Mr Christopher Kellett

Consultant Neurological and Complex Spine Surgeon

MBChB, FRCS (Neurosurg.)

I developed a keen interest in the biomechanics of the spine and related sports injuries having played county cricket throughout my teens as an opening fast bowler. 

Early in my neurosurgical training, I showed an affinity for spinal surgery. This enthusiasm enabled me to focus and gain vast experience in all disciplines of spinal surgery over a 15-year period.

I am fellowship trained and undertook my Neurological and Complex Spinal Surgery training under world-renowned names in some of the busiest centres in the UK. These include:

  • The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.
  • Atkinson Morley Department of Neurosurgery, London.
  • The Hugh Cairns Neurosurgical Department, The Royal London Hospital.
  • King’s College, London.
  • Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.  

Neurosurgical training has provided me with the perfect foundation in microsurgical, endoscopic and minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques. 

I am grateful to have worked in so many prestigious centres with inspirational trainers. Having such widespread experience has ensured that I have observed the full spectrum of spinal pathology, but also the many different approaches that can be employed to deal with spinal conditions.

Specifically, my interests include; microscopic and endoscopic minimally invasive spinal (MIS) surgery; computer navigated spinal surgery; day case spinal fusion and spinal surgery under local/spinal anaesthesia.

The approaches I employ reduce operative and anaesthetic time whilst minimising tissue trauma, thus reducing the risk of infection, postoperative pain and hospital stay. I am the only surgeon in Leeds to have performed cervical spine surgery under local anaesthetic and successful day case MIS lumbar fusion.

I have published extensively on areas of expertise including Cervical Myelopathy and Cauda Equina Syndrome. I am actively involved in clinical research studying spinal cord injury and was the surgeon responsible for the care of professional rugby player, Mose Masoe.  

Service improvement is another key area of interest for me. I am currently in the process of developing a regional network for adult patients living with Spina Bifida.

Not only are these patients challenging from a surgical perspective, but they have complex needs that are best managed through a regional multidisciplinary approach.

Through my keen attention to detail and extensive training, I can tailor individualised treatment plans to meet the needs of my patients through minimally invasive techniques.

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General Medical Council Number: 6119044

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Christopher Kellett at Spire include:

Neurosurgery

Other treatments

The treatment of spinal conditions through minimally invasive techniques and minimally invasive day case spinal surgery including fusion.

Special interests:

Degenerative spinal conditions:

  • Cervical and Lumbar spondylosis
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical foraminal stenosis
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar spondylolysis secondary to pars defects
  • Craniocervical instability
  • Deformity of the spine

Inflammatory conditions affecting the spine:

  • Rheumatoid and seronegative arthropathies

Sports related spinal injuries.

Craniocervical and spinal trauma.

Congenital and acquired spinal disorders including crainocervical junction abnormalities:

  • Adult Spina Bifida and dysraphism
  • Chiari malformation
  • Syringomyelia
  • Klippel-Feil syndrome

Tumours affecting the spine:

  • Metastatic spinal cord compression
  • Intradural tumours

Spinal infections:

  • Spondylodiscitis
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Peripheral nerve surgery:

  • Entrapment neuropathies

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Additional information

MBChB / Sheffield / 2005
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (Neurosurg.) / UK / 2018
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons


Professional memberships

Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS)

British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS)


Professional leadership


Leeds Centre for Neurosciences at Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

I am based in Leeds and have a full-time NHS practice as a substantive Consultant Neurological and Complex Spinal Surgeon. A dedicated family man and avid sports fan, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter as well as playing cricket when time allows.

It’s fantastic to be back in Yorkshire, surrounded by the places and people I love who will benefit from the wealth of experience and first class training I have received.