• Dr Carlos Kidel

    Dr Carlos Kidel

    Consultant Anaesthetist

    Dr Carlos Kidel has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2014. He trained in Edinburgh for a BSc in Physiology and then medicine in Manchester before qualifying in 2005. He completed higher training in London including posts at University College Hospital and a fellowship in obstetric anaesthesia at The Royal Free Hospital. Dr Kidel is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and member of the Association of Anaesthetists and the Obstetric Anaesthetist Association. He works at The Royal Free Hospital in London and in addition to his expertise in general anaesthesia he now specialises in obstetric anaesthesia. Within this speciality he covers all aspects of obstetric anaesthesia and routinely works with mums to be and their birthing partners to develop personalised labour analgesia plans. Dr Kidel has run one of London’s most successful and sought after antenatal classes, “Pain Relief in Labour” covering a wide range of strategies from hypnobirthing to breathing exercises to epidurals, answering all the questions and dispelling many common myths and misconceptions for new mums to be.
    Dr Kidel is heavily involved in training, He is the Training Programme Director for trainee anaesthetists and an Advanced Life support and Neonatal Life Support instructor.
    Outside work Dr Kidel can be found soaking up the sun on the Spanish coast!

  • Mr Christos Tolias

    Mr Christos Tolias

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Mr Tolias has been a consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital since September 2005. He has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick and extensive research experience in traumatic brain injury. Mr Tolias has vast Neurovascular experience and currently has the largest series of aneurysm surgeries in the UK (NNAP 2017). He specialises in surgery of cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernomas and dural fistulas and rare conditions like Moya Moya. He is one of the few surgeons in the UK who routinely performs cerebral vascular bypasses both in adults and children. He also performed the first ELANA bypass in the UK. Mr Tolias has pioneered the use of bypass techniques in the management of cerebral vasculopathies. He is trained in Gamma Knife and Cyberknife and routinely utilises innovative neuromonitoring technologies in the surgery of complex vascular lesions like arteriovenous malformations. He is one of the few Neurosurgeons nationally who regularly undertakes surgical extirpation of arteriovenous malformations when indicated. His outcomes are part of national databases and remain among the best in his peer group (NNAP 2017).
    Alongside his subspecialty interest Mr Tolias has an active spinal practice dealing with problems of the cervical and lumbar spine. These can include sciatica, brachalgia, radiculopathies and pain management through both injections and radiofrequency ablation as well as surgical interventions.
    Mr Tolias is the director of the first and only Royal College of Surgeons of England accredited National Neurovascular Surgical Fellowship based at King’s College Hospital.
    He has over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 150 presentations at conferences. He regularly lectures in the UK and worldwide on topics including complex arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms, Gamma Knife and Cyberknife as well as degenerative spine conditions.
    When he isn’t working Mr Tolias enjoys walking, running and if time allows a trip to the sunshine in Greece!

  • Professor Keyoumars Ashkan

    Professor Keyoumars Ashkan

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Professor Ashkan is a consultant neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London and one of the handful of neurosurgeons in the UK to be awarded a Professorship. Professor Ashkan underwent dual postgraduate training in medicine and surgery, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997 and the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Glasgow (FRCS) in 1998.  Thereafter, he underwent higher specialist training in general neurosurgery in London, being awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Neurosurgery (FRCS SN) in 2002.  His sub-specialist training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery included a Fellowship in France with Professor Benabid, generally considered as the founder of modern deep brain stimulation surgery, which led to a MD degree in 2006.  He was appointed as a consultant neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital in January 2007 and subsequently was promoted to the position of Professor.
    In addition to his expertise in degenerative spine disease, which includes the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Professor Ashkan’s main interests are neuromodulation surgery and brain tumours.  This includes deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and occipital nerve stimulation for movement disorders, pain, headaches and image guided minimally invasive and stereotactic surgery for brain tumours including awake craniotomies and brain mapping.  He is also one of the few UK surgeons trained in Gamma and Cyberknife radiosurgery. 
    He is the UK Lead for Genomics England programme for brain tumour, President of the British Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Neurosurgery Section of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, King’s Lead for Neuro-Oncology, Chair of King’s Neuroscience Clinical Trial Unit and Deputy Lead for King’s Neuroscience Research Advisory Committee. 
    He has published over 400 peer review papers, abstracts and book chapters and is an Associate Editor or reviewer for several journals.
    In his spare time Professor Ashkan has completed a degree and diploma in music and enjoys playing the piano.

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    Mr Sinan Barazi

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Mr Sinan Barazi grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. He attended Winchester College before starting medical school in London. He qualified from King’s College Hospital School of Medicine in 1996 and completed his internship/house jobs a year later. Before starting his basic surgical training he served with the 14th Parachute Regiment (a part of the French Rapid Reaction Force) in Toulouse, France. After completing the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2002 he started his higher surgical training in neurosurgery in London, working at King’s College Hospital, St. George’s Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre. He completed the FRCS (Neurosurgery) in 2009. At the end of his training he completed a fellowship in endoscopic pituitary surgery in Bologna under the supervision of Dr Giorgio Frank. Following completion of the FRCS he trained under Andrew King and Scott Rutherford in Manchester as neurosurgical skull base fellow. He was then appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital in 2010, with specialist interests in facial pain, endoscopic pituitary/anterior skull base surgery and lateral skull base surgery.

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    Mr Sanj Bassi

    Adult and Paediatric Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Mr Sanj Bassi has been a Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Kings College Hospital, London since 2003. After gaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, he trained in neurosurgery in Nottingham. This was followed by a Fellowship at the Necker Hospital in Paris and then at the Montefiore Hospital in New York, USA.
    On returning from New York he worked as a paediatric neurosurgical fellow at the John Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford before taking up a position as a Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgery at King’s College Hospital. In addition to his expertise in degenerative spine disease including the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome; his main interests are in all aspects of paediatric neurosurgery. This includes the management of brain and spinal cord tumours in all age groups, metastatic brain tumours, hydrocephalus, spasticity, spina bifida and chiari malformations.

    Upcoming: The London Neuromonitoring and Mapping International Course: Basic, 16 March 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Mr David Bell

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    David Bell specialises in Complex Spinal Surgery. He studied at Merchant Taylor’s School in Liverpool before moving to the University of Edinburgh Medical School where he graduated in 1996.He completed his Basic Surgical Training in Edinburgh before moving to London to complete his Higher Surgical Training in Neurosurgery and Complex Spine Surgery. He became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2000 and obtained his Fellowship in Neurosurgery in 2007. He is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) as well as the North American Spine Society (NASS). His NHS practice is based at King’s College Hospital where he is a key part of the Supra-regional Complex Spine Team. His specialist interests are Degenerative Spinal Disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), Disc Replacement Surgery, Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty, Back Pain Surgery, Spinal Tumours and Spinal Fractures.

    Upcoming: The London Spinal Congress 2018, 21 April 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

  • Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo headshot

    Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo

    Consultant Neurosurgeon, Clincal Lead in Neuroscience

    Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo is the a consultant neurosurgeon and Clincal Lead in Neuroscience, King’s College Hospital, London. He qualified from Victor Ludorum with the Medical School Gold Medal and Honours. After his general surgical training (FRCS England), his specialist training in neurosurgery was completed on the West Midlands neurosurgical rotation and he was awarded the Norman Dott Gold Medal in Neurosurgery on completion of his training as the highest ranked neurosurgical trainee in the United Kingdom. Following this, Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo spent one year (2007) studying both the medical and surgical treatment of brain tumours as well as undertaking research at Europe’s leading cancer institute – The Institute Gustauve Roussy, Paris, France. In addition to his expertise in all areas of cranial and spinal neurosurgery; including degenerative spine disease, the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo has specialist expertise in the management of brain and spinal tumours. This includes the latest minimally invasive techniques for brain tumour removal as well as radiosurgery. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the UK trained in both GammaKnife and CyberKnife radiosurgery. Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo introduced neuromonitoring in brain tumour surgery into the Department of Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital.

    Upcoming: The London Neuromonitoring and Mapping International Course: Basic, 16 March 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

  • Mr Christian Brogna headshot

    Mr Christian Brogna

    Academic Neurosurgeon

    Mr Christian Brogna is an Academic Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London. He grew up in Rome, Italy, where he became a Consultant Neurosurgeon in 2009. In 2007 he performed the first awake surgery with brain mapping in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Rome "La Sapienza", after returning from his neuro-oncology fellowship and brain mapping training with Prof. Hugue Duffau at the Centre Hospitaliere Universitaire de Montpellier, France. He trained with Prof. Ugur Ture and Prof. Gazi Yasargil in Advanced Microneurosurgical Techniques in Brain Tumour Surgery.
    In 2013 Mr Christian Brogna gained his PhD in Neuroscience. Since then Mr Christian Brogna has advanced the surgery of brain and spinal cord tumors combining excellence in neuroanatomy under the menthorship of Prof. G. Ribas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, nuances in brain and spinal cord mapping and advanced microneurosurgical techniques.
    He is currently conducting research in new brain and spinal cord mapping techniques to enhance safety in brain and spinal cord tumour resection in the Department of Neurosurgery-Neuro-oncology, King’s College Hospital, London, UK.

    Upcoming: The London Neuromonitoring and Mapping International Course: Basic, 16 March 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Mr Christopher Chandler

    Adult and Paediatric Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Christopher Chandler has been a Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon since 1997. He has a BSc in Physiology and obtained his medical degree from the University of London (Westminster Medical School) in 1986. His neurosurgical training was in London (Atkinson Morley Hospital, King’s College Hospital), Bristol (Frenchay Hospital) and Nottingham (Queens Medical Centre). He undertook Fellowships in Epilepsy Surgery (King’s College Hospital and Paediatric Neurosurgery (Nottingham).
    In addition to his interest in degenerative spine disease which includes the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome; his main interests are in all aspects of paediatric neurosurgery. This includes the management of brain and spinal cord tumours in all age groups, metastatic brain tumours, epilepsy surgery and hydrocephalus.
    He leads the Paediatric and Adolescent (teenage and young adult) Neurosurgical Service at King’s College Hospital. He is also one of the designated neurosurgeons to the regional Adult Brain and Spinal Cord Tumour Service, which covers South East London, Kent and East Sussex and is the largest brain tumour services in the UK.

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    Mr Richard Gullan

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Richard Gullan qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and started his surgical career on the Professorial Surgical Unit there before continuing general training to obtain his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He undertook neurosurgical training in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London prior to being appointed in 1988 as Consultant Neurosurgeon to the SE Thames Regional Neurosurgical Unit at the Brook Hospital, which was amalgamated with the Guy’s/Maudsley Unit to create the King’s College Hospital Neuroscience Centre in 1995, where he is the senior neurosurgeon.

    He developed a large practice in spinal and neurovascular surgery and created one of the first multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology clinics in the NHS and the Private Sector in the UK. Within the field of spinal neurosurgery he has established a reputation of being at the forefront of many techniques. He presented the first use of posterior instrumented stabilization for malignant disease affecting the spinal column just prior to his appointment as a consultant neurosurgeon and was the first neurosurgeon worldwide to pilot the use of intervertebral fusion cages for cervical disc surgery and the first to introduce posterior lumbar interbody fusion to neurosurgeons in the UK. These techniques have since become commonly employed on an international basis. He was amongst the first within British neurosurgical practice to employ the use of pedicle screw instrumentation, trans-oral spinal surgery for complex cranio-cervical disorders, percutaneous disc surgery, cervical disc arthroplasty and pioneered surgery under local anaesthesia for spinal decompressive procedures in high risk patients.

    Work in these fields has been presented and published widely over 20 years of consultant practice. He continues to have a major interest in the management of brain and spinal tumours and is actively engaged in the introduction of the first Cyberknife Unit in the UK. Teaching, especially operative technique and clinical decision making to young neurosurgeons has been a much cherished activity and he has been significantly involved in the training of over a dozen senior trainees who have gone on to take up consultant neurosurgical posts in the UK as well as trainees who have been appointed to senior positions abroad.

    Upcoming: The London Spinal Congress 2018, 21 April 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Dr Giorgio Lambru

    Consultant Neurologist

    Dr Lambru gained his degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy) in 2004. He completed his residency in Neurology at the University-Hospital of Parma (Italy), during which time he trained in headache at the prestigious Parma Headache Centre and subsequently undertook a PhD at the Institute of Neurology, UCL in neuralgiform headache and facial pain disorders. He has authored a number of scientific papers, book chapters and presented at national and international headache conferences. Dr Lambru is the clinical lead of the Headache Centre, which specialises in the diagnosis and management of headache and facial pain disorders. The Centre has pioneered the first MDT complex facial pain clinic, the first fast-track cluster headache clinic and is one of the few neurostimulation services for refractory headaches. The Centre has a strong academic component being involved in clinical trials and benefiting from one of the few headache research laboratories in the UK.

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    Mr Irfan Malik

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    After completing his neurosurgical training in Pakistan Mr Irfan Malik underwent advanced Neurosurgical training at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire from 2001 to 2006. Following this he obtained his FRCS(SN) and then enhanced his experience by completing Fellowships in Complex spine and Epilepsy surgery from the University Hospital Coventry and King’s College Hospital, London.
    Mr Malik is a trainer for the technique of endoscopic lumbar microdiscectomy (keyhole spine surgery) both in the UK and internationally. His specialist interest includes the assessment and treatment (both surgical and non-surgical) of all spinal conditions including degenerative, traumatic and malignant spinal disorders. He is an expert in the use of Minimally Invasive Techniques for Spinal Surgery and disc replacement surgery for the treatment of neck and back pain, arm pain and Sciatica.
    In addition to this, he provides a comprehensive service for the treatment of epilepsy.

    Upcoming: The London Neuromonitoring and Mapping International Course: Basic, 16 March 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Noemia Pereira

    Lead Neurophysiologist, London Neuromonitoring

    Noemia Pereira is lead neurophysiologist and Co-founder of London Neuromonitoring, London, UK. She gained her masters degree in Neuroscience in 2013 at the Univeristy of Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal. She has been working for several years as a clincal specialist in neuromonitoring and manager of the IOM services at Inomed - UK. She is currently involved in research projects in Brain Mapping and Spinal cord mapping techniques. She is also responsible for training and teaching intraoperative neuromonitoring.

    Upcoming: The London Neuromonitoring and Mapping International Course: Basic, 16 March 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Mr Richard Selway

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Mr Richard Selway has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon in King’s College Hospital, London since 2001. He studied medicine and neuroanatomy in Cambridge before qualifying in 1989. His specialist training was in Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and finally in London where he completed a Fellowship in functional neurosurgery. He was awarded the Norman Dott Gold Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999. He specialises in the neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy and movement disorders in both adults and children with an international referral base for both disorders.

    Upcoming: The London Spinal Congress 2018, 21 April 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Mr Nick Thomas

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Nicholas Thomas qualified from the London Hospital in 1988. Following general surgical training he completed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons FRCS (Glasgow) and FRCS (England) in 1993. He trained in neurosurgery at the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital, Queen Square in London in addition to a year’s Spinal Fellowship at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He completed the FRCS in Surgical Neurology in 1998. He was appointed a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London in 1998.
    With a broad clinical practice, sub-specialty interests include complex spinal surgery, anterior and lateral skull base surgery (including vestibular schwannoma surgery) and endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgery. He runs a national multi-disciplinary dedicated to neurofibromatosis and von Hippel Lindau disease clinic. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading Skull Base surgeons and the pioneer of endoscopic Skull Base surgery in the UK and as such he is a valued panel member on many UK and International workshops on endoscopic pituitary surgery (e.g. Guy’s and St. Thomas’, Coventry), as well as ‘open’ lateral skull base surgery (e.g. Copenhagen Skull Base Course). For the last 12 years he has visited Sri Lanka to lecture and perform operations with local neurosurgeons at the National Hospital and Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital in Colombo on a charitable basis.

    Upcoming: Spine: Anatomy, Approaches, Degeneration and Trauma, 10 May 2018, Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London

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    Mr Francesco Vergani

    Consultant Neurosurgeon

    Francesco Vergani is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London. He graduated from the University of Milan (Italy) with Honours. He completed his neurosurgical training between Milan and Newcastle upon Tyne, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2013.
    During his training, he spent one year as a research fellow in Montpellier (France) working with Prof Duffau. Mr Vergani has developed a special interest in neuro-oncology, with a focus on the surgical treatment of tumours in eloquent areas of the brain and advanced brain mapping techniques. His main research interest is in brain connectivity, having completed a PhD on the study of white matter connections.
    He is Author of more than 35 papers, published in high impact journals, including the most important neurosurgical journals. In 2015 he received the prestigious “Young Neurosurgeon Award” from the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).