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Sanj Bassi

Mr Bassi is a Consultant Neurosurgeon who has an interest in both adult and paediatric neurosurgery, although the bulk of his practice is with children. His paediatric expertise includes brain tumours, hydrocephalus, neuro-endoscopy, insertion of baclofen pumps, spina bifida, spinal cord untethering, ecepholocoeles, cranio-facial surgery for craniosynostosis, head injuries, antenatal advice on congenital abnormalities, arterio-venous malformation and aneurysmal sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.


Paul Chumas

Paul Chumas is a consultant neurosurgeon in Leeds, he has over 100 publications to date - mainly in paediatric neurosurgery (but also adult neurosurgery). My areas of special interest include: Hydrocephalus, CNS tumours, epilepsy surgery, craniofacial surgery, awake surgery, head injury


Chris Cowie


Chris Cowie is a Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon in the Great North Children's Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle upon Tyne. His basic and higher surgical training has been in the North East and he completed a year-long fellowship in paediatric neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He completed an MD in quantitative MR imaging in traumatic brain injury, and is an Associate Clinical Researcher with the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. He supervises MRes and PhD students and current projects include: assessment of radiation exposure in children with hydrocephalus, management of hydrocephalus associated with paediatric posterior fossa tumours, the role of glutamate in tumour associated epilepsy and electrophysiological analysis of peri-tumoural cortex. His email is:


John Goodden


Mr John Goodden is a consultant neurosurgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. He has a combined paediatric and adult neurosurgery practice. He contributes to international neuro-oncology through the SIOPE Brain Tumour Group and European Low Grade Glioma Group. His research interests include Neuro-oncology (especially LGG / awake craniotomy, and paediatric brain tumours), hydrocephalus & neuro-endoscopy, spasticity treatment with Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) and intrathecal baclofen (ITB), and head injury.


Gregory James


Mr James is a Consultant Neurosurgeon (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Institute of Child Health, University College London). He has a PhD in Cellular Neurophysiology undertaken in the field of glial cell calcium signalling.  He presented and published research in several areas of neurosurgery during his registrar training, including hydrocephalus, spine and epilepsy surgery. He won Best Oral Presentation at the Spring 2014 Society of British Neurological Surgeons meeting (King’s College Hospital, London, UK) and Best Poster at the 2014 International Society for Paediatric Neurosurgery meeting (Mainz, Germany) for his research. Since appointment as a consultant in 2014, his research focus is paediatric neurosurgery; with particular interest in hydrocephalus, craniofacial anomalies and neurovascular disease.

His current projects include; the management of intraventricular haemorrhage in preterm infants, techniques for fronto-orbital remodelling in single suture synostosis, the relationship between disordered sleep and intracranial pressure in children with craniosynostosis, surgical techniques for reducing shunt infection and dysfunction in children, improving pathways of care and patient safety in craniofacial surgery, and management of arteriovenous malformations in children, amongst others.

Mr James can be contacted on for academic matters.


Donald Mac Arthur


Consultant and Hon Associate Professor at Nottingham University Hospital. Interests - Oncology / Paediatrics / Hydrocephalus. Local PI for Rescue ICP and BASICS. SIOP Ependymoma trials. Research on bactiseal, intrathecal drug delivery, outcomes in Ependymoma, mechanism of metastasis in medulloblastoma, tumour imaging and posterior fossa syndrome.


Nitin Mukerji


Nitin Mukerji is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. After training in the Northern Deanery, he completed a Cerebrovascular and Skull base fellowship at Stanford University, was a visiting fellow at UCSF and obtained a masters in applied statistics.  Prior to joining Neurosurgery, he had completed a residency in Ophthalmology with a special interest in corneal disease. His research interests include epidemiology of cerebrovascular conditions, morphological basis of aneurysm rupture, non-invasive ICP monitoring and cerebral revascularization. He is also involved in research in the field of neuro-oncology and CSF dynamics.


Thomas Santarius


His clinical practice focuses on surgical treatment of brain tumours in children and adults, including those ventricular and periventricular tumours, sellar, parasellar and pineal region, cerebellum and brainstem. He has expertise in glioma surgery utilising intraoperative electrophysiological mapping and monitoring in awake and anaesthetised patients.

Teaching. He has co-founded Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy. This course uses 3D images and videos of cadaveric dissections and as well as neurosurgical operations to promote perfection of surgical techniques through in-depth understanding of surgical anatomy.

His research focuses on fundamental biology of cancer and molecular genetics of brain tumours. He has described aspects of genomic amplifications at DNA sequence level, classified genomic amplifications in human cancer, described a novel human amplified cancer gene GLO1 and contributed to recent discovery of novel meningioma genes. Currently he is focussing on understanding the natural history and uncovering of the genetic makeup of anaplastic meningiomas and other rare brain tumours. As a part of his clinical interest in low-grade gliomas, he is striving to improve surgical techniques and understanding of language and executive brain functions.


Martin Tisdall


Martin Tisdall is a paediatric neurosurgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, UCL. He completed an MD in multimodal monitoring of traumatic brain injury. His research interests are paediatric epilepsy surgery, image guided surgery, advanced imaging techniques and traumatic brain injury.




Last Updated: 2 December 2021