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Mr Rafid Al-Mahfoudh

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon

MBChB, European certificate in Neurosurgery, FRCS (SN)

Practices at: Goring Hall Hospital

A photo of Mr Rafid Al-Mahfoudh

Personal Profile

Mr Al-Mahfoudh sees patients at Goring Hall for a range of concerns, including back pain, neck pain, spine and brain tumours and peripheral nerve disorders such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Mr Al-Mahfoudh is an appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon at Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre and Royal Sussex County Hospital. He is the only dual fellowship trained Spine Neurosurgeon in the region.

Mr Al-Mahfoudh takes a patient-centred approach to care, always thinking of these 3 principles when reviewing patients:

           Making decisions with patients, not for them

           Offering care that reflects their wishes and values

           Focus on treating the patient as a whole, not just their MRI result

He is experienced in treating the full spectrum of spinal disorders from minimally invasive techniques to deformity surgery. He has a specialist interest in degenerative spine disorders, spine tumours, pituitary tumours, endoscopic neurosurgical techniques and neuromodulation (Spine Cord Stimulation). In addition to experience in general neurosurgical practice including neurooncology, trauma, hydrocephalus and neurooncology. He is trained in stereotactic radiotherapy techniques including cyberknife treatment.

Dr Al-Mahfoudh is active academically with over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is member of the British association of Spine Surgeons, Society of British Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society (NASS) and European Association of Neurological Surgeons.  He is a medical officer for the British Boxing Board of Control.

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Spine surgery
  • Sciatica and low back pain
  • Cervical spine disorders
  • Spine tumours
  • Brain tumours
  • Minimally invasive (key hole) spine and brain surgery
  • Carpal tunnel / ulnar nerve decompression 

Professional Memberships

Professional Membership

  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • The United Kingdom Spine Societies Board
  • AO Spine member
  • European Association of Neurosurgery
  • EANS rep for British Neurosurgery Training Association 2012-2014
  • Medical Officer for the British Boxing Board of Control
  • Honorary Lecturer – University of Liverpool
  • Peer reviewer – British Journal of Neurosurgery