Michael McCarthy

Mike McCarthy is a highly-experienced consultant spine surgeon with decades of experience. He has won multiple awards for his research into spinal trauma and treatments.

Medbelle positionConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
TitlesBMedSci, BMBS (Hons), MRCS(Eng), MSc(OrthEng), FRCS (Tr&, Orth)
SpecialisationSpinal Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Michael McCarthy


Mike McCarthy is an award-winning consultant spinal surgeon specialising in spine conditions, injuries and procedures. He is committed to education and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cardiff medical school. As part of his undergraduate degree, he spent time at the Cook County Trauma Unit in Chicago, where they filmed the television series ER, which provided him with experience and a greater understanding of complex, severe trauma management. He has been widely published, and his research from 2022 has been presented both nationally and internationally and has been published in international medical journals. Mike has also established and managed many research projects to advance the medical capabilities for spinal procedures further. Patients describe him as Approachable, polite and respectful.


  • Feb 12 - Present Consultant Spinal Surgeon University Hospital of Wales and Llandough University Hospital
  • Feb 13 - Present Consultant Spinal Surgeon Nuffield Cardiff and Vale Hospitals Private Practice
  • Jan 15 - Present Medicolegal Expert in Nuffield Cardiff and Vale Hospitals Spinal Surgery Claimant, Defence and Negligence
  • Oct 16 - Present Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Cardiff Medical School


  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences in the First Class University of Nottingham Medical School 1997
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours University of Nottingham Medical School 1999
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Royal College of Surgeons of England 2002
  • Master of Science in Orthopaedic Engineering with Distinction Cardiff University 2008
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2009

Awards and achievements

  • Best Research Project Cardiff University Medical School 5 Year Outcome of Central Cord Syndrome, July 2022 (Supervisor)
  • Inaugural Bluespier Research Prize South West Orthopaedic Club, May 2012
  • Soli Lam Spinal Fellowship Award British Orthopaedic Association, June 2008
  • Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopaedique et de Traumatologie- Trainees Forum- International Trainees’ Best Paper Award Marrakech, Morroco, August 2007 “Is There Any Point In Classifying Subtrochanteric Fractures? – The Reproducibility Of Four Classification Systems”
  • British Orthopaedic Association – Best Trainee Presentation Annual Meeting, Birmingham, September 2005 “The Reliability And Validity Of The Vernon And Mior Neck Disability Index”
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons – Best Podium Presentation Annual Meeting, Aberdeen, February 2005 “Cauda Equina Syndrome: Factors Affecting The Outcome Of 42 Patients With A Mean Follow Up Of 5 Years”
  • Malkin Orthopaedic Research Prize The 30th Annual Malkin Symposium, Nottingham, May 2004 “Cauda Equina Syndrome: Factors Affecting Long Term Outcome.”
  • Bart Prize Awarded for 3rd Year BMedSci Research Project, Nottingham, July 1997
  • “The Bilateral Effects Of Neonatal Capsaicin Treatment On The Number And Mean Cell
  • Volume Of Neurones In The Tenth Thoracic Dorsal Root Ganglion Of The Rat: A Stereological Study”

Professional memberships

  • AO Spine
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • General Medical Council Specialist Register
  • Premium Medical Protection
  • GMC number: 4628860

Specialist surgical interests

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


Cardiff Nuffield

Dunleavy Dr


CF11 0SN


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