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Mr Rafid Al-Mahfoudh is an appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon at the Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre and Royal Sussex County Hospital since 2015. He is senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and previously lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is one very few surgeons with dual Orthopedic and Neurosurgical spine accreditation in addition to further specialist fellowship training in anterior skull base and minimally invasive neurosurgery in Adelaide and New York. He was the highest-ranking candidate in the PLAB exam for medical graduates. His training includes basic surgical training in Mersey Deanery followed by specialist Neurosurgery training in the Walton centre. The Walton Centre is the only hospital trust in the UK specializing solely in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. This was followed by highly competitive subspecialist fellowships in orthopedic spinal surgery in Brisbane and further sub specialist training in anterior skull base, pituitary and minimally invasive neurosurgery in Adelaide and New York (Weill Cornell Medical College). He has extensive experience in treating the full spectrum of spinal disorders, pituitary tumors and endoscopic neurosurgical techniques. He has specialist interest in degenerative spine disorders, spine tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, hydrocephalus and brain tumors. Mr Al-Mahfoudh has in-depth medico legal experience starting early in his career. He has been Medico legal expert with an independent Medical Assessments Agency; Red Health) in Brisbane, Australia since November/2013, this included assessing and calculating the resulting disability according to the AMA guidelines. His interest in this area motivated him to complete the AMA Guides 5th Edition Training Course in Brisbane in June/2014. He has successfully completed a variety of both personal injury and medical negligence claims relating to spinal disorders in addition to neurosurgical claims. These claims have ranged from calculation of whole person impairment as a result of a claim, causation, medical negligence and expert opinion on potential claims.
RESEARCH INTERESTS DR. FYMAT's current research interests lie at the interface between medicine and science, particularly molecular/personal/precision medicine, nanomedicine, nanobiotechnology, human genetics/epigenetics/ecogenetics, and neurological disorders (particularly Alzheimer, Parkinson, epilepsy, dementia, etc.). He has extensively published (~ 425 scholarly publications (including patents, books & monographs, book chapters, refereed articles). He has received numerous research grants from government, academia and private industry, and has consulted extensively with these entities. He has lectured extensively in several national and international academic, professional, governmental and industrial venues. He is the Editor-in-Chief, Honorable Editor or Editor of 54 medical/scientific Journals to which he contributes regularly. He is a professional member of the New York Academy of Sciences, an advisor to the American Heart/Stroke Association (Coachella Valley Division) and a