Mr Rodney Laing

Mr Rodney Laing

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon
MA, MB, BChir, MD, FRCS (SN)

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Rodney Laing at Spire include:

Neurosurgery at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Other treatments

  • Back pain and lumbar disc problems
  • Neck pain and cervical disc problems
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spinal tumours
  • Cervical and lumbar discectomy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • complex spine surgery
  • Syringomyelia

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Professional profile

Rod Laing was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon with an interest in spinal neurosurgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1995. Since then his practice has expanded to include both complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, which can often be performed as a day case. Rod has active scientific research interests and his work has helped establish robust criteria for measuring the effectiveness of surgical treatments of spinal disorders. He believes that a reliable and consistent measurement of patient experience and outcome is a critical factor in driving improvements.

Rod specialises in the treatment of degenerative disease, trauma, tumours and syringomyelia. He has a patient centred focus.

In 2000, Rod was appointed Director of Higher Neurosurgical Training for the Eastern Deanery; in this capacity he was directly involved in neurosurgical training both at local level and at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In addition, Rod has been Secretary of the British Cervical Spine Society and brought about the merger of BCSS and the British Association of Spine Surgeons and he has served on the executive of both societies. In 2009, Rod became Clinical director of Neurosurgery and during his tenure he was able to oversee many changes within the Neurosurgical Centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery. In 2014, Rod was appointed Clinical Director of Neurosciences at Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT. In 2016, he was appointed to the Neuroscience Clinical Reference Group advising NHS England.

Clinical Interests

Hand and wrist surgery
Back pain
Lumbar spine disorders
Neck pain
Spinal surgery
Rheumatoid arthritis

Syringomyelia, Spinal tumours, Cervical disc prolapse and cervical spine disorders

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Qualification and professional memberships

MA, MB BChir, MD, FRCS(SN) / UK / 1983

Professional memberships

Council member Society British Neurological Surgeons
British Association of Spine Surgeons
Neurosciences CRG senate member for East and Midlands

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Associate Lecturer, School of Medicine, Cambridge University

Clinical Director Neurosciences, Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT

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Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266990
Private secretary telephone 01223 416393
Private secretary email

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