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Neurosurgery Fellowships

This page includes a list of the Neurosurgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme and a gallery of recent neurosurgery fellows.

Applying to be a Fellow

If you would like to be an RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, you will need to contact the supervisor/lead consultant of the fellowship programme you are interested in. Ask the supervisor/lead consultant if or when there is a vacancy for a fellow. They will tell you how to apply, if appropriate. Please go to the appropriate fellowship programme listed below for more information.

Fellows appointed to RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships will be expected to be ambassadors for RCS England and meet the requirements of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice.

  • Epilepsy Fellowships
  • Functional & Epilepsy Fellowships
  • Functional Neurosurgery Fellowships
  • Hydrocephalus Fellowships
  • Neuro-oncology Fellowships
  • Neurosurgery Spine Fellowships
  • Neurotrauma Fellowships
  • Neurovascular Fellowships
  • Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships
  • Pituitary Fellowships
  • Skull Base Fellowships
  • Comments from recent Fellows


  • RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Neurosurgery

    Epilepsy Fellowships

    NHNN Complex Epilepsy Fellowship

    Based at: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: May 2020 - April 2023; reapproved September 2023 - August 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Ms Anna Miserocchi, Consultant Neurosurgeon, and Prof Andrew McEvoy, Professor of Neurosurgery

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Understanding the relevance of MDT approach and the results of different investigations.
    • Becoming independent in temporal lobe resections, vagal nerve stimulator implantation, implantation of electrodes, extratemporal resections, vagal nerve stimulator implantation, implantation of electrodes, extratemporal resections.
    • Becoming independent in safely planning Stereo EEG.
    • Being able to set up and perform awake craniotomies.
    • Being able to operate in the interventional MRI.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Patient selection for epilepsy surgery.
    • Becoming independent in performing the most common epilepsy surgical procedures.
    • Becoming independent in performing awake craniotomies and operating in iMRI.
    • Perioperative care of patients undergoing epilepsy surgery.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Temporal lobe resection (Performed: 20)
    • Vagal nerve stimulator and maintenance (Performed: 30)
    • Implantation of electrodes (grids/seeg) (Performed: 30)
    • Extratemporal resections (Performed: 10)
    • Awake craniotomies (Performed: 10) 

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Cameron Elliott (Jul 20 - Jul 21)
    • Roisin Finn (Aug 21 - Aug 23)

    Functional & Epilepsy Fellowships

    Walton Functional and Complex Epilepsy Fellowship

    Based at: The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: August 2020 - July 2023, reapproved January 2024 - December 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jibril Osman-Farah, Consultant and Lead Functional Neurosurgery, with Ms. Deepti Bhargava, Consultant Functional Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    Knowledge and understanding: Understands the anatomic and physiologic substrates of movement disorders, pain, spasticity and epilepsy, the science behind Neuromodulation for movement disorders and pain, and understands epilepsy networks. Evaluates the benefits and risks of Deep Brain Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation and surgery for epilepsy. Critically appraises relevant literature.

    Practical (Clinical and Technical) Skills: Formulates sensible management plan in clinic and wards including patient selection for surgery, troubleshoots any post-operative issues, effectively participates in MDT meetings, plans surgical targets using planning software, and is able to independently carry out the procedure.

    Personal and professional skills: Able to critique own and departmental outcomes, participates in research, present work at scientific meetings.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Assessment and selection of patients suitable for neuromodulation, spasticity and epilepsy surgery.
    • Assessment and management of patients with facial pain.
    • Be skilled in planning and performing DBS, SCS, PNS, SEEG, resection of tumour/tissue in eloquent areas, VNS and intrathecal drug delivery device placement procedures independently or with minimal supervision.
    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    The Supervisor states: “The fellow will be involved in a total of 300/year procedures (assisting, performing under the supervision and performing independently) these procedures include; DBS, SCS, pump, MVD for TGN, epilepsy resections, resection in eloquent areas, an ablative procedure for pain/movement disorders, neuro-restoration.

    “The fellow should be able to independently perform:
    • 30 DBS and 30 SCS cases (excluding maintenance)
    • 20 epilepsy (resections/monitoring) and 10 VNS cases
    • 20 spasticity cases (pumps and ablative)
    • 15 balloon compression cases
    • 10 microvascular decompression procedures"

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Rafal Szylak (Aug 19 - Jul 22)
    • Vishwas Vijayendra (Nov 20 - Oct 22)
    • Damiano Giuseppe Barone (Aug 22 - Jul 23)

    Functional Neurosurgery Fellowships

    North Bristol Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: North Bristol NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: March 2019 – May 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Dr Reiko Ashida, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Competence in appropriate patient selection, surgical planning and operative management of movement disorder patients.
    • Completion of a relevant research project in the field of functional neurosurgery and presentation at a national conference.
    • Familiarity with novel indications for DBS surgery and stereotactic lesioning and use of novel DBS technology such as directional electrodes.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Competence in patient selection for DBS for movement disorders
    • Competence in stereotactic surgical planning for DBS
    • Competence in performing DBS surgery

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    The fellow would be expected to perform 50–60 primary DBS procedures for Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, Essential tremor and MS tremor. In addition, the fellow would perform approximately 40 DBS generator replacements. In addition, the fellow would be involved in a small number of DBS implantations for non-movement disorders such as pain (up to 5 per year) and five to ten robot assisted biopsies.

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Reiko Ashida (Aug 19–Jul 20)

    Nottingham Neuromodulation Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved March 2023 – February 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Surajit Basu, Consultant Neurosurgeon & Head of Service & Mr Harshal Ingale, consultant Neurosurgeon. Mr Michael Vloeberghs gives additional supervision for paediatric functional neurosurgery.

    Fellowship duration: 12 months [extendable if necessary]

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Independently manage functional and facial pain clinics
    • Independently manage functional operating lists
    • Learn nuances of functional neurosurgery MDT decision making
    • Present functional research topics and attend the relevant meetings (e.g. BSSFN or NSUKI)
    • Publish functional research project

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Independently manage functional/facial pain clinics
    • Independently manage functional operating lists
    • Learn nuances of functional MDT decision making

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Insertion of spinal cord stimulator (30)
    • Insertion of deep brain stimulator (20)
    • Insertion of vagal nerve stimulator (20-30)
    • Paediatric Selective dorsal rhizotomy (20)
    • Battery change (50)
    • Balloon compression of trigeminal nerve (15)
    • Microvascular decompression (15)
    • Epilepsy procedures (5)

    Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved July 2014; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022; reapproved September 2023 - August 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Alexander Green, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr James FitzGerald, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • To be able to perform DBS and spinal cord stimulation (SCS);
    • To be able to perform Spinal Cord Stimulation;
    • To be able to teach functional surgery at ST level.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Be able to perform DBS unassisted
    • Be able to perform SCS unassisted
    • Be competent at a clinical selection of DBS and SCS patients
    • Understand movement disorders
    • Understand the current patho-physiological theories of pain

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • DBS: Total 30; Performed 15
    • SCS: Total 40; Performed 20 (this could be divided into 50% percuataneous and 50% open paddle electrodes)
    • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (DRG): Total 20; Performed 5-10 

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Devaraj Pancharatnam (Feb 14 - Feb 15)
    • Bilal Mirza (Feb 15 - Feb 16)
    • Andrew Tarnaris (Feb 16 - Jan 17)
    • Andreas Nowacki (Feb 18 - Jan 19)
    • Georgios Zilidis (Feb 19 - Feb 20)
    • Oliver Flouty (Jan - Jun 20)
    • Adnan Shaikh (Aug 20 - Aug 21)
    • Pier Thomas (Apr 21 - Apr 22)

    Queen Square Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved June 2019 – August 2022; reapproved December 2023 - November 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Ludvic Zrinzo, Professor of Functional Neurosurgery

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Able to conduct a multidisciplinary clinic for movement disorders and select appropriate patients and procedures
    • Able to perform a functional stereotactic intervention (DBS or ablation)
    • Able to select patients and suitable procedures for facial pain
    • Able to perform percutaneous procedures / DBS for trigeminal neuralgia
    • Working knowledge of neuromodulation and troubleshooting

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Patient selection for functional neurosurgery procedures
    • Perioperative care of patients undergoing functional neurosurgery
    • Stereotactic ablation / DBS procedures
    • Microvascular decompression of cranial nerves

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Deep brain stimulation (Performed: 25)
    • Microvascular decompression (Performed: 15)
    • DBS maintenance procedures (Performed: 40)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Ali Rajabian (Aug 18 - Aug 20)

    Wessex Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: Centre for Functional Neurosurgery Wessex Neurological Centre; University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved December 2023 – November 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Girish Vajramani, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    The primary aim of this fellowship program is to train the registrars to develop expertise in functional neurosurgery.  The fellow will participate in the evaluation of patients in the outpatient clinic, collaborate with allied specialties, participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and will learn all aspects of surgical treatments in functional neurosurgery. 

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Assist in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care
    • Assist in the clinic, ward and teaching
    • General neurosurgery on call
    • Percutaneous and paddle SCS implants
    • Occipital Nerve Stimulation for headache
    • Doppler guided greater occipital nerve blocks and Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation procedures
    • MVD for neurovascular conflict syndromes
    • Trigeminal Balloon compression, Sphenopalatine ganglion block
    • DBS, Thalamotomy
    • Intrathecal Baclofen Treatment
    • Epilepsy surgery- Resections, Depth electrodes, VNS

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • 12 DBS
    • 12 Thalamotomy
    • 75 SCS cases
    • 10 epilepsy (resections/monitoring) and 10 VNS cases
    • 20 spasticity cases
    • 25 balloon compression cases
    • 20 Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks
    • 12 microvascular decompression procedures

    Hydrocephalus Fellowships

    Queen Square Hydrocephalus Neurosurgery Fellowship

    Based at: The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: November 2019 – January 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Laurence Watkins, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Able to conduct a complex hydrocephalus clinic
    • Able to perform and interpret intracranial pressure monitoring
    • Able to perform and interpret CSF infusion studies
    • Able to select patients with complex hydrocephalus for surgical intervention
    • Able to perform complex hydrocephalus procedures including neuronavigation

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Patient selection for cICP monitoring
    • Perioperative care of hydrocephalus patients
    • Neuronavigation use in shunt insertion
    • An endoscopic component
    • Foramen magnum decompression

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Axum guided VP shunt insertion (Performed: 30)
    • Complex shunt revision (Performed: 30)
    • ICP insertion / interpretation (Performed: 40)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Mohamed Elborady (Aug 19 - Feb 21)

    Neuro-oncology Fellowships

    King’s Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuro Surgical Oncology, London

    Based at: Neurosciences Department, King's College Hospital, London 

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: First approved July 2018; reapproved October 2021 - September 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Keyoumars Ashkan, Lead Clinician for Neuro-Oncology, with Mr Ranj Bhangoo, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • The fellow will be expected to perform the majority of the oncology neurosurgical cases after appropriate assessments and investigations using advanced adjuvant tools.
    • The fellow will be expected to attend one or two national/international meetings within a year, present abstracts and submit papers in peer-reviewed journals.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Perform neuro-oncological procedures with navigation, gliolan, U/S, neuro-monitoring and awake craniotomies
    • Assess and investigate appropriately and manage non operatively the neuro-oncological patient

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Neuro-navigation-guided craniotomies: Total: 225; Performed: 175
    • Fluorescence-guided procedures: Total: 115; Performed: 105
    • Intra-operative monitoring assisted procedures: Total: 85; Performed: 70
    • Asleep – awake – asleep procedures: Total: 25; Performed: 20
    • Ultrasound-guided procedures: Total: 75; Performed: 65
    • Stealth-guided biopsies: Total: 35; Performed: 15
    • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation guided procedures: Total: 45; Performed: 30
    • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomies: Total: 4; Performed: 2
    • Ventriculo-Peritoneal Shunts: Total: 20; Performed: 15
    • Supratentorial Craniotomies: Total: 190; Performed: 150
    • Infratentorial Craniotomies: Total: 55; Performed: 45

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Jose Lavrador (May 18 - May 20)
    • Sally-Ann Samantha Price (Feb 21- Mar 22)

    Leeds Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship

    Based at: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved October 2015; reapproved March 2019 - May 2022; reapproved June 2023 - May 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Robert Corns, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr John Goodden, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Ability to perform image guided brain tumour biopsy and debulking operations with minimal residual disease on scan and minimal complications.
    • Ability to manage patients with brain tumours independently, thus able to take up independent consultant subspecialty practice.
    • Ability to understand neuroncology and gamma knife services and to work within MDT teams.
    • Ability to run clinical trials and / or lab based academic research.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Competence at brain tumour biopsy (level 4)
    • Competence at brain tumour debulking (level 4)
    • Competence in assessing and managing patients with brain tumours

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Craniotomy and debulking of high grade tumour: Total: 50; Performed: 25;
    • Awake craniotomy for low grade glioma: Total: 25; Performed: 15;
    • Excision of metastases or benign tumours: Total: 30; Performed: 15;
    • Stereotactic image guided biopsy: Total: 40; Performed: 30

    Supervisor additional comment:

    "This is an excellent fellowship for developing subspecialty oncological surgical skills.  Whilst the full range of surgical procedures is undertaken in this unit and there are lots of opportunities to explore most avenues, the main focus of this fellowship is on awake low grade glioma surgery and high grade tumour surgery.  The exposure in these areas is exceptional.”

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Harsha Narayanamurthy (Aug 19 - Jul 20)
    • Bassam Dabbous (Aug 20 - Aug 21)
    • James Livermore (Aug 21 - Jul 22)

    North Bristol Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship

    Based at: North Bristol NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved July 2015; reapproved March 2019 - May 2022; reapproved December 2022 - November 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Venkat Iyer, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • To achieve holistic management of the brain tumour patient - both surgical and non-surgical.
    • Competent in performing complex brain tumour surgery using advanced surgical and radiological techniques.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Competence in image-guided biopsy and craniotomy of neuro-oncological lesions.
    • Competence in awake craniotomy for eloquent lesions.
    • Competence in the use of intraoperative neurophysiology.
    • Competence in intra-operative MRI scanning.
    • Competence in counselling pre-operative patients on treatment options.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Supervisor: “I would expect the fellow to perform around 60 - 70 brain tumour operations in 12 months (excluding biopsies)”

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Amr Mohamed (Aug 15 - Aug 16)
    • Angelo Pichierri (Aug 16 - Aug 17)
    • Liviu Nicolae (Aug 17 - Jul 18)
    • Christos Anagnostopoulos  (Aug 18 - Jul 19)
    • Veejay Bagga (Aug 19 - Aug 20)

    North East London & Essex Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

    Based at: Trust Barts Health NHS Trust and Barking Havering & Redbridge NHS Trusts

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved December 2022 – November 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Ms Grainne McKenna Consultant Neurosurgeon at Barts Healthcare Hospital. Mr Nikolaos Haliasos, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospital.

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • CBD/CEX/MCR demonstrating attainment of knowledge and clinical skills required for the assessment and management of patients with the aforementioned conditions, as specified in the Special Interest Training curriculum of the Neurosurgery Curriculum on ISCP.
    • To achieve competence in the surgical and clinical management of patients with intra-axial brain tumours (both primary and metastatic), intraventricular and pineal region tumours including the use of advanced surgical techniques, to the level of a day-one consultant in neuro-oncological neurosurgery.
    • To be able to take full part in a neuro-oncology MDT as a neurosurgical representative and chair when necessary.
    • To achieve competence in the neurosurgical aspects of multidisciplinary management of patients with intrinsic brainstem tumours and patients undergoing radiosurgery/stereotactic radiotherapy

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Achieve competence in the application of advanced surgical techniques to the management of patients with brain tumours.
    • Achieve competence in the surgical and clinical management of low grade intrinsic tumours.
    • Achieve competence in the clinical management of patients with intraventricular and pineal region tumours.
    • Achieve competence in the surgical aspects of the multidisciplinary management of patients with intrinsic brainstem tumours.
    • Achieve competence in the neurosurgical aspects of the multidisciplinary management of patients undergoing radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Asleep craniotomy for intrinsic tumour/metastasis (Performed: 50)
    • Awake craniotomy for intrinsic tumour/metastasis (Performed: 15)
    • Endoscopic intraventricular procedures - non-tumour (e.g. hydrocephalus) (Performed: 5)
    • Stereotactic biopsy of brain tumour (Performed: 50)
    • Craniotomy or endoscopic procedure for intraventricular tumour (Performed: 2)

    Nottingham Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

    Based at: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved December 2022 – November 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Professor Stuart Smith, Professor of Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Independently manage rapid access neuro-oncology clinic.
    • Independently manage neuro-oncology operating lists (although supervision will be provided where needed).
    • Learn nuances of neuro-oncology MDT decision making.
    • Present neuro-oncology research topic and relevant meeting (e.g. BNOS/SNO etc).
    • Publish neuro-oncology research project.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Independently manage rapid access neuro-oncology clinic.
    • Independently manage neuro-oncology operating lists (although supervision will be provided where needed).
    • Learn nuances of neuro-oncology MDT decision making

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Craniotomy for intrinsic tumours i.e. low grade/high-grade glioma and metastases (image guidance + ultrasound +- monitoring +- asleep/awake monitoring +- intra-op MRI) (Performed: 50).
    • Image-guided biopsy of intrinsic brain tumour (stealth and brainlab-guided) (Performed: 25).
    • Other procedures (excision of spinal intradural/intramedullary tumours, microscopic/endoscopic intraventricular tumours, extra-axial lesions e.g. meningiomas) (Performed: 25).

    Oxford Neuro Oncology Fellowship

    Based at: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved October 2022 – September 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Puneet PlahaConsultant

    Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Develop operative skills in complex neuro-oncology cases including awake craniotomy and endoscope assisted surgery.
    • Develop decision-making skills and be able to form an assessment of patients and their suitability for surgery
    • Be able to lead and manage a neuro-oncology MDT and outpatient clinic
    • Complete a clinical audit
    • Produce at least one peer reviewed publication

     Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    The fellow is expected to be able to operate as a subspecialty consultant and be confident and independent in the use of awake craniotomy, intraoperative monitoring, tractography, endoscopic assisted surgery and integrated ultrasound by the end of their fellowship. The fellow will be able to run a neuro-oncology MDT and outpatient clinic.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Each week 50-60 cases are discussed in the neuro-oncology MDT.

    Operative cases per year are 300-350 (this includes gliomas, metastases, intraventricular tumours, meningiomas and brainstem gliomas using a combination of awake craniotomy, intraoperative monitoring, tractography, endoscopic assisted surgery and integrated ultrasound).

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Joy Roach (Jan 22 - Jan 23)

    Salford Royal Neuro-oncology Surgery Fellowship 

    Based at: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust 

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: July 2018 - September 2021; reaccredited October 2021 - September 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Miss Konstantina Karabatsou, Consultant Neurosurgeon & Clinical Lead for Neuro-oncology, with Mr Pietro D’Urso, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Attendance at Neurooncology MDTs and Clinics- should have at least 67 percent attendance at the MDTs.
    • Should have completed two (at least one) departmental audits on neurooncology conditions.
    • Should present at National & International meetings projects/research undertaken during his/her Fellowship.
    • Should be able to carry craniotomies independently with intraoperative mapping in tumours within eloquent areas.
    • Should be able to carry out independently a fluoresceine-guided resection in a patient with a high grade glioma.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Decision making in neurooncology surgery
    • Competence in mapping techniques during tumour surgery
    • Enhance microsurgical & Endoscopic skills
    • Maximize the use of Neuronavigation & Ultrasound during tumour surgery

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    The fellow would be expected to get involved in at least 80-100 CNS tumour cases by the end of the Fellowship to allow him/her to consolidate their operative experience in CNS tumour surgery and in particular to more advanced procedures, with an indicative list stated below:

    1. Craniotomy for an intrinsic brain tumour with intraoperative monitoring: Total: 20; Performed: 10
    2. Awake craniotomy techniques in tumours within eloquent areas: Total: 15; Performed: 4
    3. Craniotomy for high grade glioma with fluoresceine guidance: Total: 30; Performed: 15
    4. Craniotomy for low-grade gliomas: Total: 14; Performed: 7
    5. Craniotomy for meningioma: Total: 8; Performed: 4
    6. Endoscopic biopsy/resection of intrinsic brain tumour: Total: 2; Performed: 1
    7. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy: Total: 3; Performed: 2
    8. Stereotactic biopsy of intrinsic brain tumour: Total: 6; Performed: 4
    9. Approaches to 4th ventricular tumour: Total: 2; Performed: 1
    10. Pineal surgery approaches: Total: 1-2; Performed: 0
    11. Interhemispheric approach to midline tumours: Total: 2; Performed: 1
    12. Excision / debulking of intramedullary spinal cord lesion with intraoperative monitoring: Total: 3; Performed: 1

    Please note for procedures 1, 2, 3, and 4 there can be an overlap in the techniques used, i.e Awake craniotomy for an intrinsic brain tumour with intraoperative monitoring

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Alex Leggate (Aug 17 - Aug 18)
    • Isaac Phang (Aug 18 - Aug 19)
    • Adam Razak (Sept 19 - Apr 21)
    • Salman Mohammed Shaikh (Oct 22 - Sep 23)

    Wessex Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship, Southampton

    Based at: University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved in July 2012; reapproved October 2015; reapproved June 2019; reapproved September 2022 - August 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Paul Grundy, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr Andrew Durnford, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    By the end of the Fellowship, the student will have the ability to:

    • Run an independent neuro-oncology surgical operating list for all common conditions.
    • Manage a comprehensive range of neuro-oncology patients in the in-patient and out-patient settings.
    • Run a neuro-oncology MDT meeting and work effectively with the team.
    • Communicate effectively with staff, patients and relatives.
    • Have acquired the skills required to deliver shared decision-making.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    See learning outcomes

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Virtually no assisted (single figures)
    • Almost all performed, 75% supervised, 25% unsupervised
    • Image-guided burr hole biopsy for tumour 75
    • Craniotomy for resection of intrinsic tumour 100
    • Craniotomy for meningioma 20
    • Awake craniotomy 40

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Constantinos Charalambides (Feb 13 - Feb 14)
    • Vasileios Apostolopoulos (Jun 14 - Jun 15)
    • Victoria Wykes (Nov 15 - Nov 16)
    • Julian Cahill (Jan 17 - Dec 17)
    • Anna Solth (May 18 - Mar 19)
    • Kathrin J Whitehouse (May - Dec 19)
    • Chan Huan Wee (Jan 20 - Jan 21)
    • Severina Leu (Jan 21 - Jan 22)

    Neurosurgery Spine Fellowships

    Bristol Spinal Surgery Fellowship

    Based at: Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: March 2022 - February 2025

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Nitin Patel, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    Exposure to a full spectrum of orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal practice:

    • Adult & paediatric deformity
    • Spinal tumours (including intradural)
    • Degenerative spine conditions including posterior & anterior approaches
    • Spinal trauma
    • Craniocervical junction disorders & syringomyelia
    • Attend weekly multi-disciplinary meetings attended by both neurosurgical and orthopaedic spinal surgeons 

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    Operative competencies:

    • Posterior instrumented fusion including interbody fusion
    • Anterior approaches to the spine including XLIF and ALIF
    • Image guidance for spinal instrumentation
    • Experience in osteotomy techniques & deformity correction
    • Anterior and posterior approaches to the cervical spine
    • Intradural spinal surgery

    Non-operative:

    • Principles of spinal deformity
    • Management of spinal trauma and tumours
    • Management of degenerative radiculopathy / myelopathy
    • Management of degenerative stenosis in association with spondylolisthesis

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Orthopaedic Operations

    • Spinal Trauma: 15
    • Spinal Degenerative: 50
    • Spinal Deformity: 30
    • Spinal Tumour: 10
    • Spinal Infections: 5
    • Paeds Deformity: 25

    Neurosurgery Operations

    • Spinal Trauma: 20
    • Spinal Degenerative: 75
    • Spinal Tumour: 15
    • Spinal infection: 5

    Additional Operations:

    • Posterior lumbar decompression/microdiscectomy: 50
    • Posterior lumbar instrumented fusion: 50
    • XLIF/ALIF: 10
    • Posterior cervical decompression: 15
    • ACDF: 30
    • Intradural tumour resection: 10
    • Scoliosis correction: 20

    Central London Complex Spine Fellowship

    Based at: The University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: February 2021 - January 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Professor David Choi, Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon at the NHNN, with Mr Panagiotis Liantis, Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital

    Fellowship duration: 18 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Ability to select patients for spinal surgery
    • Appreciation of surgical anatomy related to spinal approaches
    • Ability to perform cervical lateral mass screws, thoraco-lumbar pedicle screws, lumbar interbody fusion (LIF) (Transforaminal LIF and experience of Anterior LIF / eXtreme LIF), minimally invasive approaches

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Patient selection for complex spinal surgery, in particular, instrumented fusion for metastatic, degenerative, and traumatic pathologies, and intradural pathology
    • Ability to perform through a range of approaches to instrumented spinal fixation from the occiput to the sacrum, including with the use of imaging guidance
    • Ability to perform minimally invasive decompressive procedures using tubular or endoscopic techniques

    Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

    The Supervisors say: “Approximately 400 cases to be undertaken during the 18 month fellowship, with a spread of simple degenerative incl. minimally invasive, instrumented fusion (anterior/posterior approaches, from cranio-cervical junction to sacrum) and paediatric deformity.”

    Example of case numbers over an 18-month Fellowship:

    9 months NHNN | 9 months GSTT | 18 months total  | As primary surgeon

    • Cranio-cervical junction (incl. occipitocervical, trans-oral): 8 | 3 | 11 | 8
    • Anterior cervical (incl. ACDF, ACDR, corpectomy): 31 | 30 | 61 | 46
    • Posterior cervical instrumented: 15 | 10 | 25 | 19
    • Thoracotomy: 4 | 5 | 9 | 7
    • Posterior thoracic instrumented: 14 | 15 | 29 | 22
    • Anterior/lateral lumbar (incl. ALIF/XLIF): 7 | 30 | 37 | 28
    • Posterior lumbar instrumented (incl. TLIF): 22 | 30 | 52 | 39
    • Intradural (incl. tumour, vascular, DREZ): 32 | 2 | 34 | 26
    • Simple posterior cervical: 8 | 10 | 18 | 14
    • Simple posterior thoracic: 4 | 5 | 9 | 7
    • Simple posterior lumbar: 36 | 30 | 66 | 50
    • Endoscopic Skull Base: 16 | 0 | 16 | 12
    • Misc (incl. peripheral nerve, general cranial): 30 | 0 | 30 | 23
    • Adult Scoliosis: 0 | 20 | 20 | 15
    • Adolescent Scoliosis: 0 | 20 | 20 | 15
    • Total: 225 | 210 | 435 | 326

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Edward Dyson (Aug 20 - Feb 22)
    • Nathalie Zaidman (Aug 20 - Feb 22)

    Hull Neurosurgery Complex Spine Fellowship

    Based at: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: March 2021 - February 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Vasileios Arzoglou, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    The Supervisor states:

    “It is expected for the candidate to develop competence and independence in common complex spine conditions. The fellowship holder is expected to be able to deal with complications arising from complex spine surgeries as well. Apart from surgical management the fellowship holder is expected to develop her/his clinical acumen and decision making for conservative management. S/he is also expected to be able to run an outpatient clinic independently. S/he is also expected to actively participate during MDTs and develop managerial skills with regards to coordination of theatre lists and discharges.”

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    The Supervisor states:

    "The post holder by the end of his/her placement would be expected, subject to satisfactory interim assessments, to have performed independently in the capacity of the primary surgeon the following surgeries:

    • Open fixation of thoracolumbar spine
    • MIS fixation of thoracolumbar spine
    • Pedicle screw fixation with cortical bone trajectory
    • PLIF / TLIF (and MIS variants)
    • Posterior fixation of the cervical spine (C3-C7)
    • Anterior thoracic approach
    • Lateral Lumbar Interbody fusion with Intraoperative (surgeon guided) nerve monitoring
    • Intradural extramedullary surgeries with Intraoperative (surgeon guided) nerve monitoring
    • Anterior Cervical corpectomy

    Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • MIS fixation of thoracolumbar spine (Performed: 10)
    • Posterior or Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody fusion (Performed: 10)
    • Posterior fixation of the cervical spine (C3-C7) (Performed: 2)
    • Intradural extramedullary surgeries with Intraoperative (surgeon guided) nerve monitoring (Performed: 2)
    • Lateral Lumbar Interbody fusion with Intraoperative (surgeon guided) nerve monitoring (Performed: 2)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Khalid Mohmoud (Sep 21 - Sep 22)

    King's Complex Spine Fellowship

    Based at: King’s College Hospital NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: October 2019 – December 2022; reapproved March 2023 - February 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Gordan Grahovac

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • To perform independently index procedures relevant to the spinal fellowship.
    • Reviewing clinical decision for conservative and surgical management in outpatient clinics.
    • Reviewing clinical decision during MDT's, coordination of theatre lists and discharges.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Ability to do MDT administration and delivery for tertiary referrals.
    • Knowledge of surgical multidisciplinary procedures.
    • Ability to prioritise clinical needs.
    • Ability to maximise safety and minimise risk.
    • Completion of relevant skills course.

    Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar decompressive laminectomy: Total: 50; Performed: 40
    • Open Cervical, thoracic and lumbar fixation: Total: 50; Performed: 30
    • MIS thoracic and lumbar fixation: Total: 30; Performed: 20
    • Intradural spinal tumour resection: Total: 10; Performed: 5
    • Open and minimal invasive interbody fixation: Total: 20; Performed: 10

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Faheem Khan (Oct 19 - Oct 20)
    • Aminul Ahmed (Oct 20 - Sept 21)

    Leeds Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship

    Based at: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: October 2021 - September 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Chris Derham, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months
      
    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Develop competence in the management of traumatic degenerative, benign and malignant neoplastic spinal disease to the level of a day one consultant neurosurgeon with an interest in complex spinal surgery.
    • Present spinal anatomy talk at local teaching meeting to demonstrate knowledge of the subject.
    • Achieve full competency in the day-to-day management of elective and acute spinal ward patients.
    • Gain a full understanding of and participation in MDT working in order to optimise patient outcomes.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Clinically assess and formulate non-operative and operative management plans for all elective and emergency presentations of degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic and congenital adult spinal pathology.
    • Perform anterior and posterior instrumented cervical surgery including cranio-vertebral junction stabilisation.
    • Perform posterior instrumented surgery in the thoracic and lumbar spine.
    • Perform surgery for intradural spinal pathology.
    • Ability to lead spinal MDT as neurosurgical member.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Instrumented cervical fusion (anterior or posterior) (Performed: 20)
    • Instrumented thoracolumbar fusion (posterior) (Performed: 15)
    • Debulking/resection of the intradural, extramedullary lesion (Performed: 10)
    • Debulking of the intradural, intramedullary lesion (Performed: 3)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Arnab Ghosh (Nov 20 - Nov 21)
    • Jahangir Sajjad (Dec 21 - Nov 22)

    Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship

    Based at: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: BASS & SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved November 2015; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Kuriakose Joshi George, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery; with Mr John Leach, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Spinal Neurosurgery

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Attendance at MDTs. Morbidity Mortality meetings and clinics - should have at least 60 percent attendance at the MDTs.
    • Submitted for publication at least one paper in a peer reviewed journal, work done in the fellowship.
    • Logbook – Should have at least 70 instrumented spinal cases by the end of the fellowship.
    • Should have performed independently lumbar fusion, thoracic spinal instrumentation and posterior cervical instrumentation.
    • Exposure to all major spinal pathology, complex reconstructive spinal surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery and anterior as well as posterior spine approaches.
    • Should have completed one departmental audit on spine related conditions.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Independently perform posterior lumbar thoracic and cervical instrumented fusion
    • Perform under supervision minimally invasive spine surgery
    • Decision making in complex spine surgery

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    (see Learning Outcomes above)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of fellowship):

    • Ankur Saxena (Oct 15 - Oct 16)
    • Deb Roy (Oct 16 - Jul 17)
    • Mazhar Iqbal (Aug 17 - Jul 18)
    • Shivan Marya (Aug 19 - Aug 20)
    • Subodh Patil (Aug 19 - Aug 20)
    • Ali Rajabian (Aug 20 - Sept 21)
    • Muhammad Dherijha (Aug 21 - Jul 22)
    • Abrar Sahibzada (Aug 21 - Oct 22)

    Sir Hugh Cairns Complex Spine Fellowship

    Based at: Barts Health NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: August 2020 - July 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jonathan Bull, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Competent in independently managing a full range of spinal trauma admissions seen at a world-class Level 1 Trauma Centre
    • Appreciation and development of subspecialty interests within spinal surgery to include, infection, MSCC, deformity, paediatric
    • Development of, and towards independent practice for readiness for appointment

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Manage a spinal operating list at the level expected of a day one consultant
    • Manage a spinal outpatient clinic at the level expected of a day one consultant
    • Manage a spinal MDT at the level expected of a day one consultant
    • Manage the unselected emergency spinal take at the level expected of a day one consultant
    • Manage the ward rounds and ongoing care of spinal inpatients at the level expected of a day one consultant

    Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion or disc replacement including corpectomy and anterior cervical plating (Performed: 40)
    • Posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar decompression (Performed: 60)
    • Posterior cervical, thoracic and lumbar fixation including atlantoaxial fusion (Performed: 40)
    • Intradural tumour resection (Performed: 5)
    • Deformity correction (Performed: 5)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of fellowship):

    • Fahid Rasul (Aug 19 - Oct 20)
    • Faheem Khan (Oct 20 - Oct 22)

    Neurotrauma Fellowships

    Barts Neurotrauma Fellowship

    Based at: The Barts Health NHS Trust, London

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: March 2020 – May 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Chris Uff, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Head of Department, with Miss Grainne McKenna, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • The post-holder is competent in decision making regarding the acute management of severe TBI including liaison with allied acute specialties including Pre-Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery, ITU and Anaesthetics.
    • The post-holder is competent in decision making regarding the ITU management of severe TBI including liaison with allied acute specialties including Trauma Surgery, ENT, Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Plastic Surgery ITU and Anaesthetics.
    • The post-holder develops outstanding communication skills.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Competence in the clinical assessment, investigation and treatment of the severe head injury.
    • Management of the sequelae of subarachnoid haemorrhage including cranioplasty hydrocephalus.
    • Management of complex craniofacial injuries in partnership with allied specialties (Max-Fax, Plastics, ENT).
    • Competence in the management of severe head injury in the context of poly-trauma.
    • Management of the sequelae of head-injury in the outpatient setting in association with therapy and psychology services.

    Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Trauma craniotomy (including bifrontal decompressive craniectomy and contusionectomy): Adult and paediatric (Performed: 50)
    • Cranioplasty including complex cranio-facial reconstruction (Performed: 25)
    • V-P shunt for complex post traumatic hydrocephalus (navigated) (Performed: 25)Anterior skull base reconstruction (open and endoscopic) (Performed: 10)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of fellowship):

    • Dr Philip O'Halloran (Sept 20 - Sept 21)
    • Stuart Roberts (Sep 21 - Aug 22)

    Neurovascular Fellowships

    King's Neurovascular Fellowship, London

    Based at: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved September 2012; reapproved February 2016; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022; reapproved March 2023 - February 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Christos Tolias, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr Ahilan Kailaya-Vasan, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Competence in the clinical assessment, investigation and treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.
    • Management of the sequelae of subarachnoid haemorrhage including delayed cerebral ischaemia and hydrocephalus.
    • Counselling of patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations.
    • Complete a laboratory microvascular anastomosis course.
    • Supervise a more junior trainee carrying out a pterional craniotomy to approach an aneurysm.
    • Competent to expose the carotid vessels for access and/or for carotid endarterectomy.
    • SDOPS- Competency level 3: Orbitozygomatic craniotomy.
    • SDOPS- Competency level 3: Far lateral posterior fossa craniotomy.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Procedural Based Assessment-Competency level 4: Anterior Circulation Aneurysm
    • Procedural Based Assessment-Competency level 3: Posterior Circulation Aneurysm
    • Procedural Based Assessment-Competency level 4: Supratentorial / Posterior fossa arteriovenous malformation
    • Procedural Based Assessment-Competency level 4: Image guided resection of cavernoma
    • Procedural Based Assessment-Competency level 2: Superficial temporal artery to MCA bypass

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Technical competence will be sought according to the current ISCP syllabus ST8 training in Neurovascular surgery and will require approximately, but is not limited to (Level of competence 1-4):

    • 4 pterional approaches
    • 3 interhemispheric approaches
    • 3 tempero-zygomatic and related approaches
    • 2 exposures of the basilar termination
    • 2 Exposure of the vertebral artery and PICA
    • 3 Clipping of anterior circulation aneurysms
    • 2 Clipping of complex anterior circulation aneurysms
    • 3 saphenous vein/radial artery harvests
    • 4 evacuation of AVM associated haematomas
    • 3 Microsurgical resection of a superficial cortical AVM
    • 2 Microsurgical resections of the posterior fossa or paraventricular AVMs
    • 2 exploration and closure of supratentorial dural arteriovenous fistulae
    • 2 extracranial vascular Anastomosis
    • 1 intracranial Anastomosis

    Please note that all our recent fellows have consistently (depending on ability) clipped between 20-30 aneurysms / year

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Christopher Uff (Nov 12 - Nov 13)
    • Catia Gradil (Feb 15 - Jan 16)
    • Ian Anderson (Feb 17 - Jan 18)
    • Ahilan Kailaya-Vasan (Aug 18 - Jul 19)
    • Benjamin Fisher (Aug 20 - Oct 21)
    • Samuel Hall (Nov 21 - Nov 22)

    Leeds Neurovascular Fellowship

    Based at: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: First approved in October 2018; reapproved January 2022 - December 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Kenan Deniz, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr Ian Anderson, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Perform craniotomy and clipping of anterior circulation aneurysm as a lead surgeon without the need for senior intervention.
    • Perform craniotomy and extirpation of AVM.
    • Present neurovascular anatomy talk at local teaching meetings to demonstrate knowledge of the subject.
    • Publish on neurovascular surgery.
    • Presentation of work at National or International Conference.
    • Achieve full competency in the day-to-day management of elective and acute Neurovascular ward patients.
    • Gain full understanding of and participation in MDT working in order to optimise patient outcomes.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Level one: Intracranial microvascular anastomosis.
    • Level two: Exposure of basilar termination; Exposure of the vertebral artery and PICA; Clipping of complex anterior circulation aneurysm; Microsurgical resection of paraventricular and posterior fossa AVM; Exploration and closure of supratentorial dAVF; Carotid endarterectomy; Extracranial vascular anastomosis.
    • Level three: Interhemispheric approaches; Temporo-zygomatic and related approaches; Clipping of saccular anterior circulation aneurysm; Harvest of saphenous vein and radial artery grafts; Microsurgical resection of superficial cortical AVM.
    • Level four: Pterional approach; Evacuation of intracerebral haematoma associated with an AVM.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    1. 30 -35 aneurysm clippings per year
    • Of which approx 10 will be for ruptured aneurysms.
    • Of which approx 5-10 will be minimally invasive.
    • Of which the Fellow (dependent on pre-Fellowship experience and ability) expected to be primary performing surgeon in 25-30 minimum.
    2. 10 cranial AVMs
    • Of which 1-2 will be for an acute haemorrhage and evacuation of haematoma.
    • All of which are likely to be ‘Open’ procedures.
    • Of which the Fellow (dependent on pre-Fellowship experience and ability) expected to be primary operating surgeon for 5-7.
    3. 6 spinal vascular cases (DAVF and AVM)
    • Of which the Fellow, who is at the end of their Neurosurgical training, is expected to be the primary operating surgeon for all, or the vast majority, of the DAVF cases.
    • The Fellow is expected to be a primary operating surgeon for a far smaller proportion of spinal AVM operative procedures given their complexity - this is a rarer pathology and the vast majority of spinal vascular cases will be DAVF.
    4. Cranial cavernoma surgery: 5 cases
    • The Fellow is expected to perform 3-5 of these procedures as a primary operating surgeon, dependent on the Fellow’s surgical experience and the location of the cavernoma within the brain.
    5. A handful (<2/yr) of cranial bypass procedures
    • Future Fellows will hopefully be involved with more of these cases as we look to do more in Leeds.
    • At present the numbers will be very low and, whilst the Fellow will get to perform part of the procedure, their role will be largely restricted to being the assistant due to the complexity of the case and the very small numbers of these cases the Consultants themselves will be performing.

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Mihai Danciut (Jan 18 - Jan 19)
    • Jinendra Ekanayake (Feb 19 - Feb 20)
    • Dan Brown (Aug 20 - Apr 21)
    • Craig Robson (Aug 21 - Jan 23)

    Queen Square Neurovascular Fellowship

    Based at: The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: December 2019 - February 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Miss Mary Murphy, Clinical Director of Neurosurgery, with Mr Ahmed Toma, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Able to adequately interpret relevant imaging studies
    • Able to discuss treatment modality indications and plans with referring physicians
    • Able to identify the relative risks and benefits of different treatment modalities for neurovascular disorders
    • Able to establish a treatment plan for neurovascular conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice
    • Able to understand the relevant neurovascular anatomy to perform neurovascular surgery safely
    • Able to perform the most common neurovascular procedures safely and effectively
    • Able to identify and manage the most common complications in neurovascular surgery
    • Able to identify and treat delayed cerebral ischaemia and hydrocephalus
    • Able to conduct a vascular neurosurgery clinic
    • Able to provide patients and their relatives with clear and honest information about diseases and treatments, and obtain informed consent in an informative, ethical, and respectful way

    Clinical competencies:

    • Competence in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of ruptured intracranial aneurysms
    • Competence to establish a treatment plan for neurovascular conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice
    • Identification and management of subarachnoid haemorrhage related delayed cerebral ischaemia and hydrocephalus
    • Competence in the clinical management of the most common complications in neurovascular surgery
    • Counselling of patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Clipping of Brain Aneurysm (Performed: 25)
    • Microsurgical Resection of Brain AVM (Performed: 15)
    • Resection of Supra and Infratentorial Cavernomas (Performed: 5)
    • Exploration and Disconnection of Cranial and Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae (Performed: 5)

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Carlos Botella-Campos (Feb 19 - Jul 20)
    • Will Muirhead (Feb 21 - Feb 22)

    Sheffield Senior Clinical Fellowship in Neurovascular Surgery

    Based at: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: November 2020 - October 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Kishor Choudhari, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Competence in the clinical assessment, investigation and treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.
    • Management of the sequelae of subarachnoid haemorrhage including delayed cerebral ischaemia and hydrocephalus.
    • Counselling of patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations.
    • Supervise a more junior trainee carrying out a pterional craniotomy to approach an aneurysm.
    • Competent to expose the carotid vessels for access and/or for carotid endarterectomy.
    • SDOPS- Competency level 3: Orbitozygomatic craniotomy.
    • PBA for clipping of intracranial aneurysm.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    Level 4 grade for most neurovascular operations outlined on elogbook except intracranial bypass

    • Perform craniotomy and clipping of anterior circulation aneurysm as a lead surgeon without the need for senior intervention.
    • Perform clipping of suitable aneurysms through minimally invasive approaches such as supra-orbital mini-craniotomy.
    • Perform craniotomy and resection of AVM – unruptured / emobolised previously / previously treated by radiosurgery / or in combination.
    • Perform craniotomy and evacuation of intracerebral haematoma, and clip ruptured intracranial aneurysm.
    • Perform craniotomy and evacuation of intracerebral haematoma, and resect arterio-venous malformation.
    • Achieve full competency in the day-to-day management of elective and acute Neurovascular ward and HDU patients.
    • Achieve a full understanding of and participation in MDT work aimed at optimising patient outcomes.
    • Competence in the clinical assessment, investigation and treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.
    • Competence in the management of complications of subarachnoid haemorrhage including delayed cerebral ischaemia and hydrocephalus.
    • Understanding from available literature and current guidelines with regards to rupture-risks of unruptured intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations.
    • Counselling patients harbouring unruptured vascular pathologies – aneurysms, AVMs, cavernous malformations, dural AVFs, and providing information on risks-benefits in an unbiased way.
    • Complete a laboratory-based microvascular anastomosis course.
    • Supervise junior trainees in carrying out a craniotomy to approach an aneurysm or an AVM.
    • Competent in exposing the carotid vessels for access and/or for carotid endarterectomy.
    • Able to undertake orbito-zygomatic approach for low intracranial aneurysm with supervision.
    • Able to undertake far lateral approach for posterior fossa craniotomy with supervision.
    • Able to conduct neuro-vascular clinics with minimal or no supervision.
    • Able to communicate with patients clearly, and honestly without medical jargon and provide necessary information as per principles of Good Medical Practice.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • 30 - 40 aneurysm clippings (of which approximately 50% ruptured) in the year
    • 10 cranial AVMs
    • 6 spinal AVMs / Dural AVFs
    • 5 Resection of supra/infratentorial cavernomas

    Pituitary Fellowships

    NHNN Pituitary Fellowship

    Based at: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: June 2019 – August 2022; reapproved June 2023 - May 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Neil L Dorward, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr Hani Marcus, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Ability to select patients with the pituitary disease for surgery.
    • Appreciation of surgical anatomy related to the transsphenoidal approach.
    • Ability to perform the endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach.
    • Experience with the expanded endoscopic endonasal approach.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Patient selection for pituitary surgery.
    • Surgical anatomy.
    • Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal excision of pituitary adenoma and exposure to extend skull base approaches.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    • Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal excision of pituitary adenoma: Total: 50; Performed: 20
    • Expanded endoscopic endonasal approach: Total: 10; Performed: 5
    • Transsphenoidal repair of CSF fistula: Total: 20; Performed: 10

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Hani Marcus (Aug 18 - Aug 19)
    • Ivan Cabrilo (Aug 19 - Aug 20)
    • Dace Dimante (Aug 21 - Aug 22)
    • Anne Elserius (Aug 22 - Jul 23)

    Skull Base Fellowships

    Glasgow Skull Base Fellowship

    Based at: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: February 2023 - January 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr William Taylor, Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Institute of Neurological Sciences Glasgow; Co-Supervisors are Consultant Neurosurgeons Mr Parameswaram Bhatthathiri and Mr Samih Hassan

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    Knowledge and understanding

    • To develop a holistic management strategy for patients with pituitary and skull base disorders.
    • To progress their understanding of skull base anatomy, the natural history of lesions and their management, while participating in all aspects of sub-specialist patient care.
    • To produce an original piece of research aligned with the progression in treating skull base disease.

    Practical (Clinical and Technical) Skills

    • To develop robust ability in skull base surgical approaches (both endoscopic and open) and in pre-operative evaluation and peri-operative management of patients with skull base disorders, including endocrine disturbance.
    • The ability to manage common complications of skull base surgery e.g. CSF leak.
    • To attend SRT MDT meetings and therapy sessions to develop an understanding of oncological treatment options for skull base pathology.

    Personal and professional skills

    • To be able to meaningfully contribute within sub-specialty MDTs.
    • To collaborate in a collegiate manner with associated specialties in ENT, OMFS, endocrinology and oncology.
    • The ability to evaluate all treatment options and communicate these clearly and effectively to patients to encourage autonomous decision making.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Publish an original piece of research.
    • Organise the annual Clinico-Pathological Conference on Pituitary Disease.
    • Ability to perform the trans-sphenoidal endoscopic approach for the pituitary disease.
    • Ability to perform the endoscopic approach for lesions of the anterior skull base.
    • Familiarity with rhinological techniques for skull base reconstruction.
    • Trans-cranial surgical approach for the pathology of the cerebropontine angle e.g. vestibular schwannoma.
    • The clinical assessment includes providing informed consent for patients attending sub-speciality outpatient clinics.
    • The ability to manage peri-operative complications of pituitary surgery.
    • The ability to manage common complications of skull base surgery e.g. CSF leak.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Approximately 150 cases per year (excluding emergency surgeries):

    • 60 to 80 Trans-sphenoidal operations (performed 10-30), of which:
    • 15 to 20 Extended trans-sphenoidal operations. (performed 1-5)
    • 10 to 20 Craniotomies for suprasellar tumour. (performed 5-10)
    • 6 to 8 transcranial/labrynthine approaches for vestibular schwannoma (performed 1-3)
    • 6 to 10 posterior fossa transcranial approaches for skull base tumours e.g. meningioma (performed 3-5)
    • 4 to 6 paediatric transphenoidal/skull base approaches for tumour. (performed 0-1)

    Imperial Skull Base Fellowship, London

    Based at: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: First approved January 2018; reapproved June 2021 - May 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Nigel Mendoza, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Mr Ramesh Nair, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • The Fellowship provides advanced training in the diagnosis and optimal management of patients with cranial base disorders as well as preparation for future leadership in the field of skull base surgery.
    • To give Fellows the opportunity to master skull base surgical approaches, expert evaluation and perioperative management of patients with skull base disorders.
    • Fellows will acquire an in-depth knowledge of skull base anatomy, lesions, and their management while participating in the evaluation, operation, and follow-up care of all patients in the service.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Transphenoidal procedures for Pituitary tumour
    • Endoscopic approaches to lesions of the anterior skull base
    • Posterior Fossa Craniectomy for Microvascular decompression
    • Surgical treatment of CPA lesions eg Acoustic Neuroma
    • Clinical assessment of patients with skull base pathology in general and specialised outpatient clinics, including the ability to obtain informed consent

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    6 months (with the potential to extend to 12 months):

    • Transsphenoidal resection of tumour/cyst – 10 to 20;
    • Expanded endonasal approach (meningioma/chordoma/etc) – 2 to 5;
    • Vestibular schwannoma – 1 to 3;
    • Anterior circulation aneurysm clipping – 1 to 5;
    • Skull base meningioma/tumour – 1 to 5;
    • Microvascular decompression – 1 to 3;
    • Percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy – 5 to 10;
    • Foramen magnum decompression – 1 to 2.

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Rob Iorga (Feb 18 - Aug 18)
    • Iwan Bennett (Aug 18 - Aug 19)
    • Arthur Dalton (Sept 19 - Feb 21)
    • Anna Oviedova (Feb 22 - Jul 23)

    King's College Hospital Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship, London

    Based at: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS & ENT UK

    Approval period: Initially approved February 2016; reapproved December 2019 - February 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sinan Barazi, Consultant Neurosurgeon, with Miss Eleni Maratos, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate a holistic approach to the management of patients with pituitary and skull base pathologies.
    • Effectively work in an MDT setting.
    • Evaluate treatment options and communicate these effectively with the patient, including potential outcomes and complications, and document these discussions accurately.
    • Demonstrate competence in endoscopic and microscopic surgical techniques.
    • Demonstrate experience in critical appraisal of articles submitted to peer reviewed journals.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary setting, and safely and appropriately manage skull base and pituitary pathologies, operatively and non-operatively.
    • Ability to safely resect pituitary functioning/non-functioning lesions using the endoscope, as a lead surgeon with an appropriate assistance.
    • Ability to effectively deal with intra-operative / post-operative complications, e.g. CSF rhinorrhoea, diabetes insipidus.
    • Ability to safely resect skull base pathologies, e.g. meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas, and other less common lesions, and to deal with their potential complications.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Supervisor 2015: “Our previous fellow performed 78 pituitary operations over 12 months, and our current fellow, with 6 weeks left of the Fellowship, has performed 60.  Since 2008, all of our pituitaries have been performed endoscopically and as this is a two surgeon operation, my registrar is always involved with the operation, at different stages, according to his/her ability.  There is therefore no impact on his/her training. Our current fellow has performed 126 skull base procedures to date (with 6 weeks left), and this includes the 60 pituitaries.  Of the remaining 66 cases, these are composed of a mix of skull base lesions, but more frequently meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas, microvascular decompressions, and less commonly craniopharyngiomas (nearly all of which are also performed endoscopically), epidermoids etc.”

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Konstantinos Barkas (Aug 15 - Aug 16)
    • Jonathan Shapey (Aug 16 - Aug 17)
    • Eleni Maratos (Aug 17 - Mar 18)
    • Michael Hugelshofer (May - Dec 19)
    • Mohamed Okasha (Mar 20 - Aug 21)

    Leeds Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship

    Based at: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved December 2015; reapproved June 2019 - August 2022; reapproved June 2023 - May 2026

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Nicholas Phillips, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12-24 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • At the end of the Fellowship ability to endonasally approach the Sella and contents safely, acting independently.
    • Able to understand basic rhinology techniques and rhinological anatomy.
    • Understand the endocrine management of patients with Pituitary dysfunction.
    • Have knowledge of the breadth and extent of endoscopic approaches to the skull base, in anatomical and pathological aspects.
    • Have the ability to choose the best intervention from a range for skull base pathology.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • To provide a safe, comprehensive management plan for the investigation, operative management, non-operative management of patients with pituitary disease.
    • To have a thorough understanding of the possible postoperative pituitary endocrine emergencies and their management.
    • To have a thorough understanding of the range of interventions available for the pituitary disease.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Supervisor: “This is complex surgery in an evolving field, and not high volume surgery. Trainees will have variable exposure to endoscopic surgery and many of them will not have done any endoscopic work of this nature throughout their eight years of run-through training. The speed with which they take up this new technique is very variable across trainees – some take to it like a duck to water, and others are only just getting the hang of the endoscope by the end of the year. They will all be exposed and be involved in, and contribute operatively to over 100 cases (ie every case we do). As regards independent operating we would hope that they could achieve independence at the end of the year but not everyone can. Some will have done 10-20 cases independently. They nonetheless have a very thorough grounding in all aspects of endoscopic surgery including patient assessment and review, dealing with complications, the full breadth of surgical difficulties from simple to very complex.”

    • Endoscopic endonasal surgery for pituitary adenoma, craniopharyngioma and meningioma: Total: 15; Performed: 3
    • Endoscopic endonasal surgery for Chordoma and Chondrosarcoma: Total: 3; Performed: 1
    • Endoscopic endonasal surgery for CSS leak, encephalocoele and frontal sinus abnormalities: Total: 5; Performed: 2
    • Endoscopic endonasal surgery for rarer tumours invading the skull base such as olfactory neuroblastoma: Total: 3; Performed: 0-1
    • Combined open-endoscopic operations for extensive, invasive tumours: Total: 3; Performed 0-1

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Asim Sheikh (Aug 17 - Aug 18)
    • Basel Alromhain (Aug 18 - Aug 19)
    • Mark Hughes (Sep 19 - Oct 20)
    • Dhruv Parikh (Nov 20 - Sep 21)
    • Salman Shaikh (Sep 21 - Aug 22)

    North Bristol Skull Base Fellowship

    Based at: North Bristol NHS Trust 

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: December 2016 - February 2023

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr David Porter, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Understanding of the holistic management of skull base and pituitary patients - both surgical and non-surgical.
    • The ability to work cohesively within a team comprising neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, Oncologists and Endocrinologists.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Competence in endoscopic approaches to the skull base, pituitary and sellar regions
    • Competence in retrosigmoid, pre-sigmoid, translabyrinthine and subtemporal approaches to the skull base
    • Competence in pre- and post-operative assessment and counselling of patients

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    Supervisor 2016: “Annual caseload – approx. 150 cases: pituitary (30-40), acoustic neuroma (10-20), Skull base meningiomata (30-40), other (epidermoid cyst / cholesteatoma / craniopharyngioma / Rathke’s cyst – 10-20), Gamma Knife radiosurgery (20-30), major combined anterior fossa/orbital approaches (10). Annual caseload is expected to increase with the recent appointment of a 3rd Consultant in skull base neurosurgery.”

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Kursheed Ansari (Mar 21 - Mar 22)

    North East London and Essex Endoscopic and Microsurgical Skull Base Fellowship

    Based at: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: March 2019 – May 2022

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jonathan Pollock, Consultant Neurosurgeon; Mr Pollock is the named Supervisor for the Queen’s Hospital, Romford, site, and Mr Paraskevopoulos is the named Supervisor for the Barts and the Royal London site.

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate ability to manage both operative and non-operative patients.
    • Demonstrate safe and evidence based selection of patients for surgery.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • To be able to perform safe surgery on common cranial base meningiomas that is olfactory groove, suprasellar meningiomas, tentorial and petrous temporal meningiomas, petroclival meningiomas, pituitary and sellar tumours.
    • The surgical and endocrinological assessment and investigation of patients with skull base and pituitary lesions.
    • To have had exposure to skull-base and craniofacial surgical access: including standard variations of fronto-basal, fronto- orbital, trans-zygomatic, infratemporal, trans-temporal, far-lateral and transmaxillary approaches.
    • To be confident to plan and able to perform independently the following approaches: Microsurgical and endoscopic transsphenoidal tumours; Pterional, subfrontal, interhemispheric, retrosigmoid and transventricular.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in:

    By the end of the 12 months, the candidate should have performed between 10 – 20 pituitary operations and within the region of at least 100 skull base procedures.

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Jarnail Bal (Jul 19 - Dec 20)

    Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Senior Clinical Fellowship

    *** January 2023: this Fellowship programme is currently suspended for one year ***

    Based at: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

    Surgical Specialty Association approving: SBNS

    Approval period: Initially approved June 2013; reapproved December 2016; reapproved May 2020 - April 2024

    Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Simon Cudlip, Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Fellowship duration: 12 months

    Stated learning outcomes:

    • Be able to safely perform the endoscopic transsphenoidal approach and resect a pituitary adenoma without significant assistance.
    • Be able to deal with the complications of endoscopic anterior skullbase surgery including CSF leak repair.
    • Be able to make appropriate decisions regarding the endocrine and radiological investigation of patients with anterior skullbase tumours.
    • Be able to interpret imaging studies and endocrine blood test results and establish an appropriate differential diagnosis.
    • Be able to set up the operating theatre equipment without assistance including endoscopes and neuronavigation.

    Clinical competencies to be achieved:

    • Be able to safely perform the endoscopic transsphenoidal approach and resect a pituitary adenoma without significant assistance.
    • Be familiar with the complications and limitations of endoscopic anterior skullbase surgery.
    • Become familiar with the preoperative/ peroperative and postoperative endocrine and radiological investigation of patients with sellar and parasellar/ suprasellar tumours.

    Number of main operations the fellow could expect to be involved in: Information being requested.

    “Previous fellows have been able to perform 40+ endoscopic transsphenoidal procedures as the primary surgeon using thus model.”

    Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

    • Adam Williams (Aug 16 - Jul 17)
    • Jane Halliday (Aug 17 - Aug 18)
    • Amr Mohamed (Aug 18 - Jul 19)
    • Anouk Borg (Aug 19 - Apr 20)
    • Meriem Amarouche (Aug 20 - Aug 21)
    • Carlos Botella-Campos (Aug 21 - Jul 22)

    Comments from recent Fellows

    Anne Elserius 

     

    NHNN Pituitary Fellowship, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH Foundation Trust, August 2022 - July 2023.

    Current post: Locum Consultant Neurosurgeon at UHNM.  

    "It has been a fantastic year as a pituitary fellow at NHNN, Queen's square. I have had the opportunity to run specialist clinics, operate on a very high number of pituitary cases with great teaching and coaching, take part in weekly MDT discussions and be part of an excellent team, all the way from pituitary CNS up to consultants. My patients will benefit from the specialist knowledge and surgical skills that I have acquired during my time at Queen's Square. I would highly recommend the fellowship for anyone with an interest in particular endoscopic pituitary surgery but also anterior skull base and endoscopic skills alone and I feel that it has prepared me well for my future job as a Neurosurgical consultant."

    Damiano Giuseppe Barone

    Walton Functional and Complex Epilepsy Fellowship, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, August 2022 - July 2023.

    Current post: Peripheral Nerve Surgery Fellowship (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US). 

    "The Walton Functional and Complex Epilepsy Fellowship stands unique, offering comprehensive exposure to the entire functional neurosurgery syllabus. Fellows train in a state-of-the-art setting, delivering cutting-edge surgical treatments across all functional neurosurgery domains at a high volume. The program balances outpatient clinics, theatre cases, and MDTs. Under the close supervision of Mr. Farah, training is accelerated, ensuring patient safety remains paramount during surgical instruction. By its conclusion, fellows gain independence in managing epilepsy surgery, functional neuro-oncology, deep brain stimulation, pain, and spasticity. The curriculum incorporates the latest technologies, including MRgFUS, LITT, iMRI, and advanced neuromodulation strategies. It also covers specialized surgeries like DREZ rhizotomy, amygdalohippocampectomy, insular glioma, MVDs and cordotomies. Designed for progressive learning, the fellowship guides trainees towards leadership in the field. Hosted at the Walton Centre, a recognized centre of excellence, it boasts one of Europe's largest neurosurgical programs. This globally sought-after fellowship comes highly recommended for aspiring neurosurgeons."

    Roisin Finn

    NHNN Complex Epilepsy Fellowship, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Aug 2021- Aug 2023.

    Current post: RCS England Senior Oncology Post CCT Fellow - Wessex  

    "I had an absolutely phenomenal learning experience. Miss Miserocchi and Professor McEvoy are not just world class epilepsy and oncological surgeons, they are spectacular trainers and mentors. This fellowship went way beyond any exceptions, it covers the breadth of epilepsy and oncology neurosurgery practice, from complex awake resections and SEEG to gamma knife practice. The operative exposure is immense, as well as the opportunities for research collaborations within a very well-established international team. I couldn’t recommend this fellowship more highly to set one up for consultant practice. Hands down it has been the highlight of my career to date."

    Stuart Roberts

    Stuart RobertsBarts Neurotrauma Fellowship, Royal London Hospital, September 2021 - August 2022.
    Current post: Post-CCT Complex Spine Fellow.

    "The Barts Neurotrauma Fellowship is the only RCS approved neurotrauma fellowship in the UK and as such serves a vital role for any neurosurgeon interested in the sub-specialty. Part of the North East London and Essex Trauma Network, it was a privilege to be an integral part of a team of neurosurgeons dedicated to Neurotrauma. The Fellowship highlights what is needed to develop and run a busy neurotrauma service as part of an MTC that sees a large amount of penetrating and blunt head injury, often due to violent mechanisms not seen away from the Capital. Working with a dedicated neurotrauma CNS team as part of the MDT is a key part of how the Service works. I contributed to the daily care of neurotrauma patients, emergency operating, ward care, and neurotrauma research. In polytrauma, I was able to develop collaborative relationships with other specialties involved in the patient journey, such as ED, ITU, General Surgery, Plastics and Max Fax which are important for open and endoscopic repair surgery. There is a dedicated neurotrauma clinic and a robust governance process which is crucial for longer-term outcomes for patients recovering from severe head injuries. To be part of a network which includes neuropsychology, rehabilitation and charities such as Headway promotes a holistic understanding of what is required for successful outcomes."

    Vishwas Hebbur Vijayendra

    Walton Functional and Complex Epilepsy Fellowship, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, November 2020 – October 2022.

    "My journey towards mastering Functional Neurosurgery led me to The Walton Centre. This comprehensive fellowship provided in-depth coverage of all facets of functional neurosurgery, including the intricacies of DBS and MRgFUS planning for movement disorders, concepts in understanding and treating epilepsy, a multimodal approach to spasticity, life-changing surgeries for chronic pain, palliative surgeries for cancer pain, and advancements in spinal cord injuries and neuro-restoration. Under Mr. Jibril Farah and Ms. Deepti Bhargava's guidance, I presented insights at national and international conferences, broadening my exposure. Focused work in this high-volume unit accelerated my professional growth. I am eager to incorporate every aspect of my training into my practice back in India, with the aim of bringing cutting-edge treatment to my patients. I wholeheartedly recommend this fellowship to anyone interested in the field of Functional Neurosurgery.”

    Khursheed Ansari

    Khursheed AnsariNorth Bristol Skull Base Neurosurgery Fellowship, Southmead Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust, March 2021-March 2022

    Current post: Senior Clinical Fellow Neurosurgery

    "It was a great honour and privilege to have this fellowship and I am grateful to RCS England for giving me this recognition.

    I cannot thank enough my mentor Mr David Porter to share his vast clinical experience and knowledge of skull base surgery. He had been very patient to teach me the decision making, approaches, and technical nuances of skull base surgery. I got the opportunity to undertake surgery on the anterior middle and posterior fossa skull base pathology. I got fair exposure to expanded endonasal endoscopic surgeries. Skull base MDT have been very informative to learn decision making. Fellowship involved managing outpatient clinics and follow-up of skull base surgical cases. There were ample opportunities to participate in research projects and contribute towards the development of services. I am more confident now to take up skull base surgery as a consultant. This fellowship is strongly recommended to all the neurosurgery trainees aspiring to become skull base surgeon".

    Martin Estefan

    Martin EstefanNottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, June 2020 - February 2022

    Current post: Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Mendoza (Argentina).

    "This senior clinical fellowship scheme is a great opportunity to be shaped as an all-terrain spinal surgeon. The fact of being involved in numerous cases in this busy tertiary reference centre has allowed me to be exposed to the vast majority of spinal pathologies. Also, high-quality learning through daily discussions has made this fellowship a very good environment to improve my knowledge of spinal surgery. In addition, this fellowship promoted me to be part of both clinical and basic research, thus enhancing my academic spectrum. This fellowship definitely enhance the skills to effectively communicate with patients, explain their pathology in a highly professional manner and ultimately treat them with the latest spinal surgery methods available to date. This full-time active clinical fellowship is definitely a unique opportunity to become a leader in the field of spinal surgery."

    Adnan Shaikh

    Oxford Fellowship of Functional Neurosurgery, August 2020 - August 2021

    Current post (April 2022): Senior Clinical Fellow, Paediatric Neurosurgery, Oxford

    "It was a great pleasure and privilege doing this fellowship at Oxford, which is one of the best functional neurosurgery centres in the UK, and across the globe. I am proud to be the last fellow trained by Professor Tipu Aziz before his retirement. Professor Aziz, besides being one of the pioneers in functional neurosurgery, was an excellent teacher and a compassionate person to work with. Professor Green, Miss Bojanic and Professor Fitzgerald have also been extremely passionate in training and making sure that I performed and understood all the intricacies of functional neurosurgery. I achieved excellent hands-on training and am now confident in performing DBS, SCS, PNS, Baclofen pump surgeries independently, along with the overall complex management of these patients. I am extremely thankful to The Royal College of Surgeons of England for offering me this valuable fellowship which is a milestone in my career."

    Severina Leu

    Wessex Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, January - December 2021

    Current post (March 2022): Consultant Neurosurgeon, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland

    "This is an excellent and highly recommended fellowship covering the whole spectrum of neuro-oncological surgery, with the amazing opportunity to basically run the whole neuro-oncological service of a busy unit, under supervision. During the fellowship, I had the possibility to perform over 250 tumour surgeries, among them 50 awake craniotomies. I was able to perform the surgeries independently or as a primary surgeon under supervision depending on the complexity of the case and my growing level of experience. Close involvement in the neuro-oncology MDT meeting has enabled me to gain insight into and a better understanding of the treatment courses of patients with different types of intracranial tumours. During the fellowship, there was the possibility to participate in national and international trials and perform my own research studies in the field. This post provides excellent training opportunities and the unique possibility to be trained by one of the leading neuro-oncological surgeons. After completing this fellowship I feel well-prepared to become a consultant in neuro-oncological surgery. It would not have been possible to gain this experience in my unit in Switzerland due to the much lower case load in general and per surgeon."

    Aminul Ahmed

    King's Complex Spine Fellowship, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, October 2020 - September 2021

    Current post (October 2021): Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery, King's College London, and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon

    "The King's College Hospital complex spine fellowship is one of the most varied and fulfilling spine fellowships in the UK. The large volume at a busy centre ensured that I saw and operated on large volumes of rare and complex pathologies. This allowed me to consolidate my transition towards a substantive consultant post in the knowledge that patients will benefit from someone who has seen the full complement of spinal pathologies. This includes intradural spinal surgery, traumatic spinal stabilisation including craniocervical fixation, metastatic spinal cord decompression, transthoracic discectomies and anterior lumbar surgery. Even within the limitations of COVID, I was able to select the cases appropriate for my level of training, and also be able to train the juniors in the more simple cases, which is an important aspect of the King's fellowship."

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