Martin Murphy

Fellowship in Spinal Surgery

Endoscopic lumbar discectomy

I completed a spinal neurosurgery fellowship in Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis USA, having firstly finished my neurosurgery training in Beaumont Hospital and Cork University Hospital. I had previously spent a year in the Wash U / Barnes neurosurgery department as a neurosurgery resident.

The fellowship experience exposed me to many complex infrequently encountered spinal pathologies and also showed me different approaches to seemingly simple spine problems. The benefit of being treated by a "fellowship-trained" spine surgeon is that you will be seen by a surgeon who has received significant in-depth exposure in an international centre of excellence.

I worked during my spine fellowship with Professor Niall Wright, Dr Paul Santiago, Dr Todd Stewart, and Dr Wilson Ray, and am forever appreciative of the extra understanding of spine patholgies that my time there afforded me.  I believe that this training benefits my patients on a daily basis.  

What if I haven’t any health insurance?

How costly is surgery if I don't have any health insurance?

If you haven’t any health insurance cover, then spinal surgery in a private hospital can be expensive. My secretary can call the hospitals and get an all-in price for any procedures that I may recommend.

Whilst spinal surgery is expensive, the cost of not being able to work to full capacity is often more financially debilitating.


  • Suite 16 Blackrock Clinic : Alternate Mondays
  • Suite 15 Beacon Hospital: Alternate Mondays
  • Affidea Clinic in Kilkenny: Tuesday once a month

Can I be seen in the public system?

Yes. I would be very happy to see you and treat you in the public health system also in Tallaght University Hospital or Naas General Hospital. An unfortunate result of decades of inadequate resourcing of both the hospital network in general, and spinal surgery specifically, is an admittedly unacceptable long waiting time both to be seen in the outpatients clinic and to be operated on. All patients are seen and operated on on the basis of clinical need.

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