Mr James Laban



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Specialises in

  • Brain tumours
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spine

About me

Mr Laban is an experienced neurosurgeon who has worked across London, the U.K. and Australia. He has a large private and NHS practice which includes treatment of all adult surgical brain and spine conditions. His main practice and expertise is in brain tumour and degenerative and metastatic spinal surgery providing world-class state-of-the-art patient-centered specialist clinical excellence in these fields.

Whilst at the prestigious Imperial College London, he received the Wolfson Scholarship for his research on oligodendroglia working with Professor Reynolds. He was awarded BSC (Hons) in neuroscience from the University of London. He completed postgraduate neurosurgical training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Charing Cross Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hurstwood Park Neuroscience Centre, King’s College Hospital and St George’s Hospital, London.

After qualifying as a specialist neurosurgeon in the U.K., he was awarded the Royal North Shore Fellowship in Neurosurgery, increasing his expertise in neuro-oncological (brain tumour) and spinal surgery including image-guided and minimally invasive techniques.

He has presented and published nationally and internationally and was awarded the HCA International Foundation and Codman Neurosurgical Scholarships. He has worked as a reviewer for the British Journal of Neurosurgery and is on the London Neurosurgery Specialty Training Board. He is educational lead, clinical governance lead and the Director of Neurosurgery at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Mr Laban specializes in brain and spinal surgery.

Spinal Surgery:
Mr Laban is an expert in back pain, sciatica, neck and arm pain, lumbar, thoracic and cervical disc degeneration and spinal tumours including spinal metastatic disease. He has a vast repertoire of spinal surgical skills (including minimally invasive surgery, anterior / posterior / 360 degree fusion, and disc surgery). He is interested in spinal pathophysiology, preventative medicine and non-invasive therapies. He is a core member of the spinal MDT at St George’s which includes the largest metastatic spinal surgery service in the U.K. He combines his expert knowledge of these non-surgical and surgical therapies to provide tailor-made individualized treatment.

Brain Surgery:
Mr Laban is a neuro-oncology surgeon with expertise in benign and malignant brain tumours (metastases and gliomas). He uses computerized image guidance, intra-operative monitoring, 5-ALA fluorescence and awake surgery to maximize tumour resection, improve patient safety and obtain the best long-term outcomes. He works closely with oncologists who provide neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatment options. He is a core member of the neuro-oncology MDT at St George’s which has the shortest length of surgical stay and some of the best outcomes in the U.K. He offers guidance on the various treatment options to deliver excellence in patient-centered neuro-oncological care.

His practice also covers hydrocephalus, neurovascular and peripheral nerve surgery

Areas of interest

Back pain; neck pain; leg pain; sciatica; arm pain; brachalgia; spinal problems, intervertebral disc pathology; degenerative spine disease (cervical, thoracic and lumbar); spinal tumours including spinal metastatic disease; brain tumours including brain metastasis, glioblastoma and meningioma; brain aneurysms and vascular malformations; hydrocephalus.

Intra-operative monitoring in cranial and spine surgery, including cortical and subcortical mapping in awake surgery, to improve patient safety

Minimal invasive brain and spine surgery

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