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Paediatric Neurosurgery

Our dedicated Paediatric Neurosurgeons provide 24/7 care to children with brain and spinal cord conditions in the Thames Valley and surrounding areas.

The service is 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 underpin the tertiary referral centre activity at Oxford University Hospitals.

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

They 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
  • Intracranial infections requiring surgery
  • Chiari malformations
  • Neurovascular 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)

Our team

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.

Paediatric Neurosurgery Nurse Specialist

Jayne Hall


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.

Secretary: Leigh Williams

Tel: 01865 225530 (option 3)


Outpatient and general enquiries:

Email address for Spina Bifida advice



Last reviewed:29 September 2023