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Neurosurgery Fellowships

This page includes a table of the neurosurgery fellowships which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme. The gallery (currently being developed) below provides information about neurosurgery fellows under the scheme.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Neurosurgery

Fellowship name Centre Period of approval Fellowship tutor/lead Consultant
King's Neurovascular Fellowship King's College Hospital, London Approved since September 2012; reapproved February 2016 - January 2019 Mr Christos Tolias, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
October 2015 - September 2018 Mr Paul Grundy, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Senior Clinical Fellowship

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

(John Radcliffe Hospital & Churchill Hospital)

Reapproved December 2016 - November 2019 Mr Simon Cudlip, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

(John Radcliffe Hospital)

July 2014 - June 2017 Mr Alexander Green, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship North Bristol NHS Trust July 2015 - June 2018 Mr Venkat Iyer, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust October 2015 - September 2018 Mr Simon Thomson, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Associate Professor
Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship Salford Royal Foundation Trust November 2015 - October 2018 Mr Kuriakose Joshi George, Consultant Neurosurgeon; Mr John Leach, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Spinal Neurosurgery
Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust December 2015 - November 2018 Mr Nicholas Phillips, Consultant Neurosurgeon
King's College Hospital Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship King's College Hospital, London February 2016 - January 2019 Mr Sinan Barazi, Consultant Neurosurgeon
North Bristol Skull Base Fellowship North Bristol NHS Trust  December 2016 - November 2019  Mr Richard Nelson, Consultant Neurosurgeon 

Imperial Skull Base Fellowship

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust  January 2018 - December 2020 Mr Nigel Mendoza, Consultant Neurosurgeon 
Neuro-oncology Surgery Fellowship  Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust  July 2018 - June 2021
Miss Konstantina Karabatsou, Consultant Neurosurgeon & Clinical Lead for Neuro-oncology
Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuro Surgical Oncology  Neurosciences Department, King's College Hospital, London 
July 2018 - June 2021
Prof Keyoumars Ashkan, Lead Clinician for Neuro-Oncology

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Neurosurgery

Angelo Pichierri

North Bristol NHS Trust Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship, June 2016 - July 2017

Current post (June 2018):Epilepsy Surgery Senior Clinical Fellow, North Bristol NHS Trust

During my fellowship I learned the value of a MDT assessment and discussion; I learned how to master the use of cutting edge surgical technologies (awake, ioMRI, US) which enable surgeons to achieve greater resections with less morbidity; I fine-tuned my microsurgical technique and my confidence in using power instruments such as the ultrasonic aspirator. I contributed keeping information centralised and available to all the members of the team by building a customised internal database, which I have now also adapted and improved for my current position as an epilepsy fellow; I contributed to the imaging and neuropsychological planning of surgeries by building exhaustive 3D segmentation models of specific tumours and nearby structures, and by liaising with the speech and language therapists in the selection of tests to administer to patients with tumours in eloquent areas, according to the tumours’ locations and networks involved. I submitted a paper (under review) about the use of the intraoperative MRI +/- awake surgery in gliomas. Overall, I provided the best care I’m capable of, both from a clinical/humane and technical/surgical viewpoints. The good feedback I received from my patients confirmed to me they felt treated as individuals and each of them received the best and most contemporary treatment possible, according to their needs and expectations."

Ian Anderson

RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, Neurovascular Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, February 2017 to February 2018

Current post (April 2018): Consultant Neurosurgeon (Neurovascular and Skull Base), Leeds General Infirmary

"My fellowship at King’s provided me with unparalleled exposure and experience of neurovascular surgery. I was able to build upon my previous experience in the field and to develop an in-depth understanding of the surgical techniques and underlying evidence base for decision-making in neurovascular surgery. The fellowship has given me the confidence and competence to lead a neurovascular MDT within my own unit and to feel fully prepared to manage all of the patients that I have encountered;  providing them with what I believe to be the highest standard of care."

Konstantinos Barkas

Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship,King's College Hospital, London, August 2015 - July 2016

Current (January 2018) post: Locum Consultant Neurosurgeon, King’s College Hospital

"The post provides exposure to all aspects of Skull Base Surgery (anterior, lateral and posterior) as well as endoscopic procedures. This is a unique combination in the UK. Both of the trainers are polite, patient, willing to teach and create a strong educational environment to ensure the patients get the best multidisciplinary care. The teams that are associated with the fellowship (namely the Skull Base and the Pituitary) are very well organised, with excellent relationships amongst disciplines and well established databases. This is an intense training opportunity in all aspects of Skull Base surgery, with the opportunity to perform a large number of operations with expert supervision. It is also the best step prior to becoming a consultant. The fellowship improves patients’ care by training surgeons in this demanding subspecialty of neurosurgery, dedicated to the management of this rare group of tumours. Highly recommended."

Seyed Alireza Alavi

Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2016 - August 2017

Current (December 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Brisbane, Australia

"This was a very comprehensive fellowship covering all aspects of endoscopic anterior skull base neurosurgery, which has prepared me to take on this practice independently. I had the privilege of being supervised and trained by neurosurgery consultants, Mr Phillips and Mr Tyagi, and ENT Consultants, Mr Nix and Mr Wilson, and gained satisfactory experience in this subspecialty. I received full support to design, set up and run on-going research projects and managed to have multiple national and international presentations and publications during my fellowship. In collaboration with Leeds University and with support of neurosurgery and ENT colleagues, I managed to establish a sponsored endoscopic hands-on cadaveric skull base course, which will be run every year at Leeds University. Considering the invaluable clinical skills and academic experience this Fellowship provided, I believe patients will receive benefit from the level of competency I gained during my training in Leeds."

Deb Roy

Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, October 2016 - July 2017
 
Current (October 2017) post: Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
 
"I found the spinal neurosurgery fellowship extremely helpful in preparing me for independent practice. I was exposed to all aspects of adult spine, which included elective degenerative spinal conditions, trauma, tumours (primary and secondary) including intradural, intramedullary and extramedullary, and infection. I was exposed to both conventional and minimally invasive spinal techniques. I also got exposure to the use of O-arm. I also actively participated in general neurosurgery on call, which helped me keep my skills up to date in dealing with cranial emergencies as a consultant. I would recommend this Fellowship highly to all trainees (Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics) who are thinking of specializing in spine."

Adam Williams

Oxford Endoscopic Pituitary and Skullbase Neurosurgery Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2016 to July 2017
 
Current (August 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Southmead Hospital Bristol
 
"This fellowship has allowed me to develop all the key skills required of a consultant pituitary neurosurgeon, with comprehensive exposure to both endoscopic transphenoidal surgery and also minimally invasive skull base approaches. Over the course of this year I have been well supported to become a proficient and safe endoscopic surgeon and to run sub-specialty pituitary clinics and multidisciplinary meetings. I have also been afforded opportunities to undertake appropriate research and attend sub-specialty conferences to enhance my learning. More broadly, this fellowship has been an excellent education in all aspects of becoming a successful and safe consultant. I have developed a deeper understanding of Trust governance, key departmental management issues and wider NHS politics. This fellowship provides a complete armamentarium of skills to make the transition to a consultant a comfortable experience, in the knowledge that you an provide first class care for your patients, and I cannot recommend it highly enough."

Ankur Saxena

Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, October 2015 - October 2016

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester

"The fellowship provided me with excellent exposure to all aspects of spinal surgery. In addition to the operative experience, I was supported to enhance my experience by attending various courses and conferences to get a different perspective on management of spinal disorders by various experts around the world. All this equipped me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform as a consultant spinal neurosurgeon to provide the highest quality care for my patients."

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