Professional background

Ms Mary Murphy is a consultant neurosurgeon with a specialism in neurovascular surgery. She is currently the clinical director of neurosurgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as the clinical director of private practice within the hospital. She is also the co-lead of the North London Neurosurgery Network.

Ms Murphy qualified from Trinity College Medical School, Dublin in 1995, after which she became fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (surgical neurology) in 2005. She has been a practising consultant neurosurgeon since 2006.

Her special interests include vascular and general neurosurgery including gamma knife and degenerative spine surgery.

Research interests

Imaging of brain tumours (magnetic resonance spectroscopy).

Simulation in neurosurgical training

Equality and diversity in neurosurgery

Travel for neurosurgical treatment

Global neurosurgery.


Vooijs M, Robertson F, Rosseau G, Tasiou A, Rodriguez-Hernandez A, Mihaylova S, Murphy M, Broekman M. Ethical challenges of travel for experimental therapy in malignant brain tumour patients. J Neurosurg. 2023: 2; 1-5

Ahmed R, Muirhead W, Williams S, Bagchi B, Datta P, Gupta P, Salvadores Fernandez C, Funnell J, Hanrahan J, David’s J, Grover P, Tiwari M, Murphy M, Marcus, H. A synthetic model simulator for intracranial aneurysm clipping: validation of the UpSurgeOn Aneurysmbox. Front Surg. 2023. 31;10: 1185516.

Muirhead W, Layard Horsfall H, Khan D, Koh C, Grover P, Toma A, Castanho P, Stoyanov D, Marcus H, Murphy M. Microsurgery for intracranial aneurysm: A qualitative survey on technical challenges and technological solutions. Front Surg. 2022. 4;9: 957450.

Murphy M, Hernandez-Duran S,..Rosseau G. European women in neurosurgery: II - Historical characters and living legends. J Clin Neuroscience. 2021; 86:316-323.

Rosseau G, Timmons S, Muraszko K, Drummond K, Murphy M, zanon N, Nejat F. Introduction. International women leaders in neurosurgery: past, present, and future. Neurosurg Focus. 2021: 50(3).

Craven C, Cooke M, Rangeley C, Alberti S, Murphy M. Developing a paediatric training model. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2018; 21(3): 329-335. Personal