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DR G. BALAMURALI – SPINAL NEUROSURGEON IN CHENNAI

About Dr. G. Balamurali

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About Dr. G. Balamurali

Head of Spine Surgery
Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon
MBBS, MRCS (Ed), MD (UK), FRCS (Surgical Neurology)
Fellow in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – UK, USA, Switzerland
Fellow in Complex Spine Surgery – UK, Switzerland
Know My Journey

Professional Summary

Internationally trained Spinal Neurosurgeon in Chennai with 24 years of surgical experience, from UK. Extensively trained in all niche aspects of spinal surgery as part of 3-year fellowship in the UK (Liverpool & Nottingham), USA (San Francisco & Chicago) and Switzerland (Zurich). Senior Spine and Neurosurgeon in India since 2011.

Special Interest

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

Professional Commitment

Assistant Editor of The Journal of Spine Surgeries (JOSS)
Executive Member of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of Bharath (MISSAB)

Research – Doctorate In Medicine (MD)

MD Thesis 2004 - 2008

Topic: Predicting the response to venticuloperitoneal shunt in patients with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Collaborators: University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Preston and Hope Hospital, Manchester. UK
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, COURSES, WORKSHOPS, BOOK CHAPTERS

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, COURSES, WORKSHOPS, BOOK CHAPTERS

Peer-reviewed Publications20
National &International presentations65
Invited lectures45
Live workshops40
Book chapters05
Book01
Faculty>05

Qualifications/Awards & Fellowships

Professional Qualifications

CourseUniversityYear
MBBSBangalore University. India1997
MRCS (Edinburgh)Member of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. UK2001
FRCS (Surgical Neurology)Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. UK2008
MD (Research)University of Central Lancashire. Preston, U.K2010

Professional Awards and Qualifications

Professional

Prof. Alan Crockard International Travel Fellowship Award Winner Spine Section – American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, USA – Feb 2010.
International Travel Scholarship Synthes, Europe 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

Personal

Recognition of service to society – Awarded by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Lead India 2012, 2nd National Movement, Coimbatore 14/12/2012.
Several Rotary awards for RASTRA (Rotary Aid for Spine Treatment and Rehabilitation) project.

Fellowships in Spine and Neurosurgery

Nottingham Senior Spinal Fellowship (UK), 2010 AO Spinal accredited Dr Broken Boszczyk, Mr Mike Grevitt, Mr John Webb
University of California, San Francisco (USA – 2010) AANS & NASS accredited Spine Fellowship, (Minimally invasive spine surgery) Dr. Praveen Mummaneni
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago (USA -2010) AANS & NASS accredited Spine Fellowship, (Minimally invasive spine surgery) Prof. Richard Fessler
Schulte’s Klink, Zurich, Switzerland – 2009 Internationally accredited Spinal Fellowship, (Complex spine surgery) Prof. Deiter Grob
Liverpool Spinal Fellowship. Liverpool, UK – 2009 Nationally accredited Neuro-Ortho spine fellowship Mr Gordon Findlay, Mr Robin 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

Careers/Skills

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.
Pain procedures – Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ) Rhizotomy, cordotomy, spinal cord stimulator
Injection procedures – Nerve root blocks, caudal epidural, discogram, facet injection and ganglion block
Spasticity procedures – DREZ Rhizotomy, selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pumps
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
Percutaneous procedure – Kypho and vertebroplasty, percutaneous C1-2 screws, ant odontoid screws
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

Professional Membership

General Medical Council (UK), Full Registration
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Association of Spinal Surgeons of India (ASSI)
International Spinal Cord Society (ISCS)
Neurological Society of India (NSI)
Neuro Spine Surgeons Association (NSSA)
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of Bharath (MISSAB)

Professional Career

Professional Career – 23 Years Across 4 Countries

Dr G Balamurali is an Internationally trained Spinal Neurosurgeon with 17+ years of Surgical experience. He trained as a NEUROSURGEON in United Kingdom for 8 years. He further extensively trained in all niche aspects of Spinal Surgery for another 3-years in the UK (Liverpool & Nottingham), USA (San Francisco & Chicago) and Switzerland (Zurich). He extensively travelled across continents and learnt newer techniques in Spine surgery from the best of surgeons at the best of centers.
Consultant Spine and Neurosurgeon (Jan  2015 – Till date)Kauvery Advanced Spine Centre, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, India
Senior Consultant Spine nd 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 (1997-2000)Withybush General Hospital, Wales, UK
Senior House Officer – General Surgery (1997)Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India
Internship (1995-1996)Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India

Publications/ Presentations

Publications

Radiological protocol in spinal trauma: literature review and Spinal Cord Society position statement. 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. European Spine Journal. August 2019
Paraspinal congenital infantile fibrosarcoma, Sanjana Venkateswaran, SivasankarJayakumar, SathishManivel, Mallikarjuna V S, Balamurali G, Journal of Neonatal Surgery, 2019
Presence of Undiagnosed Cervical Myelopathy in patients referred for Surgical Evaluation of Lumbar Stenosis. Gopalakrishnan Balamurali, Vishal C Gala, Jean-Marc Voyadzis, david Rosen, Apazra Burks, Laurie Rice, Richard G Fessler. The Journal of Spinal Surgery. 2016| April-June | Issue 2
Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Treatment of Primary Spinal Column Lesions. Gopalakrishnan Balamurali, Ajay Ramesh Kothari, Amjad Nasr Anaizi, Jean Marc Voyadzis, John O’tootle, Richard G Fessler, 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. Rajasekeran S, Yerramshetty JS, Chittode VS, Kanna RM, Balamurali G, Shetty AP. Spine. 2014 Jul1; 39 (15): 1183-9.
Improving levels of evidence in studies published in spinal journals from 1983 to 2011. Gnanalingham KK, Davies BM, Balamurali G, Titoria P, Doyle P, Abou-ZeidA.British J Neurosurg. 2013 Apr; 27(2):152-5. Epub 2013 Feb 1. Review.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. G Balamurali, Om Prakash, S Rajasekaran, The Journal of Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association. Feb 2013, 39(1)
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. G Balamurali, Om Prakash, S Rajasekaran, The Journal of Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association. Feb 2013, 39(1)
Thorotrast-induced primary cerebral angiosarcoma: case report. Balamurali G, du Plessis DG, Wengoy M, Bryan N, Herwadkar A, Richardson PL. Neurosurgery. 2009 Jul; 65(1): E210-1; discussion E211.
Kyphoplasty for lytic tumour lesions of the spine: prospective follow-up of 11 cases from procedure to death.König MA, Jehan S, Balamurali G, Bierschneider M, Grillhösl A, Boszczyk. BM.Eur Spine J. 2012;21(9):1873-9. Epub 2012 Apr 6.
Avoidance of wrong-level thoracic spine surgery: intraoperative localization with preoperative percutaneousiducial screw placement. Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Chin CT, Balamurali G, Mummaneni PV.J Neurosurgery pine. 2012 Mar; 16(3):280-4.
Anterior thoracic foraminotomy through mini-thoracotomy for the treatment of giant thoracic discherniations. Russo A, Balamurali G,Nowicki R, Boszczyk BM.Eur Spine J. 2012 May;21 Supply 2:S212-20. Epub 2012 Mar 20.
Combined transnasal and transoral endoscopic approaches to the craniovertebral junction. El-Sayed IH, Wu JC, Ames CP, Balamurali G, Mummaneni PV. J Craniovertebr Junction Spine. 2010;1(1):44-8.
Improvement of persistent developmental stuttering after surgical excision of a left perisylvian meningioma. BalamuraliG, S Bukhari, J Carter, A Sofat. British journal of Neurosurgery. August 2010; 24(4): 485–487
Thorotrast-induced primary cerebral angiosarcoma: case report. Balamurali G, du Plessis DG, Wengoy M, Bryan N, Herwadkar A, Richardson PL. Neurosurgery. 2009 Jul;65(1):E210-1; discussion E211.
Rupture of brainstem cyst with clinical benefit after head injury. Case report. Hussain Z, Balamurali G, King T. J Neurosurg. 2007 Jan;106(1 Suppl):41-3.
Thoracic intraduralextramedullary capillary haemangioma: A case report. Alakandy LM, Hercules S, Balamurali G, Reid H, Herwardkar A, Holland J P. British Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2006; 20(4):236-9
Four decades of normal pressure hydrocephalus: are we doing better? Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N. 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. Balamurali G, Goulash A, Starkey N. Cerebrospinal fluid research. December 2004,1(Suppl1):S15
Advances in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – Literature review. Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatti I. British Journal of Neurosurgery, August 2004; 18(4): 407 – 422
Papillary endothelial hyperplasia associated with cortical dysplasia. Du Plessis D G, Balamurali G, Smith ET, Broome JC, Pizer BL, Mallucci CL.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. Balamurali G, AprajayGolash, Nicola Starkey. British Journal of Neurosurgery, October 2003: 17(5): 477-497
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus and dementia: recent developments in determining surgical prognosis.Balamurali G, Nicola Starkey, AGolash.British Neurological Association abstracts, Vol 17, PXX 07.01 page 57, 2003

Oral Presentations - National & International

1. “Posterior Tubular approach” under “Unilateral Cervical Radiculopathy”, MISSICON, Chandigarh, November 2019
2. Advances in Spine Surgery, IMA, Chennai, September 2019
3. Differentiating tubercular and pyogenic infections of the spine, NSSA, Kochi, August 2019
4. Management of surgery related complications in adult spinal deformity, NSSA, Kochi, August 2019
5. Role of Neuromodulation in SCI, Neurotrauma, Agra, August 2019
6. Steroids in SCI, Neurotrauma, Agra, August 2019
7. ACDF vs ADR vs MIS vs Post foraminotomy: current state of evidence, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
8. Videos – How I do it for disc removal: Different techniques, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
9. Tips & Tricks ; Inside-Out, Outside-In and Outside-Out. When & How, World Neurosciences Summit II, Delhi, August 2019
10. Advances in Spine Surgery, IMA, Pondicherry, August 2019
11. Management of Congenital Spine Abnormality in Children, Child Trust Hospital, Chennai, July 2019
12. Diagnosis and treatment of low grade Infections, NSpine, London, June 2019
13. Differentiating Tubercular and Pyogenic Spine Infection – Clinical, Radiological, Histopathological and management, NSpine, London, June 2019
14. Epidural abscess formation – treatment concepts in pyogenic abscess and TB abscess, NSpine, London, June 2019
15. DREZ lesions for pain after SCI, NSpine, London, June 2019
16. Spinal schwannomas and neurofibromas – difference in surgical management, NSpine, London, June 2019
17. Avoiding complications in spine surgery, International Summit on Excellence in Spine Surgery, (IESS), Chennai, June 2019
18. Lumbar Canal Stenosis – A to Z of it, International Orthopaedic Conclave, Noida, January 2019
19. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, NSI, Jaipur, December 2018
20. Spinal deformities and degeneration in adolescent, The Obstetric & Gynaecological Society of Southern India (FOGSI), Chennai, December 2018
21. Management of Spine Injury, ISCCM, 14th Annual Refresher Course, Chennai, November 2018
22. What are the challenges faced in developing an Injury prevention program for India and LMIC, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5 -7 2018
23. What are the challenges faced in developing an Injury prevention program for India and LMIC, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5 – 7 2018
24. DREZ Lesioning for Neuropathic Pain in SCI and BPI, ISSICON 2018, Chennai, October 5-7 2018
25. Natural course of cervical spondylotic myelopathy, NSSA, Nagpur, September 2018
26. Management of dural leaks, Dr Reddys Symphosium on Dural Repair and Reconstruction, Trivandrum, September 2018
27. Instructional course in Spine 2018, Amritsar, August 2018
28. Management strategies for dural injury and dural repair, Association of Spine Surgeons of India Live Surgery Course, New Delhi, June 2018
29. MIS PLIF/TLIF: Rationale, Principles and Technique – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Update & Live Operation & Cadaveric Endoscopic Spine Surgery Workshop, Chandigarh, May 2018
30. Tamil Nadu Neurological forum, Guest lecture, April 2018
31. 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
32. Advances, Indication and outcomes of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Indian Medical Association, Madurai, March 2018
33. Advances in Safe Spine Surgery, Indian Medical Association, Tirunelveli, January 2018
34. Outcome of DREZ lesioning for Neuropathic pain, Neurological Society of India Conference, Nagpur, November 2017
35. Road to becoming an MIS Surgeon, Annual Conference of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India – MISSICON, Chennai, October 2017
36. Micro lumbar discectomy, Tips & tricks, Annual Conference of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India – MISSICON, Chennai, October 2017
37. Surgery for spinal anomalies, Balamurali G, OGSSI & National Neonatal Forum (TN Chapter), Chennai, September 2017
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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
41. 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.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. Type 2 Odontoid fracture management, Invited talk. Balamurali G, Association of Spine Surgeons of India Conference, Kochi, 2013
45. 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.
46. Minimally invasive microsurgical resection of Intradural spinal tumors using tubular retraction system. Balamurali G, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
47. Adjacent level cervical disc revision surgery – techniques and outcomes Balamurali G, BM Boszczyk, October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
48. Minimally invasive posterior cervical discectomy for cervical radiculopathy. Balamurali G. October 13-14, 2012, ISICON 2012, Delhi. India.
49. 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.
50. Minimally invasive microsurgical resection of Intradural spinal tumors. Balamurali G, Neuro Spine Surgeons Association, Chennai 13-16th September 2012, Chennai, India.
51. Back and Neck pain management – overview. Balamurali G, Ganga Spine Therapy course, 9-10 June 2012, Coimbatore, India.
52. Role of Neurosurgeon in the management of spinal deformity. Balamurali G, Association of Spine Surgeons of India conference, 27-30 January 2011. Mumbai. India.
53. 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.
54. 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
55. 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
56. 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
57. 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 P.
58. 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.
59. 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.
60. 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
61. 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.
62. 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.
63. 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
64. 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
65. 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.
66. 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.
67. 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. 
68. 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.
69. 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.
70. 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.
71. 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
72. Advances in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – Literature review. Balamurali G, Golash A, Starkey N, Bhatt British Neurosurgical research group (BNRG). March 3rd& 4th 2004. Hull.
73. 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. British Neurosurgical research group (BNRG). March 3rd& 4th 2004. Hull.
74. 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.
75. 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.
76. 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.
77. 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.
78. Papillary endothelial hyperplasia associated with cortical dysplasia. Daniel du Plessis, G. Balamurali, Conor L. Mallucci, M Javadpour, E.Trevor Smith, John C. Broome,
79. 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

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery—Techniques, Evidence, and Controversies Chapter:4.2.2 Posterior approaches: Microsurgical disc surgery
Author: G Balamurali, S Rajasekaran, Rishi Kanna, Ahoy Shetty
Publisher: AO Spine, AO Education Stettbachstrasse, 8600 Duebendorf, Switzerland.
The SPINE – Textbook of Spine Surgery Chapter: 18: Cervical radiculopathy evaluation and non-surgical treatment.Chapter 24: Congenital abnormalities of the Spinal cord
Authors: G Balamurali, S Rajasekeran
Publisher: Japee Brothers
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery textbook – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery of India textbook Chapter 9: Tubular Retractors in Cervical Spine Chapter 41: Tubular Retractors in Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
Author: G Balamurali, Vignesh Pushparaj
Author: G Balamurali, T Ganesh Keshav
Publisher: Japee Brothers
Progress in Spinal Surgery Chapter: 10, Page 89-99 DREZ operation for Brachial Plexus Neuropathic Pain
Author: G Balamurali
Publisher: Jay Dee Services Inc
Progress in Clinical Neurosciences,Chapter:22, Session 6, Page 243-251 DREZ Operation for Neuropathic pain Chapter 41: Tubular Retractors in Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
Author: G Balamurali, Vignesh Pushparaj
Author: G Balamurali
Publisher: Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Limited
Course Manual, Spine Boot Camp, Academy for Clinical and Surgical Excellence – 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.

Course Organizer/Chairman

Presentation Skills Workshop, iSpine, Chennai, August 2019
Spine Boot Camp, International Spine Academy, Chennai, April 2019
Presentation Skills Workshop for Doctors, iSpine, Chennai, February 2019
International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference, iSpine, Chennai, October 2018
Presentation skills workshop for doctors, iSpine, Chennai, July 2018
Spine Boot Camp, Royal Academy for Surgical and Clinical Excellence, Chennai, April 2018
Salem – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Live Course, Salem, March 2018
Spine 360 Conclave, Kauvery hospital with The Hindu, November, 2017
Spine Boot Camp, Royal Academy for Surgical and Clinical Excellence, November 2017
Spinal Dysraphism, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chennai, August 2017
Spinal Infections Session under Academy for Clinical and Surgical Excellence, NSpine, London, Uk, June 2017Evidence based Management of Back and Neck Pain, Physiotherapy, Module 3, Chennai, March 2017
Kauvery – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Conference, Chennai, June 2016
Spinal Cord Injury Management for Physiotherapy, Module 2, Chennai, March 2016
Recent Advances in Spine for Physiotherapist, Module 1, Chennai, November 2015
Organizing Secretary of the 13th International Spine and Spinal Injuries, Coimbatore, 14-17th November 2013

Social Interactions

Social Activities

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.
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”.
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

Courses / Practical Clinics

International Summit on Excellence in Spine Surgery, (IESS), Chennai, June 2019
Spine Boot Camp, International Spine Academy, Chennai, April 2019
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India Annual Live Surgery and Cadaver Course, Bengaluru, April 2019
Minimally Invasive live surgery Course, Kolkata, March 2019
Neuro Resident Level 2 Course, Chennai, November 2018
Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine Refresher Course, Chennai. November 2018
Kauvery MRCS Part B OSCE Preparatory course, Chennai, October 2018
ASSI – Instructional Course in Spine, Amritsar, August 2018
Sagittal Balance Course, Bangkok, August 2018
Madras Medical College, Chennai, June 2018
Tamil Nadu Association of Neurological Surgeons, Chennai, June 2018
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Update & Live Operation & Cadaveric Endoscopic Spine Surgery Workshop, Chandigarh, May 2018
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India Annual Live Surgery and Cadaver Course, Bengaluru, April 2018
Spine Boot Camp, Royal Academy of Surgical and Clinical Excellence, Kochi, April 2018
Salem Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Live Course, Salem, March 2018
Neuro Critical Care Workshop, TN Medical Council, February, 2018
Minimal Access Spinal Technologies Cadaveric Course, Medtronic Medical Education, Bangaluru, February 2018
Spine Boot Camp, Academy for Clinical and Surgical Excellence, Chennai, November 2017
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India Annual Live Surgery and Cadaver Course, Bengaluru, April 2017
Aster Minimal Access Spine Surgery, Kochi, March 2017
Kauvery- Minimally Invasive Spine Live Surgery Course, Chennai, June 2016
Zimmer Biomet Spine Instructional Course, Delhi, April 2016
Spine Bioskills Workshop, Chennai, April2016
Ganga Live Operative Course, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India. May 2009 and 2013
ICP management in Head Injury, Johnson & Johnson training centre, Chennai, India. Jan 2012
Endoscopic Spine Course – Hands on cadaveric. Joimax, Berlin, Germany. September 2011
Ganga Operative Spine Course, Coimbatore, India, July 2011
Total Minimal Access Spinal Technology Course, Frankfurt, Germany (Medtronic), June 2011
Balloon Kyphoplasty Course, Leiden, Netherlands (Medtronic), April 2011
Training on Indications & Surgical Implantation of Total cervical disc replacement, NHS, March 2011
Nottingham Cervical Arthroplasty Course, Queens Medical Centre. Nottingham. Nov 2010
Anterior Cervical Disc Replacement hands on live Course, Queens Medical Centre. Nottingham. Nov 2010
Spine, Science, Management of Minimal Invasive Spinal Surgery, Miami,FL, USA (Medtronic) April2010
Complex Spine Management Course, Washington DC, USA (Medtronic), April 2010
Hands on Cadaveric Course on Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery, Boston, MA, USA. (DePuy) March 2010
Cervical Spine Surgical Techniques Cadaveric Course, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, UK.June 2009
EUROSPINE Spine Course- Cervical spine, Liberec, Czech Republic.April 2009 Liberec, Czech Republic.April 2009
Royal London Specialist Fellowship Course. Royal London and Barts Hospital. London. Feb 2008
Cardiff Spinal Surgery Course. Welsh Institute for minimal access therapy (WIMAT), Cardiff.Sep 2007
Posterior Spinal Instrumentation Workshop, Keele University Medical School, Staffordshire.Sep 2007
MISSION UK, Leeds, (Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery techniques in Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery) June 2007
Teaching the teachers course University of Manchester, Manchester. June 2007
Guidelines for management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury AANS, Washington DC, USA. April 2007
Controversies in management of Intra cerebral haematomas AANS, Washington DC, USA. April 2007
Cervical Spine Instability: Instrumentation and other methods AANS, Washington DC, April 2007
Basics of Spinal Stabilization, Fusion and Instrumentation AANS, Washington DC, USA. April 2007
Update on Tumors for the General Neurosurgeon AANS, Washington DC, USA.April 2007
Neuroanatomy – Approaches to supra and infratentorial craniotomy Leeds.Jan 2007
Future technology for treating hydrocephalus AANS, San Francisco, California.USA.April 2006
Multimedia experience of neurosurgical anatomy AANS, San Francisco, California. USA.April 2006
Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – Strategies of treatment AANS, San Francisco.USA, April 2006
Combined approaches to cerebrovascular disease AANS, San Francisco, California.USA, April 2006
Workshop on research methods and clinical applications in Neuro-Oncology Preston, March 2006
Statistical methods and applications course University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Jul-Sep 2006
Neurological anatomy for neurosurgeons Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, July 2004
Neuroradiology for neurosurgeons. RCSE, London, July 2004
Approaches to intracranial surgery. RCSE, London, July 2004
Pituitary Surgery Past, Present and Future Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, June 2004
Midas Rex Advanced Pneumatic Instrumentation Course RCSE, London, Nov 2002
Core skills in Neurosurgery. RCSE, London, Nov 2002
Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, May 2001
Advanced Life support course Withybush General Hospital. Haverford West. Wales, Feb 2000
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) RCSE. Camarthen. Wales, June 1999
Basic Surgical Skills Course, Royal College of Surgeons of England. Brighton, Nov 1998
Basic Life support course, Kettering General Hospital. Kettering, Dec 1997

Conferences  & Meetings

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Conference, Chandigarh, November 2019
Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association of Annual Conference, Kochi, August 2019
Neuro Trauma, Agra, August 2019
World Neurosciences Summit, New Delhi, August 2019
Nottingham Spine Main Conference, London, UK, June 2019
Minimally Invasive live Neurosurgery workshop, AASNS, MINSU 2019, Jaipur, March 2019
CME for Physiotherapist, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, February 2019
International Orthopaedic Conclave, Delhi, January 2019
Neurological Society of India Conference, Jaipur, December 2018
FOGSI Adolescent Conference, Chennai, December 2018
International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference, Chennai, October 2018
Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association of India, Nagpur, September 2018
Dural Repair and Reconstruction Symposium, Trivandrum, September 2018
Association of Spine Surgeons of India Live Surgery Course, New Delhi, June 2018
Indian Medical Association, Madurai, March 2018
Nottingham Spine (NSpine) Course, Arosa, January 2018
Spine World Summit, Hong Kong, January 2018
Indian Medical Association,Tirunelveli, January 2018
Neurological Society of India Conference, Nagpur, November 2017
Paediatric Neuro Trauma, Chennai, November 2017, Panalist in Paediatric Spine Trauma
ISSICON, Delhi, November 2017
Annual Conference of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India, Chennai, October 2017
Kudanthai Neocon 2017, XIV Annual Convention of National Neonatology Forum, Kumbakonam, October 2017
ASSI, Instructional course in spine, Trivandrum, August 2017
OGSSI & National Neonatal Forum (TN Chapter), CME on PERINATAL CARE, Chennai, September 2017
World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, Turkey, Istanbul, August 2017
Minimal Access Spine Technique Conference, Trivandrum, August 2016
Madurai Neurosurgical Academy meeting, Salem, June 2017
Madurai Neurosurgical Academy meeting, Salem, June 2017
Madurai Neurosurgical Academy meeting, Salem, June 2017
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India Annual Live Surgery and Cadaver Course, Bengaluru, April 2017
Tamilnadu & Pondicherry Association of Neuro Surgeons (TANPANS), Pondicherry, April2017
First Indian Course on Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, Kolkata, February2017
Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu State Branch of IMA (TIMACON ), Chennai, December 2016
Neurological Society of India Conference, Chennai, December 2016
CONCORD, Chennai, November 2016
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India, Delhi, October 2016
ISSICON, Kathmandu, October 2016
Healthcare Senate, Hyderabad, September 2016
Neuro Spinal Surgeons’ Association of India, Kolkata, September 2016
Minimal Access Spine Technique Conference, Trivandrum, August 2016
World Spine Essay, Pattaya, Thailand, June 2016
Spine Week, Singapore, May 2016
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons of India, Mumbai, November 2015
Madurai Neurosurgical Academy meeting, Salem, June 2017
Madurai Neurosurgical Academy meeting, Salem, June 2017
Indian Society for Study of Pain Conference, Chennai Jan 2015
Neurological Society of India Conference, Coimbatore, India, December 2014
National Hand Surgery Conference, Mangalore, India, November 2014
13th ISSICON & 12TH ASCoN (Asian Spinal Cord Network), Coimbatore, India. November 2013
World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, Seoul, S.Korea, September 2013
Global Spine Congress, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, April 2013
Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Cochin, India, January 2013
Neurological Society of India, Mumbai, India, December 2013
International Spine and Spine Injuries Conference, New Delhi, India, October 2012
Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association, India, Chennai, India, September 2012
Ganga Course of Spine Therapy, Coimbatore, India, June 2012
Neurological Society of India, New Delhi, India, December 2012
Comprehensive Management of Spinal Cord Injuries, New Delhi, India, April 2012
Endoscopic Spine Course – Hands on Cadaveric. Joimax, Berlin, Germany. September 2011
Ganga Operative Spine Course, Coimbatore, India, July 2011
Total Minimal Access Spinal Technology Course, Frankfurt, Germany (Medtronic), June 2011
Balloon Kyphoplasty Course, Leiden, Netherlands (Medtronic), April 2011
British Association of Spinal Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK, February 2011
Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Mumbai, India, January 2011
Spine Reconstructive Seminar, Queens Medical Centre. Nottingham. Oct 2010
6th Advanced Deformity Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland,May 2010
World Federation of Neurological surgeons. Boston, USA, July 2009
British Association of Spinal Surgeons. Annual Meeting, Sheffield, UK, February 2009
Chicago Review Course in Neurological Surgery, Chicago, USA, January 2008
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual conference, Washington DC,USA, April 2007
Hydrocephalus 2006, Goteborg, Sweden, September 2006
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual conference, San Francisco, USA, April 2006
Clinical Neurosciences 2005 Anglo-Dutch Neurosurgery and Neurology Torquay, UK, September 2005
Hydrocephalus – Current and Future advancements,Birmingham, UK, October 2004
Society of British Neurological surgeons meeting (SBNS), Manchester, UK,September 2004
Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida, Dublin. Ireland, June 2004
British Association of Spinal Cord Injuries Specialist, Middlesbrough, July 2002
Clinical Neurosciences academic meeting, Royal Society of Medicine London, UK, November 2003
British Neuroscience Association (BNA), Harrogate, UK, April 2003
British Neurosurgical Research Group (BNRG), Hull, UK, March 2004
British Neurosurgical Research Group (BNRG), Cambridge, UK, March 2003

Public Talks

Presentation Skills, MISSICON Lunch Symposia, November 2019
Back and Neck Pain management, Harishree Vidhyalaya, Chennai, September 2018
Road safety, Church Park School, Chennai, September 2018
World Neurosciences Summit, New Delhi, August 2019
Back and neck pain, CORPEX stall, DLF, Porur, June 2018
Sensitization on obesity, TCS, Siruseri, August 2017
CME for Physiotherapist, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, February 2019
Back and neck pain management – TCS, Siruseri, July 2017
Lifestyle related back and neck pain – CSS Corp, Tambaram, June 2017
CII WN Webinar, Management of back and neck pain, June 2017
Sitting = Smoking – Corporate medical doctors and human resource – February 2017
Back and neck pain management – KONE lift employees
Dr.G.Balamurali
Dr. G. Balamurali is one of the leading spine surgeons in Chennai. He is internationally trained in all niche aspects of Spine Surgery. He has over 24 years of surgical experience in this field.
Kauvery Hospital,
No.199 ,LUZ Church Road,
Mylapore,Chennai– 600004
Tamilnadu, India
Kauvery Hospital Front Area

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