Rod Laing was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, with an interest in spinal neurosurgery, at Addenbrookes 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 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 worked to establish the British Association of Spine Surgeons where he served on the Executive until recently. In 2009 Rod became Clinical Director of Neurosurgery; he has overseen many changes within the Neurosurgical centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery.
In October 2020 one of Rod's patients was featured in Episode 3 of the second season of the BBC2 series: Surgeon's on the Edge of Life. This programme gives a fascinating insight into the intricacy and complexity of modern spinal surgery.
Rod Laing was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from iWantGreatCare in February 2021.
- Minimally invasive spine surgery
- Spinal tumours
- Back pain and Lumbar disc problems
- Neck pain and cervical disc problems
- Cervical and lumbar discectomy
- Spinal stenosis
- Complex spine surgery
Treatments and tests offered by Mr Rodney Laing at Nuffield Health
- Lumbar discectomy
- Spinal (lumbar) Decompression
- Cervical Spine Surgery
Rod has active scientific research interests includes 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.
- Council member Society British Neurological Surgeons
- British Association of Spine Surgeons
- United Kingdom Spinal Societies Board Member
Other posts held
- Consultant Neurosurgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust