Professional background

Mr Neil Kitchen is a consultant neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Director of the Gamma Knife Unit and lead neurosurgeon for skull-base surgery.

He studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s hospital and Cambridge University. Before moving to Cambridge he completed a BSc degree in the history of medicine at the Wellcome Institute, UCL.

Research interests

Brain tumour surgery, intracranial microsurgery, trigeminal neuralgia, cavernoma and radiosurgery (Gamma Knife)


Arteriovenous Malformations: Congenital or Acquired Lesions?
Tasiou A, Tzerefos C, Alleyne CH Jr, Boccardi E, Karlsson B, Kitchen N, Spetzler RF, Tolias CM, Fountas KN.
World Neurosurg. 2020 Feb;134:e799-e807. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.11.001. Epub 2019 Nov 9.

Workforce planning in neurosurgery.
Sinha S, McKenna G, Whitfield P, Thomson S, Kitchen N; UK Neurosurgery Specialist Advisory Committee on Training in Neurosurgery and the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

Br J Neurosurg. 2020 Feb;34(1):3-8. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2019.1692786. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

Academic neurosurgery in the UK: present and future directions.
Waqar M, Davies BM, Zakaria R, Barone DG, Kolias AG, Yu KK, Ellenbogen JR, Brennan PM, Kotter MRN, Gray MP, King AT, Turner C, Kitchen N, May P, Jenkinson MD, Hutchinson PJ.
Postgrad Med J 2019;524-530,

The impact of route of diagnosis on survival in patients with glioblastoma.
Kosmin M, Solda' F, Wilson E, Kitchen N, Rees J, Fersht N.
Br J Neurosurg. 2018 Dec;32(6):628-630. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2018.1436693. Epub 2018 Feb 9.

The relationship between neurosurgical instruments and disease transmission: Society of British Neurological Surgeons perspective.
Hutchinson PJA, White B, Helmy A, Thorne J, Jenkins A, Kerr R, Kitchen N, May P; Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

Acta Neuropathol. 2018 Jun;135(6):969-971. doi: 10.1007/s00401-018-1858-3. Epub 2018 May 3.

Characteristics of Unruptured Compared to Ruptured Intracranial Aneurysms: A Multicenter Case-Control Study.
Hostettler IC, Alg VS, Shahi N, Jichi F, Bonner S, Walsh D, Bulters D, Kitchen N, Brown MM, Houlden H, Grieve J, Werring DJ; Genetics and Observational Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (GOSH) Study investigators.
Neurosurgery. 2018 Jul 1;83(1):43-52. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx365.

Association of functional MMP-2 gene variant with intracranial aneurysms: case-control genetic association study and meta-analysis.

Alg VS, Ke X, Grieve J, Bonner S, Walsh DC, Bulters D, Kitchen N, Houlden H, Werring DJ; Genetics and Observational Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (GOSH) Study Investigators.

Br J Neurosurg. 2018 Jun;32(3):255-259. doi: 10.1080/02688697.2018.1427213. Epub 2018 Jan 15.