Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj
Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj is the first dedicated specialized spine surgeon in India. He was the first doctor and surgeon in India who decided to dedicate himself to spine care, and in the process gave birth to the super-specialty that doctors have since followed and practiced.
After passing out from Mumbai’s KEM Medical College, he practiced there as an orthopedic surgeon. His increasing interest in the growing field of spine care made him travel across the world to learn more about it. Eventually, he decided to focus on the spine and set up India’s first specialized spine unit at KEM Hospital. The spine unit was doing excellent work but more resources were needed for research and development.
As this unit was financed by the government, there were limitations. So when he received an offer from Hinduja Hospital to set up a dedicated spine unit in their facility, Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj saw it as an excellent opportunity to access more money for spine research. Hinduja became the first private hospital to house a super-specialty in India.
But, Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj was not happy only catering to the rich and wanted to offer the same services to the underprivileged as well. Thus was born the Spine Foundation with an aim to quality healthcare affordable to everyone.
Dr. Abhay Nene
Dr. Abhay Nene, an alumnus of TN Medical College, graduated as a medical doctor in 1995, and later completed his postgraduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998 from Mumbai University. His main training in the subspecialty of Spine Surgery was in Mumbai with the Spine Foundation, with Dr. Bhojraj as the chief mentor, since 1999.
He also visited multiple centers across the world including Singapore, USA, UK, and Germany, and was awarded multiple international fellowships during his days as a spine trainee. Dr. Nene was awarded the ‘Asia Pacific Educator of the Year 2017-18’ by the AO Spine International board and currently holds the position of AO Asia Pacific Chair Elect for the 2022-2025 term.
He currently practices as a Spine Surgeon attached to various hospitals in Mumbai. His areas of special interest are pediatric spinal deformity, spinal tumor reconstruction, tuberculosis, and the osteoporotic spine.
Dr. Sheetal Mohite
Dr. Sheetal Mohite completed his basic medical education at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune University in 1995. After his internship, he chose to pursue orthopedics. He did his Diploma in Orthopaedics at Pravara Rural Medical College, Loni, Pune University in 1998. He also is a Diplomate of National Board, New Delhi in the field of Orthopaedics.
Dr. Mohite also has some spine training fellowships at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry and at University Hospital, Cardiff and also at Stanmore in the United Kingdom. He also trained in the Advanced Trauma Centre, Leipzig, Germany. He was chosen for the Global Outreach Fellowship program for the Scoliosis Research Society meeting in Miami, USA in 2005.
Under the auspices of Dr. Richard Fessler, he also had exposure to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, USA.
He presently is Consultant Spine Surgeon at Shushrusha Citizens’ Cooperative Hospital (Dadar & Vikhroli), Mangal Anand Hospital, Chembur, SL Raheja – A Fortis Associate Hospital at Mahim, Lilavati hospital at Bandra and HN reliance hospital in south Mumbai.
Dr. Priyank Patel
Designer, Adventure Sports enthusiast, physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, social worker; seems like a panel of five different people but in reality it is one individual who has donned many hats at various phases of his life. Dr. Priyank Patel is young, dynamic and leads a team of future physicians, changing the landscape of how medicine is preached, practised and perceived. He specialises in surgical and non-surgical management of spine related disorders with subspecialty in spine tumours.
Dr. Patel has done his fellowship at Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj’s Spine Foundation. He also has extensive international training from coveted spine institutions in complex surgical procedures like Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Microsurgery, Athletic Spinal Injuries and motion-preserving procedures including artificial hip replacement. Dr. Patel has treated professional athletes from the Indian National Cricket Team as well as people from the film industry and enabled them to perform at their peak form inspite of injuries. His command over his subject and skilled surgical expertise has made him a favourite in the international circuit.
Dr. Premik Nagad
Dr. Premik Nagad did his basic medical education and Diploma in Orthopaedics in Bijapur, Karnataka and at Shri BM Patil Medical. After his diploma in Orthopaedics, he earned his Diplomate of National Board in Orthopaedics at Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences at Thiruvalla, Kerala. In 2008, he joined Dr. Abhay Nene as an observer and gradually became a clinical fellow and eventually an associate spine surgeon whose job responsibilities included coordinating surgeries as well as fellowships. In 2012, he joined Dr. Bhojraj as an associate and coordinator of Spine Foundation Fellowships.
By 2015, Dr, Nagad became an independent consultant spine surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital and a year later at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He is a consultant at Breach Candy Trust Hospital Currently, he is a trustee at the Spine Foundation and other than his professional commitments in Mumbai, he also coordinates the fellowship program and the Regional Spine Care Centres all over Maharashtra and India for reaching out to the underserved population for spine care.
Dr. Aaditya D. Kashikar
Dr. Aaditya D. Kashikar is a highly skilled spine specialist associated with the Department of Orthopaedics – Spine Surgery. With an extensive educational background, Dr. Kashikar holds an MBBS degree, a DNB in Orthopedics, and a Fellowship in Spine Surgery from The Spine Foundation in Mumbai. He further pursued a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Chicago, USA.
With over a decade of experience, Dr. Kashikar has established himself as a leading expert in the field. He has successfully performed over 2000 spine surgeries, ranging from procedures for prolapsed intervertebral discs and lumbar canal stenosis to complex cases involving spinal deformities, tumors, and trauma. Dr. Aaditya Kashikar’s commitment to staying at the forefront of his field is evident through his overseas training and assignments, including a fellowship at RUSH University and Medical Centre in Chicago, USA.
Dr. Kashikar’s contributions to the field of spine surgery are noteworthy. He has presented his research at prestigious conferences and has been recognized with awards for his work. His dedication extends beyond the operating room, as he actively engages in teaching and serving as faculty at various spine conferences. Dr. Kashikar’s research publications further demonstrate his commitment to advancing knowledge in the field. With his exceptional skills, extensive experience, and a passion for delivering high-quality care, Dr. Aaditya D. Kashikar remains dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering from spine conditions.
Dr. Harshal Babulal Bamb
Dr. Harshal Babulal Bamb is an exceptionally skilled spine specialist with extensive expertise in conventional and minimally invasive spine surgeries, as well as adult and pediatric deformity. He holds an MBBS and DNB Ortho, along with a prestigious ASSI fellowship in spine surgery from Mumbai. Dr. Bamb practices in some of the major hospitals in Mumbai, where he offers evidence-based spinal care to patients.
Renowned as a leading specialist in the field of spine surgery, Dr. Bamb is steadfast in his commitment to delivering the utmost quality of care to his patients. He strongly believes in the role of conservative care and non-surgical management for spine issues. With a structured and multidisciplinary approach to back, nerve, and spine issues, he strives to prevent the necessity for surgeries in a vast number of cases.
Dr. Bamb possesses ample experience in performing a range of spinal surgeries, including endoscopic and minimally invasive spine surgeries, discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, dynamic stabilization surgery, and disc replacement surgeries, along with complex revision and scoliosis surgeries. He has visited multiple centers across Europe, including France and Germany, during his time as a spine trainee, and is updated with recent advances in non-fusion spine surgeries, athletic spine issues, and complex deformity surgery.
Dr. Bamb has given lectures, demonstrations, and organized CMEs for orthopedic residents, physiotherapists, and nursing staff training. He regularly participates in the Spine Foundation Initiative and has performed spine surgeries in camps for rural and marginalized sectors in India. He has presented numerous posters and papers at various conferences and has been invited as specialist faculty in national and international conferences and forums.