Ralph Mobbs is a Spinal Neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney, Australia. He is director of the NeuroSpineClinic, Chair of the NSURG research group and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spine Surgery. Mobbs is clinical Associate Professor in Neurosurgery. His clinical expertise is in the areas of spinal tumors, spinal trauma, and minimally invasive spine surgery for degenerative conditions. Over the last 20 years, he has been one of the primary inventors of surgical instruments and prosthesis for neurospine surgery worldwide, developed new surgical fixation systems, implants, approaches and techniques in common use today. His designs and concepts have helped millions globally reduce pain and suffering related to spinal pathologies. In praticular, he is primary inventor of the worlds most used spinal fixation systems (ES2) and 'long arm' percutaneous screws, is known for the first CBT screw fixation workflow (2003), implanted the world-first 3D printed patient specific implant for a cancer pathology in the neck, developed the first 'integral fixation' interbody cage system (Klementine) and the first plate-titanium/PEEK cage system in the world (Redmond). He is world renown as one the current thought leaders in surgical worflow and design.
Research interests include: 3D Printing, Bio-materials, Disc Arthroplasty, Minimally Invasive surgical techniques, Wearable technologies, Objective patient analysis for pre and post intervention assesment and Stem Cells regenerative therapies in combination with the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
A/Prof Mobbs is heavily involved in the UNSW Medical Student / ILP program and supervising PhD and MS students. He is a career researcher and clinician, with over 300 publications in peer reviewed journal and a citation count of over 8000. He has the most cited article in the spine literature over the last 10 years.