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Mr Michael Mokawem Mr Michael Mokawem

Mokawem, Mr Michael

  • Position: Consultant Spinal Surgeon
  • Qualifications: FRCS (Tr&Orth), MRCS, MBChB
  • Specialty: Paediatric spine deformity and back pain, Complex spinal surgery, Minimally invasive spinal surgery, Computer navigated and robotic surgery, Back pain management, Disc prolapse and sciatica, Cervical stenosis, Spinal deformity, Sacroiliac joint pain, Facet joint denervation


Mr Mokawem is a consultant spinal surgeon, specialising in all aspects of spinal surgery with a particular interest in paediatric and adult spine deformities. He advises on non-operative and operative management and supports patients in making fully informed decisions. He uses minimally invasive techniques, computer navigated surgery, robotic surgery and traditional open techniques as appropriate. His paediatric scoliosis practice encompasses the full repertoire of management strategies including vertebral body tethering in selective cases.

Mr Mokawem completed the prestigious National Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2018. This is a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship which covers the breadth of spinal surgery and the full spectrum of spinal conditions in both paediatric and adult patients. Additionally, he completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the internationally recognised Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 2017. This included minimally invasive and computer navigated surgery with Mr Robert Lee, paediatric deformity surgery with Mr Jan Lehovsky and spinal tumour surgery with Mr Hanny Anwar.

He undertook an educational visit in September 2018 to the Eifelklinik in Germany to learn about vertebral body tethering.

Mr Mokawem has presented at national and international spine surgery conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals. He is passionate about teaching and is a faculty member for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Advanced Trauma Life Support and Training the Trainers courses.

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  • National Spine Surgery Fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 2018
  • Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Fellowship at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – 2017
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty Registrar Training, Health Education England Yorkshire and The Humber: 2011 – 2017.
  • FRCS (Tr&Orth) RCSEng - 2016
  • MRCS RCSEng – 2009
  • Diploma in Anaesthesia – 2005
  • MBChB -1999

Research Interests:

  • Interbody Fusion Rates
  • Vertebral body tethering
  • Activity Tracking in Spinal Surgery

Procedures/treatment to be undertaken:

  • Paediatric scoliosis correction
  • Minimally invasive interbody fusions
  • Minimally invasive posterior fusions
  • Computer navigated spine surgery
  • Lumbar spine decompressions
  • Lumbar discectomies
  • Cervical spine decompressions and fusions
  • Robotic spine surgery
  • Vertebral body tethering
  • Sacroiliac joint fusions
  • Facet joint denervation / Rhizolysis

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