Mr Ashok Subramanian


MBBS, D.Orth, DNB Orth, MRCS Ed, FRCS Ed (Tr & Orth)

GMC number: 6052648

Practising since: 1998


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr Subramanian is dual fellowship trained and certified in Orthopaedic spine and Neurospine surgery. He has completed the prestigious Central London Spinal Fellowship program at Guys & St. Thomas’ Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square.  He also completed his National Scottish Spinal Deformity Fellowship in Edinburgh and is formally trained in Adult and Paediatric complex deformity corrections including all forms of spinal osteotomies.

Mr Subramanian treats all conditions of the spine from cranio-vertebral junction to sacrum including trauma, tumour, infection, deformity and degenerative disorders in adult and paediatric patients. His special interests are Spinal Deformity, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Spinal Deformity.

He was also a Specialist Advisor to NICE for Spinal surgery.

Mr Subramanian is one of only a few surgeons able to perform Endoscopic Spine Surgery in the UK. He has established this practice in Taunton and has set up Musgrove Park Hospital as a reference centre for endoscopic spine surgery. He is a Proctor, teacher and mentor to several spinal surgeons in the UK/Europe and Asia to help set up their endoscopic spine practice. He is interested in teaching and is a Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Plymouth. He has played roles at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bristol and is a Regional Surgical Ambassador for the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and continues to guide medical students and aspiring trainee doctors towards a career in Surgery.

Special interests

Minimally invasive spine surgery, Endoscopic spine surgery, Degenerative cervical/ lumbar spine surgery and Spinal Deformity Surgery.

Personal interests

Mr Subramanian enjoys playing cricket, having played competitive cricket in India and UK, he also likes badminton, tennis and travelling around the country side. He has a love of nature and enjoys cycling around Taunton and the hills.

His wife is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and he has two boys aged twelve and nineteen.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Ashok Subramanian at Nuffield Health

  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Manipulation under anaesthesia (MUA)
  • Removal of spinal hardware
  • Spinal anaesthetic
  • Spinal (lumbar) Decompression
  • Facet joint injections
  • Medial facetectomy
  • Bone Graft
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Osteotomy
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • X-Ray Guided Facet Joint Injection
  • Nerve surgery
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Laminectomy
  • Epidural injection for pain relief
  • Interspinous implant
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Image guided joint injections
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Excision of spinal tumours
  • Dorsal root ganglion block
  • Cervical Disc Replacement

Locations Mr Ashok Subramanian works with

Related experience


Lumbar Spine Radiographs – is it time for widespread adoption of postero anterior projection? Green C, Karnati G, Thomson K, Subramanian A, Br J of Radiology 2019;92:20190386

A randomised controlled trial of transforaminal endoscopic discectomy vs microdiscectomy, Gibson JN, Subramanian AS, Scott CEH, European Spine Journal, March 2017, Vol 26, Issue 3, 847 – 856

Smartphone apps for spinal surgery: is technology good or evil?, Robertson GA, Wong SJ, Brady RR, Subramanian AS, Eur Spine J. 2015 Apr 14. [Epub ahead of print] 

Posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis: clinical outcomes and predictive radiological factors for extension of fusion distal to caudal end vertebra, Roberts SB, Tsirikos AI, Subramanian AS, Bone Joint J. 2014 Aug;96-B(8):1082-9.  

Endoscopic transnasal surgery as a replacement for maxillotomy techniques to approach the central skull base: fewer complications and more acceptable to patients?, Choi D, Subramanian A, Elwell V, Andrews P, Roberts D, Gleeson M, J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2014 Jun;75(3):165-70. Epub 2014  

Posterior spinal arthrodesis for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using pedicle screw instrumentation: does a bilateral or unilateral screw technique affect surgical outcome?, Tsirikos AI, Subramanian AS, J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012 Dec;94(12):1670-7. 

Septic shock after posterior spinal arthrodesis on a patient with Scheuermann kyphosis and multiple body piercings, Tsirikos AI, Subramanian AS, Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Oct 15;36(22):E1497-500 


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • British Scoliosis Society
  • AO Spine

Other posts held

  • Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
  • Visiting Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Jersey General Hospital, Channel Islands

Insurers Mr Ashok Subramanian works with

Mr Ashok Subramanian works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Cigna
  • Simplyhealth
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • CS Healthcare
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Benenden Health


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

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

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