Bob Chatterjee: Profile

Mr Bob Chatterjee is Clinical Director of Harley Street Spine and spinal lead at the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Trust. Skilled in the latest ‘keyhole’ techniques in spinal surgery and non-fusion surgery for low back disorders, he provides expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of spinal conditions, including low back pain, sciatica, slipped disc, spinal stenosis, neck pain, arm pain and spinal fractures.

Mr Chatterjee’s philosophy is that finding the cause of spinal problems and explaining them succinctly to patients is the foundation of good treatment. He believes in his patients not only understanding their back, but also being aware of all the non-surgical as well as the operative treatment options. He works with outstanding physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths and pain management specialists in a team-based approach to find the right solution in each case. Every single patient gets the same level of attention as he would give for any member of his own family.

Training and experience

Mr Chatterjee graduated from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, going on to undertake his initial training in spinal surgery in Oxford. He was awarded a Culyer Foundation research grant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore where he gained a distinction for his research into bone regeneration.

After completing his Orthopaedic Specialist training in London, Mr Chatterjee was awarded a joint Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spinal Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, training in spinal deformity and degenerative surgery at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals and in neurosurgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Mr Chatterjee was appointed as a Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Trust where he has an exclusive spinal practice undertaking all forms of adult spinal surgery. Among many achievements, he is a spinal advisor to the National Health Service, is a consultant editor of several spinal periodicals and is currently President Elect for the orthopaedic section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Mr Chatterjee is a tutor for minimally invasive spinal surgery and has a passion for training junior spinal surgeons. He is a UK tutor for AO Spine (Swiss International Standards for Spinal Surgery).

Clinical interests

Mr Chatterjee’s clinical interests include minimal access spinal surgery, adult deformity surgery, the biomechanics of lumbar fusion, sports spinal injuries and spinal problems in the elderly. He has a specialist expertise in:

  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Cervical decompression and fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Spinal injections
  • Facet joint replacement
  • Sacroiliac fusion

Research interests

Mr Chatterjee holds honorary research contracts at both the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals. His research interests include minimal access spinal surgery, adult deformity surgery and the biomechanics of lumbar fusion.

In the media

Mr Chatterjee has both appeared and written widely for the media. He contributes regularly to spinal health and well-being magazines and has been featured in several national newspaper articles for his expertise in spinal surgery, including:

Experts now say paracetamol doesn’t work for bad backs. So what does? (Daily Mail)

Private hospitals push for the future (Jewish Chronicle)

I specialise in...

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal injections
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Sports spinal injuries
  • Spinal problems in the elderly
  • Complex spinal reconstruction

Professional details


MBBS, MRCS, MSc(Distinction), FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Qualified in 1995 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 4217004
    Date of registration: 07-Aug-1996

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Memberships and associations

Bob Chatterjee is a member of the following professional associations and organisations...

Languages spoken

  • English