mr Venkatesh Balaji BSc, BM, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Mr Balaji read medicine at the University of Southampton and completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with first class honours. He completed his basic surgical training in Cambridge before entering higher surgical training on the Percivall Pott rotation in London. He completed his specialist spinal training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore (RNOH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital in combined degenerative and deformity fellowships. In 2014, he was appointed as a consultant spinal surgeon at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Balaji's work as a spinal surgeon involves all areas of treatment of the degenerative spine, with an interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Mr Balaji has published several scientific papers and has presented his work in both national and international meetings in the field of spinal surgery.

Personal profile

Outside of work, he is a keen golfer and tennis player, and a budding amateur cook.


  • FRCS (Tr&Orth) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2012
  • BM (Hons) with Distinction in Clinical Sciences / University of Southampton / 2001
  • BSc (1st Class Hons) / University of Southampton / 2000

Practising at:

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Trauma and Orthopaedics


Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests:

  • Degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery including fusions, decompressions and microdiscectomies
  • Injection therapies
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplastys

Current posts (NHS, University):

NHS Consultant Orthopaedic spinal surgeon - West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Year of first medical qualification:


Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

  • British Ortho Logo
  • Bess Logo
  • Royal College Surgeon Logo
  • Nass Spine Logo
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