Consultant Spinal Surgeon

NHS secretary email:

NHS telephone number: 020 3947 0100 or 020 3947 0053, Option 3 then Option 1

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Paediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Degenerative Spinal Disease, Myeloma of the Spine, Spinal Tumours, Spinal trauma.

Complex Paediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Revision Surgery, Computer Navigated Surgery.

Enabling technologies in spinal surgery (AI, VR, AR), Computer Navigated Surgery, Paediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity, Non-fusion surgery/ Vertebral Body Tethering.

Mr Roozbeh Shafafy is a consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He qualified from Guys, Kings and St Thomas' medical school in London and completed specialist Trauma & Orthopaedic training in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery.

Mr Shafafy has undertaken combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical training in spinal surgery. His initial subspecialist spinal fellowship training started at The Royal London Hospital including time as an honorary fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He has spent time as a travelling fellow learning from highly experienced spinal surgeons in Canada, Germany, Turkey and India before returning to the UK to complete his training under the tutelage of surgeons at the world renowned Spinal Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mr Shafafy specialises in the full range of both Adult and Paediatric spinal surgery. He has a particular interest in complex paediatric and adult spinal deformity. He has expertise in computer navigated surgery  and maintains and an active interest in the adoption of emerging technology in spinal surgery.

Mr Shafafy is an honorary teaching fellow and lecturer at University College London where he leads the spine section of the Orthopaedic Masters programme as well as teaching on multiple national and international training courses. He has published numerous research articles and is actively involved in wide range of scientific research in spinal surgery.

Royal College Surgeons of England

British Scoliosis Society

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

AO Spine

Cauda equina syndrome.

Hoeritzauer I, Paterson M, Jamjoom AAB, Srikandarajah N, Soleiman H, Poon MTC, Copley PC, Graves C, MacKay S, Duong C, Leung AHC, Eames N, Statham PFX, Darwish S, Sell PJ, Thorpe P, Shekhar H, Roy H, Woodfield J; Understanding Cauda Equina Syndrome (UCES) Study Collaborators, and the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative.Bone Joint J. 2023 Sep 1;105-B(9):1007-1012. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.105B9.BJJ-2022-1343.R1.PMID: 37652459.

When spinal instrumentation revision is not an option: Salvage vertebral augmentation with polymethylmethacrylate for mechanical complications: A systematic review.

Cawley DT, Divani K, Shafafy R, Devitt A, Molloy S.Brain Spine. 2023 Mar 1;3:101726. doi: 10.1016/j.bas.2023.101726. eCollection 2023.

Presentation, management, and outcomes of cauda equina syndrome up to one year after surgery, using clinician and participant reporting: A multi-centre prospective cohort study.

Woodfield J, Hoeritzauer I, Jamjoom AAB, Jung J, Lammy S, Pronin S, Hannan CJ, Watts A, Hughes L, Moon RDC, Darwish S, Roy H, Copley PC, Poon MTC, Thorpe P, Srikandarajah N, Grahovac G, Demetriades AK, Eames N, Sell PJ, Statham PFX; UCES Collaborators; British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative.Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2022 Nov 17;24:100545. doi: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100545. eCollection 2023 Jan.

Complications associated with lumbar discectomy surgical techniques: a systematic review.

Bombieri FF, Shafafy R, Elsayed S.J Spine Surg. 2022 Sep;8(3):377-389. doi: 10.21037/jss-21-59

The Management of Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review.

Whiles E, Shafafy R, Valsamis EM, Horton C, Morassi GL, Stokes O, Elsayed S.Global Spine J. 2020 Oct;10(7):908-918. doi: 10.1177/2192568219886264. Epub 2019 Dec 26.

Perioperative Optimization of Patients With Neuromuscular Disorders Undergoing Scoliosis Corrective Surgery: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach.

Sedra F, Shafafy R, Sadek AR, Aftab S, Montgomery A, Nadarajah R.Global Spine J. 2021 Mar;11(2):240-248. doi: 10.1177/2192568220901692. Epub 2020 Feb 13.

Predictors of mortality in the elderly patient with a fracture of the odontoid process.

Shafafy R, Valsamis EM, Luck J, Dimock R, Rampersad S, Kieffer W, Morassi GL, Elsayed S.Bone Joint J. 2019 Mar;101-B(3):253-259. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.101B3.BJJ-2018-1004.R1.

Predicting the need for surgical intervention in patients with spondylodiscitis: the Brighton Spondylodiscitis Score (BSDS).

Appalanaidu N, Shafafy R, Gee C, Brogan K, Karmani S, Morassi G, Elsayed S.Eur Spine J. 2019 Apr;28(4):751-761. doi: 10.1007/s00586-018-5775-x. Epub 2018 Oct 13.

How not to miss major spinal pathology in neck pain.

Haider Z, Rossiter D, Shafafy R, Kieffer W, Thomas M.Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2018 Jul 2;79(7):C98-C102. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2018.79.7.C98.

Assessment and management of adult spinal deformities.

Afolayan JO, Shafafy R, Maher M, Moon KH, Panchmatia JR.Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2018 Feb 2;79(2):79-85. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2018.79.2.79.

Blunt vertebral vascular injury in trauma patients: ATLS® recommendations and review of current evidence.

Shafafy R, Suresh S, Afolayan JO, Vaccaro AR, Panchmatia JR.J Spine Surg. 2017 Jun;3(2):217-225. doi: 10.21037/jss.2017.05.10.