Mr Alexander Montgomery is a private Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in London specialising in back and spine conditions. Mr Montgomery is Regional lead of Spinal Surgery for the North East London and Essex region. He set up the Spinal Unit at Barts Health and led the department for 10 years. He has overseen the growth of the department to a large multidisciplinary team which treats major trauma, acute and degenerative conditions, complex deformities, tumours and tuberculosis. Barts Health is now the largest spinal trauma unit in the UK, and serves a population of more than 5 million people.
Mr Montgomery has a keen interest in innovation within spinal surgery. He uses minimally invasive and other modern techniques such as robotics, and is involved in developing future technology which will be used in spinal surgery. Mr Montgomery has a strong relationship with the best rehab specialists in London and is a firm believer in the benefits of movement, exercise, Pilates, and strength and conditioning. He is involved academically in physio led Pilates and strength and conditioning based research. He uses this in his practice not only to help prevent surgical intervention, but also to optimise patients before and after surgery, and guide them to their activity goals.
Mr Montgomery treats a range of patients from the older adult with degenerative conditions, to the young, city workers, and elite athletes. He has treated Olympic gold medalists, professional boxing champions, international rugby players, and team GB cyclists.
Areas of expertise
- Back and spine
- Multidisciplinary back pain management
- Minimally invasive surgery for spinal conditions
- Acute spinal conditions (disc prolapse, sciatica, arm/neck pain)
- Complex spinal procedures / spinal deformity
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative spinal conditions – lumbar/thoracic/cervical
- Spinal sports injuries and trauma
- Spinal fractures
- Back pain
Current and recent appointments
Publications, lectures and teachings
Mr Montgomery is an honorary senior lecturer at Queen Mary University and has presented papers across the globe from the USA to Europe and Australasia. He has held courses in Madrid, Valencia and other European Cities, and been faculty for numerous courses and conferences nationally and abroad. He has been regular faculty for AO Spine Middle East and has chaired conferences on minimal access surgery in the region. He won the best presentation poster award at the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) and has featured in both Spine News International and the London Evening Standard on a number of occasions. He has been an invited speaker internationally at Euro Spine (conference), in Philadelphia (Rothman Institute), Seattle (Washington State University), Las Vegas, and most recently in Zurich (Switzerland). He has presented papers at the North American Spine Society, Global Spine Congress, and British Spine Societies. He is responsible for initiating Spinal research at Barts Health and has involved the Hospital in a number of multi centre trails.