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Dr. Ajay Kothari R

Dr. Ajay Kothari R

Dr. Ajay Kothari R

MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, MNAMS - Orthopaedics



Spine Surgeon


Spine And Pain Specialist

15 Years Experience Overall  (12 years as specialist)

94% (86 votes)

Dr. Ajay. R. Kothari done his MBBS, DNB (Ortho) MNAMS (Ortho)(New Delhi) FISS (USA, Germany) Gold Medalist. He is a Consultant Spine Surgeon at Sancheti Hospital, Pune.Dr. Ajay Ramesh Kothari is a senior experienced and renowned spine surgeon. He did his medical graduation (MBBS) from Pune University. He stood first and attained distinction in all the four years of his graduation. He then went on to do post graduation from world reknowned and orthopaedic and spine hospital in India, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitaion. He passed his DNB orthopaedics and stood first all over India and was awarded Dr. Balu Sankaran Gold Medal for the same. During his tenure at Sancheti Hospital, he got the best resident award. He got extensively trained in advanced spine management in Germany, USA, Netherlands.He did his spinal fellowship with Prof Henry Halm at Schon Klinik Neustadt, Prof Robert Phflugmacher Bonn University hospital, Germany, Dr. Behrooz Akbarania Sandiego, USA. He was awarded the prestigious SRS(Scoliosis Research Society, USA) traveling fellowship for the ear 2014 and visited two world renowned spine centers in the USA as a guest surgeon- Rady's children Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital. He has been elected as a Member of SRS (USA). Very few Indian surgeons have been elected for this prestigious post. He is also awarded with IGASS International Fellowship.He is also member of AO Spine (Swiss) Dr Kothari has performed over 2000 spine surgeries successfully. He is specially trained in spinal degenerative conditions (both cervical and Lumbar), revision spine surgeries, spinal deformities (Scoliosis and Kyphosis), Spinal Infections, spinal tumours and paediatric spine problems. He also specialises in MISS( Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries) also know as key hole spine surgeries. He has been specially trained in microscopic decompressions. Dr. Ajay Kothari has also liking for Non operative treatment for spinal ailments. In last 4 years he has a data of 225 patients who were advised surgery elsewhere were treated successfully with advanced physiotherapy and Spinal injections (cervical and lumbar selective nerve root block, epidural injections, facet blocks, radio- frequency ablations Etc)Dr. Ajay Kothari firmly believes that there is a great scope of non-operative treatment in spinal conditions. almost 90- 95% patients can be treated non-operatively. Only 4-5 patients need surgery.Dr. Ajay Kothari aspires to offer spine services both non operative and operative for patients not only from Pune or India but all across the globe.Spine Centers visited for Advanced Spine training –1. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, India 2. Sancheti institute for orthopaedics and Rehabilitation,Pune, India3. Ganga Hospial, Coimbatore, India4. Bonn University Hospital, Germany5. Shon Klinik Neustadt , Germany6. Sharp memorial hospital,sandiego, USA With Prof Behrooz Akbarania and Dr Gregory Mundis7. Rady’s children hospital, San Diego with Dr Peter Newton8. Hospital for specialised surgery , New york USA with Dr Frank Schwab and Dr Han Jo Kim9. Leatherman Spine Centre, Louisville, Kentucky, USAworked with Dr Steven Gassmann.Note : Doctor is available 1st and 3rd Tuesday in Tapadia Diagnostic Centre and 2nd and 4th Tuesday in Aarogya Aadhar Diagnostic Centre.

Aundh, Pune

Spine Surgeon

Chondhe Patil Road, Landmark: Near Spicer School, Pune

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Common questions & answers

Q: Who is an Orthopaedist?

A: An orthopaedist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the skeletal system. An orthopaedic doctor attends to any disorder or condition or injury pertaining to the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments associated with the skeletal system. These medical professionals treat conditions like arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, and leg and foot pain

Q: What is the difference between an Orthopaedist and an Orthopaedic surgeon?

A: Orthopaedists are sometimes mistakenly referred to as orthopaedic surgeons. An orthopaedist deals with conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. He provides pre-surgical consultation and post-surgical follow up. An orthopaedic surgeon provides same care as orthopaedist, but performs surgery as well. He performs surgery to cure back pain, ruptured discs, bone tumours, carpal tunnel, arthritis and other injuries.

Q: Does an Orthopaedist treat foot and ankle related problems?

A: Yes, an orthopaedist deals with musculoskeletal problems within the body. Problems related to foot and ankle fall under this category. Common foot problems like bunions, ankle sprains, arthritis, and sports injury are treated by an orthopaedist. Diagnosis of foot and ankle related problems are done through imaging tests. The mode of treatment depends on the severity of the problem.

Q: Does one need a doctor referral to see an Orthopaedist?

A: One can consult an orthopaedist by booking an appointment. Consultation with the orthopaedist is conducted in his/her clinic or at a healthcare centre. In some cases, patients go to a general physician for any condition or disorder related to the musculoskeletal system. Once preliminary investigation is done, the general physician may refer the patient to an orthopaedist for further examination.

Q: Does an Orthopaedist treat sport injuries?

A: Sport injuries are mostly related to the musculoskeletal system. Injuries like ligament tear, sprains, fractures, muscle pull, or bruises are commonly encountered in sports. An orthopaedist is the right medical doctor to consult for sport injuries. After physical examination, the orthopaedist may ask for imaging tests for confirming the extent of damage and then treat accordingly.

Awards and Recognitions

DNB Orthopaedics Gold Medalist - 2008
Awarded “Young Investigator Award”ASSICON - 2012


MBBS - Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, 2005
DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery - Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation ,Pune, 2008
MNAMS - Orthopaedics - National Board Of Examination, 2009




2011 - 2012 Coimbatore at Spine Fellow at Ganga Hospital
2012 - 2017 spine surgeon at sancheti hospital


2005/03/1674 Maharashtra Medical Council, 2005

Trainings and Certifications

FISS - University Clinic of Bonn, Germany, 2012
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