Bristol Neurological & Spinal Unit Team

There are 13 Consultant Neurosurgeons and 4 Orthopaedic Spinal surgeons who provide a comprehensive spinal service for common elective spinal conditions including surgery for lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical disc conditions.

All the surgeons are core competent in the management of acute spinal emergencies including spinal trauma and spinal cord compression. 

All neurosurgeons undertake a minimum of 2 years training in spinal surgery and apply all their intracranial microsurgical skills to the operations required for spinal pathologies; furthermore within each area there are is further specialisation meaning the department of Neurological and Spinal surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust is uniquely placed within the South-West to provide a global spinal service ranging from microsurgical management of spinal vascular conditions such as arteriovenous malformation to extensive spinal reconstruction.

Surgeons only undertake procedures in which they are proven competent within their sub-specialist agreed areas. An advantages of having a multi-disciplinary approach to managing spinal conditions is that for low volume, rare conditions appropriate experts can be involved in the management of those conditions.

  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumours
  • Adult and Paediatric Scoliosis
  • Congenital Spinal Pathology
  • Spinal vascular pathology
  • Inflammatory spinal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative Cervical and Lumbar deformity
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
  • Intradural Micro-surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation for Spinal Pain

Consultant Neurosurgeons
Mr Richard Nelson
Mr David Sandeman
Mr Ian Pople
Professor Steven Gill
Mr George Malcolm
Mr Nitin Patel
Mr David Porter
Mr Michael Carter
Mr Nik Patel
Mr Richard Edwards
Mr Venkat Iyer
Mr Crispin Wigfield
Mr Greg Fellows

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons
Mr Ian Nelson
Mr John Hutchinson
Mr Ian Harding
Mr Mike Katsihimas
Mr Steve Morris

Interventional Spinal Radiologists
Dr Mark Cobby
Dr Roland Watura
Dr Verka Beric
Dr Marcus Bradley

Pain Managment Clinic
Dr Cathy Stannard
Dr Gareth Greenslade
Dr Murli Krishna
Dr Sara Love-Jones
Dr Janine Mendham

Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioners
Dr Keith Greenfield, PhD
Mr Quentin Alsop
Mr Steven Bunce

Spinal Nurse Practitioners
Anita Philip
Laura Hughes
Diana Lavelle