Amongst the group of 11 neurosurgeons each consultant, whilst having a wealth of general spinal and neurosurgical experience, is subspecialised to their given area of expertise within the world of cranial and spinal neurosurgery. The collaborative nature of the London Neurosurgery Partnership means that the group can offer world class care in all specialities of spine and neurosurgery including complex spine, brain tumours and paediatric neurosurgery.
The team of 11 split their time between the internationally renowned NHS King’s College Hospital and providing world class spinal and neurosurgical care in the private sector through the London Neurosurgery Partnership.
Professor Keyoumars Ashkan
Professor of Neurosurgery.
Professor Ashkan is a leading 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 subspecialist 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.
Professor Ashkan 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.
Mr Sinan Barazi
Mr 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. Before starting his basic surgical training, he served with the 14th Parachute Regiment 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, Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital and Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre. He completed the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (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 Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons, he trained under Dr Andrew King and Scott Rutherford in Manchester as Neurosurgical Skull Base Fellow. He was then appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon to King’s College Hospital in 2010, with subspecialty interests in facial pain, endoscopic pituitary/anterior skull base surgery and lateral skull base surgery. Alongside this he has a wealth of knowledge in spinal disorders including back pain, neck pain, sciatica, arm pain and the degenerative spine.
He lectures nationally and internationally on many neurosurgical topics including facial pain treatment, endoscopic pituitary/anterior skull base surgery and spinal surgery.
When he’s not working Mr Barazi enjoys running, cycling, reading history and hanging out with his kids.
Mr Sanj Bassi
Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon
Mr Sanj Bassi has been a Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital 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.
On returning from New York, he worked as a Paediatric Neurosurgical Fellow at the 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, 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, hydrocephalus, spasticity, Spina Bifida, Chiari malformations and syringomyelia.
Mr Bassi has published extensively on adult and paediatric neurosurgery and lectures both nationally and internationally.
He is an Examiner for the Intercollegiate Examination in Neurosurgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, Lead for clinical audit at King’s College Hospital and an examiner for King’s College Hospital medical school. He is the Medical Director of London Neurosurgery Partnership and London Neuroscience Academy.
Outside work Mr Bassi is a budding saxophonist and when not practicing for his grade exams he can be found opening the batting on the cricket pitch!
Mr David Bell
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon
Mr 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) where he sits on the executive board as well as the North American Spine Society (NASS). He is the National Lead Elect for the British Spine Registry with responsibility for quality assurance and outcome assessment in spinal surgery. Mr Bell also has national responsibility for the administration of the British Spine Registry. He is the clinical co-lead of South East London and Kent Spinal Network and has been instrumental in the organisation of regional spinal services.
At King’s College Hospital he is a key part of the Supra-Regional Complex Spine Team. His specialisms include degenerative spinal disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), disc replacement surgery, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, back pain, spinal tumours, metastatic spinal cord compression and spinal fractures.
He lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as back pain, spinal tumours, myelopathy, neck pain and the ageing spine.
Outside of his professional responsibilities Mr Bell enjoys running, cycling and swimming.
Mr Ranjeev Bhangoo
Mr Bhangoo qualified Victor Ludorum from medical School with the Medical School Gold Medal and Honours. After his general surgical training (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, 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 Bhangoo spent one year studying both the medical and surgical treatments of brain tumours as well as undertaking research at one of Europe’s leading cancer institute – The Institute Gustauve Roussy, Paris, France.
In addition to his knowledge in all areas of cranial and spinal neurosurgery; including degenerative spine disease which incorporates the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, he 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 for treating these conditions.
Currently he is Clinical Director for Neuroscience at King’s College Hospital in London and the Neurosurgical Tutor to the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology.
Mr Bhangoo is known among his friends and family for his talent as a pastry chef. He is also responsible for starting the largest Indian classical music festival outside India which is held on the Southbank each year.
Mr Christopher Chandler
Consultant Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon
Mr 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).
Mr Chandler’s interests are in all aspects of paediatric neurosurgery and neuro-oncology. This includes the management of brain and spinal cord tumours in all age groups, metastatic brain tumours, epilepsy, idiopathic intracranial hypertension 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 service in the UK.
He also has a wealth of knowledge in degenerative spine disease including the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica.
Outside work Mr Chandler can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm!
Mr Richard Gullan
Mr Gullan qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London obtaining his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England there. He undertook neurosurgical training in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London prior to being appointed in 1988 as Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital’s Neuroscience Centre, where he is the Senior Neurosurgeon.
He developed a large practice in spinal and neuro-oncology 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 stabilisation for malignant disease affecting the spinal column just prior to his appointment as a consultant neurosurgeon and was the first neurosurgeon worldwide to pilot both the use of intervertebral fusion cages for cervical disc surgery and 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.
Mr Gullan enjoys teaching, especially operative techniques and clinical decision making, to young neurosurgeons. This 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.
In his spare time Mr Gullan can be found on the golf course or playing the lead violin in the European Doctor’s Orchestra.
Mr Irfan Malik
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon
Mr Malik is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London with more than 20 years’ experience. He is recognised as a leader in complex spine surgery with specific expertise in minimally invasive, endoscopic, keyhole surgery. He has pioneered several endoscopic spinal procedures, is one of few surgical references for the United Kingdom and has established King’s College Hospital as a training centre for endoscopic spinal surgery, training junior doctors in these procedures.
He completed advanced neurosurgical training at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the University Hospital, Coventry & Warwickshire between 2001-2006. Following this he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (SN) and then enhanced his experience by completing fellowships in complex spine and epilepsy surgery from University Hospital Coventry and King’s College Hospital.
His area of expertise includes the assessment and treatment (both surgical and non-surgical) of all spinal conditions including degenerative, traumatic and malignant spinal surgery. Mr Malik is an expert in the use of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of neck pain, back pain, arm pain and sciatica.
He is a well-established epilepsy surgeon partaking in the UK Lead Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS) Programme. He is part of the International Faculty for Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Society for all aspects of spine surgery. He is a member of the International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery (ISMISS), British Association of Spine Surgery (BASS), European Spine Society and North American Spine Society (NASS).
Mr Malik has published several peer review papers, abstracts and book chapters and regularly lectures and teaches in workshops for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Endoscopic Spine Surgery.
Outside work Mr Malik enjoys walking and exploring the Scottish Highlands with his family.
Mr Richard Selway
Mr Selway has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon since 2001. He studied medicine and neuroanatomy in Cambridge and had specialist training in Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford and in London where he completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery. He also gained a first class degree in mathematics and was awarded the Norman Dott Gold Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999.
As Clinical Director for Neurosciences at King’s College Hospital, he is responsible for one of the largest departments in United Kingdom. Much of his work centres around the use of multidisciplinary teams to ensure the right patient reaches the right clinician. This is particularly important for spinal disorders when both surgical and non-surgical techniques must be combined to obtain the optimum outcome for the individual.
In addition to his expertise in spinal disease, including the management of back, neck and arm pain and sciatica, he specialises in the neurosurgery of epilepsy and movement disorders in both adults and children, with a nationwide as well as international practice for both disorders.
Mr Selway’s research work has focused on the delivery and measurement of high quality patient care through multidisciplinary expertise in a variety of diseases as well as in the techniques of neuro-stimulation in dystonia and epilepsy. He has more than 150 publications.
Outside medicine, he is a national level chess player and previously was in the GB archery team reaching, at his peak, a ranking of 7th in the world and first reserve for the Olympic team.
Mr Nicholas Thomas
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon
Mr Thomas qualified from the London Hospital in 1988. Following general surgical training he completed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in 1993. He trained in neurosurgery at the Atkinson Morley Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital. Following this he completed a year’s Spinal fellowship at Ohio State University. He completed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Surgical Neurology in 1998.
He was appointed a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, London in 1998 at the age of 33. With a broad clinical practice, subspecialty interests include complex spinal surgery, anterior and lateral skull base surgery (including Vestibular Schwannoma surgery) and endoscopic pituitary and endoscopic skull base surgery. Within these subspecialty areas he has a particular interest in chordoma, condrosarcoma, basilar invagination, craniopharyngioma and acoustic neuroma. He runs a national multi-disciplinary clinic dedicated to neurofibromatosis and von Hippel Lindau disease.
Mr Thomas 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 UK President of the British Skull Based Society. He is a valued panel member on international workshops on endoscopic pituitary surgery (e.g. Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Coventry) as well as ‘open’ lateral skull base surgery (e.g. Copenhagen Skull Base Course).
For the last 22 years he has visited Sri Lanka to lecture and perform operations with local neurosurgeons at the National Hospital and Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital in Colombo on a charitable basis.
When away from his medical practice Mr Thomas has a great passion for vintage cars, frequenting Goodwood Revival.
Mr Christos Tolias
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!