Mr Amar Saxena


MBBS, MS(Gen Surg), MCh (Neurosurg), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Surgical Neurology)

GMC number: 4390154

Practising since: 1977



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Following Neurosurgical training and working as Consultant Neurosurgeon in India, Mr Saxena moved to the United Kingdom in 1995. He completed his neurosurgical training at United Leeds Teaching Hospitals where he obtained FRCS(Eng)(1997), Specialist Accreditation(1999), FRCS Surgical Neurology)(2000) and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (2001).

Mr Saxena was appointed as a Substantive Consultant Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) in 2001. He has extensive experience as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, covering the whole spectrum of brain and spine surgery (except Paediatric and Functional).

Mr Saxena’s first ‘Total cervical disc replacement’ surgery was broadcast on BBC West Midland News on the 12 June 2007. He was also involved in a BBC Two series in 2021 covering Neurosurgery, which includes live surgery performed by Mr Saxena. (‘Hospital’, Series 7, Episode 4 - BBC Two’).

As Clinical Lead (2016-2019), Mr Saxena developed NHS Trust Guidelines for Prevention of wrong level spine surgery and GP referral of patients with back & neck pain.

Mr Saxena is currently the Regional Specialty Professional Advisor in Neurosurgery for the West Midlands (since 2014). He was also the Chairman of the Specialty Training Committee in Neurosurgery for West Midlands for 8 years (2005-12).

As a member of the Specialty Advisory Committee in Neurosurgery (2011-19), Mr Saxena was involved in monitoring standards of ‘National Neurosurgery Selection’, ‘Neurosurgery Exit Exam’ & certification of Completion of Neurosurgical Training.

Mr Saxena runs a National ST3 Simulation course in Neurosurgery annually (conceptualised & developed by him in 2016). This ‘high fidelity simulation course’ is recognised by RCS England and is part of ST3 National Curriculum.

As member of the National Neurosurgery Selection Board, Mr Saxena was involved in the ‘National recruitment of Neurosurgical trainees’ for the UK.

Mr Saxena was a member of the European Association of Neurological Societies (EANS) training committee (2012-16) and was actively involved in teaching on EANS courses.

Special interests

Mr Saxena offers consultations and management (including surgical management) for patients over 18 years, in the following sub-specialty areas.

SPINE - Degenerative cervical spine disease (disc & stenosis), Degenerative lumbar disease (disc and stenosis), Whiplash injuries involving cervical & lumbar spine, Intradural/extramedullary benign spinal tumours, Cervical spine trauma, Rheumatoid cervical spine.

NEUROVASCULAR - Management of Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), Aneurysms, Arteriovenous malformation (AVM's), cavernomas (including surgery).

BENIGN CRANIAL TUMOURS - Meningiomas, III Ventricular colloid cyst (transcallosal approach), arachnoid cyst, choroid plexus papilloma's.

Surgery for TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA, HEMIFACIAL SPASM (microvascular decompression).

CHIARY MALFORMATION (including craniocervical decompression).

ADULT HYDROCEPHALUS: Special interest in Endocopic III Ventriculostomy.

Mr Amar Saxena offers a ‘Second Opinion Consultation’ on any of the areas described above. 

Other interests

Mr A Saxena also prepares Medico-legal reports for personal injuries, whiplash injuries, injury at work and accidental injuries, if requested through solicitors.

Personal interests

Mr Saxena’s special interests are music, travelling, painting, badminton, tennis and cricket. 

He loves travelling and has covered almost all ‘Wonders of the World’. As a past member of the training committee of EANS (European Association of Neurological surgeons) and present member of the training committee of the ACNS (Asian Congress of Neurological Surgeons), he has been able to utilise teaching in Europe and Asia to explore the world. He has visited places like Brazil, Peru, Jordan, China, Japan, Egypt, Cyprus and Russia and almost the whole of Europe 

Music is his other passion. He was a lead singer in a choir group in Delhi and performed on National Television and on stage during his early medical training. He can play music on the keyboard. 

His passion for Cricket has taken him to the St Lucia and Barbados to watch Cricket World Cup 20:20 in 2010. 

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Punjabi

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Amar Saxena at Nuffield Health

  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Surgery

Locations Mr Amar Saxena works with

Related experience


Mr Saxena’s research in UK involved a phase I/II clinical trial of Photodynamic therapy for recurrent pituitary adenomas (after previous surgery and radiotherapy). It was based on the principle of selective uptake of photosensitiser substance by tumour tissue, its activation by light of appropriate wavelength, and selective destruction of tumour due to formation of singlet oxygen. 

This involved injecting a photosensitiser substance Photofrin II in to the patients, selected for the trial, 24-48 hours prior to surgery. The pituitary tumour was removed through the trans-sphenoidal approach and the tumour bed was exposed to light of appropriate wavelength (diode laser with a wavelength of 630 nm). The patients were followed up at regular intervals for clinical examination along with endocrine and radiological assessment through MRI scans. Mr Saxena was involved in giving the drug, taking samples for analysis of photofrin, the operation, light delivery to the tumour bed, follow up of patients, compiling and analysing the data. 

P V Marks, P Belchetz, A Saxena, U Igbaseikumoku, S Thomson, M Nelson, M Stringer, J A Holroyd and S B Brown.  Effect of photodynamic therapy on recurrent pituitary adenomas: clinical phase I/II trial –an early report, Br J Neurosurg  (2000) 14(4): 317-325.


  • Society of British Neurosurgeons
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • General Medical Council, UK (on GMC Specialist Register)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • Regional Specialty Professional Advisor in Neurosurgery for West Midlands (A Royal College Appointment)

Insurers Mr Amar Saxena works with

Mr Amar Saxena works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA


Mr Amar Saxena does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Amar Saxena does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Amar Saxena does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.