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Rafid Al-Mahfoudh is an appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon at Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre and Royal Sussex County Hospital. He has dual orthopaedic and Neurosurgical accreditation in Spinal surgery, in addition to further specialist fellowship training in anterior skull base and minimally invasive neurosurgery in Adelaide and New York. He is the only dual fellowship trained Spine Neurosurgeon in the region.

His training includes basic surgical training in Mersey Deanery followed by specialist Neurosurgery training in the Walton centre.  The Walton Centre is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising solely in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. This was followed by highly competitive subspecialist fellowships in orthopaedic spinal surgery in Brisbane and further sub specialist training in anterior skull base, pituitary and minimally invasive neurosurgery in Adelaide and New York (Weill Cornell Medical College).

He has been the recipient of many awards, including a Nuffield scholarship, travel awards and presentation prizes.  He has been invited lecturer by industry and international surgical societies. 

He is experienced in treating the full spectrum of spinal disorders from minimally invasive techniques to deformity surgery. He has a specialist interest in degenerative spine disorders, spine tumours, pituitary tumours, endoscopic neurosurgical techniques and neuromodulation (Spine Cord Stimulation). In addition to experience in general neurosurgical practice including neurooncology, trauma, hydrocephalus and neurooncology. He is trained in stereotactic radiotherapy techniques including cyberknife treatment. In addition he maintains a general neurosurgical practice.

Dr Al-Mahfoudh is active academically with over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is in the process of writing a dissertation to complete his MSc from Oxford University. He is honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool and is also reviewer for the British Journal of Neurosurgery and Global Spine Journal.  He is member of the British association of Spine Surgeons, Society of British Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society (NASS) and European Association of Neurological Surgeons.  He is a medical officer for the British Boxing Board of Control.

Clinical Interests

  • Spine surgery
  • Sciatica and low back pain
  • Cervical spine disorders
  • Spine tumours
  • Brain tumours
  • Minimally invasive (key hole) spine and brain surgery
  • Carpal tunnel / ulnar nerve decompression 

Professional Membership

  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • The United Kingdom Spine Societies Board
  • AO Spine member
  • European Association of Neurosurgery
  • EANS rep for British Neurosurgery Training Association 2012-2014
  • Medical Officer for the British Boxing Board of Control
  • Honorary Lecturer – University of Liverpool
  • Peer reviewer – British Journal of Neurosurgery

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