Mr Kanna Gnanalingham

Mr Kanna Gnanalingham

Consultant Neurosurgeon

MBChB (Hons), FRCS.SN, PhD

Specialises in

  • Spinal disorders
  • Spinal pain relief
  • Brain tumours
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Keyhole surgery

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As a Senior Consultant in neurosurgery in Greater Manchester, I have a specialist interest in brain tumours, pituitary disease and complex spine surgery. I undertook neurosurgical training in London, including specialist training in pituitary and spinal surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

I learned minimally invasive techniques at several centres in the UK and US and was appointed as a Consultant at the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre at Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) in 2005. I also hold an honorary senior lecturer post at the University of Manchester.

I believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of brain and spinal disorders. I usually consider surgery when other medical and non-operative treatments have not helped. I frequently undertake surgery using minimally invasive (ie ‘keyhole’) techniques. This allows for reduced blood loss, tissue damage, less post-operative pain and faster recovery.

In recognition of my expertise, I am frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings and conduct workshops for spinal and pituitary disorders. I offer an international recognised fellowship in pituitary surgery.

I am recognised for good operative and patient management skills and have a strong background in basic science and clinical research.


General Medical Council Number: C4302902

Treatment information

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Additional information

Brain tumours
Spinal surgery

Special clinical interests: Minimally invasive surgery; brain and spinal tumours; complex spinal surgery, disc prolapse, pituitary disorders, head injury, hydrocephalus, shunts, spinal instrumentation, spinal injections, endoscopy and minimally invasive approaches

BSc (Hons) in Anatomy / University of Manchester / 1990
Bachelor of Science

PhD in Neuropharmacology / King’s College London / 1993
Doctor of Philosophy

MBChB (Hons) / University of Manchester / 1996
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS SN / Royal College of Surgeons London / 2003
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England

CCST in Neurosurgery / General Medical Council, UK / 2004
Certificate of Completion of Specialised Training

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (from 2003)

Member of the Society of British Neurosurgeons (from 2001)

Professional leadership

One of the lead consultant’s for pituitary surgery in Manchester

  • 2005 to present - Consultant in Neurosurgery - Dept of Neurosurgery, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford M6 8HD
  • 2009 to present - Honorary Senior Lecturer (University of Manchester, UK)

In my spare time I play badminton and cricket, which I have previously represented at club and university level.