Mr John Leach

Consultant Neurosurgeon

MA BM BCh FRCS (Neuro Surg)

Year qualified:1998

Specialty

Personal profile

Mr John Leach is Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery in Manchester. In his NHS practice at Salford Royal, Mr Leach specialises in spinal neurosurgery (minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spine surgery) and neuro-oncology (brain and spine tumours). He is a member of the multi-disciplinary neuro-oncology team which reviews all brain and spinal tumours across Greater Manchester. Mr Leach has a particular interest in cervical disc surgery and is able to offer cervical disc replacement (also known as disc arthroplasty) as well as more traditional fusion surgery. In the lumbar spine, Mr Leach advocates microsurgery and, where fusion is appropriate, the use of percutaneous and minimally invasive techniques.

Mr John Leach believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of spinal conditions. Many painful spinal conditions can be managed effectively without resorting to surgery. Physiotherapy, other physical therapies and local injection therapies all have a role to play. Where surgery is considered as an option, Mr Leach believes that the surgery should be as minimally invasive as possible, allowing rapid recovery and return to normal daily functions by preserving normal healthy anatomy and reducing post-operative pain.

Mr Leach was brought up in Sydney, Australia however, moved to the UK to study pre-clinical medicine at Cambridge University where he was awarded an MA (Hons.) in neurophysiology. He moved to Oxford University for clinical medicine and graduated in 1998. Mr Leach trained in neurosurgery at The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and undertook a Fellowship at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, specialising in minimally invasive spine fusion and brain tumours.

Mr John Leach has presented at national and international conferences on brain tumours, cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, orthobiologics and spine trauma. He has an interest in inflammatory arthritis of the spine, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. Mr Leach is actively involved in the lecturing of medical undergraduates at Manchester University and teaches post-graduate students via a spine MSc module at Salford University.

Mr Leach’s dedication to the improvement of patients with spinal conditions is evidenced by his commitment to teaching and research and his enthusiasm for less invasive surgery.

Professional Membership



  • Association of British Neurologists

  • American Epilepsy Society

  • International League against Epilepsy

Clinical Interests

  • Disc Prolapse
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Brain and Spine Tumours

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