Neurosurgeon in Delhi

Dr Rajendra Prasad

FRCS (Glasgow), FRCS (Neurosurgery). Fellow of the Intercollegiate Speciality Board. U.K.

Work Experience

36 yrs+

Registration No

DMC 19189, GMC UK3153671


English, हिंदी


Apollo Hospitals Delhi
I am a brain and spine surgeon with over 35 years experience in this field and have performed more than 4000 brain and spine surgeries at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. My area of special interest is spine surgery. I have a large experience of spine surgery for degenerative diseases like microdiscectomy for lumbar and cervical disc prolapse, micro-surgical laminotomies for lumbar canal stenosis and spinal instrumentation using implants for spinal injuries, infections like Tb, tumours, spondylo-listhesis and cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement.
In recent years I have had the opportunity to investigate a large number of patients with back pain
and have treated over 250 patients with low back and neck pain with Radio frequency (RF) Rhizotomy. This is one of the largest series in the country performed by a spine surgeon. This work has been presented at the American Congress of Neurological Sciences meeting in the USA.
In addition to the above I have performed approximately 1500 microsurgical excision of brain and spinal tumors,both intra and extra-axial. These include gliomas, acoustic tumors, pituitary tumors (Endoscopic Transnasal procedures) and giant meningiomas. Many of these intracranial surgeries have required robotic frameless image guidance or frame based stereotactic assistance.
I performed Asia’s first Robotic spine surgery using the da vinci robot at Apollo Hospital for which we received the British Medical Journal Award in 2014 for the “Surgical Team of the year”.
Simultaneously with my clinical work, I moved into the social healthcare field with interests in head injury prevention and neuro-rehabilitation, areas totally neglected in India. Through my work with the Indian Head Injury Foundation for over 10 years, I have helped set up and run three neuro-rehabilitation centres for the less- privileged and was a finalist at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards for South Asia in 2015 under the category of “Healthcare Advocacy”for work on decreasing the impact of road traffic trauma through activism and policy change in India. Our programme for the distribution of free helmets to under-priveleged children riding two-wheelers was awarded the British Medical Journal South Asia Award for Non-Communicable Diseases “Initiative of the Year” in 2017.
The Primary Trauma Care team in India, which I head, have conducted many head injury training
programmes for doctors, nurses, para- medical staff and first responders like policemen.
I am presently working with the WHO in promoting Assistive Technology for Neuro-rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities ( PWD’S) and the elderly in the countries of South-East Asia.
I have worked in 4 countries and conducted OPDs in several cities in India and Africa. Since 1998 my patients were among the first to travel from East Africa to India for treatment and have operated on nearly 500 patients from Tanzania alone, giving a boost to what is now referred to as Medical Tourism.
My clinical and philanthropic work resulted in me being awarded the “ Lifetime Achievement Award “ in 2019 by the Delhi Neurological Society.

Speciality And Areas Of Interest

  • Minimal invasive spine surgery (MISS) including microdiscectomy for cervical and lumbar disc disease and artificial disc replacement, and cervical and lumbar canal stenosis. 
  • Spinal instrumentation for spinal injuries, tumor, Tb and degenerative spine.
  • Back pain treatment including Radio frequency rhizotomy for facet joint and sacro-illiac pain.
  • Microsurgery and stereotactic surgery for brain and spine tumors.
  • Neuro-rehabilitation for head and spine injuries.
  • Assistive Technology (AT) in neuro-rehabilitation. 

Work Experience

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery & Spine Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
  • Distinguished Clinical Tutor, Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation, (AHERF).
  • Honorary Medical Director, Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), New Delhi.
  • Founder Trustee of KARA Medical Foundation.
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi : Senior Consultant Neuro and spine surgeon on going since July 1996.
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship : Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, Stanmore, London. 1995-96
  • Senior Registrar/ Registrar in Neurosurgery: Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. U.K. 1991-92.
  • Registrar in Neurosurgery: Nottingham University Hospital, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. 1984-87.
  • Registrar in Neurosurgery: National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London, 1983.
  • Senior House Officer in Neurosurgery: Cork Regional Hospital, Cork, Ireland 1979-80
  • General Surgery/ Emergency pre-fellowship training jobs at Senior House Officer level at Harrogate, Huddersfiels and Mallow.
  • Distinguished Tutor for AHERF and PG thesis guide for students of the Diploma of the National Board in Neurosurgery.
  • MRCS Examiner for Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
  • Journal reviewer for the British Journal Of Neurosurgery, Indian Spine Journal and Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery
  • Large number of presentations at National and International meetings.
  • First in Asia to use da Vinci Robot for robotic spine surgery in 2013 For which was awarded the British Medical Journal Award in 2014 for the ‘ Surgical Team of the year”.
  • Amongst first users in India of artificial disc for Cervical and Lumbar disc Replacement (Bryan Disc) and Interspinous Dynamic stabilisation devices before its approval for use in the USA by FDA.
  • Amongst first users of Robotic Navigation in brain surgery (ISG) in 1991-92 while working at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. U.K..
  • Part of development of clinical protocols for brain tumour imaging during development of first MRI in 1985-86 while working at Nottingham University Hospital. U.K .
  • Collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T) Delhi for development of Tele-metric wireless brain monitoring system


  • I will continue helping my patients in Asia and Africa through tele-consultations and guide medical students, young neurosurgeons and rehab professionals through on-line educational activities.
  • I will continue my special interest in spine surgery in particular minimal access surgery and treatment of back pain and hope to work with industry leaders in robotics and spinal devices.
  • I would like to use my experience of Neurosciences and of running the medical affairs of the Indian Head Injury Foundation to help Persons with Disabilities ( PWD). This will be achieved by promoting Neuro-rehabilitation and Assistive Technology in Neuro-rehab by working with organisations like the WHO, other NGO’s like Kara Medical Foundation, bio-medical engineers and industry partners working in this field.

Awards and Achievements

  • Distinguished Clinical Tutor, Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation, (AHERF). 
  • Winner of the first BMJ Awards India in 2014 for the “Robotic Spine Surgery” in the category of “Surgical Team of the Year”.
  • Finalist of BMJ awards 2015 South Asia on behalf of Indian Head Injury Foundation, in the category of “Healthcare Advocacy” for work on decreasing the impact of road traffic trauma through activism and policy change in India.
  • Winner of BMJ Awards, South Asia 2017 on behalf of Indian Head Injury Foundation in the category of “Non-Communicable Disease Initiative of the Year” for our work involving road safety programme for children’s and distribution of 12,000 children’s helmets under our Children’s “Ride with Safety” Programme.
  • Life Time Achievement award for distinguished services in the field of Neurosciences from Delhi Neurological Association (DNA) on 2nd & 3rd February 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, 15-Janpath, New Delhi.
  • First in Asia to perform Da Vinci Robotic Spine Surgery. 

Research and Publications

  • “Spinal Instrumentation – Evaluation of Morbidity related to 250 consecutive cases”: Apollo Medicine Volume-2 Number1, March 2005.  
  • “Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery”: Apollo Medicine Volume-2 Number1, March 2005. 
  • “Recent Advances in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy”, Co-author. Medicine Update Vol. 14, 2004. The Association of Physicians of India publication.   
  • “Microscopic laminotomy of lumbar canal stenosis”: Apollo Medicine - Volume 3, Issue 4, Dec. 2006. 
  • “Minimally invasive endoscopic brain and spine surgery”: Apollo Medicine - Volume 3, Issue 4, Dec. 2006.
  • “Minimally invasive treatment for craniopharyngioma”: Apollo Medicine - Volume 3, Number 2, June 2006.
  • “Use of hyperbaric oxygen in traumatic brain injury: Retrospective analysis of data of 20 patients treated at a tertiary care centre” published in the April 2012 British Journal of Neurosurgery.
  • “Acute subdural haematoma in a patient with dengue”: Apollo Medicine – Volume 5, Number 2, June 2008.
  • “Leiomyoma of skull base” - Reference: APME142 and “Management of non-discogenic low back pain: our experience of 40 cases of RF Rhizotomy” - Reference: APME149: Apollo Medicine Volume 10 in October 2013.
  • “Design and Development of Technological aids to Rehabilitate Spinal Cord Injury Patients” J. Santhosh, S.Anand, R. Prasad
  • Guideline Development Team for Traumatic Brain Injury- Multi Organizational Consensus Recommendations for India on behalf of Indian Head Injury Foundation by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons.
  • Research Project on “Affordable high quality assistive devices for everyone; what can we do with the newest manufacturing technologies?” in Neuro-rehabilitation with other co-investigator, Dr. Tarun Lala (Neurorehab Advisor) and Prof. Luc De Witte, Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, (CATCH), University of Sheffield.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Fellowship/ Membership of overseas Associations:
  • Member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) USA.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow, U.K.
  • Fellowship of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Neurosurgery, U.K
  • Member of Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE) which is a WHO global initiative with one goal – to improve access to high quality affordable assistive health products.
Membership of Associations in India
  • Life Member: Association of Spine Surgeons of India.
  • Life Member: Neurological Society of India. (PNS 63)
  • Past President and Founder Member: Delhi Spine Society.
  • Founder Chairman: Primary Trauma Care Foundation U.K. (India Chapter)
  • Life Member: Neuro Trauma Society of India.
  • Life Member: Indian Society for Critical Care Medicine.
  • Life Member of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO).

Other Affiliations:

  • Advisor to W.H.O. South East Asia Office on Trauma, Disability and Rehabilitation.
  • Member in India International Centre (IIC), Lodhi Road, Delhi, India.
  • Rotarian : Member of Rotary Club Delhi Garden City.
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