​Indian Spinal Injuries Centre—New Delhi, India

Department of Spine Surgery
Sector-C, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi
110070, India


Spine Center Director: Harvinder Singh Chhabra

Team member:
Kalidutta Das 
B. Mohapatra
M.L. Bansal
Vikas Tandon
Ankur Nanda
Gururaj Sangondimath 
Neeraj Gupta 
Tarush Rustagi 
Rajat Mahajan

Center description

The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has been set up under MOU between the Government of India and Italy. San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, implemented the proposal on behalf of Italian Government. Today it is a model institution comparable to the best in the world.The philosophy and guiding principle of ISIC is to provide medical treatment to everybody irrespective of their paying capability. This is a hospital with heart and soul - a place that aims to provide world class standards personalized health care and helps its patients feel “the joy of living through”. It is registered under Society Registration Act and Founder Chairman was Mr. H.C. Sarin. Currently its Chairman is Major HPS Ahluwalia who is a war veteran of Indo-Pak war of 1965 and scaled Mount Everest on May 29, 1965. Hospital was started in 1996 and is today a  178 bedded super specialty, tertiary care hospital focusing mainly on spine, orthopaedics, rheumatology, sports medicine and joint replacement, neuro-sciences. It has a world class rehabilitation centre including hydrotherapy. It also has cardiology, general medicine, general surgery as support services. It has the latest state-of-the-art diagnostics and surgical equipment and a highly qualified team of doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, who have all been trained at the world's best institutions. ISIC has become a major referral centre. Its patients come not only from across India, but from all over the world.

ISIC has a 8 bedded emergency department, 18 bedded ICU and 5 state-of-the-art operation theatres for conducting various procedures and surgeries. It also runs postgraduate program in orthopaedics, spine and anesthesia. It runs 6 masters courses in occupational therapy (neurology), physiotherapy (musculoskeletal, sports, cardiopulmonary, neurology) as well as prosthetics & orthotics.

ISIC also does pioneering clinical and basic research having done country’s first two human trials on cellular therapy for SCI with approval of Indian Council of Medical Research and monitored by International Steering Committee. It had tie ups with National Institute of Disability & Rehabilitation Research, Ministry of Education, USA for a 4-year research project. Under a joint research project with University of Pittsburgh, a research project for developing a low cost motorized wheelchair suitable for Indian conditions was undertaken. ISIC is also spearheading ASCoN Pilot Project (IDAPP) for ISCOS database.

ISIC has following awards and accolades to its credit in 2015:

  • Best Single Specialty Hospital Award by INDO-US Global Healthcare Organization
  • Best Spine Hospital by Med Achievers
  • Most Patient Friendly Hospital Award by AHPI

ISIC has following awards and accolades to its credit in 2016:

  • ASSI Clinical Research Award - 2016
  • SCS Gold Medal Award for Best Poster Presentation - 2016
  • Spinal Cord Society Best Poster Presentation Award - 2016

ISIC has following awards and accolades to its credit in 2017:

  • Best Orthopedic, Spine & Neuromuscular Surgical Centre in Delhi & NCR
  • Best Patient Friendly Hospital
  • Single Specilaity (Ortho & Spine) Hospital of Year
  • Double Helical National Health Award by Double Helical Magazine from Union Health Minister J P Nadda on 29th May, 2017
  • ASSI Basic Sciences Award - 2017
  • ASSI Clinical Research Award - 2017
  • AOSAP Research Award on “Effectiveness of various diagnostic and management tools for the treatment/management of people with Pott’s spine in India-a prospective, observational cohort study
  • Six Sigma Healthcare Excellence Award

ISIC has following awards and accolades to its credit in 2018

  • Felicitation by Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare for immense contribution to the realm of medicine and(or) growth of the institution on 27th April 2018. 
  • Excellence in Spine & Orthopedics Award organized by India News Healthcare Awards 2018 from The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, on 10th April 2018.

Vision statement of ISIC

  • To strive to become the first choice as a comprehensive spinal and orthopaedic healthcare provider in North India.
  • To reach the lives of thousands of newly spinal injured every year by providing medical excellence through both scientific expertise and compassionate therapy.
  • To foster a culture of education in all of our activities and supporting exemplary health sciences research and development in an environment which is both ethical and respectful of others.
  • Utmost dedication to providing quality, value driven health care to all we serve through education, outreach, and other innovative services in spine and other spinal ailments.
  • Globally strengthening our relationships through affiliation with renowned institutions of higher learning; offering technological advances and modern facilities.

Mission statement of ISIC

  • At Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, our aim is to restore hope and joy in the heart of every patient with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence, patient safety and an unparalleled dedication to assure exemplary physical, emotional and spiritual care.

Most frequent pathologies

TLIF - 1 level, nerve root block - 1 level, posterior pedicle screw fixation - 2 levels, laminoforaminotomy - 1 level

Most frequent surgical procedures

L4-L5 TLIF, endoscopic discectomy, transpedicular decompression and fixation for thoracolumbar Pott's Spine

Number of cases
Number of cases per year: 
Number of instrumented cases per year: 

Total estimated number of procedures:

• Cervical deformity
• Cervical trauma 
• Cervical tumor 
• Chronic Pain
• Degenerative cervical spine 
• Degenerative lumbar spine 
• Dysraphic conditions 
• Osteporotic spine
• Navigation procedures
• Sacrectomy
• Special procedures
• Spinal cord Injury
• Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
• Thoracic & lumbar tumor 
• Thoracolumbar deformity 

Other techniques performed:

• Stem cell research
• All procedures for tuberculosis spine
• Corpectomies, abscess drainage
• Posterior decompression for dorsal myelopathy
• Transpedicular biopsies
• Nerve and facet blocks
• Cervical disc replacement
• Lumbar decompressions
• Thoracic disc disease


1710 - 1898 cases per year

32 - 50 per year  
60 - 80 per year 
22 - 35 per year 
7 per year
156 - 207 per year
505 - 565 per year
40 - 50 per year 
60 - 65 per year
47 - 55 per year
0 - 1 per year
130 - 132 per year
11 per year 
235 per year 
290 per year 
115 per year

Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in
Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 8 – 10