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QMC is home to one of the busiest regional neurosurgical departments in the country. Our highly specialist unit carries emergency and urgent work. It is a vital part of the East Midlands Trauma Centre.

We receive adult referrals from hospitals across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and parts of Lincolnshire. The paediatric catchment area is wider and includes Lincoln and Stoke. We also run weekly outpatient clinics at Leicester General Hospital and Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Our Neurosurgery Team carries out around 1,700 operations each year - 280 of them on children - and we are proud of our clinical outcomes.

What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders affecting any part of the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord.

Our team of consultants provide treatment for all major neurosurgical sub-specialties, including paediatric neurosurgery and functional neurosurgery, to a catchment population of around three million people.

Research and Innovation

  • We consistently make significant contributions to key multi-centre neurosurgical studies
  • We were the largest sole contributor to the International Sub Arachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT), which revolutionised the management of ruptured cerebral aneurysms
  • We contributed patients as well as expertise to the steering committee of the STICH trial looking at the role of surgery in intracerebral haemorrhage
  • We are now recruiting for BASICS trial
  • In neuro-oncology we have taken part in the evaluation of new therapies for brain tumours, including Gliadel implantable chemotherapy and a novel gene therapy study for gliomas
  • Nottingham is part of a Functional Imaging Network which is steadily accruing and sharing data allowing detailed characterisation of brain tumours non-invasively
  • In functional neurosurgery, we took part in a national trial of surgery for Parkinson's Disease, PDSURG
  • We are also recruiting for the PROMISE trial (spinal cord stimulation in lower back pain)

To get involved in research and innovation please speak to your nurse or doctor.

Meet the team

The Neurosurgical Unit in Nottingham has a high profile in the wider neurosurgical community, with a strong reputation for training and innovation.

Some of our neurosurgeons act as examiners for the Intercollegiate FRCS Examination in Neurosurgery. Nottingham is one of a small number of units in the country to regularly host this examination.


Richard Ashpole

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Complex hydrocephalus
  • Lumbar and cervical spine
  • Simulation

Contact Richard on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61105.


Surajit Basu

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Movement disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Chronic pain and trigeminal neuralgia
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Brain tumours and awake craniotomy

Contact Surajit on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 63635.


Paul Byrne

Paul has recently led a project to develop a neurosurgical robot, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. His specialist areas of interest are:

  • Brain tumours
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Awake craniotomy

Contact Paul on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62254.


Maria Cartmill

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Antenatal counselling

Contact Maria on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61105.


Graham Dow

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Vascular neurosurgery
  • Skull base tumours

Contact Graham on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62254.


Simon Howarth

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Spine

Contact Simon on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61925.


Donald MacArthur

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Brain tumours
  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Neuroendoscopy

Contact Donald on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61105.


Iain Robertson

Iain is the Head of Service and sits on the Royal College’s Specialist Advisory Committee for Neurosurgery. His specialist areas of interest are:

  • Skull base
  • Pituitary disease
  • Acoustic neuroma

Contact Iain on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62254.


Professor Stuart Smith

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Brain tumours
  • Degenerative spine
  • Neurosurgical research

Contact Stuart on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61925.


Michael Vloeberghs

Michael is internationally recognised for his care of children with spastic cerebral palsy treated with continuous intrathecal baclofen. Children are referred to the Trust from as far afield as Scotland and Wales and a national randomised study of intrathecal baclofen treatment is now underway. Michael's specialist areas of interest are:

  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Spasticity

Contact Michael on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 63635.


Barrie White

  • Barrie is a past vice-president of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons. His specialist areas of interest are:
  • Complex spinal
  • Intradural spinal tumours

Contact Barrie on 0115 924 9924 Ext: 61925.

Contact us

For general enquiries call 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62254.