Consultant Neurosurgeon, Clinical Director of Neurosciences

MA MB BChir MD Cambridge, FRCS(SN) Royal College of Surgeons of England

Chris Mcgowan
Professional bodies : 
  • SBNS British Association of Spine Surgeons
  • BMA Medical and Dental Defence Society of Scotland
GMC number: 
  • Spine

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.

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.  From 2009 -2012 Rod was Clinical Director of Neurosurgery; he oversaw many changes within the Neurosurgical centre and introduced key initiatives including day case spinal surgery.