Ms Mary Murphy

Consultant Neurosurgeon specialising in Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery with a special interest in vascular and general neurosurgery.

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

Ms Murphy has been a Consultant in Neurosurgery since 2006. After completing her medical training at Trinity College Medical School, Dublin - qualifying in 1995 Ms Murphy has gone on to focus on neurovascular intervention, neurological oncology and stereotactic procedures.

Current appointments include:

  • 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 12 years’ experience with stereotactic radiosurgery.

Areas of expertise

Miss Murphy is highly experienced in treating neurosurgical vascular conditions including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Gamma Knife represents a massive improvement in treatment options for some patients who have AVMs. In particular, patients with deep or sensitively located AVMs who previously had no treatment options can now have gamma knife..  Ms Murphy is now able to evaluate 3 treatment options for AVM patients, surgery, embolisation and gamma knife. This means that the treatment choices available are now greater and safer for patients.

Why did you chose this area of neurosurgery?

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 piece of advice do you most often give to your patients?

Go home and think about the treatment options. Discuss them with family, close friends, your GP. Let me know if you have any questions or want to meet again before you decide how to proceed.