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Mr Noor Ul Owase Jeelani
  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Developmental Biology & Cancer Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Owase completed his medical studies at the University of Nottingham in 1997. He was admitted as an Intercollegiate Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2007 and appointed as Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon and Craniofacial Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2009.

Currently, Owase is the Lead Clinician for the Department of Neurosurgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the largest paediatric neurosurgery services globally with an annual workload of around 1000 cases. Owase is also employed on a full time basis between the Neurosurgical and Craniofacial departments and his areas of specialisation are craniofacial surgery, neuro-oncology and hydrocephalus. In addition, Owase is the Co-Director of Face Value, GOSH & ICH. FaceValue is an academic research programme that analyses 3D changes in the craniofacial skeleton and uses this data for designing novel distractor devices. Alongside these roles, Owase is also a director of the London Craniofacial Unit, a private craniofacial practice based in London that caters to children with craniofacial and allied disorders.

Research Themes
Research Summary

FaceValue Research: Owase led the FaceValue Research team that designed the first ‘GOSH springs’ mentioned above for use in craniofacial surgery. Their utility has been established in Cranial Vault Expansion and reconstruction surgery, making the surgery safer, easier and more efficient. This technique is being adopted by a number of other centres internationally. The technology has been bought by KLS Martin, a German medical devices manufacturer for global use. The FaceValue Research Group is currently working at developing further novel distractors using the properties of memory metals to achieve more predictable and uniform craniofacial distraction. These distractors have been patented. Owase’s group was the first in the world to publish the use of the StealthStation® intra operative navigation system in Craniofacial Distraction surgery.

Owase has also led and contributed to neurosurgical and craniofacial research presented in a number of publications. 

Teaching Summary

Over the course of his surgical training, Owase has scheduled and conducted regular tutorials and small discussion groups for medical students, doctors and allied health care professionals on neurosurgical and medico-legal topics. Owase actively participates in weekly journal clubs, audits and multidisciplinary meetings. In the operating room, Owase has supervised a number of junior colleagues through neurosurgical procedures. Owase finds this aspect of his professional practice incredibly rewarding and has been fortunate to receive excellent reviews from his students and senior colleagues who have observed him in his role as a trainer. He has also delivered a number of workshops, including:

Endoscopy assisted skull base approaches - Kings College Hospital

Practical Neurology - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Endoscopic 3rd Ventriculostomy Course -  UCL

Owase has also delivered presentations at a number of institutions in the UK, but also in Tokyo, Canada, USA and Turkey.

2013 Director   London Craniofacial Unit, United Kingdom
2012 Co-Director of FaceValue, GOSH & ICH   FaceValue, GOSH & ICH, United Kingdom
2012 Head of Clinical Services Neurosurgery Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
2009 Consultant Paediatric Craniofacial Surgeon Craniofacial Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
2009 Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
2007 Intercollegiate Fellow (Neurosurgery) England, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ireland Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom
2001 Member England, Edinburgh Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005   Master of Philosophy University of Glasgow
2002   Master of Business Administration INSEAD, Fontainebleau
1997   Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery University of Nottingham
1995   Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) University of Nottingham
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