Consultant Profile

Mr David Porter

Mr David Porter MB BS, FRCS (SN)
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Neurosurgery
    • Brain tumours
    • Degenerative spine
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Neck pain
    • Spinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Brain tumours including metastatic, malignant and meningiomas.


Mr Porter is the most experienced surgeon at the Spire Bristol hospital undertaking brain tumour surgery. He has carried out numerous procedures and is currently compiling a report of the excellent outcomes attained. He has taken referrals to the Spire Bristol Hospital from the local population but also nationally and internationally.

Mr Porter undertakes cervical arthroplasty. Mr Porter has now performed more than 50 cervical arthroplasty procedures at the Spire Bristol Hospital without complications. He also undertaken cervical spine fusion and has an interest in neck pain.

Mr Porter also treats low back pain, lumbar disc disease including lumbar microdiscectomy and minimally invasive procedures. All the techniques required for successful intracranial surgery are transferred to spinal procedures. He also undertakes treatment of hydrocephalus including Chiari malformation.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
Head of Specialty at Frenchay Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc. 

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 980 4075
Private secretary telephone number:
0117 980 4075
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Porter is currently a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the North Bristol NHS Trust (Frenchay Hospital) and is Chief of Neurosurgery there. He has been a Consultant for more than ten years and was appointed Departmental Lead more than three years ago.

Mr Porter trained in London including the National Hospital for Neurosurgery at Queens Square, at Leeds and the famous North American Barrow Neurological Institute, based in Phoenix Arizona. He worked with the two international figures Dr Robert Spetzler on vascular tumours and Dr Viktor Sonntag, a world famous spinal surgeon.

An independent audit of practice held here at the Spire Bristol Hospital and in the last five years, Mr Porter has had no unplanned returns to theatre, no infections and has achieved a high and consistent patient satisfaction score.

Mr Porter takes regular referrals from other consultants including neurosurgeons and has operated on cases that other surgeons have stated the cases to be too difficult; he was the surgeon who successfully removed an arterial venous malformation as depicted in the recent television program. He is also featured in the Daily Mail and has been on several television programs.

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