Mr Michael J H McCarthy

Mr Michael J H McCarthy

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery 04628860


  • Fee assured
  • Not in Open Referral network
Fee assured
Not in Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Spine


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I graduated with a first class honours degree in medicine from the University of Nottingham in 1999. As part of my undergraduate degree I spent time at the Cook County Trauma Unit in Chicago, where they filmed the television series ER. This provided me with experience and a greater understanding of complex severe trauma management. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies I embarked on my career in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery by firstly accomplishing three and a half years of basic surgical training in Nottingham, where I carefully selected the surgical specialities that would best assist me in developing the necessary surgical skills as a future spinal surgeon. These included six-month rotations working in Accident and Emergency, General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery. By excelling in my Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons examinations, I was awarded the opportunity to undertake a one year research fellowship in spinal surgery at the world renowned Centre for Spinal Surgery at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. My research from this year has been presented both Nationally and Internationally and has been published in International Medical Journals.

My higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics was based in the South West Peninsula Deanery on the Specialist Registrar Training rotation. Whereas the majority of surgeons choose to spend one to two years subspecialising, after completing my Fellowship Examinations in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Royal College of Surgeons I chose to spend a further three years specialising in spinal surgery. This enabled me to train under the skilful experienced hands of several world-renowned spinal surgeons including a year at the internationally recognised AO Spine Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

I commenced as a full time Spinal Consultant at University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff in 2012. Although I have been fully trained in Trauma and Orthopaedics I now work purely as a spinal surgeon.

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, the British Scoliosis Society and the British Orthopaedic Association as well as an experienced Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor. I have recently been awarded the title of Honorary Senior Lecturer by the University of Cardiff and helped establish the C21 Cardiff Medical School Curriculum for Back Pain and Spinal Conditions. I teach regularly in the UK and the United States (including Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery) and helped establish the Spinal Fellows Course in Philadelphia.

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Areas of interest

Spinal Surgery; Degenerative Spine Disorders; Lumbar Spine (diseases and disorders of); Back Pain; Sciatica; Leg Pain; Microsurgery; Cauda Equina Syndrome; Minimal Access / Invasive Surgery; Chronic Spinal Pain; Cervical Spine (diseases and disorders of); Neck Pain; Arm Pain; Whiplash; Spinal Trauma; Spinal Tumours; Spinal Oncology; Osteoporosis; Spinal Deformity

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