Drawing upon 25 years of eminent experience in medicine, Dr. Richard Laherty is a distinguished neurosurgeon and spine surgeon whose specialties include the diagnosis and surgical treatment of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Focusing his efforts on congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke and degenerative diseases of the spine, he most recently served as the deputy director of Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, between 2009 and 2019. During his time at the renowned hospital, Dr. Laherty also excelled as a consultant neurosurgeon and medical spine surgeon, a visiting medical officer of neurosurgery and orthopedic spine, and a spine trauma fellow. He commenced his career as a spine surgery fellow at St. Vincent’s and Concord Hospitals in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.
Alongside his primary medical appointments, Dr. Laherty has flourished as a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland and an instructor of the Early Management of Severe Trauma course for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, both since 2009. Since 2002, he has also served as a senior instructor for the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient course for the aforementioned medical society in Melbourne, Australia. Additionally, he is a former clinical research fellow of the Queensland Cancer Fund in Brisbane from 2003 to 2006, having also sat on the advisory committee of the Therapeutic Goods and Administration through the Australian Department of Health since 2018. Furthermore, he sits on the board and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr. Laherty has contributed myriad scientific papers to professional journals, for which he received the Peter Leech Prize in 2004. Supported by a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland, which he obtained in 1996, he has maintained membership with the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, as well as such organizations as the North American Spine Society, the Australian Medical Association, the Australasian Trauma Society, the Spine Society of Australasia and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Laherty received a commendation from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014 and a spine surgery fellowship sponsored by Stryker in 2009. In 2002, he was recognized by the University of Queensland Medical Society for teaching excellence. Although his career has been filled with highlights, he is especially proud of mentoring young medical students into becoming terrific surgeons themselves.