Mr Spencer Harland

Mr Spencer Harland

Consultant Neurosurgeon

MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCS (SN)

Specialises in

  • Back surgery (spinal surgery)
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Lumbar spinal fusion surgery
  • Spinal stenosis

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Please note, Mr Harland's Friday appointments are virtual only and delivered via video call or telephone. If you wish to book a face to face appointment, please choose an alternative day.

I am the Senior Spinal Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham, regularly performing a wide variety of spinal surgical procedures, from lumbar microdiscectomy to complex reconstructions throughout the spine for degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic pathologies. Although less common, I also perform surgery for tumours within or in close proximity to the spinal cord. This can be highly challenging surgery, requiring a high level of surgical dexterity. The skills required for this type of surgery can be equally applied to more routine procedures, such as microdiscectomy.

While having a busy surgical practice, I have built a reputation for my conservative approach, being keen to pursue physiotherapy, spinal manipulation and injection-type therapies whenever possible. I perform approximately 350 operations a year.

Please note I see private patients only at Spire hospitals. Your appointment with me can be on a self-funding or insured basis. It will not be possible to transfer your care directly to the NHS. Should you subsequently wish to pursue treatment within the NHS you would require an onward referral by your GP.

I was appointed in 1998 as a full-time dedicated Spinal Neurosurgeon at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB). I qualified as a Doctor at University College Hospital, London, before completing my training as a Neurosurgeon in both London and Cambridge. I was awarded the Norman Dott Medal for outstanding performance in the Royal College of Surgeons’ Surgical Neurology Exit Examination.

Prior to taking up my post in Birmingham, I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, on a Royal College of Surgeons’ Supported Spinal Fellowship, learning state of the art techniques in complex spinal surgery.


General Medical Council Number: C3298378

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Spencer Harland at Spire include:




Other treatments

  • Cervical discectomy
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Lumbar fusion - open and minimally invasive
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Neck pain with associated arm pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

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Additional information

Spinal surgery

MBBS / University College Hospital, London / 1988
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Science, Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Society of British Neurological Surgeons

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

British Medical Association

Outcome assessment following spinal surgery.

In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling, skiing, rugby and travel.

Telephone Little Aston self-pay: 0121 580 7119 | Parkway self-pay: 0121 704 5530
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Private secretary telephone 0121 745 8341
Private secretary fax 0121 745 7743
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