Mr Robert  Corns

Mr Robert Corns

Consultant Neurosurgeon

BSc (Hons), MS BCh (Hons), FRCS (SN)

Specialises in

  • Back surgery (spinal surgery)

Also available for:

Virtual consultations:

I obtained my medical degree in Cardiff and was an undergraduate researcher at Harvard University. I am interested in degenerative disease of the spine, offering a range of surgeries for this pathology.

I carry out new and follow up consultations.

I completed my surgical training in London, under the tutelage of some the most world-renowned neurosurgeons at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Hurstwood Park, King’s College Hospital and St George’s Hospital. I gained international experience visiting the Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne, Paris, France.

My NHS work is more orientated towards brain tumours.

I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health at University of Leeds. At Neuroregeneration Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, I spent five months working on stem cell transplant and neuroprotective strategies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (2002). At Neurodegeneration Laboratory, Cardiff, I won a grant from the Welcome Trust to investigate factors influencing age-related neurodegeneration during summer vacation (2000).


General Medical Council Number: C6074877

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Robert Corns at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Cervical neuropathy
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Chiari malformation
  • Disc prolapse
  • Excision of spinal tumours
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar spine surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve entrapment pain
  • Nerve root injections (via Dr Mark Igra)
  • Nerve surgery
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Neurosurgery
  • Numbness
  • Paraesthesia
  • Peripheral nerve compression
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Pins and needles
  • Sciatica
  • Spastic disorders of the upper limb
  • Spinal and back pain
  • Spinal and neck surgery
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal disorders
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumours
  • Syringomyelia
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment

Q & A

Cervical discectomy: Procedure, benefits, risks and recovery

Mr Robert Corns, Consultant Neurosurgeon, says if your cervical disc prolapse isn't getting better with painkillers, then he recommends a discussion with a surgeon about potential surgery.

In this video Mr Corns describes what happens during the procedure, how long it typically takes and what to expect during the recovery phase.

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Additional information

Spinal surgery

BSc(Hons) / England / 2000
Bachelor of Science of Anatomy, First class Honours

MS BCh(Hons) / England / 2003
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, First class Honours

FRCS(SN) / Royal College of London / 2011
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Surgical Neurology

Professional memberships

Society of British Neurosurgeons

British Association of Spinal Surgeon

British Neuro-oncology Society

British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Lead Clinician for Neuro-trauma for the West Yorkshire Major Trauma Network; October, 2013 to present
Lead Clinician for Clinical Governance, Department of Neurosurgery, LGI; February, 2017 to present
Lead Clinician, Department of Neurosurgery, LGI; January, 2017 to December, 2020

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Leeds General Infirmary

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds