Dr James Laban

MBBS BSc (Hons) FRCS (Neuro.Surg) FRACS

Dr James Laban is an experienced and highly respected dual-certified consultant neurosurgeon and spine surgeon practising in Sydney. Dr Laban specialises in state-of-the-art spine, brain and peripheral nerve surgery, using minimally invasive techniques, robotics and computer-guidance.

Whilst studying medicine at the world-leading Imperial College London, Dr Laban undertook a further research degree in neuroscience. He received the prestigious national Wolfson Scholarship and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Honours, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Dr Laban was chosen for postgraduate studies in neurosurgery at London’s top hospitals, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital and St George’s University Hospital. During this time, he achieved the highest marks in both the UK and European written examinations.

Following qualification as a specialist neurosurgeon, Dr Laban was awarded the HCA International Foundation and Codman Neurosurgical Scholarships. He furthered his skills and knowledge at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, undertaking two Fellowships to become an expert in the fields of cranial and spinal neurosurgery. Dr Laban subsequently ran a large private practice which also specialised in peripheral nerve surgery.

As Director of Neurosurgery at St George’s University Hospital in London, one of the world’s largest teaching hospitals and a neurosurgical centre of excellence, Dr Laban treated patients with the most complex neurosurgical conditions from all around the world. He was educational and clinical governance lead and faculty board member of the Health Education England Neurosurgery Training Committee and the Neurosurgical Specialist Advisory Group. In 2017, in recognition of his international work, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery at Cangzhou People’s Hospital, Hebei, China. Prior to returning to Sydney in 2018, Dr Laban’s busy private practice was based in the elite medical centres of Harley Street, The London Clinic and The Lister and Cromwell hospitals where he provided expert care and treatment to a large notable international patient base.

Dr Laban has also been honoured with Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology. He has worked as a reviewer for international journals and presented and published nationally and internationally.

In 2005, Dr Laban became one of the first Australians to have reached the Magnetic North Pole on foot. He is a qualified ski and tennis instructor and enjoys surfing and logic.

Dr Laban now runs a large private practice in Sydney looking after patients with brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders. His multidisciplinary team has extensive experience and together they provide world-class patient-centred care.

Dr Laban is an expert in specialist spinal disorders, cranial neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery. He is highly skilled in surgery for back and neck conditions, brain tumours, hydrocephalus and neurovascular compression syndromes, peripheral nerve entrapment and peripheral nerve tumours.

Dr Laban believes deeply in listening to patient’s concerns and delivering comprehensive and individualised treatment programs. Dr Laban is committed to achieving the best possible health outcomes for his patients by providing expert personalised care.

Dr Laban consults from his rooms in Double Bay, Dee Why, Erina, Northern Beaches Hospital, Woy Woy and at North Shore Private Hospital.

Spine Surgery

Dr Laban is a specialist spinal surgeon who provides expert and quality care using minimally invasive techniques and cutting edge technology

Brain Surgery

Dr Laban is a highly qualified and respected brain surgeon with vast experience and technical excellence in specialist cranial neurosurgery

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Dr Laban is an experienced and respected neurosurgeon with expertise in specialist peripheral nerve surgery