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Dr Helen Fernandes

Dr Helen Fernandes
Job title
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Primary specialtyNeurosurgery
Secondary specialtySpinal Surgery
• M.B.B.S., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 1989
• Intercollegiate F.R.C.S. (surgical neurology), April 2000
• MD, doctorate of medicine, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne June 2000
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Date of GMC registration (dd/mm/yyyy)
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Helen Fernandes was appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon at the internationally renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2002, the first female surgeon to be appointed there. She specialises in the treatment of both adult and paediatric patients with brain and spinal problems. She trained on the Northern Region Neurosurgical Training Programme having graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She supplemented her training with secondments to Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and the Montefiore Hospital, New York. During her training she also spent two years in research having been awarded the Louis Alexander Research Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons and later a Hunterian Professorship from the same organisation. She gained her doctorate of medicine in 2000 and was then appointed as a Medical Research Council senior lecturer and honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon prior to her move to Cambridge.  
Clinical interests
Helen offers a wide range of neurosurgical expertise but has a particular interest in spinal neurosurgery, managing sciatica, back and neck pain as well as tumours of the spine. She is one of three complex spinal surgeons in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and also a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, British Cervical Spine Society and the East Anglian Spinal Society. Her other special interest is paediatric neurosurgery, being Lead Paediatric Neurosurgeon in Addenbrooke’s. She cares for children with hydrocephalus, brain and spinal tumours, following head and spinal injury and those born with congenital spinal and brain disorders such as spina bifida. She is very proud to be a medical advisor to the Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Professional memberships
• Reviewer for Spinal Cord, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Acta Neurochirurgica, Cochrane Database, British Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Psychiatry.
• Member of Advisers and Surgical Tutors Group, RCS of England
• Committee Member, Opportunities in Surgery Committee, Royal College of Surgeons of England
• Multiple Choice Writing Group, Intercollegiate Speciality Board
• Committee member, Equality and Diversity Group, PMETB
• Medical advisor, Health Care Commission
• Chair of WINS
NHS Hospital
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
Private hospital/Private clinic
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
30 New Road
CB24 9EL
Dr Helen Fernandes
30 New Road Impington
CB24 9EL
United Kingdom
Private practice tel:
01223 416393
Call for appointments:
01223 266990
01223 411223