Treating those brain tumours that require a highly sensitive approach

Ms Mary Murphy MD FRCS (SN), Clinical Director of Neurosurgery and Consultant Neurosurgeon, NHNN

For patients diagnosed with an AVM, Ms Murphy performs an indivudual evaluation to assess the optimal response for three fundamental treatment options. The latest treatment options include; super-delicate surgery, embolisation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. This means that each patient receives the safest treatment with optimal outcome.

Mary Murphy is one of the most highly qualified, internationally acknowledged neurosugeons specialising in AVMs, brain tumours and Gamma Knife. Especially in treating those tumours that require a highly sensitive approach.

As a Consultant Neurosurgeon, Mary specialises in treating arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) with Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery with a focus on neurovascular intervention, neurological oncology and stereotactic procedures (Gamma Knife).

She holds a number of important hospital and specialist clinical positions including:

  • Lead neurovascular surgeon at NHNN
  • Clinical Director of Neurosurgery at NHNN
  • Clinical Director of Private Practice at NHNN
  • Board Safety Lead, Specialist Hospital Board, UCLH
  • Neurosurgical Tutor at the Royal College of surgeons
  • Member of Society of British Neurological surgeons Council
  • Member of Speciality Advisory Committee for Neurosurgery

Ms Murphy has over twelve years of experience with stereotactic radiosurgery and specialises in treating AVMs that would otherwise be in areas of the brain too sensitive to reach.

When asked, why did you chose this area of neurosurgery? Ms Murphy replies, "Gamma Knife compliments the other treatments I offer and this means I can give the patient more choice and a more complete and balanced view of the best option(s) for them".

What makes a ‘good day’ at the office ‘for you’?

"A happy patient. This can take many forms. A patient who has less anxiety. A patient whose questions have been answered. A patient who understands. A patient who has overcome their fear. An operation that has gone well. A patient who has conquered the odds."

What is the best advice for patients considering treatment?

"Think carefully about what is best for you. Make sure you ask all your questions no matter how silly you think they are."


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