Naresh Kumar

Associate Professor

NRIC/Passport No.: S2766562D
Office Mailing Address: Department Of Orthopaedics, NUHS Tower Block, Level 11, National University Health Systems, National University Hospital, 1E

Kent Ridge Road, Singapore-119228

Current Position

Associate Professor and Senior Consultant
Director of Undergraduate Education

Academic qualifications

MB BS December 1986
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

MS (Orth) December 1989
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

DNB (Orth) June 1990
National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

FRCS Ed October 1992
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

FRCS (Orth & trauma) March 1997
Intercollegiate Board in Orthopaedics.

DM (Orthopaedics – Spinal Surgery)
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Dec 2006: Awarded a DM degree for my thesis on – "Morphometric and Biomechanical Evaluation of Deer Thoracic & Lumbar Spine", with a view to develop a model for spinal implant testing.

The thesis was a result of work carried out at the Biomechanics laboratory University of Nottingham. The thesis has been forwarded to the medical devices agency.

Research interests


  • Metastatic Spinal Diseases
  • Spinal Biomechanics
  • Blood loss in spinal and Orthopaedics surgery
  • Adjunct treatment for metastatic spinal diseases
  • Pain pathway and generation in spine


  • Curriculum & assessment standardization
  • Development of instructional video in Orthopaedics clinical examination
  • Aptitude assessment in surgical training & teaching

Publications in the last 5 years(selected)

  1. Are we ready for transfusing intraoperative salvaged blood in metastatic spine tumour surgery? Kumar N, Ahmed Q, Lee V et al. European Spine Journal. 2015 Impact factor: 2.7
  2. Flow Cytometric evaluation of the use of Intraoperative Salvaged Blood filtered with Leucocyte Depletion Filter in Metastatic Spine Tumour Surgery. Kumar N, Lam R, Zaw AS et al. Ann Surg Oncol. 21:4330-4335, 2014. Impact factor: 4.21
  3. Can There be a Place for Intraoperative Salvaged Blood in Spine Tumor Surgery? Kumar N, Ahmed Q, Lee VK, Chen Y, Zaw AS, Goy R, et al. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014;21:2436-43.Impact factor: 4.21
  4. Use of intraoperative cell-salvage for autologous blood transfusions in metastatic spine tumour surgery: a systematic review. Kumar N, Chen Y, Zaw AS, Nayak D,Ahmed Q,Soong R,Wong HK. Lancet Oncology. 2014;15: e33-41., Impact Factor: 22.59
  5. Blood loss in spinal tumour surgery and surgery for metastatic spinal disease: a meta-analysis. Chen Y, Tai BC, Nayak D, Kumar N et al: Bone Joint J 95-B:683-688, 2013, Impact Factor: 2.832
  6. Blood transfusion in major spine surgery: What is the role of Autologous Blood transfusion? N Kumar, Yongsheng Chen, Eugene Liu, Chinmoy Nath. American Journal Of Orthopedics, 2012; 41(6)E89-E95.
  7. Resistive Straight Leg Raise Test, Resistive Forward Bend Test and Heel Compression Test - Novel techniques in identifying secondary gain motives in low back pain cases. N Kumar, Sujith Indeewera Wijerathne, Julian Lim, Barry Tan, Chinmay Nath, Liang Shen. Eur Spine J. 2012 Nov; 21(11):2280-6. Impact Factor: 1.96
  8. Acute cord compression secondary to spinal relapse of testicular seminoma. Ng Yau Hong, Henry Sun Sien Ho, Naresh Kumar. BMJ case reports. 2013
  9. An acute abdomen in a patient with central cord syndrome and spondylodiscitis. Malhotra R, Ee G, Kumar N. BMJ case reports. 2013
  10. Cervical foraminal selective nerve root block: a ‘two-needle technique’ with results. Naresh Kumar, Gowda V. European Spine Journal, 2008 April, 17: 576-584
  11. Analysis of stress distribution in lumbar interbody fusion. Naresh Kumar, J. Meakin, A. Kumar, V. Mishra, R.C. Mulholland. Spine, 2005 Aug, 30(15): 1731-1735
  12. Scoliosis in cystic fibrosis: Is it idiopathic? Naresh Kumar, S. Balachandran, P.A. Millner, S.P. Conway, J. M. Littlewood and R.A. Dickson. Spine, 2004 Sept, 29(18): 1990-1995

Scientific Awards

Kostuik Innovation Award (ISASS13 – Vancouver Canada):
"Eliminating Tumour Cells from the Cell Saver (CS) in Metastatic Spine Tumour Surgery Using a Leucocyte Depletion Filter (LDF): Dispelling an Old Myth" has been selected best paper award at The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS13) in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 3-5, 2013.

Faculty Excellence Teaching Award (2010-2011) [NUS – Singapore]
Awarded the best and the only surgical teacher receiving the excellence award for 2010-2011 for contribution to undergraduate teaching.

Best Paper Award (ASSI Conference 2009)
Awarded the best paper award for podium presentation at ‘SRS & ASSI Conference 2009’ held in Chennai, India, in Jan 2009. Award presented by John Kostuik.

Best Clinical Poster Presentation Award 2015
Awarded at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) in San Francisco, USA – 8th – 12th June 2015. The title of the presentation is ‘Metastatic spine tumour surgery: A comparative study of minimally invasive approach using percutaneous pedicle screws fixation versus open approach’.

Best of Outside-Europe Award 2015
Awarded at the Annual Spinal Congress (EUROSPINE) in Copenhagen, Denmark – 2nd – 4th September 2015. The title of the presentation is ‘Flowcytometric Evaluation of Intraoperative Salvaged Blood Filtered with Leucocyte Depletion Filter in Metastatic Spine Tumour Surgery’.