The Department provides a comprehensive neurosurgical service covering the full range of neurosurgical pathologies, including all cranial and simple spinal conditions. There is also a complex spine department (see spinal surgery section). In addition to serving the local population it also provides a national and international service for more specialised neurosurgical problems such as epilepsy surgery, surgery for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, transoral and skull base surgery for complex pathologies at these sites, and complex hydrocephalus and transsphenoidal surgery for hormonally active pituitary tumours. Complex interdisciplinary procedures are often performed in conjunction with Consultants from other specialties, including ENT, maxillo-facial and plastic surgery. There is a busy multidisciplinary team looking after complex vascular disease, particularly aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. The MDT includes neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and vascular neurologists. A new brain tumour unit opened in 2011, providing specialist focused care for this group of patients and their families.

Academic activities benefit from close links to the Department of Neurology, the Institute of Neurology and other University bodies. This multidisciplinary approach to research fosters an atmosphere of academic excellence and ensures that the Department remains at the forefront of clinical research.  We also have a Neural Regeneration Unit and a Neurosurgical Consultant specialising in spinal regeneration focussing on spinal cord transplantation for paraplegia – the DePuy Spinal Regeneration Project.
Conditions treated

We care for patients with:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Cerebral arterio-venous malformations
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Meningiomas
  • Movement disorders
  • Trigeminal neuralgia 

Patient aftercare

Outpatient follow-up takes place at six to eight weeks.
Continued follow-up is tailor made to patient needs.

Professor Ludvic Zrinzo The Headache Group, Neurosurgery, Movement disorders
Miss Joan Grieve Brain Tumour Service (Neuro-Oncology), Neurosurgery, Stereotactic radiosurgery services
Miss Mary Murphy Neurosurgery, Neurology and neurosurgery, Spinal surgery, Stereotactic radiosurgery services
Professor David Choi Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery
Mr George Samandouras Brain Tumour Service (Neuro-Oncology), Neurosurgery
Mr James Allibone Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery
Mr Jonathan A. Hyam Neurosurgery, Neurology and neurosurgery, Spinal surgery, Stereotactic radiosurgery services
Mr Laurence Watkins Neurosurgery
Mr Neil Kitchen Neurosurgery, Stereotactic radiosurgery services
Mr Hani Marcus Neurosurgery
Mr Ahmed Toma The Headache Group, Neurosurgery
Mr Parag Sayal Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery
Mr Patrick Grover Neurosurgery
Mr Pedro Oliveira Castanho Neurosurgery
Professor Robert Brownstone Neurosurgery

 Contact details

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3833

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3456 7890 bleep 8100
Fax: 020 3448 3340

Other information
General Manager – Ms Fiona Gow
Assistant Business Manager – Miss Eleanor Wilkie –