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Yahia Al-Tamimi


Mr Al-Tamimi completed his medical training in 2002 and graduated with honours from the University of Leeds. He gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England following training in Preston and Cambridge. He was subsequently placed onto a post-graduate neurosurgical training program in Leeds General Infirmary and gained entry to the specialist register for Neurosurgery in 2013.  He subsequently completed a fellowship in skull base neurosurgery in Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.  He was appointed as a consultant in skull base and oncology neurosurgery at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (STH) in December 2014 and is now the cancer site lead clinician in neuro-oncology, skull base and pituitary services at STH.

His academic interest stems from an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology and he has subsequently gained an MD for conducting a randomised controlled trial in subarachnoid haemorrhage.  Other academic areas of interest include research in gliomas and inflammation.  He has published 25 articles in peer-reviewed and international journals and has presented on 33 occasions at national and international conferences.

Key publications:

1. Al-Tamimi YZ, Palin MS, Patankar T, MacMullen-Price J, O’Hara DJ, Loughrey C, Chakrabarty A, Ismail A, Roberts P, Duffau H, Goodden JR, Chumas PD. Low-grade glioma with foci of early transformation does not necessarily require adjuvant therapy following radical resection. World Neurosurgery 2018; 110:e346-e354.

2. Al-Tamimi YZ. Management of poor grade subarachnoid haemorrhage: a self-fulfilling prophecy of good outcome? European Journal of Neurology 2017; 24(1): 3-4.

3. Al-Tamimi YZ, Sinha P, Chumas PD, Crimmins D, Drake J, Kestle J, Hayward R, Solanki G, Thomson S, Thorne J. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt 30-day failure rate: an international cohort study. Neurosurgery 2014; 74(1): 29-34.

4. Al-Tamimi YZ, Guilfoyle M, Seeley H, Laing RJ. Measurement of long-term outcome in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy treated surgically. European Spine Journal 2013, 22:2552-2557.

5. Al-Tamimi YZ, Bhargava D, Hall G, Feltbower R, Goddard AJP, Quinn AC, Ross SA. Lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid following aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: A prospective, randomised and controlled trial (LUMAS). Stroke 2012, 43(3):677-82.

David Choi


David Choi graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and clinical studies at Edinburgh University. He completed basic surgical training at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and started Neurosurgical training at the Glasgow Institute of Neurological Sciences. He obtained a PhD in neuroregeneration at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and completed higher surgical training in Neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley's Hospital, London, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is presently Reader in Neurosurgery at UCL, and has research interests in primary and metastatic spine tumours, chordomas, neuroregeneration, spinal repair and cellular therapies


Kanna Gnanalingham


After studying Medicine in Manchester, Mr Gnanalingham completed his Neurosurgical training in London. He was appointed as a Consultant at the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre at Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) in 2005.

His sub-speciality interests include pituitary, anterior skull base and complex spine surgery, utilising minimally invasive techniques. He is the lead consultant for Pituitary surgery in Manchester and introduced the endoscopic approach to the region. SRFT is a national and international Visitation centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery, with regular visits from surgeons wishing to learn such ‘key hole’ surgical techniques.

He has a strong interest in clinical and basic science research in Neuroscience, qualified to a doctorate level, with over 80 publications and international presentations.


Konstantina Karabatsou


Tina Karabatsou has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Salford Royal Hospital since 2007 and is the Clinical Lead for the Neuro-oncology service.

She received her medical degree from the University of Athens and trained in Neurosurgery in Greece and United Kingdom and undertook a specialist fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital in Canada.

 Her sub-specialty interests are Neuro-oncology (including awake craniotomy with intra-operative brain mapping for low grade gliomas and pineal tumour surgery), Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery and Neurofibromatosis 1.

Tina is part of the Manchester Multidisciplinary Neuro-oncology Research group and a member of various Neurosurgical and Neuro-oncology professional bodies.

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.


Mario Teo


Mario Teo is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Bristol Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, North Bristol University Hospital, having completed a Cerebrovascular and Skull Base fellowship at Stanford University, California, USA. He has a special interest in minimally invasive neurosurgery (cranial and spine), management of skull base tumours and vascular pathologies including endoscopic endonasal approaches and cerebral revascularizations.


His research focus includes moyamoya disease, cerebral aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, cavernoma, schwannoma, meningioma, skull base tumours and neurocutaneous disorders. He authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, editorials, book chapters, and is also an advocate of collaborative clinical and scientific research, at local, national and international level.


Rikin Trivedi


Rikin Trivedi has specialist interests in spinal, cerebrovascular and skull base surgery having received sub-speciality fellowship training in these areas in the USA. Whilst on fellowship, he gained proficiency in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery techniques and performed the first keyhole lumbar discectomy in the region, shortly after his return. His spinal practice includes treatment of spinal trauma, infection and tumours, and all aspects of degenerative spinal disease including disc prolapse and spinal stenosis. 80% of spinal practice is now performed using minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques including day case lumbar discectomy and decompressions.

His research interests to date have been in developing novel imaging techniques for assessment of vascular disease and have evolved to evaluate novel strategies in the treatment of spinal disorders. He has supervised numerous research student projects and currently co-supervise a PhD student thesis. He has trained fellows in both cerebrovascular and spine surgery, and is currently Co-Director of the Cambridge Spine Fellowship.




Last Updated: 3 December 2021