Mr Rathnam Sundaram

MB ChB, BSc (Hons), MRCS (Ed), FRCS Ed (Tr &Orth)


Mr Rathnam Sundaram graduated from University of Leeds Medical School in 1998 also gaining a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1995. After completing his house jobs in Leeds he moved to the Mersey Region where he undertook his Basic Surgical Training, knee research fellowship and High Surgical Training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery from 1999-2009.

Having gained a wide experience in trauma and orthopaedic surgery Mr Sundaram found spinal surgery the most fascinating and undertook two spinal fellowships at the world famous spinal unit at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham and at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital in 2009 and 2010. Mr Sundaram has been appointed to Gloucester NHS Foundation Trust in September 2010 and Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital.

Mr Sundaram specialist interests are in all aspects of spinal surgery as well as general trauma. Mr Sundaram philosophy is to base his management around the unique individual needs of the patient.

Mr Sundaram treats a wide range of spinal conditions affecting the whole spine. Some of the most common spinal conditions are listed.  If you are suffering from a spine problem, even if it is not on the list, please get in touch to see how he can help.


  • Weekly Monday PM
  • Bi Weekly Friday PM


Current posts

  • Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic and Spine Consultant, Gloucester Royal Hospital


Other interests

  • Cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Degenerative lumbar spine and scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis and Spinal Instability
  • Metastatic spinal tumours
  • General trauma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Coccydinia

Personal interests

Sports particularly running and tennis.

Member of

  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Mr Sundaram has done a considerable amount of research over the years and has over 50 papers, abstracts and national and international presentations in various orthopaedic specialties. He has written a book chapter in the ABC of Spinal Disorders. Mr Sundaram is also an invited reviewer for the journal Acta Orthopaedica.


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

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

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