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Neurosciences

Meet the team


Management Team

Mr. John E CrossmanConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 292 5677
  • GMC Code: 3676934
  • Qualifications: BSc MBBS MD FRCS (SN)
  • Biography

    Mr John Crossman was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in 2005 after training on the Northern Region Neurosurgery training programme in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

    He has a wide practice with special interests in the management of Brain Tumours, especially gliomas, meningiomas, metastases and acoustic neuromas.

    He also has an extensive practice and interest in the management of degenerative spinal disorders, including the use of spinal cord stimulation to treat pain.

    Mr Crossman was appointed as Clinical Director of the Neurosciences Directorate in 2012.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Name of Secretary
    Alison Bates
  • John Crossman 

Hannah PowellDirectorate Manager - Neurosciences

Ms Paula CoulsonMatron

Clinical Team - Neurology

Dr. Kirstie AndersonConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3833
  • GMC Code: 4093914
  • Qualifications: BMedSci, MBBS, MRCP, DPhil (oxon)
  • Special Interests

    Sleep Medicine

  • Biography

    Dr Anderson runs the Regional Neurology Sleep Service with a clinical and research interest in all the sleep disorders. She graduated from Newcastle with distinction then trained in Oxford, Cambridge and Queens Square

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General Neurology and Sleep

  • Name of Secretary
    Gemma Harkis
  • Kirstie Anderson 

Professor David J BurnConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3697
  • GMC Code: 3069626
  • Qualifications: FRCP, MD, MA, MB BS
  • Special Interests

    Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism.

  • Biography

    Professor of Movement Disorder Neurology at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Neurologist for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust. Senior NIHR Investigator and Director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit, located on the University’s Campus for Ageing and Vitality. Since April 2011 he has been Acting Director of the University’s Institute for Ageing and Health.

    Qualified from Oxford University and Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School in 1985. MD was in the functional imaging of parkinsonism. Research interests include dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy. 

    Royal College of Physicians’ representative on the NICE National Guidelines writing group for Parkinson's disease (2004-2006) and currently a member of Medical Advisory Panels for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Europe) Association, Multiple System Atrophy Trust and Parkinson’s UK. Was a member of the Special Interest Committee Task Force of the International Movement Disorder Society for Diagnostic Criteria for Parkinsonian Disorders (2002-3) and the Parkinson’s disease Dementia Task Force (2004-6). Chair of the PD Clinical Study Group of NIHR-DeNDRoN since May 2008 and appointed NIHR-DeNDRoN Associate Director/National Lead for Parkinson’s disease in July 2010. Elected to the International Executive Committee of the Movement Disorder Society in June 2009 and currently Chair of the MDS Congress Scientific Programme Committee.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Weekly: General neurology (RVI); Movement disorders clinic (RVI) which includes 3-monthly surgery and atypical parkinsonism services

    Monthly: Parkinson’s clinic (Melville Day Unit, Freeman)

    Three monthly: Paediatric movement disorders clinic (RVI, with Dr V Ramesh)

  • Name of Secretary
    Lea Lewis
  • Any other Information

    University base is Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

  • David Burn 

Professor Patrick F ChinneryHon. Consultant Neurologist

  • Hon. Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 233 6161 x22165
  • GMC Code: 3565366
  • Qualifications: MBBS(Hons), BMedSci(Hons), FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci
  • Special Interests

    Inherited neurological disorders
    Mitochondrial disorders

  • Biography

    Patrick Chinnery qualified in Medicine in 1992 and became a Wellcome Trust Training Fellow in 1995 studying the molecular basis of human mitochondrial disease. In 1998 he began post-doctoral research as a Wellcome Trust Advanced Clinical Research Fellow exploring the relationship between mitochondrial genotype and the clinical features of mitochondrial disease and the mechanisms of mitochondrial inheritance. A Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow since 2003, he continues to study the inheritance and expression of mitochondrial disorders both in the clinic and in the molecular laboratory, running several clinical trials in rare genetic diseases. He was appointed Professor of Neurogenetics in 2004 and has been studying mitochondrial mechanisms in late-onset multi-factorial diseases including stroke and Parkinson's disease. he became a Fellow in the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009, an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010, and was recently appointed Director of Newcastle University's Institute of Human Genetics.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI and Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Clinics Provided

    Neurogenetics - weekly

    Paediatric Neurogenetics - 4 per year

    On call general neurology and follow-up

     

     

  • Name of Secretary
    Kerry Turnbull
  • Patrick Chinnery 

Dr. Paul J DormanConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3111
  • GMC Code: 3481167
  • Qualifications: MBBS, B.Med,Sci (Hons), FRCP, MD
  • Special Interests

    Headache problems, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and stroke neurology, epilepsy.

  • Biography

    I qualified in medicine in 1990 at the Medical School in Newcastle upon Tyne. This was followed by posts as a junior doctor in the Newcastle hospitals.   

    I started my neurology training in the summer of 1993 in Bristol and subsequently won an MRC research training fellowship to support several years of training and research into stroke at the University of Edinburgh. I subsequently returned to the North East in 1997 to finish my specialist training in neurology. 

    I was appointed as a consultant neurologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle upon Tyne in 2000. I have a longstanding interest in chronic headache disorders. I completed a visiting Professorship programme at the world renowned Jefferson Headache Clinic in Philadelphia. I subsequently founded a specialist headache service for patients in the North East at the RVI.   

    I have a particular interest in patients with chronic headache disorders. I have introduced a variety of new headache interventions into neurological use in Newcastle including cranial nerve blocks and Botox injections. I have also established a multidisciplinary headache/oro-facial pain clinic with colleagues at Newcastle Dental School.

    I am the clinical lead for the TIA (mini-stroke) service at the RVI. I have also established the epilepsy service at the University Hospital of North Durham.

  • Directorate

    Neurology

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Monday am - TIA and general neurology clinic RVI

    Tues pm - General neurology and Epilepsy clinics, UHND

    Wednesday am - Headache Clinic, RVI

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Olive Hodgson
  • Paul Dorman 

Dr. Martin E DuddyConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5995
  • GMC Code: 3589412
  • Qualifications: MD FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Neurology with MS as a subspecialty interest

  • Biography

    Graduate of Queen’s University Belfast

    Neurology training in Belfast and Montreal

    Consultant at the RVI from 2003

    Honorary Senior Lecturer (Newcastle University) and associate subdean for undergraduate medical education

    Local principal investigator for range of collaborative trials in multiple sclerosis

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    General neurology. Multiple Sclerosis

  • Name of Secretary
    Ms Leanne Handyside
  • Martin Duddy 

Dr. Paul GoldsmithConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3176
  • GMC Code: 0412875
  • Qualifications: BM BCh MRCP PhD
  • Special Interests

    Clinical interests cover broad areas of neurology, with particular interests in headache and movement disorders. He runs the botulinum (botox) service.

  • Biography

    Dr Goldsmith is a Consultant Neurologist trained in Cambridge, Oxford, London and Newcastle. He matriculated at Magdalene College, Cambridge University in 1988 having been awarded S (outstanding) grades in STEP (Cambridge Entrance) examinations in Physics and Chemistry.  He read Medical Sciences Part 1A and Part 1B and Natural Sciences Part II and graduated with a triple 1st. He then attended Oxford University Clinical School, was awarded a Clinical Scholarship and graduated from Worcester College, with BM BCh in 1994.

    General medical training was undertaken at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Hammersmith Hospital, London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge. Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) Part 1 was achieved in 1996, Part 11 in 1997. Specialist neurological training was undertaken at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, RVI, Newcastle and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. During this period he also returned to Cambridge University, this time with St John’s College, where he undertook doctoral research culminating in the award of a PhD in 2002.

    He returned to his native North East in 2008 to take up post as Consultant Neurologist at the RVI, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with an outreach clinic in Hexham and was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University in 2009.

    Dr Goldsmith has published widely, currently in excess of 40 peer reviewed publications.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Wednesday am, RVI (general neurology / headache)

    Wednesday pm, RVI  (movement disorders)

    Wednesday am/pm, monthly, Walkergate Park (dystonia / botulinum)

    Thursday am, RVI (other botulinum, general neurology)

    Friday am/pm, (Hexham, general neurology)

    Friday am/pm, monthly (RVI, general neurology)

  • Name of Secretary
    Anne Walker
  • Paul Goldsmith 

Dr Grainne GormanConsultant Neurologist

Professor Timothy D GriffithsConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 3352023
  • Qualifications: DM FRCP FMedSci
  • Special Interests

    Cognitive Neurology

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    General Neurology and Cognitive Neurology (latter takes tertiary referrals only)

  • Tim Griffiths 

Dr Joe GuadagnoConsultant Neurologist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer

  • Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  • Tel: 0191 232 6040
  • GMC Code: 4321462
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BSc(Hons), MRCP, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Multiple Sclerosis and White Matter Disease

  • Biography

    Following undergraduate medical training at Glasgow University, including a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience, I undertook Neurology training in Royal Perth Hospital, Australia initially, returning to the UK to obtain a PhD from Cambridge University, looking into brain metabolism and blood flow changes in ischaemia using novel MRI and PET imaging techniques.

    I completed clinical Neurology training in Newcastle then obtained a Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at the VU Medical centre Amsterdam under Professors Chris Polman and Fred Barkof. I became a Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Clinical Lecturer with a special interest in M.S. at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle in December 2009 where I am involved in numerous MS trials and developing my own research interests in MS.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    MS and General Neurology

  • Name of Secretary
    Helen Moore
  • Joe Guadagno 

Dr Yvonne HartConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3227
  • GMC Code: 2492528
  • Qualifications: MA, MD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Epilepsy

  • Biography

    Dr Hart trained in neurology in London then undertook an epilepsy fellowship in Montreal. She was appointed consultant neurologist in 1994 and worked at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, London, until 2000, when she moved to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, directing and developing the epilepsy and epilepsy surgery services in both these hospitals, before moving to Newcastle in 2010. 

    She was a member of the Council of the Association of British Neurologists from 2008 to 2012, served as Secretary of the International League against Epilepsy (UK chapter) from 2010 to 2013, and chaired the Scientific Awards Panel of Epilepsy Action from 2008 to 2013.

    Her research interests include the epidemiology of epilepsy, medical care for people with epilepsy, chronic encephalitis and epilepsy (Rasmussen syndrome) and antibody-mediated epilepsies. She has published widely on these subjects, in addition to writing more than 25 book chapters. 

    She is keenly interested in teaching and training.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Epilepsy, First Seizure, learning disability and epilepsy, adolescent transition, epilepsy surgery, acute neurology.

  • Name of Secretary
    Sue King
  • Yvonne Hart 

Professor Rita HorvathHonorary Consultant

  • Honorary Consultant
  • Tel: 0191 241 8855
  • GMC Code: 6161887
  • Qualifications: MD, Neurology, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Neurogenetics, mitochondrial diseases, inherited peripheral neuropathies

  • Biography

    I completed clinical training in neurology in Budapest, Hungary and started clinical research in mitochondrial disease in 1995. I had been working in diagnostic and research of mitochondrial disorders in Munich, Germany until 2007, when I came to Newcastle University. In 2013 I was appointed as a Professor in Neurogenetics.

    Clinical work

    In January 2009 I started a clinical service for inherited peripheral neuropathies (CMT). I also see patients with other rare types of neurogenetic disease.

    Research

    My current research focuses on mitochondrial disorders due to a defect in mitochondrial protein synthesis. This work is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) UK and the European Research Council (ERC).

  • Directorate

    Neurology

  • Hospital Base

    Centre for Life and RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Inherited peripheral neuropathy, neurogenetics

  • Name of Secretary
    Kerry Turnbull
  • Rita Horvath 

Dr. Margaret J JacksonConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3227
  • GMC Code: 2505112
  • Qualifications: MD FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Epilepsy

  • Biography

    Trained in neurology in Newcastle. MD research into mitochondrial disorders. Set up epilepsy service in Newcastle.

    Research interests: pregnancy and epilepsy, management of first seizures, epidemiology of seizures in developing world.

    Contributor to national studies: Multicentre study of Early Epilepsy and Single Seizures, Standard and New Antiepileptic Drugs

    SIGN epilepsy guideline chair of management of epilepsy in women (as part of SIGN epilepsy guideline group)

    Neurologist for NICE epilepsy guideline and NICE epilepsy standards.

    Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates

    PhD students: F James Neurodevelopment of children born to mothers with epilepsy; E Hunter Epidemiology of seizures in Tanzania

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    First seizure, epilepsy, acute neurology, learning disability and epilepsy

  • Name of Secretary
    Sue King
  • Margaret Jackson 

Dr Richard JonesConsultant Neurologist

Dr James A L MillerConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 4948
  • GMC Code: 3492938
  • Qualifications: MRCP PhD
  • Special Interests

    Neurology/Neuromuscular disease

  • Biography

    Specialist interest in neuromuscular disease particularly acquired disorders such as myositis, myasthenia gravis and neuropathies.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    General neurology/Neuromuscular/IVIg assessment/Paraprotein/Dermatomyositis

  • Name of Secretary
    Fiona Snowden
  • James Miller 

Dr Andrew SchaeferConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 233 6161
  • GMC Code: 4122515
  • Qualifications: MBChB, MRCP
  • Special Interests

    Neurogenetics, Muscle Disease and Mitochondrial Disorders.

  • Biography

    I am a Consultant Neurologist with a specialist interest in neurogenetics. I am clinical lead for The Newcastle Mitochondrial Centre - one of three specialist centres nationally commissioned to provide expert care for these rare and complex disorders.

    Together with my colleagues in The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research we continue to strive to improve the care and support for patients with mitochondrial disease across the UK.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    I hold general neurology clinics at the RVI and also Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow. I also hold a specialist neurogenetic clinic at the RVI for patients with inherited neuromuscular disorders.

  • Andy Schaefer 

Professor Douglass M TurnbullConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3040
  • GMC Code: 2304823
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, PhD, FRCP, FMedSci
  • Special Interests

    Mitochondrial Diseases

  • Biography

    Professor of Neurology, Newcastle University, and Honorary Consultant Neurologist Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Director of the Newcastle Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality funded as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing initiative by BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC.

    We now run the NHS Specialised Services Mitochondrial Clinic and Diagnostic Service. This is one of three centres in the UK and provides specialised multidisciplinary care for children and adults with mitochondrial disease. This service is available for all patients in England and Scotland.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

  • Clinics Provided

    NHS Specialised Services Mitochondrial Clinic - Mondays weekly.

  • Name of Secretary
    Sue Callender and Bernadette Caygill
  • Douglass Turnbull 

Dr Tim J WallsConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3007
  • GMC Code: 2381053
  • Qualifications: B.Med.Sci., MD, FRCP
  • Biography

    I was brought up in the North East, received my undergraduate Medical training at Newcastle University and then did postgraduate training in Neurology in Middlesbrough and Newcastle.  I also spent a year doing specialist training and research into neuromuscular diseases at the Mayo clinic in the USA, where I was a Fulbright scholar. 

    I became a Consultant Neurologist in Newcastle in 1991.  I have a wide general Neurology practice.  My specialist interest is neuromuscular disease and I have run a specialist clinic for patients with all forms of myasthenia since my appointment. 

    I am an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Newcastle.  I have also been an examiner in the MRCP(UK) examination for the Royal College of Physicians of London. 

    I have had a variety of additional roles for the Trust.  These include being Clinical Director (Neurosciences) from 2003 to 2006 and Executive Medical Director from 2006 to 2013.

    Since relinquishing the Medical Director role I have done part time clinical work for the Trust. I am also a non-executive Director of London Cancer and am a panellist for the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service, the independent body which adjudicates on fitness to practice issues regarding Doctors which are raised and investigated by the General Medical Council. 

    My outside interests include: travelling, observing and photographing wildlife, gardening, social golf and exploring Northumberland.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General, Friday morning, weekly, Myasthenia, Thursday afternoon, fortnightly

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Monica Kershaw
  • Tim Walls 

Dr Naomi WarrenConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 3176
  • GMC Code: 4449986
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MRCP, MD
  • Special Interests

    Movement disorders

  • Biography

    Graduated in medicine at Newcastle University in 1997. Undertook an MD in the neurochemistry of progressive supranuclear palsy in 2006. Appointed as consultant in the neurology department in 2010. Currently runs a weekly movement disorder clinic and general neurology clinics.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Movement disorder and general neurology

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Anne Walker
  • Naomi Warren 

Dr. Tim L WilliamsConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 233 6161 ext 23697
  • GMC Code: 3454949
  • Qualifications: B.Med.Sci., MBBS., PhD., FRCP
  • Special Interests

    General neurology, motor neurone disorders/disease.

  • Biography

    Qualified Newcastle university medical school 1990. Junior training posts in Newcastle teaching hospitals.

    PhD in molecular neuroscience Newcastle University 2000. Higher postgraduate training in neurology in Northern deanery 1996-2000. Appointed consultant neurologist to Newcastle hospitals June 2000.

    Medical director of Newcastle MND Care Centre.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General neurology, weekly on a Friday morning.

  • Name of Secretary
    Julie Carr
  • Tim Williams 

Clinical Team - Neurophysiology

Dr Mark BakerConsultant Neurophysiologist and Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurophysiologist and Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 4578
  • GMC Code: 4735135
  • Qualifications: MA MB BChir PhD MRCP
  • Special Interests

    Gait disorders, Motor Neuron Disorders, Epilepsy

  • Biography

    I completed my medical training at Cambridge University between 1992 and 2000, including a PhD in neuroscience. I then moved to London (SHO at the Hammersmith Hospital and Atkinson Morley’s Hospital), before moving to Newcastle in 2003 to train in neurology. In 2008 I was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Neurophysiology at the RVI, which included a period of training at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    In September 2013 I was appointed Consultant Neurologist/Neurophysiologist at the RVI and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.

    My research interests include movement disorders and motor neuron disorders.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    First Seizure, EMG

  • Name of Secretary
    Barbara Bell, Elaine Hodgson, Lorna Turner, Deb Weedy
  • Mark Baker 

Dr. H Ming LaiConsultant Neurologist

Dr. Ian S SchofieldConsultant Neurologist

  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 4578
  • GMC Code: 2431587
  • Qualifications: MB.ChB, B.Med.Sci, FRCP
  • Biography

    I am a University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne medical graduate and completed my post graduate training at the Newcastle General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    Since 1984, I have held the post of Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist. Over this period, I have developed a number of clinical services provided by the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology.

    I now also hold the post of Clinical Director of Medical Informatics and am responsible for a wide range of IT services provided to the Trust.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Ian Schofield 

Dr Roger WhittakerClinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant

  • Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant
  • Tel: 0191 282 4578
  • GMC Code: 4158598
  • Qualifications: BA MA MB BChir FRCP PhD
  • Special Interests

    Surgical treatment of epilepsy; nerve, muscle and neuromuscular junction diseases.

  • Biography

    Dr Whittaker studied medicine at Cambridge University before moving to the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. He completed his specialist training in Clinical Neurophysiology in Newcastle and Edinburgh, before returning to Newcastle to complete his PhD in cortical network dynamics. He now holds a Clinical Senior Lecturer post in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, and an Honorary Consultant post in the department of Clinical Neurophysiology in the RVI.

    His clinical and research interests are in the pathophysiology of mitochondrial disease, the development of novel optogenetic approaches to the treatment of focal epilepsies, and in developing new electromyography techniques.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Electromyography including single fibre EMG, macroEMG, and paediatric EMG.

  • Name of Secretary
    Lorna Turner, Elaine Hodgson, Deborah Weedy and Barbara Bell
  • Roger Whittaker 

Clinical Team - Neuroradiology

Dr Priya BhatnagarConsultant Neuroradiologist

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5453
  • GMC Code: 6108776
  • Qualifications: MB BS, MRCS, FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Brain and spine oncology imaging.

  • Biography

    Priya did her general radiology training in Leeds and was awarded the Rohan Williams medal (for the best performing candidate) in the FRCR examination in 2010. She then moved to Newcastle for a two year fellowship in Neuroradiology and has been appointed as a Consultant Neuroradiologist at RVI in 2014. She is currently working towards the 'Pierre Lasjaunias European Course in Neuroradiology'.

    She has developed a sub-specialty interest in Adult Neuro-oncology imaging. She is the Royal College tutor and Clinical Supervisor for the Neuroradiology trainees at RVI.

    Throughout her training, she has presented her work at various national and international conferences and has more than 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Name of Secretary
    Michelle Gibson and Andrea Griffiths
  • Priya Bhatnagar 

Dr. Daniel BirchallConsultant Neuroradiologist

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5408 (secretary)
  • GMC Code: 3352401
  • Qualifications: MA MB BChir MRCP FRCR MD MBA
  • Special Interests

    Diagnostic Cranial and Spinal Neuroradiology; Interventional Radiological Spinal techniques.

  • Biography

    I have been Consultant Neuroradiologist at Newcastle Regional Neurosciences Centre since 1999. During this period, I have also served as Head of Service, and as Chair of the Trust’s Information Systems Strategy Board.

    I completed Medical School at Cambridge University; trained as a Physician in Bristol and Queensland; undertook my general radiological training in Manchester; and completed my higher neuroradiological training in Perth, Western Australia.

    Additional higher degrees include a Distinction in MBA from Newcastle University Business School; and my MD Thesis for studies into adolescent scoliosis.

    I am a senior editor at the British Journal of Radiology; and have been on the Board of the British Society of Neuroradiology. I continue to have a national role on behalf of the Society as lead for national benchmarking.

    I have active research interests, and have published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. My current research activity centres on the neuro-psychological aspects of image interpretation and on organisational functionality.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Name of Secretary
    Gillian Bennett
  • Daniel Birchall 

Dr David Butteriss Consultant Neuroradiologist

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5408
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications:
  • Biography

    David qualified from University College London and Middlesex Medical School top of his year in 1999, and narrowly missed out on the University of London Gold Medicine after forgetting when Kelloggs started fortifying corn flakes with vitamins and minerals (1948 in the UK). He began training in radiology in Newcastle in 2001.

    After passing the Fellowship examinations in 2004 he decided to specialise in Neuroradiology and undertook a two year Fellowship at Newcastle General Hospital, which included the Boston Scientific Neurointerventional Fellowship, then the only dedicated Neurointerventional fellowship in the UK.

    After an international Fellowship in Vancouver, Canada in 2007 he returned to his radiological Alma Mater as a Consultant in 2008. He has developed sub-speciality interests in adult neuro-oncolgy, stroke, neuro-ophthalmology and spinal procedures, including management of spinal CSF leaks.

    He has 18 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to lecture at several National and International meetings. Since 2012 he has been Head of the regional Neuroradiology service.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • David Butteriss 

Mr Philip EnglishConsultant Radiographer

Dr. Anil Gholkar, OBEClinical Director and Consultant Neuroradiologist

  • Clinical Director and Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5453
  • GMC Code: 3101234
  • Qualifications: MBBS,FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Interventional and Vascular Neuroradiology, Paediatric Neuroradiology

  • Biography

    I was appointed as a consultant in 1989. I established the Interventional Neuroradiology service in Newcastle. This is a comprehensive service providing care to the patients with vascular abnormalities such as Aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke. The service is now provided by a team of 4 consultants and a consultant radiographer.

    In addition, I provide a comprehensive diagnostic neuroradiology service with particular interest in paediatric neuroradiology.

    I have been the President of the British Society of Neuroradiologists, Chairman of Uk Neurointerventional group and RCR regional adviser.

    I am actively involved in research with many original publications in peer reviewed journals.

    I am adviser to NICE,NCEOPOD, DVLA

    I am a Newcastle united season ticket holder and spend many weekends suffering at the St. James’ Park!

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Endovascular Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Michelle Gibson and Andrea Griffiths
  • Anil Gholkar 

Mrs Nicola HindConsultant Radiographer

  • Consultant Radiographer
  • Tel: 0191 282 5453
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: DCR DMS MSc
  • Special Interests

    Interventional Neuroradiology.

  • Biography

    I work as part of a team providing the Neurointerventional service, treating patients with vascular pathology in the brain and spine. I am closely involved with the patient group who have had a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), and run the SAH support group at the RVI.

    My radiography and masters qualifications were awarded by Newcastle University.

    I lecture at the local universities, am involved in research programmes and I am a Trustee for the Northern Brainwave Appeal.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Endovascular clinic

  • Nicola Hind 

Dr. Vijayam K JayakrishnanConsultant Neuroradiologist

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5408
  • GMC Code: 4466626
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Interventional Neuroradiology, Vascular Neuroradiology, Brain and spine Oncology imaging, Neuro-ophthalmology

  • Biography

    I received training in Radiology and Neuroradiology from India and the UK and has been a Consultant for the last ten years.

    My main special interest is in minimally invasive, endovascular treatment of cerebral and spinal blood vessel abnormalities such as aneurysms, vascular malformations and treatment of acute stroke.

    I am a lead radiologist for the Adult Brain and spine Oncology service.

    I have a special interest in Medical Education and I am the Royal college and Northern Deanery’s  educational lead in Neuroradiology. I am the Trust Tutor for SAS and Trust grade doctors.

    I am the lead for simulation based training in Neuroradiology and conduct several National and regional educational courses.

    I am a member of the British society of Neuroradiologists and the UK Neurovascular group.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Endovascular Follow up clinic, Neurovascular clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs. Gillian Bennett
  • Vijay Jayakrishnan 

Dr Dipayan MitraConsultant Neuroradiologist

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5408
  • GMC Code: 4498265
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, MRCP, FRCR
  • Special Interests

    Interventional neuroradiology Paediatric neuroradiology Neuro-endocrine imaging.

  • Biography

    I am a consultant neuroradiologist with special interest in treatment of intracranial aneurysms, AVMs, tumours, etc.

    I also perform spinal procedures such as biopsies and myelograms. I have special expertise in interpreting complex imaging of brain and spine of children and of diseases associated with pituitary gland and surroundings.

    I have lectured in a number of national and international meetings and courses and have several publications in peer-reviewed journals. I have written book chapters and have been a paper setter for FRCR exams. I review research papers for number of national and international journals.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Endovascular clinic (once every month) Neurovascular clinic (once every three months).

  • Name of Secretary
    Gillian Bennett
  • Dipayan Mitra 

Clinical Team - Neurosurgery

Mr. John E CrossmanConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 292 5677
  • GMC Code: 3676934
  • Qualifications: BSc MBBS MD FRCS (SN)
  • Biography

    Mr John Crossman was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in 2005 after training on the Northern Region Neurosurgery training programme in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

    He has a wide practice with special interests in the management of Brain Tumours, especially gliomas, meningiomas, metastases and acoustic neuromas.

    He also has an extensive practice and interest in the management of degenerative spinal disorders, including the use of spinal cord stimulation to treat pain.

    Mr Crossman was appointed as Clinical Director of the Neurosciences Directorate in 2012.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Name of Secretary
    Alison Bates
  • John Crossman 

Mr Damian HollimanConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5706
  • GMC Code: 6028000
  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD, MBBS, FRCS(SN)
  • Special Interests

    Neuro-oncology, Skull Base, Head Injury.

  • Biography

    Having received a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Dundee, followed by a Glaxo Prize Scholarship to study for a PhD in molecular neurobiology at the Institute of Psychiatry London, my undergraduate medical training was in Newcastle.

    My general neurosurgical training took place in Cambridge, Middlesbrough and Newcastle, completed by a fellowship in Neuro-oncology and Skull Base Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, Canada.

    A keen proponent of clinical trials, I am currently the Newcastle Principle Investigator for the HITS-NS trial. In addition I am a member of the Clinical Advisory Group for the Northern Trauma System.

    I am delighted to receive referrals for neuro-oncology, skull base tumours, head injury and general neuro-spinal surgery.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Neuro-oncology and general neurosurgery.

  • Name of Secretary
    Kerrie Souter
  • Damian Holliman 

Mr. Alistair J JenkinsConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5516
  • GMC Code: 2547356
  • Qualifications:
  • Special Interests

    Special interests include neurovascular, skull base and pituitary tumours; trigeminal neuralgia, pain, functional neurosurgery and paediatric neurosurgery.

  • Biography

    Trained in Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool; Consultant in Newcastle since 1990.

    Publications in epilepsy surgery, paediatric neurosurgery etc.

    Society of British Neurological Surgeons – treasurer and member of Executive Committee.

    Visiting Professorships in India, Greece, Serbia; Invited lectures also in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, China.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Alistair Jenkins 

Mr Anant KamatConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 5209052
  • Qualifications: MBBS, M.S., M.Ch.(Neurosurgery), FRCS (SN)
  • Special Interests

    Complex spine surgery

  • Biography

    Understanding the spine and its issues has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was educated in Mumbai, India where I qualified as Neurosurgeon with a Gold medal from the University of Mumbai.

    I was trained in a busy multispecialty academic hospital in Mumbai, India. My Neurosurgery department was well known in India and internationally for its contribution towards spine surgery. There, I acquired extensive surgical experience in managing different spinal pathologies. We organised workshops, courses and conferences to train Neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons in the specialised field of the spine.

    I had UK Neurosurgery training at Bristol and was awarded FRCS Neurosurgery in 2007.

    I had further training in spinal biomechanics at Yale University, Connecticut, USA. This was followed by two renowned spinal fellowships: predominantly orthopedic spine fellowship at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia and predominantly neurosurgical spine Fellowship at Walton Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool.

    I have several publications in the field of spine surgery in peer reviewed journals. I have also authored chapters on spine in Neurosurgery textbooks.

    I am working at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, as a Consultant Neurosurgeon sub-specialising in complex spine surgery. My interest includes surgery on cervical spine pathologies, degenerative spine conditions, spinal trauma, infections and malignant conditions affecting the spine.

    My department is supported by an excellent team of neuro-radiologists providing imaging and interventional support. Our neuro-anesthetists are highly skilled in giving anesthetic support for patients with complex medical conditions.

    I work with a dedicated and specialised team of nursing staff in theatre and wards trained to manage all types of spine cases. We are supported by experienced physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments helping recovery and rehabilitation.

    We have the advantage of a state of the art High Dependency and Intensive Care Unit under an experienced consultant Intensivist, for round-the-clock critical care management. This infrastructural support is paramount for performing spine surgeries in medically complex patients.

    I believe very strongly in providing as much information and adequate time for patients to enable them to choose the treatment option they are most comfortable in pursuing. Giving best possible result of surgery with minimal setbacks is my goal. I am proud to state that the RVI is well-equipped to manage all types and complexities of spine conditions. It also has the correct ethos of being patient-centric and delivering high quality patient care.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    My Spine Clinic day is every Tuesday morning and alternate Thursday afternoons.

    I also provide a spine clinic on alternate Fridays in Hexham.

  • Name of Secretary
    Kerrie Souter - fax: 0191 282 4949
  • Anant Kamat 

Mr Otto MajorLocum Consultant Neurosurgeon

  • Locum Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 300 2170
  • GMC Code: 5167630
  • Qualifications: MD, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Skull base and vascular neurosurgery

  • Biography

    Graduated in Szeged Med Univ, Hungary.

    Trained in Budapest (HU) Sheffield and Hull (UK).

    Head of department of Skull base neurosurgery, National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Budapest, Hungary.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General neurosurgery

  • Name of Secretary
    Jennifer Bradley
  • Otto Major 

Professor A David MendelowConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5677, 0191 281 6131 or 0191 212 5275
  • GMC Code: 2410472
  • Qualifications: MB BCH, FRCS (Surgical Neurology), PhD
  • Biography

    One of Britain’s top Doctors 2010: Times Magazine 13/11/2010

    One of Britain’s top Surgeons 2011: Times Magazine 10/12/2011

    Honorary Colonel British Army: 201 (Northern) Field Hospital: 2006 – 2012

    Honorary President: Euroacademia Multidisciplinaria Neurotraumatologica 2012 – present

    Chairman: Department of Neurosurgery 2001 - 2005

     Neurosciences Directorate Management Group 1994 -1998

    Surgical Training Committee – Neurosurgery: Northern Deanery 2004 – 2006

    Steering Committee IL-1ra trial 2012 - present

    Vice Chairman: World Federation Neurosurgical Societies Neurotrauma Committee 2009 – present

    Trustee: Northern Brainwave Appeal (Charity 700202)                                

    Chief Investigator: MRC and NIH trials

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    General Neurosurgery, Vascular and skull base.

  • Name of Secretary
    Alison Bates for NHS referrals: 0191 282 5677
  • Any other Information

    Lynsey Cook for Private referrals: 0191 212 5275

  • David Mendelow 

Mr. Patrick MitchellConsultant Neurosurgeon

Miss Claire NicholsonConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5516
  • GMC Code: 4506586
  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRCS (Neuro.Surg)
  • Special Interests

    Paediatric neurosurgery, Functional neurosurgery (movement disorders, epilepsy and pain), pituitary and parasellar tumours, neuro-oncology, spinal dysraphism.

  • Biography

    Fellowship in functional and paediatric neurosurgery 2008, Montpellier, France

    Consultant appointment 2009

    Member of Surgical Training Committee and educational lead for ST1-3 neurosurgical trainees in the Northern Deanery

    Epilepsy research group member

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Paediatric neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy (adult and paediatric), Pituitary

  • Name of Secretary
    Miss Sarah Barwick
  • Claire Nicholson 

Mr, Justin J NissenConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5788
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: BMedSci, BM, BS, FRCS(Neurosrgery)
  • Special Interests

    Spine Surgery

  • Biography

    Mr Nissen graduated from Nottingham University and completed his Higher Surgical Training in Neurosurgery at Newcastle General Hospital.

    He undertook a further period of specialist spinal surgery training in Newcastle prior to his appointment as consultant Neurosurgeon.

    He has previously been the Training Program Director for Neurosurgery in the Northern Deanery and is a current examiner for the Intercollegiate Exam in Neurosurgery.

    His specialist expertise is in the treatment of a wide range of spinal disorders, including cervical and lumbar disc disease, thoracic disc prolapse, spinal cord tumours, Syringomyelia and other intra-dural micro-surgical spinal disorders.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Thursday afternoon

  • Name of Secretary
    Katie Urwin
  • Justin Nissen 

Mr Nicholas RossConsultant Neurosurgeon

Mr Surash SurashConsultant Neurosurgeon

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Tel: Secretary: 0191 282 5908
  • GMC Code: 4715832
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BSc. (Hons.), MD, FRCS (Neuro.Surg)
  • Special Interests

    Neuro-oncology

  • Biography

    Neurosurgical training in Leeds, Consultant in Newcastle since 2011.

    Research in neuro-oncology with academic collaborations in Newcastle University, Leeds University and in Cleveland, USA.

    Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at Sunderland Hospital.

    Associate Clinical Lecturer Newcastle University.

  • Directorate

    Neurosciences

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Wednesday afternoon

    Friday (alternate weeks) Neuro-oncology Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Margaret Neaven
  • Surash Surash 

Nurse Specialists and Practitioners

 

Catherine Feeney

Mitochondrial Senior Research Nurse

Sharon Reading

Parkinson's Disease Research Nurse

Tricia McGee    

Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist

Jane Houghton Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist

Una Brechany

Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist

Penny Burt

Epilepsy Liaison Nurse

Dee Frost Epilepsy Nurse Specialist 
Bernadette Chapman

Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist 

Joanna Forsyth

Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist (Research)

Carmel Wilkinson

Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse

Gillian Smith

Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist

Yvette Davies

Motor Neurone Disease Nurse Specialist

Frances Kelly

Motor Neurone Disease Nurse Specialist

Sarah Azhdari-Nia

Neuro-oncology Nurse Specialist

Beverly Smith Neuro-oncology Nurse Specialist 
Kate Murray Neuro-oncology Nurse Specialist 

Sandra Sowiak

Nurse Practitioner - Neurosurgery

Alyson Rafferty

Nurse Practitioner - Neurosurgery

Michelle Spence Nurse Practitioner – Neurosurgery 
Helen Hastie

Head Injury Nurse Specialist

Russell Mills DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Nurse Specialist

Claire Pringle

TIA (transient ischemic attack) NurseSpecialist

Lois Gourley CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) Nurse Specialist 
Susan Hurst Headache Nurse Specialist 

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