Prof Keyoumars Ashkan

Consultant Neurosurgeon

Year Qualified



BA (Hons.), BSc (Hons.), Dip Mus, MB BCh (Commend.), MD, MRCP (UK), FRCS (Eng.), FRCP, FRCPS (Glasg.), FRCS (SN)


Neuro Surgery

Special Interests
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Spinal surgery
  • Surgery for intractable pain and headaches

Mr Ashkan is Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Reader with specialist interest in functional neurosurgery, image guided surgery and surgery for brain and spinal tumours. He is the lead for neuro-oncology and the lead for neuroscience commercial clinical trial unit at King's College Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant in 2004.

He trained at the University of Wales College of Medicine and underwent postgraduate training in both medicine and surgery. He then completed an intensive general neurosurgical training programme on the South Thames Specialist Registrar rotation, working in several leading units such as King’s College, Atkinson Morley’s and The National Hospitals. Following this, he spent a year of fellowship in France working with Prof Benabid, acknowledged as the founder of modern functional neurosurgery. Prior to his consultant appointment at King’s College Hospital Mr Ashkan was a Senior Lecturer in Functional Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Mr Ashkan is actively involved in research, especially in developing novel treatments for brain tumours and for Parkinson's disease. He is the deputy lead for neurosciences R&D committee at King's College Hospital. He has published over 220 peer review papers, abstracts and book chapters and is a reviewer for several journals and grant awarding bodies. He is actively involved in training both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical and research students. He sits on the Surgical Training Committee for neurosurgical trainees in London and runs the annual neuro-oncology course at the Royal College of Surgeons. He is a regular speaker in national and international neurosurgical scientific meetings.

Professional Memberships
  • British Medical Association
  • British Neuro-Oncology Society
  • European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Movement Disorder Society
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
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