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Mr Khai Lam is an internationally recognised consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon with over 25 years experience. He is a leading expert in the treatment of spinal disorders, offering individualised and comprehensive spine care for all spinal conditions. His philosophy is primarily focused on the education of patients into the nature of their condition.

Specialties and sub-specialties

Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery (TLIF, PLIF, OLIF, XLIF, ALIF, and sacro-iliac fusion, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty)
Spinal deformities - scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, revision spine surgery
Robotic spine surgery
Cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery
Tumour, trauma, infection, inflammatory spine disease surgery

Professional profile

Mr Khai Lam is an internationally recognised consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon with over 25 years experience. He is the Physician-in-Ordinary to several Heads of States and Royal Households in particular in the Middle East.

He is a leading expert in the treatment of spinal disorders. Not only is he recognised for providing high level professional patient care and state of the art surgical treatment of utmost quality, and but also for his research, training and education endeavours.

He has been a pioneer in the development and early adoption of innovative spinal surgical procedures, including minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic spine surgery, artificial or total disc replacement surgery (ADR or TDR), sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) fusion surgery, minimally invasive scoliosis surgery and spine surgery using 3D printed guides.

His broad range of conservative and surgical spinal services are available to help treat both adult and paediatric patients with spinal disorders. He helped establish the internationally renowned spinal surgery unit at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and was the founder and director of the first AOSpine Reference Centre in central London.

He is proficient in minimally invasive spine surgery to treat all forms of degenerative spine disorders, scoliosis and deformities in adults and children. In fact, since 2004 he has performed thousands of these complex spinal procedures.

His specific areas of expertise include: minimally invasive spinal surgery and spinal fusion surgery, computer navigated spine surgery and robotic spine surgery, cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement (ADR) or total disc replacement (TDR) , and minimally invasive ALIF, LLIF, OLIF, PLIF, TLIF, and XLIF spine surgeries.

He is the ex-Director (Mar 2021) of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS) for Europe and Middle East (EMEA), which helps promote and teach ALIF, LLIF, OLIF and XLIF surgeries.

Mr Lam became the first UK surgeon to be trained on the ExcelsiusGPS Robotic Spine Navigation System and is leading the UK launch of this revolutionary spine system in London. He has since performed numerous of these robotic landmark spine surgeries.

These landmark cases includes the first UK single position lateral (SPL) XLIF and first European minimally invasive robotic scoliosis spine surgery, single position ALIF (SPAL) spine surgery, and postero-medial SIJ fusion. All Mr Lam's surgeries are entered into the British Spine Registry.

Mr Lam regularly lectures internationally, his work is published in many scientific journals, and he frequently presents his clinical research at national and international spine societies.

He is an editor and reviewer for the Egyptian Spine Journal, European Spine Journal, International Journal of Spine Surgery (Oct 2021 special edition section editor on lateral surgery), and Spine.

Clinical interests

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Spinal deformities - scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis
  • Outcome of minimally invasive spine surgery (TLIF, PLIF, OLIF, XLIF, ALIF, and sacro-iliac fusion, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty)

Robotics expertise

First UK surgeon trained in ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Spine System, minimally invasive robotic screws, single position lateral screws, scoliosis, and sacroiliac fusion.

Awards and accolades

• 1998 - May 2015: Director of AOSpine Fellowship Reference Centre at Guy's Hospital
• 2006: Founding member International Group for the Advancement of Spinal Science (IGASS)
• 2006 - 2009: Member of the AOSpine Minimally Invasive Spine Expert Group
• 2010 - 2014: Member of the AOSpine Lumbar Degenerative Expert Group
• 2018 - 2021: EMEA Chairman and Regional Director of SOLAS (Society of Lateral Access Surgery)
• 2015 - 2021: Director of AOSpine Fellowship Reference Centre in Central London
• Jan 2018: Host Spine Reference Centre for Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS)
• Jan 2019: Host Minimally Invasive Spine Reference Centre for Brazillian Spine Society (BSS)
• Dec 2019: Honorary Visiting Professor Peking Third University Hospital (PUTH)
• Feb 2020: Excelcius GPS Global Robotic Premier Trainer and Training Centre

Awards and accolades
• Jan 2009: 1st UK recipient of the coveted Medaille D'Or from Madame Chirac, President of EEDCM
• 2016: Physician in Ordinary to His late Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda
• Voted 2016 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of the Year UK by CV Magazine
• Jun 2016 - Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda (GCLR) awarded by His late Majesty King Kigeli V
• Jan 2017 - Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Crested Crane of Rwanda (GCCCR) awarded by His Majesty King Yuhi VI

Medical training

Year qualified 1990
  • Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham 1985 - 1990

Languages spoken

Bahasa Malaysia


In the age of Covid, these robots are giving surgeons peace of mind
Daily Telegraph
The NHS is using AI to help make operations faster, safer and more efficient. One state-of-the art robot has been a gamechanger.


List of Mr Lam's publications
Published by: National Library of Medicine

Personal interests

I am a keen sportsman and regularly engage in running, badminton, and football. Also I am a keen follower of many sports notably cricket, football, golf, motor racing, rugby, and tennis.

I also enjoy classical music and am a contributor/member of the arts and various opera houses.