Consultant Profile

Mr Neil Dorward

Mr Neil Dorward BSc, MB BS, FRCS, FRCS(SN), MS
Practicing at:
Spire Bushey Hospital
  • Neurosurgery
    • Back pain
    • Brain tumours
    • Degenerative spine
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Neck pain
    • Pain management
    • Spinal surgery
    • Vascular and/or skull base disorders
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Spinal surgery
Special clinical interests:

Disc replacement, minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery, complex spinal surgery, endoscopy

Research interests:

Mr Dorward has a research programme with full-time neurosurgery PhD students, who are developing a technique to locate the precise boundary between the normal brain and tumours, using ultrasound elastography to visualise the stiffness of tissues intraoperatively. This is a collaborative effort including between this group, physicists at the ICRF, and surgeons at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon - The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London

Honorary Senior Lecturer - Royal Free Hospital and UCL Medical School (University College London)

Year of first medical qualification:
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
020 8901 5555
Private secretary telephone number:
020 7483 5048
Friday afternoons
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Neil Dorward was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in October 1999 and has a busy clinical practice, averaging 400 operations per year. He is based at the world-renowned National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and is their leading endoscopic surgeon. Mr Dorward has extensive experience across the breadth of neurosurgery, from brain tumour resection and aneurysm clipping to microdiscectomy and shunt insertion. He has sub-specialised in the fields of spinal surgery and pituitary surgery.

In his practice Mr Dorward has one of the largest series of cervical disc replacement procedures and is a keen exponent of minimal access spinal fusion. He treats all types of spinal conditions from skull base to sacrum.

There are many facets to spinal conditions and Mr Dorward is expert in taking into consideration all the clinical, anatomical, functional and social aspects that determine the best course of treatment. He uses an individually designed combination of physical therapies, pain relieving injections and surgical procedures to suit each patient and has an excellent success rate.

Personal profile:

Away from the hospital, Mr Dorward combines his enjoyment of running with his research by entering the London Marathon to raise funds for his research programme. He also enjoys playing squash, sailing and shooting with his wife and two sons. He has a lifelong love of classical music and horticulture.

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Mr Neil Dorward

Mr Neil Dorward Neurosurgery & Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Bushey, Watford, private hospital specialist.

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