John Michael Duff
Dr John Duff was born in Dublin, Ireland, he studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1988. He continued his training in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and then his neurosurgery training in 1997 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA.
He continued his specialization in neurosurgery of the base of the skull at the University of George Washington (USA), then spinal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, while pediatric neurosurgery was at the New Childrens Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
He worked as an assistant clinic manager in the neurosurgery departments of the University Hospitals of Geneva and Lausanne between 1998 and 2000. He was an assistant professor at Tufts University (New England Medical Center and Ste. Elizabeth Hospital) in Boston between 2000 and 2003. Since 2004, he has worked as an associate professor in the CHUV Department of Neurosurgery.
He interested mainly in spinal neurosurgery. Since his arrival at the CHUV, he has developed cranio-vertebral junction surgery, imaging-guided spinal surgery, “minimally invasive” spinal surgery, especially in oncology patients to minimize surgical morbidity, also intradural tumors. He also develops innovative techniques for rebuilding the cervical spine, as well as the cranio-vertebral junction.
Dr. Duff led the surgical aspect of a robotic project in collaboration with EPFL which realized a robot prototype for the surgery of the spine. It is planned to test this robot in the context of clinical studies in the near future.