Hanny Anwar

Consultant Spinal Surgeon


Mr Hanny Anwar is a top private Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in London specialising in neck, back and spine conditions. He was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in 2013, where he is currently the Divisional Clinical Director of Specialist Surgery, the Clinical Lead for Spinal Surgery as well as being the Clinical Lead for Spinal Tumours.  He has sat on the board of London Cancer for Acute Oncology concerning metastatic spinal cord compression. Mr. Anwar is also one of the lead surgeons for the National Priority Setting Partnership regarding Spinal Sarcoma. 

The RNOH was the first hospital in the UK to install computer-assisted spinal navigation to its operating theatres and Mr Anwar has benefited from the experience, more recently also including the use of spinal operating robots. This has ensured that his practice encompasses the most modern, minimally invasive, effective, and safe techniques to achieve the best possible outcome for his patients. He has a background in orthopaedic spinal surgery including both paediatric and adult spinal deformity having trained at the Evelina Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where he is now appointed as a consultant. But his fellowship training also encompassed neurosurgical spinal surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. 

In addition to surgical options, Mr Anwar has an established interest in the non-surgical management of spinal conditions such as sciatica, neck, and back pain complemented by steroid injections and rehabilitation while maintaining a sensible approach to surgical intervention when it is appropriate to do so. 

If surgery is appropriate Mr Anwar puts forward the least invasive techniques possible without sacrificing the overall outcome. 

Mr Anwar's research interests are in primary spinal tumours, minimally invasive spinal metastasis treatment, and safety in spinal surgery.

Areas of expertise

  • Back and spine conditions and surgery
  • Spinal oncology
  • Non-surgical and surgical management of acute spinal conditions (sciatica, disc prolapse, arm pain, back and neck pain)
  • Spinal deformity
  • Minimally invasive (keyhole) spinal surgery

Current and recent appointments

  • The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Publications, lectures and teachings


Current Trends in Spine and Pelvis Sarcoma Treatment – The Royal Society of Medicine – 25.03.2023
Co-convenor of ORUK Spine Course 2021 and 2022 delivering the following lectures:

  • Paediatric Deformity and Syndromes
  • Spine Infections and Tumours
  • Approaches to the Spine

Minimally Invasive options in Metastatic Spinal Surgery: Medtronic/ Eurospine

Primary Spinal Tumours: UCL MSc Course


1. Test yourself answer to question: Incidental L5S1 facet finding on MRI. Rajakulasingam R., Lindasay D., Anwar H., Saifuddin A., Muthukumar T. Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Apr; 50(4): 841-842.
2. Kaposiform Haemangioendothelioma in the Thoracic Spine: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Kelechi E., Anwar H. Int J Spine Surg. 2020 Jun 30;14(3): 426-432.
3. Assessment of Corrosion in Retrieved Spine Implants. Panagiotopoulou V., Hothi H., Henckel J., Anwar H.A., Molloy S., Tucker S., Sutcliffe J., Skinner J., Hart A. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. 2018 Feb; 106(2):632-638.
4. Clinical and retrieval evidence for corrosion of spine implants. Panagiotopoulou V., Hothi H., Henckel J., Anwar H.A., Molloy S., Tucker S., Sutcliffe J., Skinner J., Hart A.  Spinal Surgery News Feature; October 2016.
5. Reply to letter concerning “Segmental Pelvic Correlation SPeC): a novel approach to understanding sagittal plane spinal alignment”. Butler J.S., Anwar H.A., Molloy S. Spine Journal 2016 Sep;16(9):1159-60.
6. Cervical Myelopathy. Ayub A.A., Anwar H.A. Orthopaedics and Trauma. Dec 2015; Vol 29(6): 399-407.
7. Segmental Pelvic Correlation (SPeC): A Novel approach to understanding sagittal plane alignment. Anwar H.A., Butler J.S., Yarashi T., Rajakulendran K., Molloy S. The Spine Journal 15(12); Sep 2015. 
8. Surgical Percutaneous Biopsy of Discitis and Vertebral Osteomyelitis is Significantly better than CT guided biopsy in identifying the Causative Organism. Popa R., Magnano L., Anwar H., Wilson L. The Spine Journal. Mar 2015
9. Risk Factors for Long term Neurological Deficit following intraoperative monitoring alerts: do interventions change the outcome? Anwar H., Stevenson F., Molloy S. The Spine Journal. Mar 2015.
10. Hookplate versus tightrope for injuries at the lateral end of the clavicle. Anwar H., Wood L., Bagley C. Wilson D., Haddo O. Journal of Biomechanics. 43 Supp 1:S5, June 2010.
11. The effects of heavy metals from total hip replacement wear debris on bacterial growth. Anwar, H. A. 1; Hart, A. J. 2; Visuvanathan, S. 1; Aldam, C. H. 1.Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 91-B Sup 2:300, 2009.
12. Circulating levels of cobalt and chromium from metal-on-metal hip replacement are associated with CD8+ T-cell lymphopenia. Hart, A. J.; Skinner, J. A.; Winship, P.; Faria, N.; Kulinskaya, E.; Webster, D.; Muirhead-Allwood, S.; Aldam, C. H.; Anwar, H.; Powell, J. J. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 91-B(6):835-842, June 2009.
13. Cauda equina syndrome versus saddle embolism. Shaw A; Anwar H; Targett J; Lafferty K. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 90(6):W1-W3, September 2008.
14. Removing symptomatic gallstones at their first emergency presentation. Anwar, Hanny A; Ahmed, Qmar A; Bradpiece, Howard A. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 90(5):394-397, July 2008.
15. The effect of metal ions in solution on bacterial growth compared with wear particles from hip replacements. Anwar, H. A.; Aldam, C. H.; Visuvanathan, S.; Hart, A. J. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 89-B(12):1655-1659, December 2007.
16. Individually packed sterile screws increase operative time in orthopaedic surgery: A cause for concern?  H.A. Anwar, U. Mufti, A. Mathew and N. Saw. Injury Extra Volume 39, Issue 5, May 2008, Pages 162-163
17. A prospective study comparing angle stable internal fixation of distal radius fractures with K-wiring and plaster immobilisation. Anwar H.A., Hossain N., Talwalker N., Saw N. Injury Extra, Volume 39, Issue 5, May 2008, Pages 188-189

Society memberships

  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • British Scoliosis Society
  • SICOT – Former Spine Committee member

Contact details

To find out more, or to arrange an appointment please call 0203 195 2442. 

Secretary details:
0203 929 1061

Practice location:
Fortius Clinic London

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