Dr Shekhar Bhojraj

Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj


Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj is the first dedicated specialized spine surgeon in India. He was the first doctor and surgeon in India who decided to dedicate himself to spine care, and in the process gave birth to the super-specialty that doctors have since followed and practiced.
After passing out from Mumbai’s KEM Medical College, he practiced there as an orthopedic surgeon. His increasing interest in the growing field of spine care made him travel across the world to learn more about it. Eventually, he decided to focus on the spine and set up India’s first specialized spine unit at KEM Hospital. The spine unit was doing excellent work but more resources were needed for research and development.

As this unit was financed by the government, there were limitations. So when he received an offer from Hinduja Hospital to set up a dedicated spine unit in their facility, Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj saw it as an excellent opportunity to access more money for spine research. Hinduja became the first private hospital to house a super-specialty in India.

But, Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj was not happy only catering to the rich and wanted to offer the same services to the underprivileged as well. Thus was born the Spine Foundation with an aim to quality healthcare affordable to everyone.

Dr Abhay Nene

Dr. Abhay Nene


Dr. Abhay Nene, an alumnus of TN Medical College, graduated as a medical doctor in 1995, and later completed his postgraduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998 from Mumbai University. His main training in the subspecialty of Spine Surgery was in Mumbai with the Spine Foundation, with Dr. Bhojraj as the chief mentor, since 1999.

He also visited multiple centers across the world including Singapore, USA, UK, and Germany, and was awarded multiple international fellowships during his days as a spine trainee. Dr. Nene was awarded the ‘Asia Pacific Educator of the Year 2017-18’ by the AO Spine International board and currently holds the position of AO Asia Pacific Chair Elect for the 2022-2025 term.

He currently practices as a Spine Surgeon attached to various hospitals in Mumbai. His areas of special interest are pediatric spinal deformity, spinal tumor reconstruction, tuberculosis, and the osteoporotic spine.

Dr Sheetal Mohite

Dr. Sheetal Mohite


Dr. Sheetal Mohite completed his basic medical education at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune University in 1995. After his internship, he chose to pursue orthopedics. He did his Diploma in Orthopaedics at Pravara Rural Medical College, Loni, Pune University in 1998. He also is a Diplomate of National Board, New Delhi in the field of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Mohite also has some spine training fellowships at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry and at University Hospital, Cardiff and also at Stanmore in the United Kingdom. He also trained in the Advanced Trauma Centre, Leipzig, Germany. He was chosen for the Global Outreach Fellowship program for the Scoliosis Research Society meeting in Miami, USA in 2005.

Under the auspices of Dr. Richard Fessler, he also had exposure to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, USA.

He presently is Consultant Spine Surgeon at Shushrusha Citizens’ Cooperative Hospital (Dadar & Vikhroli), Mangal Anand Hospital, Chembur, SL Raheja – A Fortis Associate Hospital at Mahim, Lilavati hospital at Bandra and HN reliance hospital in south Mumbai.

Dr Raghuprasad Varma

Dr. Raghuprasad Varma


Dr Raghuprasad Varma completed his basic medical education at the Grant Medical College in Mumbai.

Thereafter, he did his MS in Orthopaedics at the Bombay Hospital, Mumbai. He also is a Diplomate of National Board, New Delhi in the field of Orthopaedics.

His interest in spine surgery led him to pursue it as a super-speciality since 2001. He worked as a spine fellow and later as an associate spine surgeon at the Spine Clinic at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai under the guidance of Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj.

Dr. Varma is a consultant spine surgeon at reputed premier hospitals in Mumbai including Dr. LH Hiranandani Hospital, Fortis Hospitals, Apollo Hospital and Reliance Hospital.
He is also a visiting spine surgeon in the Sudheendra Medical Hospital, kochi

He has been faculty in multiple international and national forums and has multiple publications to his credit .

He is one of the Director s of the Vinamra health care LLP, providing spine services to the twin city of New Bombay

Dr. Varma has had multiple fellowships for advanced spine training at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry and at University Hospital, Cardiff, Stanmore in the United Kingdom and Advanced Trauma Centre, Leipzig, Germany. He has also worked in the Department of Spine at the National University Hospital, Singapore.
He has had training in minimally invasive spine surgery at the Rush Hospital, Chicago, USA

Spine healthcare services with adult degenerative and paediatric spine reconstructions are his special interests.

Dr Premik Nagad

Dr. Premik Nagad


Dr. Premik Nagad did his basic medical education and Diploma in Orthopaedics in Bijapur, Karnataka and at Shri BM Patil Medical. After his diploma in Orthopaedics, he earned his Diplomate of National Board in Orthopaedics at Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences at Thiruvalla, Kerala. In 2008, he joined Dr. Abhay Nene as an observer and gradually became a clinical fellow and eventually an associate spine surgeon whose job responsibilities included coordinating surgeries as well as fellowships. In 2012, he joined Dr. Bhojraj as an associate and coordinator of Spine Foundation Fellowships.

By 2015, Dr, Nagad became an independent consultant spine surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital and a year later at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He is a consultant at Breach Candy Trust Hospital Currently, he is a trustee at the Spine Foundation and other than his professional commitments in Mumbai, he also coordinates the fellowship program and the Regional Spine Care Centres all over Maharashtra and India for reaching out to the underserved population for spine care.

Dr Priyank Patel

Dr. Priyank Patel


Designer, Adventure Sports enthusiast, physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, social worker; seems like a panel of five different people but in reality it is one individual who has donned many hats at various phases of his life. Dr. Priyank Patel is young, dynamic and leads a team of future physicians, changing the landscape of how medicine is preached, practised and perceived. He specialises in surgical and non-surgical management of spine related disorders with subspecialty in spine tumours.

Dr. Patel has done his fellowship at Dr. Shekhar Bhojraj’s Spine Foundation. He also has extensive international training from coveted spine institutions in complex surgical procedures like Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Microsurgery, Athletic Spinal Injuries and motion-preserving procedures including artificial hip replacement. Dr. Patel has treated professional athletes from the Indian National Cricket Team as well as people from the film industry and enabled them to perform at their peak form inspite of injuries. His command over his subject and skilled surgical expertise has made him a favourite in the international circuit.