Elite Spine

Our Philosophy

At Elite Spine our core values are;

- To deliver a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to spine care with bespoke treatments tailored to our individual patient needs.

- To cater for the individual needs of each of our patient’s while delivering the highest level of spine care possible.

Our Team

Mr Joseph Butler

Lead Spinal Surgeon


Mr. Butler completed surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He subsequently completed clinical fellowship training in complex spine deformity and tumour surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK; spine trauma and degenerative spine surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; and complex, revision and minimally invasive spine surgery at the Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.

Mr. Butler is an active clinical and laboratory researcher and has been awarded a PhD in bone biology by University College Dublin. He has over 100 publications and 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has 40 major national and international awards for his research work and is on the editorial board of several major journals in the fields of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery.

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Andrea Flannery

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Andrea is our Clinical Nurse Specialist at Elite Spine. Her background in nursing includes acute medical and surgical nursing roles, before then specialising in Emergency and Trauma Nursing in 2015. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, where she spent three years in a senior nursing role. Andrea also hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing from UCD.

Andrea has a keen interest in Orthopaedic Nursing, specifically management of spinal injuries, prevention of secondary injury and rehabilitation. She has also worked as part of an emergency trauma/resuscitation team at many sporting and music events.

Andrea's role in Elite Spine is to guide each patient through their individual journey, whether that be a surgical or non-surgical route. She is available to answer any questions or concerns our patients may have. She also acts as our liaison between our Consultant and various allied professionals which may be involved in your care.

Andrea is co-author of a book chapter entitled; Pressure Ulcer Management in Spinal Injury Patients: Pathophysiology, Treatment and Prevention, in a book entitled; “Cervical Spine Injuries: Epidemiology, Long-Term Outcomes and Complications”. ISBN: 978-1-63463-598-1; Nova Publishers.

Bríd Ní Laoire

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Brid qualified with a Bachelor of Science degree in Intellectual Disability Nursing from DCU which concentrated on the care of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Brid subsequently completed a post-graduate Bachelor of Nursing degree in General Nursing from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.

On return home to Dublin Brid developed a keen interest in Orthopaedic Nursing and worked on a busy orthopaedic ward at the Mater Private Hospital. Her experience includes the pre and post operative care of surgical patients including spinal surgery, joint replacement surgery and neurosurgery.

Brid's role here at Elite Spine is to provide support and education to patients and their families in spine health, be it on a surgical or non-surgical basis. She also assists Mr. Butler in the role of operating theatre assistant and follows the patients post operative journey on the ward and at home. She is always at hand to provide care and advice in meeting patients individual post operative goals.

Conor McBride

Executive Assistant

Conor is Mr Joseph Butler's Executive Assistant and overall manager at Elite Spine. He graduated from Rathmines College with a Certificate in Finance and E-Business in 2002 and a UCD/ MMUH Accredited Certificate in Green Belt Lean Management from 2015.

Conor has a great deal of experience working in health care administration having worked in the Orthopaedic Department in the Mater Public Hospital for several years where he was the Grade V supervisor in Oncology in the Mater Public Hospital before he took up my role at Elite Spine.

His role at Elite Spine is to book appointment's, deal with phone queries and arrange any scans or tests for patient's. He also looks after the day to day activities at Elite Spine and, as a patient with Elite Spine, he will be the person you will be liaising with.

Contact Us

If you wish book an appointment you can get in touch with us as listed below.

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday : Closed
St. Raphael's House
81 - 84 Dorset Street Upper
Dublin 1
The Gables
Torquay Road, Foxrock Village
Dublin 18
Elite Spine

Patient Testimonials

Elite Spine

I was recently referred to Elite Spine by my local G.P. as I had severe pain in my lower back and right hip. From the moment I arrived at the hospital door I was treated in a most professional and caring manner by the full team at Elite Spine. Diagnosis and treatment was swift and most professional. I am now fully recovered, pain free and leading a normal life again. Thank you Elite Spine. FMcG


From the time where my health began to be significantly impacted - the speed, efficiency and professionalism of Mr.Butler and his team was exceptional. From my doctors initial referral to Mr. Butlers clinic, Conor McBride, Mr. Butlers executive assistant did everything he could to work my hectic work diary around Clinic times, while Clinical Nurse Specialist Andrea was on hand post op to deal with all worries and queries. It's a great relief to know that your interests are what matters when life throws you a serious curve-ball.


Had a recurring, (over two years), back problem and on attending the Mater Private Hospital requested that remedial attention, if necessary, should be undertaken by Mr Joseph Butler. He was strongly recommended to me by a Health Professional who knew of his acknowledged expertise. Upon diagnosis I had, some two days later, a Lumbar Decompression and was up and about (timidly) the following day. I can strongly reccomend Mr Butler and his Clinical Nurse Specialist Andrea Flannery fortheir expert and "down to earth" approach.


During the past year I experienced severe neck and arm pain. I was referred to Mr Butler from my GP. Having a background in the medical field I was very apprehensive when surgery was suggested as the long term answer. I met with Mr butler and Nurse Andrea. They calmed my fears. When I arrived at the Mater Private I was welcomed by them. In surgery I was wheeled in and both were there. What a sense of safety!. My recovery went excellent and they were there for me daily. My recovery was fast and straightforward. They are at the other side of the phone if I need them, Thankfully I haven’t. If one could say it was a good experience, then it was excellent.

Sr McG

I was fortunate to be referred quite quickly to Mr Butler but in advance of my first consultation, I had spoken with the Elite Spine Team on the phone, they were very reassuring and once my condition was diagnosed and the date set for surgery, I felt a certain degree of relief. After surgery, it was wonderful to be pain free. To be able to sleep uninterrupted is like winning the health lotto. The care received from the entire team was fantastic."


Earlier this year my husband suffered from a very severe back condition. On arrival at Elite Spine Clinic we were treated with the utmost kindness and reassurance. The team of Mr.Joseph Butler, Consultant Spine Surgeon, Andrea,Spine Clinical Nurse Specialist,and Conor were each available to us at all times and we can’t thank them enough for the quality of care he received which was always professional and administered with great kindness.


Having endured and ignored a disc problem in my neck for many years I finally decided that the time had come to address the issue. Mr. Butler of Elite Spine was recommended to me and after an initial consultation, he recommended I have surgery but psychologically I wasn’t ready. At no time did he pressure me to take his advice. Eventually I had to accept that I needed to heed his recommendation. From my initial consultation to my final consultation I found Mr. Bulter to be quietly reassuring and extremely diligent. I met with his specialist nurse who continues to this day to follow up on my progress. At all times I felt I was in competent and capable hands. I cannot recommend Elite Spine highly enough and I am a very fussy ex-nurse!!