Specialist in the treatment of both adult and paediatric patients with brain and spinal problems including low back pain and sciatica, cervical myelopathy, cervical disc prolapse and hydrocephalus.
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.
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.
Addenbrooke’s is a very busy neurosurgical unit covering a population of over 3 million. Helen sees over 800 outpatients per year, performing over 250 major operative procedures annually.
Helen also has a busy commitment to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She is Associate Director of Postgraduate Medical Education in Addenbrooke’s, responsible for the supervision, teaching and assessment of over 80 junior doctors. She also chairs a national body WinS (Women in Surgery), part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This group has over 3000 members and works to promote surgery as a career for women with an annual conference, ongoing research, regular publications and close links with the Department of Health.
Helen has published widely with over 30 published papers. Helen currently is a member of the academic sub committee of the British Paediatric Neurosurgical Group and is leading a national registry project for spinal dysraphism (spina bifida). Current topics at Addenbrooke’s include imaging projects looking at the long term effects of treatment for hydrocephalus and tumour in children.
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Date of registration:
14 Aug 1990
Helen Fernandes is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Heath, Spire Heathcare
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