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Mr Greg James
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
30 Guildford Street
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Greg James undertook his medical studies at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, London, during which he intercalated two further degrees: a BSc (first class honours) in Physiology and a PhD in Neuroscience. During this time, he published and presented nationally and internationally in the fields of cellular neurophysiology and neural injury, and was awarded a travelling fellowship to undertake further research in the Department of Neurology, University of Washington, USA.

He then completed Basic Surgical Training on the South Thames rotation, during which he gained Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, followed by Neurosurgical Specialist Training in North Thames. He spent one year as Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as registrar posts at GOSH, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Royal London, Royal Free and Charing Cross hospitals. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and was awarded his CCT in Neurosurgery the following year.  He was appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon at GOSH in 2014 and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL in 2015

Research Themes
Research Summary

I have a background in bench neuroscience but my current research focusses on clinical questions in paediatric neurosurgery with particular interests in children's craniofacial, cerebrovascular and cerebrospinal fluid disorders. I am interested in patient-centred outcomes and how to make them better by improving the process and techniques of neurosurgical care.

I have recently been awarded funding towards a trial examining optimal management of intraventricular haemorrhage-related hydrocephalus of prematurity.

I also have projects involving long-term neuropsychological and imaging outcomes in sagittal synostosis; prevention of VP shunt infection; neurosurgical aspects of vein of Galen malformation management; outcomes in children with brain arteriovenous malformation and others.


Teaching Summary


JCIE Question Writers Panel Member for Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination in Neurosurgery

Member, North Thames Neurosurgery Training Programme Management Committee

Regular member, North Thames Neurosurgery ARCP Panels

Lead for “Brain School” – Pan Thames Post-graduate Neurosurgical Teaching

Clinical Supervisor for Neurosurgery Trainees, GOSH

Regular teacher at GOSH MRCPCH teaching

Regular teacher at GOSH intramural neurosurgery Thursday morning teaching


OSCE Examiner (MBBS5) at UCL Medical School

Regular lecturer on UCL Neurosurgery iBSc undergraduate course

Student Selected Component (SSC) Supervisor – Year 4 Medical Students, Queen Mary University of London

01-JAN-2015 Honorary Senior Lecturer GOS Institute of Child Health University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery King's College London
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroscience King's College London
1999 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Physiology United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St.. Thomas's Hospitals
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