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About Me: Publications, Presentations and Teaching



Effects Of Neonatal Capsaicin Administration On The Numbers And Volumes Of Neurones In The Left And Right T10 Dorsal Root Ganglia. M.McCarthy, C.Kent and T.Mayhew. Journal of Neurocytology 2000; 28: 161-69.

Melorheostosis At The Tenth And Eleventh Thoracic Vertebra Crossing The Facet Joint: A Rare Cause Of Back Pain. M.McCarthy, H.Mehdian, K.J.Fairbairn and A.Stevens. Skeletal Radiology 2004; 33: 283-286.

Introduction to Spine Surgery. Edited by S. Corbett. Author of chapter “The Injured Spine”: 89-111. AO Publishing, Thieme, Switzerland, 2006.

Cauda Equina Syndrome: The Factors Influencing Functional and Sphincteric Outcome. M.J.H.McCarthy, C.E.W.Aylott, M.P.Grevitt and J.Hegarty. Spine 2007; 32: 207-16.

The Reliability And Validity Of The Vernon And Mior Neck Disability Index And Comparison To The Short Form-36 Health Survey Questionnaire M.J.H.McCarthy, M.P.Grevitt, P. Silcocks and G.Hobbs. European Spine Journal 2007; 16: 2111-7.

Oxford Desk Reference Major Trauma. Edited by J. Smith, I. Greaves and K. Porter. Author of chapter “Spinal Injuries”: 163-207. Oxford University Press, UK, 2011.

The Influence Of The Energy Of Trauma, The Timing Of Decompression, And The Impact Of Grade Of SCI On Outcome. M.J.H.McCarthy, S.Gatehouse, M.Steel, B.Goss and R.Williams. Evidence Based Spine Journal 2011; 2: 11-17.

A Radiological Comparison of Anterior Fusion Rates in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. M.J.H.McCarthy, L.Ng, G.Vermeersch and D.Chan. Global Spine Journal 2012; 02: 195-206.

The rootogram to success? S.Gudipati, K.Lingutla and M.J.H. McCarthy. The Spine Journal 2015;15(3):S56–S57.

Anatomical effect of rotation on atlantoaxial joint: a pilot MRI study N.K.Rath, K.Lyons, X.Yang, L.D.M. Nokes and M.J.H. McCarthy. The Spine Journal 2015;15(3):S52–S53.

Do patient reported outcomes correlate with a patient’s expectation for lumbar back complaints? F.Brooks and M.McCarthy. The Spine Journal 2015; 15(3):S76-S77.

YouTube® as a source of patient information for lumbar discectomy. F.Brooks, H.Lawrence, A.Jones, M.J.H.McCarthy. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2014; 96(2):144-146.

Neck Pain. Map of Medicine. Contributer 2014. www.mapofmedicine.com

Cervical Radiculopathy. Map of Medicine. Contributer 2014. www.mapofmedicine.com

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire (GAD7) In The Spinal Surgery Out Patient Setting: A Comparison To The Visual Analogue Score, Oswestry / Neck Disability Index and Disability Benefit. F.Brooks and M.J.H.McCarthy. Bone Joint Journal 2014: 96B (Suppl. 4): 32.

A Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Muscle Fat Content in the Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles with Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Patients with Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease and Focal Disk Prolapse. A. Bhadresha, O. J. Lawrence and M. J. H. McCarthy. Global Spine Journal 2016: 401-410.

Management of symptomatic degenerative low-grade lumbar spondylolisthesis. N. Evans and M. J. H. McCarthy. EFFORT Open Reviews Spine 2018: 620-631.


Plain Radiograph And MRI Assessment Of Acute Scaphoid Waist Fracture Displacement: Their Value For Predicting Fracture Outcome. M.Bhat, M.McCarthy, T.R.C.Davis, J.Oni and S.Dawson. British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2004; 86(5): 705-713.

Lining Up the Liner: 2 Case Reports of Early Ceramic Liner Fragmentation. M.J.H.McCarthy and M.Halawa. The Journal of Arthroplasty 2007; 22: 1217-22.

Use Of The Abbreviated Mental Test Score By Junior Doctor On Patients With Fractured Neck Of Femur. N.P.Jain, P.M.Guyver, L.P.C.McCarthy, S.Sarasin, N.K.Rouholamin and M.J.H.McCarthy. Archives of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery 2008; 128: 235-8.

Pseudo-Obstruction, A Rare Complication Of Shoulder Arthroplasty. N.P.M.Jain, P.M.Guyver, M.J.H.McCarthy and A.J.Murphy. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology 2008; 18: 143-145.

Vastus Medialis Necrosis Secondary To The Combination Of The Subvastus And Median Parapatellar Approaches For Implantation Of A Total Knee Replacement. R.Faroug, Y.Shah, M.J.H.McCarthy and M.Halawa. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology 2009; 19: 121-124.

Two Stage One Component Revision In Infected Total Hip Replacements - Two Case Reports And Literature Review. R.Faroug, Y.Shah, M.J.H.McCarthy and M.Halawa. Hip International 2009; 19(3): 292-298.

Is There Any Purpose In Classifying Subtrochanteric Fractures? – The Reproducibility of Four Classification Systems. P.M.Guyver, M.J.H.McCarthy, N.P.M.Jain, R.J.Poulter, C.J.P.McAllen and J.Keenan. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology DOI: 10.1007/s00590-011-0780-3.

The Short Term Functional And Radiological Outcome Of Patients Treated With The Synthes Proximal Femoral Nail Antirotation (PFNA) For Unstable Proximal Femoral Fractures. P.M.Guyver, M.J.H.McCarthy, N.P.M.Jain and J.Keenan. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology DOI: 10.10007/s00590-010-0745-y.


I have presented at regional, national and international forums including:

British Association of Spinal Surgeons

British Orthopaedic Association

British Scoliosis Society

British Trauma Society


European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology


Society of Low Back Pain Research

South Wales Cancer Network

South West Orthopaedic Club

South West Spine Club

Spine Society of Australia

Trauma Care Conference

I was invited to give a presentation to the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England entitled “Trainee or Trainer – What Makes a Good Surgeon?”.

Teaching Experience

I have been awarded Honorary Senior Lecturer by the University of Cardiff. I regularly teach and examine medical students and I have been the Case Lead for Case 14: Low Back Pain for the last 5 years.

I am a qualified Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor and enjoy teaching trauma resuscitation skills to junior doctors on a regular basis.

I have taught junior doctors about Spinal Surgery on the Current Concept Courses in Spinal Surgery and on the FRCS(Tr&Orth) viva and FRCS(Tr&Orth) Spinal Revision courses. I regularly teach medical students and have demonstrated anatomy in the past.

I have given lectures to Masters students in Trauma Surgery and in Orthopaedic Engineering.

I have taught on several courses in the United Kingdom and United States including Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Techniques, Complications in Spinal Surgery, and Understanding and Applying Sagittal Balance.

I was co-chair founding the first Globus Medical Residents and Fellows Spinal Surgery Course in Philadelphia (2015) and I continue to co-chair as it runs into its fourth consecutive year.