This page includes a table of the neurosurgery fellowships which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme. The gallery (currently being developed) below provides information about neurosurgery fellows under the scheme.
RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Neurosurgery
|Fellowship name||Centre||Period of approval||Fellowship tutor/lead Consultant|
|King's Neurovascular Fellowship||King's College Hospital, London||Approved since September 2012; reapproved February 2016 - January 2019||Mr Christos Tolias, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship||University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
||October 2015 - September 2018||Mr Paul Grundy, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Senior Clinical Fellowship||
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
(John Radcliffe Hospital & Churchill Hospital)
|Reapproved December 2016 - November 2019||Mr Simon Cudlip, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship||
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
(John Radcliffe Hospital)
|July 2014 - June 2017||Mr Alexander Green, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship||North Bristol NHS Trust||July 2015 - June 2018||Mr Venkat Iyer, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship||Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||October 2015 - September 2018||Mr Simon Thomson, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Associate Professor|
|Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship||Salford Royal Foundation Trust||November 2015 - October 2018||Mr Kuriakose Joshi George, Consultant Neurosurgeon; Mr John Leach, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Spinal Neurosurgery
|Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship||Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||December 2015 - November 2018||Mr Nicholas Phillips, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|King's College Hospital Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship||King's College Hospital, London||February 2016 - January 2019||Mr Sinan Barazi, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|North Bristol Skull Base Fellowship||North Bristol NHS Trust||December 2016 - November 2019||Mr Richard Nelson, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
Imperial Skull Base Fellowship
|Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust||January 2018 - December 2020||Mr Nigel Mendoza, Consultant Neurosurgeon|
|Neuro-oncology Surgery Fellowship||Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust||July 2018 - June 2021
||Miss Konstantina Karabatsou, Consultant Neurosurgeon & Clinical Lead for Neuro-oncology|
|Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuro Surgical Oncology||Neurosciences Department, King's College Hospital, London
||July 2018 - June 2021
||Prof Keyoumars Ashkan, Lead Clinician for Neuro-Oncology|
Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Neurosurgery
North Bristol NHS Trust Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship, June 2016 - July 2017
Current post (June 2018):Epilepsy Surgery Senior Clinical Fellow, North Bristol NHS Trust
During my fellowship I learned the value of a MDT assessment and discussion; I learned how to master the use of cutting edge surgical technologies (awake, ioMRI, US) which enable surgeons to achieve greater resections with less morbidity; I fine-tuned my microsurgical technique and my confidence in using power instruments such as the ultrasonic aspirator. I contributed keeping information centralised and available to all the members of the team by building a customised internal database, which I have now also adapted and improved for my current position as an epilepsy fellow; I contributed to the imaging and neuropsychological planning of surgeries by building exhaustive 3D segmentation models of specific tumours and nearby structures, and by liaising with the speech and language therapists in the selection of tests to administer to patients with tumours in eloquent areas, according to the tumours’ locations and networks involved. I submitted a paper (under review) about the use of the intraoperative MRI +/- awake surgery in gliomas. Overall, I provided the best care I’m capable of, both from a clinical/humane and technical/surgical viewpoints. The good feedback I received from my patients confirmed to me they felt treated as individuals and each of them received the best and most contemporary treatment possible, according to their needs and expectations."
RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, Neurovascular Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, February 2017 to February 2018
Current post (April 2018): Consultant Neurosurgeon (Neurovascular and Skull Base), Leeds General Infirmary
"My fellowship at King’s provided me with unparalleled exposure and experience of neurovascular surgery. I was able to build upon my previous experience in the field and to develop an in-depth understanding of the surgical techniques and underlying evidence base for decision-making in neurovascular surgery. The fellowship has given me the confidence and competence to lead a neurovascular MDT within my own unit and to feel fully prepared to manage all of the patients that I have encountered; providing them with what I believe to be the highest standard of care."
Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship,King's College Hospital, London, August 2015 - July 2016
Current (January 2018) post: Locum Consultant Neurosurgeon, King’s College Hospital
"The post provides exposure to all aspects of Skull Base Surgery (anterior, lateral and posterior) as well as endoscopic procedures. This is a unique combination in the UK. Both of the trainers are polite, patient, willing to teach and create a strong educational environment to ensure the patients get the best multidisciplinary care. The teams that are associated with the fellowship (namely the Skull Base and the Pituitary) are very well organised, with excellent relationships amongst disciplines and well established databases. This is an intense training opportunity in all aspects of Skull Base surgery, with the opportunity to perform a large number of operations with expert supervision. It is also the best step prior to becoming a consultant. The fellowship improves patients’ care by training surgeons in this demanding subspecialty of neurosurgery, dedicated to the management of this rare group of tumours. Highly recommended."
Seyed Alireza Alavi
Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2016 - August 2017
Current (December 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Brisbane, Australia
"This was a very comprehensive fellowship covering all aspects of endoscopic anterior skull base neurosurgery, which has prepared me to take on this practice independently. I had the privilege of being supervised and trained by neurosurgery consultants, Mr Phillips and Mr Tyagi, and ENT Consultants, Mr Nix and Mr Wilson, and gained satisfactory experience in this subspecialty. I received full support to design, set up and run on-going research projects and managed to have multiple national and international presentations and publications during my fellowship. In collaboration with Leeds University and with support of neurosurgery and ENT colleagues, I managed to establish a sponsored endoscopic hands-on cadaveric skull base course, which will be run every year at Leeds University. Considering the invaluable clinical skills and academic experience this Fellowship provided, I believe patients will receive benefit from the level of competency I gained during my training in Leeds."
Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, October 2016 - July 2017
Current (October 2017) post: Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
"I found the spinal neurosurgery fellowship extremely helpful in preparing me for independent practice. I was exposed to all aspects of adult spine, which included elective degenerative spinal conditions, trauma, tumours (primary and secondary) including intradural, intramedullary and extramedullary, and infection. I was exposed to both conventional and minimally invasive spinal techniques. I also got exposure to the use of O-arm. I also actively participated in general neurosurgery on call, which helped me keep my skills up to date in dealing with cranial emergencies as a consultant. I would recommend this Fellowship highly to all trainees (Neurosurgery and Orthopaedics) who are thinking of specializing in spine."
Oxford Endoscopic Pituitary and Skullbase Neurosurgery Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, August 2016 to July 2017
Current (August 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Southmead Hospital Bristol
"This fellowship has allowed me to develop all the key skills required of a consultant pituitary neurosurgeon, with comprehensive exposure to both endoscopic transphenoidal surgery and also minimally invasive skull base approaches. Over the course of this year I have been well supported to become a proficient and safe endoscopic surgeon and to run sub-specialty pituitary clinics and multidisciplinary meetings. I have also been afforded opportunities to undertake appropriate research and attend sub-specialty conferences to enhance my learning. More broadly, this fellowship has been an excellent education in all aspects of becoming a successful and safe consultant. I have developed a deeper understanding of Trust governance, key departmental management issues and wider NHS politics. This fellowship provides a complete armamentarium of skills to make the transition to a consultant a comfortable experience, in the knowledge that you an provide first class care for your patients, and I cannot recommend it highly enough."
Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, October 2015 - October 2016
Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester
"The fellowship provided me with excellent exposure to all aspects of spinal surgery. In addition to the operative experience, I was supported to enhance my experience by attending various courses and conferences to get a different perspective on management of spinal disorders by various experts around the world. All this equipped me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform as a consultant spinal neurosurgeon to provide the highest quality care for my patients."