Prof. Philippe Rigoard is Senior surgeon and coordinator of the Spine &
Neuromodulation Unit within the Neurosurgical Department, at the Poitiers University
Hospital, in France. He is also an Honorary Consultant at St Thomas & Guy’s
Hospital, Pain clinic, in London, UK, an Anatomy conference reader at the Human
Morphology Institute, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Poitiers and a
Researcher at “Institut PPrime”, CNRS ISAE-ENSMA-UPR3346 (Axe PEM), and is
the research program director of PRISMATICS, Predictive Research In
Spine/neuromodulation Management and Cardiac Innovation Surgery in Poitiers. He
put a lot of efforts to rebuild the INS French chapter (Société Française de
NeuroModulation, SFNM), which is now represented again in the global community.
In parallel of studying anatomy and morphology at National Art Institute, Beaux-Arts,
Paris, from 1994-1996, Prof. Rigoard decided to enter into medicine. He received his
medical degree as 1st Laureate of faculty of Medicine, Poitiers in 2006 and
completed postgraduate medical training in spine surgery 2008 and a fellowship in
functional neurosurgery in 2009.
From 2002-2007 he also completed his PhD of Sciences, in Poitiers as well as
several degrees including in Neuromuscular Diseases, acute pain, chronic pain and
pain management in emergency conditions, microsurgical techniques and surgical
His main research interest is neuromodulation and spine biomechanics. He has
intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Prof.
Kumar (Canada), Dr. Desai, Prof. North, Prof. Slavin (USA) and Dr. Al-Kaisy (UK).
Prof. Rigoard is reviewer for several scientific journals. He is also a member of
professional societies, including the International Association for the Study of Pain,
International Neuromodulation society, European Association of Neurosurgeons,
French and North American Society of Spine Surgery.
Prof. Rigoard has also published dozens of journal articles, abstracts, and book
chapters, and has lectured at more than 100 conferences and symposia worldwide.