The Spinal Team

The spinal team offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to emergency and elective spinal care.

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This team consists of two innovative Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeons, Specialist Spinal Physiotherapists, Consultant Radiologists, Rheumatology Consultants, Pain Management consultants, Specialist Nurse Practitioners and a Consultant Neurosurgeon. In addition to our robust core multidisciplinary team we work closely with many other Professionals and have strong links with neighbouring specialist hospitals such as Queens and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. This joint working allows us to draw on the unique expertise and skills of each profession to ensure that we provide a holistic approach to patient care which has been proven to result in more effective treatment and management of spinal conditions.

This specialist service can help with the management of a range of different conditions from 'slipped discs', spinal stenosis, spinal deformities to infections or tumours.

Surgical procedures

  • Caudal Epidural injection
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Decompressions
  • Cervical Discectomies
  • Cervical Decompression and Fusion
  • Thoracic and Lumbar spine Decompression
  • Thoracic and Lumbar spine discectomy
  • Thoracic and Lumbar spine fusion
  • Vertebral body Augmentation (vertebralplasty/kyphoplasty/stenoplasty)

 (see 'useful documents' for further information on these procedures)

Meet the team

sillouetteMr Zaher Dannawi FRCS (Tr &Orth)

Consultant Spinal & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Clinical Interests:

Trauma & Orthopaedics with a special interest in Spinal Surgery.

Mr Dannawi has specialist interest in adult and paediatric spinal conditions including degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal deformity, trauma, infection and tumours of the spine.

As a spinal surgeon, Mr Dannawi performs the following procedures regularly: microdiscectomy for disc prolapse, spinal decompression for spinal stenosis, cervical discectomy with fusion/disc replacement, lumbar fusion (anterior, posterior and intervertebral), cement augmentation (kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty) for osteoporotic fractures or spinal tumours and stabilisation for trauma or tumours.

Academic Background:

Mr Dannawi joined Barts & The London to complete his medical qualification in 1999. Following basic surgical training in London, he carried out his specialist registrar training in Trauma & Orthopaedics on the North East Thames (Royal London Rotation). Following his FRCS (Tr & Orth) exam, he undertook his spinal fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore where he gained an excellent surgical experience across the full range of spinal procedures.

From here Mr Dannawi took up the position of Orthopaedic and Spinal consultant at Southend University Hospital, where he is actively involved in the development and expansion of the spinal unit to provide a high quality spinal care. He has an academic interest having published in peer review journals and presented at national and international meetings. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and junior doctors and is an author of a spinal chapter in an orthopaedic textbook.

sillouetteMr Abuamar Zaiden
Consultant Spinal & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Clinical Interests:

To come

Academic Background:

To come

sillouettePaul Manjaly (BSc Hons MHCPC MCSP)
Specialist Spinal Chartered Physiotherapist

Clinical Interests:

Paul Manjaly is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in spinal conditions 

Academic Background:

Paul Manjaly trained in India worked in the states for 4 years before moving to the UK and joining Southend University Hospital where he enhanced his skills to be able to deal with complex spinal conditions.

Additional Skills Extended Skills straining

  • Acupuncture
  • Independent Prescriber
  • Injection Therapist


Stephanie Carey (BSc Hons MHCPC MCSP)
Clinical Lead in Hydrotherapy / IT MSK Project Lead / Chartered Physiotherapist

Clinical Interest

Stephanie Carey is a Clinical Lead physiotherapist with 14 years' experience in the rehabilitation of post-operative spinal patients. She is also the clinical lead in Hydrotherapy which is part of Lumbar spine surgery rehabilitation.

Academic Background:

Stephanie Carey trained to be a physiotherapist at Brunel University and started working at Southend Hospital in 2004. Specialising in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy in

Addition Skills / Extended Skills

  • Acupuncture
  • Injection therapist
  • Hydrotherapy (Aquatic therapy)
  • Maitland Trained
  • Full Mckenzie training
  • Mulligans

Useful documents