Mr Rodney Laing

Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon

MA, MB, BChir, MD, FRCS (SN)

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I specialise in the treatment of degenerative disease, trauma, tumours and syringomyelia. I have a patient centred focus. I believe that a reliable and consistent measurement of patient experience and outcome is a critical factor in driving improvements.

I was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon with an interest in spinal neurosurgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1995. Since then my practice has expanded to include both complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery, which can often be performed as a day case.

In 2000, I was appointed Director of Higher Neurosurgical Training for the Eastern Deanery; in this capacity I was directly involved in neurosurgical training both at local level and at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

In addition, I have been Secretary of the British Cervical Spine Society and brought about the merger of BCSS and the British Association of Spine Surgeons and I have served on the executive of both societies. In 2009, I became Clinical director of Neurosurgery and during my tenure I was able to oversee many changes within the Neurosurgical Centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery. In 2014, I was appointed Clinical Director of Neurosciences at Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT. In 2016, I was appointed to the Neuroscience Clinical Reference Group advising NHS England.


Treatment information

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


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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Additional information

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

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

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

Professional memberships

Council member, Society British Neurological Surgeons

British Association of Spine Surgeons

Neurosciences CRG senate member for East and Midlands

Rod has active scientific research interests including establishing robust criteria for measuring the effectiveness of surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He believes that a reliable and consistent measurement of patient experience and outcome is a critical factor in driving improvements.

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Associate Lecturer, School of Medicine, Cambridge University

Clinical Director Neurosciences, Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT

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