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Paediatric Neurosurgery

Dedicated Paediatric Neurosurgeons at OUH provide 24/7 care to children with brain and spinal cord conditions in the Thames Valley and surrounding areas as part of the wider Neurosurgical and Neuroscience faculty of the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals.

With the right interests and expertise, they offer a wide range of treatments, including the latest innovations and techniques constantly aimed at improving outcomes and the experiences of their little patients.

They have a national reputation and have international links and collaborations.

The Craniofacial Service is one of the four designated by the Department of Health for England. Closely working with the plastic craniofacial surgeons, the most complex craniofacial abnormalities receive gold standard treatment, thanks to a combination of long experience and research based innovation.

In collaboration with the Paediatric Spinal Surgeons, children with challenging spinal conditions like Spina bifida are offered complex operations in the context of a single general anaesthetic.

Teamwork is at the basis of their practice, and many different clinicians, such as Paediatric oncologists, Paediatric Neurologists, Paediatric Intensivists, Paediatric Endocrinologists, Paediatric Ophthalmologist’s, Paediatricians, Paediatric Urologists, Paediatric Psychologists, Pain experts, Paediatric Neurophysiologists, Radiologists, Plastic surgeons, Paediatric Physiotherapists, Paediatric Occupational Therapists, play specialists, and Paediatric specialist nurses, just to name a few, underpin the tertiary referral centre activity that is passionately run every day at Oxford University Hospitals.

Some of the devices used are neuro-navigation, intraoperative neuro-monitoring and ultrasounds with neuro-navigation integration.

We provide comprehensive care to the Paediatric Neurosurgical population in line with national and international standards.

Conditions treated

  • Brain and spinal tumours
  • Head and spinal traumas
  • Intra-cranial infections requiring surgery
  • Chiari malformations
  • Neuro-vascular malformations
  • Hydrocephalus and CSF circulation disorders
  • Spina bifida, complex dysraphysms and spinal lipomas
  • Drug resistant epilepsy (Vagus Nerve Stimulators only)
  • Simple and complex craniofacial abnormalities - craniosynostosis
  • Spasticity (Baclofen pump implants)

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeons

Mr Jayaratnam (Jay) Jayamohan, FRCS (Clinical Lead)

Mr Jay Jayamohan

Special interests: craniofacial, brain trauma, brain tumours.

Mr Amedeo Calisto MD PhD

Amedeo Calisto

Special interests: spina bifida and spine, spasticity, neuroendoscopy, intraoperative neuromonitoring, robotic surgery.

Mr Shailendra Magdum MB MS DNB MCh FRCS

Mr Shailendra Magdum

Special interests: craniofacial, paediatric neuro-oncology, Chiari malformations.


General Paediatric Neurosurgery Clinic

Tuesday afternoons
Children's Outpatients, Level 1, Children's Hospital.

Craniofacial Clinic


Combined multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic

First Wednesday of the month
Children's Outpatients, Level 1, Children's Hospital

Combined 'one-stop' clinic inclusive of Neurosurgery, Urology, Orthopaedics and family support

For further information please email:

Multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic

First Thursday of the month

For further information please email:

Combined Neuro-Spine Clinic (Paediatric Integrated Neuro-Spine Services)

First Tuesday afternoon of the month

Chiari Clinic

Once every month on Tuesday

Find us and contact us

Paediatric neurosurgery services are based in the Children's Hospital, on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

Email address for Spina Bifida advice