Mr David Porter

Consultant Neurosurgeon


Specialises in

  • Craniotomy for all types of tumour
  • Spinal surgery
  • Cervical joint surgery
  • Spinal cord tumours

I am currently a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the North Bristol NHS Trust Southmead and am Chief of Neurosurgery there. I have been a Consultant for more than 10 years and was appointed Departmental Lead more than three years ago. I 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. I worked with the two international figures, Dr Robert Spetzler on vascular tumours and Dr Viktor Sonntag, a world famous spinal surgeon.

I have carried out numerous procedures and I am currently compiling a report of the excellent outcomes attained. I have taken referrals to the Spire Bristol Hospital from the local population but also nationally and internationally. I undertake cervical arthroplasty and now have performed more than 50 cervical arthroplasty procedures at the Spire Bristol Hospital without complications. I also undertake cervical spine fusion and have an interest in neck pain.

I treat 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. I also undertake treatment of hydrocephalus including Chiari malformation.

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

I take regular referrals from other consultants including neurosurgeons and have operated on cases that other surgeons have stated to be too difficult. I was the surgeon who successfully removed an arterial venous malformation as depicted in the recent television programme. I am also featured in the Daily Mail and have been on several television programmes.


General Medical Council Number: C3203088

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Porter at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Brain tumours
  • Degenerative spine
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neck pain

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Additional information

Neck pain
Degenerative spine
Brain tumours
Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests: Brain tumours including metastatic, malignant and meningiomas.

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Head of Specialty, Frenchay Hospital.

Private secretary Amanda Ezel
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