Neurosurgeons:

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Professor HUGH COAKHAM BSc, MB BS, FRCP, FRCS

Sub-specialties:

  • Pain management
  • Spinal surgery
  • Lumbar spine disorders

Special clinical interests: Microvascular decompression for cranial nerve syndromes.
Preservation of hearing in vestibular schwannoma surgery.

Research interests: Improving results of hemifacial spasm surgery with neurophysiological techniques.

Current NHS and /or university posts: Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Bristol
Locum Consultant Neurosurgery, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Year of first medical qualification: 1968

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (London), Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (England)

Professional profile:
 
I trained at UCH, London and trained in neurosurgery at the Guys-Maudsley-Kings Unit, London and was a fellow at Massachucetts General Hospital, Harvard University, USA. I was appointed consultant at Frenchay Hospital. Earlier in my career I carried out research that led to better diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours, which resulted in
lecturing internationally.

I developed an early interest in surgery of the skull base and cranial nerves and in the UK pioneered trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. For my work I was awarded a Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. My work in skull base surgery was published and I lectured internationally on this subject.

I was one of the first British neurosurgeons performing lumbar microdisectomy.

I hold weekly clinics at Spire Bristol Hospital and offer surgical treatment for brain tumours, spinal tumours and the majority of spinal conditions. My results in treating trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and acoustic neuromas have led to national and international referral of patients.

Other sub-specialties include:
  • Skull base surgery - tumours and vesticular scharannomas.
  • Spinal micro surgery - cervical and lumbar.
  • Lumbar spine disorders, microdisectomy, decompression, spinal tumours. Interespinous, X stop.
Professor STEVEN GILL MB, FRCS, MS

Sub-specialties: Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests:

  • Surgery for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Minimally invasive microsurgical techniques in cervical and lumbar spine
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Deep brain stimulation and growth factor treatment for Parkinson's disease
    Intracranial tumours

Research interests:

  • New microsurgical techniques to relieve cervical and lumbar nerve root entrapment
  • Corrective cervical osteotomies
  • Invention of cervical disc prosthesis
  • New techniques for treating Parkinson's disease

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Year of first medical qualification: 1982

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: Royal College of Surgeons, Society of British Neurosurgeons

Professional profile:

I had a broad based training in neurosurgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and have continued to provide a comprehensive service since being appointed as a a consultant at Frenchay Hospital in 1993.

I have pioneered the use of cervical disc replacements, which, by maintaining neck mobility should prevent accelerated degeneration of adjacent discs that may otherwise occur following a fusion.

I have developed new techniques in minimally invasive surgery of the lumbar and cervical spines that have been presented in peer review journals, in the internal press and on television.

Dr PETER HEYWOOD FRCP, MA (Oxon), MA (Cantab), MB, Bchir, LMSSA

Special clinical interests: Surgery for Parkinson's disease

Research interests: Surgery for Parkinson's disease

Current NHS and /or university posts:

  • Consultant Neurologist, Frenchay Hospital
  • Consultant Neurologist, Yeovil Hospital.
  • Consultant Neurologist, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Year of first medical qualification: 1988

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

  • Parkinson's Disease Research Group
  • Association of British Neurologists
  • Movement Disorder Society
Mr RICHARD J NELSON MA, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed)

Sub-specialties: Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests:

  • Cervical and lumbar microsurgery
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • The management of spinal disorders in elite sportsmen and women
  • Lumbar interbody fusions for low back pain syndromes
  • Management of skull base tumour, in particular pituitary tumours and acoustic neuromas
  • The management of neurovascular disorders including unruptured aneurysm, complex aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations.

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Year of first medical qualification: 1978

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Member of British Medical Association
  • Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • Member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons

Professional profile:

I have had a broad-based surgical training in Cambridge, Oxford and  London, before completing my neurosurgical training and research in Southampton. In recent years I have increasingly sub-specialised in aspects of spinal surgery, intracranial tumour surgery and neurovascular surgery. 

I have played a major role in the development of the Clinical Neurosciences in Bristol as a Clinic Director. I have also been closely involved in several strategic developments affecting neurosurgical standards, training and selection at a national level. I have served as Chairman of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Neurosurgery and as the Vice-President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

Mr NITIN PATEL MB BCh, MSc, FRCS (SN)

Sub-specialties: Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests:

  • Spinal surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical spine disorders
  • Intracranial and spine tumours

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Year of first medical qualification: 1987

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: Fellow Royal College of Surgeons

Mr NIKUNJ PATEL BSc, MBBS, MD, FRCS (SN)

Sub-specialties:

  • Spinal surgery
  • Pain management

Special clinical interests:

  • Surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
  • Minimally invasive cervical and lumbar spine sugery
  • Neuromodulation (spinal cord and deep brain stimulation) treatments for chronic pain syndromes Neuromodulation (deep brain stimulation) treatments for functional brain disorders

Research interests: Growth factor therapy for treatment of Parkinson's disease.
New techniques for treating spinal and chronic pain syndromes.
Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of depression and psychiatric disease.

Current NHS and /or university posts: Frenchay Hospital, North Bristol Trust
Hunterian Professor in Neurosurgery
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Bristol

Year of first medical qualification: 1994

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: British Medical Association
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Fellow of the Royal College of Medicine
Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons

Professional profile:

I have had a broad based training in neurosurgery at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where I have developed interests and expertise in spinal surgery; surgical treatment of facial pain and cranial nerve hyperactive syndromes; and stereotactic surgery for functional brain disorders.

In recognition for my research in the growth factor therapy for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, I was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in Neurosurgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Mr IAN POPLE MB ChB, MD, FRCS (SN)

Special clinical interests:

  • Tethered spinal cord surgery
  • Hydrocephalus treatment

Research interests: Hydrocephalus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Neurosurgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust

Year of first medical qualification: 1983

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies: Royal College of Surgeons of England
Society of British Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Professional profile:

Despite my interest in paediatric neurosurgery and hydrocephalus, I am happy to see and operate on patients with lumbar and cervical spine problems. I am fully trained and very experienced in lumbar microsurgery for disc prolapse and other causes of sciatica and back pain.

Mr DAVID PORTER MB BS, FRCS (SN)

Sub-specialties:

  • Neck pain
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Degenerative spine
  • Brain tumours
  • Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests and services: 

  • Management of vascular problems in the brain and spinal cord including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and cavernomas.
  • Treatment of meningiomas and malignant brain tumours.
  • Treatment of cervical and lumbar disc prolapse.
  • Estabished National and International referral for vascular problems of brain (Daily Mail) and spinal cord, see (Surgeon "Peters Fund")
  • National referrals for meningioma surgery (Brain Doctors)
  • Cervical joint replacement
  • Invoiced in accordance with insurers guidelines, no hidden charges for patients
  • No infections or returns to theatre in last 100 cases
    No testimonials rather meet your surgeon via interaction with the media

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
Head of Specialty at Frenchay Hospital

Year of first medical qualification: 1987

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional profile:

I trained at the Royal Free Hospital Medical College, Hampstead, London and was awarded the qualification MB BS by London University.

I had diverse neurosurgical training in London at the Royal Free, Charing Cross and National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square. I then went on to become a senior registrar in Leeds.

I was a visiting Fellow to the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, where I worked with two international figures- Dr Robert Spetzler and Dr Viktor Sonntag. The former is a world authority on vascular neurosurgery and the latter an internationally respected figure in diseases of the spine.