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

Owase Jeelani, BMedSci, MBBS, MBA, MPhil (Medical Law), FRCS is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL). 

A world-renowned neurosurgeon, inventor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, whose surgical career spans over 20 years. Mr Jeelani, who was ranked in Time Magazine’s top 100 surgeons in the UK in 2011 and the top 100 paediatric specialists in the UK in 2012, is also a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). He undertakes 200-300 paediatric neurosurgical and craniofacial cases every year. Mr Jeelani was Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at GOSH from 2012 until 2018, establishing it as one of the largest paediatric neurosurgery services in the world and one of the flagship services at GOSH. His leadership and work have brought substantial international recognition to GOSH and the NHS.

Owase Jeelani is the Founder of Gemini Untwined, a global charity dedicated to the treatment of craniopagus twins and other complex craniofacial and neurosurgical conditions.

Owase Jeelani has led the successful separation of multiple craniopagus twins, including Sudanese twins Rital and Ritag in 2011 and then through Gemini Untwined, Pakistani twins Safa and Marwa in 2019, Turkish twins, Yigit and Derman in 2020, and a set of Israeli twins in 2021. These operations have received international recognition, including from The New York Times, the BBC (whose article about Safa and Marwa ranked as the 6th most read news item globally in 2019), and Sky News. 

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Research Summary

Owase Jeelani is a Principal Investigator of FaceValue, a UCL-based research team of doctors, scientists and biomedical engineers that design surgical devices and machine-learning algorithms to predict and improve surgical outcomes, the inventor of CranioXpand, a cranial distractor system to make surgery safer and more cost-effective, and part of the team behind Klay BioTech. 

Teaching Summary

Owase Jeelani has lectured in, trained healthcare teams and treated patients from over 100 countries over the past 2 decades. Mr Jeelani regularly receives outstanding reviews from his colleagues and students. His operating theatres are more a discourse in philosophy and psychology as related to decision making and prediction and he is referred to as ‘Mr Zen’ and ‘Mr Wu Wei’ by his students and peers.

2018 Founder and Director   Gemini Untwined, United Kingdom
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 Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
2007 Intercollegiate Fellow (Neurosurgery) England, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ireland 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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