Miss Joan Grieve

Miss Joan GrieveTel: 020 3448 3305
Email: elizabeth.brisley@uclh.nhs.uk

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery, Neuro-oncology (brain tumour unit)

Professional background

I completed undergraduate medical studies at St George's Hospital Medical School in 1990.   The majority of my neurosurgical training was undertaken at Atkinson Morley's Hospital, although I also spent time at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Great Ormond Hospital for Children.   I successfully passed FRCS(SN) in 2000 and was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2002.  

During my training I undertook research at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and was awarded my MD entitled 'Novel imaging techniques in brain arteriovenous malformations' by the University of London in 2004.

I am currently Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery and have been since 2007.   The department of neurosurgery comprises 18 surgeons, including 14 neurosurgeons, 2 orthopaedic surgeons and 2 ENT surgeons.   We offer a comprehensive neurosurgical and spinal service, with particular interest and expertise in epilepsy, functional, oncology (intracranial and spinal), vascular, pituitary, skull base and complex spine surgery.   We have recently amalgamated  the neuro-oncology service for North Central London into a single service at the National Hospital, following the opening of the Molly Lane Fox Brain Tumour Unit.

My clinical interests include pituitary and parasellar pathologies; neurovascular treatment for intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and cavernous haemangiomas; and neuro-oncology, as well as general intracranial and spinal neurosurgery.

I am a member of the Society of British Neurosurgeons, the British Neurovascular Group and an international member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Research interests

Pituitary and parasellar disorders and surgery brain tumours neurovascular surgery intracranial aneurysms intracranial arteriovenous malformations


Outcome in poor grade subarachnoid haemorrhage patients treated with acute endovascular coiling of aneurysms and aggressive intensive care.
Taylor CJ, Roberston F, Brealey D, O'Shea F, Stephen T, Brew S, Grieve JP, Smith M, Appleby I.
Neurocritical Care 14(3): 341-7, 2011 Jun

Stability of ruptured intracranial aneurysms treated with detachable coils: is delayed follow-up angiography warranted?
Tailor J, Goetz P, Chandrashekar H, Stephen T, Schiariti M, Grieve J, Watkins L, Brew S, Robertson F, Kitchen N.
British Journal of Neurosurgery 24(4): 405-9, 2010 Aug

Brain biopsy in dementia: clinical indications and diagnostic approach
Schott JM, Reiniger L, Thom M, Holton JL, Grieve J, Brandner S, Warren JD, Revesz T
Acta Neuropathologica 120(3): 327-41, 2010 Sept

Adjustable shunt valve- induced magnetic resonance imaging artifact: a comparative study
Toma AK, Tarnaris A, Grieve JP, Watkins LD, Kitchen ND
Journal of Neurosurgery 113(1): 74-8, 2010 Jul

External ventricular drain insertion accuracy: is there a need for change in practice?
Toma AK, Camp S, Watkins LD, Grieve JP, Kitchen ND
Neurosurgery 65(6); 1197-1200; discussion 1200-1, 2009 Dec

GMC/GDC number: 3471861