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Mr John Wadley

Mr John Wadley
Job title
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Primary specialtyNeurosurgery
Year qualified
Date of GMC registration (dd/mm/yyyy)
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Mr John Wadley is a Consultant Neurosurgeon practising at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.  He specialises in brain injury, complex cervical spine surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Chiari malformations and Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery.


Mr John Wadley, MB ChB FRCS FRCS(SN), is a Consultant Neurosurgeon to St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals, The London Gamma Knife Centre at Barts, and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, where he runs a fortnightly ‘outreach’ clinic.


He has private practice at No 27 Harley Street and Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford, The London Independent Hospital, and soon will be consulting in Hertfordshire. He carries out private surgery at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford, The London Independent Hospital, The London Gamma Knife Centre at Barts and the London Clinic. He has a dedicated private PA, Jane Killeen, and also acts as an expert witness in selected medico-legal cases.


Mr Wadley is active in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in neurosurgery. He is a tutor on two neurosurgery courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is convenor of the Barts & The London Specialist Fellowship course in Neurosurgery, the only national course dedicated for neurosurgeons in training sitting the FRCS(SN) speciality examination prior to becoming consultants.


He is a treating consultant at the London Gamma Knife Centre at Barts, and trained in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery treatment in Pittsburgh, USA. He is a medical advisor to the British Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA UK).

Clinical interests

Cervical Spine procedures for spondylosis, rheumatoid disease and other conditions, including the pioneering of Anterior Cervical Discectomy with PCM Disc Arthroplasty: used to treat neck pain with nerve pain in the arm(s) and cervical myelopathy (spinal cord compression). Close co-operation with spinal therapists (physiotherapy and osteopathy) and pain management experts.


Lumbar Spine procedures for spondylosis and other conditions including keyhole procedures such as microdiscectomy & microforaminotomy, and Laminectomy: used to treat back pain with sciatica and nerve pains and cramps in the legs caused by spinal stenosis. Close co-operation with spinal therapists (physiotherapy and osteopathy) and pain relief experts.


Trigeminal Neuralgia including Microvascular Decompression, and Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation: specialist clinical expertise with a range of procedures offered for facial pain and hemifacial spasm.


Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery: treating a range of lesions in the brain including blood vessel abnormalities (AVMs) and benign tumours in the brain with highly focused, non-invasive stereotactic radiation. Mr Wadley is a consultant in one of only a handful of such units in the UK, based at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.


Brain Tumour Procedures: expertise in neuro-oncology including all aspects of surgery for benign and malignant brain tumours such as meningiomas and gliomas with advanced Neuronavigation-guided techniques. Close co-operation with renowned neuro-oncologists.


Routine general neurosurgery including hydrocephalus (VP shunts), peripheral nerve procedures such as carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve problems, Chiari malformations.

Research interests

Mr Wadley has NHS and private clinical research interests in brain injury, complex cervical spine surgery including pioneering cervical disc arthroplasty with the largest series in Europe f the PCM system, Trigeminal Neuralgia with one of only two dedicated specialist clinics in the UK, Chiari malformations and Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Professional memberships
Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Full Member, Society of British Neurological Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
Council Member, Section of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Society of Medicine
Member, British Cervical Spine Society
International Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, USA
Member, British Medical Association
Member, European Gamma Knife Society
Member, British Radiosurgery Group
No. of key procedures performed
Complex Cervical Spine including Anterior Cervical Discectomy & PCM Disc Arthroplasty
Lumbar Spine procedures including keyhole microdiscectomy & Laminectomy
Trigeminal Neuralgia including Microvascular Decompression
Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Brain Tumour Procedures
Outcome Data/Success Rates
Audited data of NHS practice in spinal surgery shows outcomes at upper end of published data. Europe-leading series in cervical disc arthroplasty. Mr Wadley is director of one of only two dedicated specialists Trigeminal Neuralgia clinics in UK. 5-year audited results of Trigeminal neuralgia surgery at Barts & The London showed 82% long-term pain relief, as good as any published series. Consultant productivity & outcome data at Barts & The London highest in Dept. of Neurosurgery.
NHS Hospital
Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
Private hospital/Private clinic
Springfield Hospital
Lawn Lane
Springfield Hospital Lawn Lane
Lawn Lane
United Kingdom
Call for appointments:
01245 234110