- Fee assured
- Awaiting verification
- Brain tumours
- Spinal tumours
Helen Fernandes is Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Appointed in 2002 as the first female surgeon there. She specialises in the treatment of both adult and paediatric patients with brain and spinal problems. Helen was recently awarded the The Greg Wilkins-Barrick Chair visiting international surgeon award by the American Association of Neurosurgeons. She was also recognised as one of the Top 50 UK Surgeons by the Times Newspaper in 2011 and the same newspaper nominated her as one of the Top 100 Children's Doctors in 2012.
Areas of interest
Paediatric neurosurgery; Spinal neurosurgery; Spine; General Neurosurgery; Spinal Trauma;
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
(sub-specialty – complex spine and paediatrics)
Department of Neurological Surgery
Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust
Cambridge CB2 2QQ
VISITING CONSULTANT IN NEUROSURGERY
Norfolk & Norwich Hospital
Peterborough District Hospital
Bedford General Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hosptial, Kings Lynn
HONORARY VISITING SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
University of Cambridge
E HOSPITAL APPLICATION ANALYST
Women in Surgery: the gender gap
My family- 3 children the eldest Alexandra is a fourth year medical student, fitness, good food and company!
Louis Alexander Research Fellowship £30,000 from Royal College of Surgeons of England 1996, Surgical Trial of Intracerebral Haemorrhage and Extension, £850,000 and £621,000 MRC, Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001, RCS New York Travelling Fellowship $7000, Montefiore Hospital New York 2002, Times Newspaper Top 50 UK Surgeons 2011, Times Newspaper Top 100 UK Childrens Doctors 2012, Visiting Chair Neurosurgery American Association of Neurological Surgeons
2Paediatrics & 3Neurosurgery, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK. In press
Meningioma recurrence: the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of current screening. J Halliday, H Fernandes.Br J Neurosurgery 2010 Feb;24(1): 55-61
Colloid cyst of the third ventricle with and embryological remnant consistent with paraphysis cerebri in an adult human. S Nagaraju, D O’Donovan, J Cross, HM Fernandes. Clinical Neuropathology 2010;29: 121-6.
Future of female doctors. Time to adapt workplace (letter). HM Fernandes. BMJ 2009;338:b2608
The woman question: Change in attitude required (letter). HM Fernandes. BMJ 2008;336:878.
Testing the ICH score (letter) . HM Fernandes, B Gregson, M Siddique, AD Mendelow. Stroke 2002;33:1455-6.
Paediatric Craniopharyngiomas: a case series and service management evaluation. British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2011: Issue 25.2
Surgical trial in lobar intracerebral haemorrhage (STICH II) protocol.Mendelow AD, Gregson BA, Mitchell PM, Murray GD, Rowan EN, Gholkar AR; STICH II Investigators (HM Fernandes). Trials. 2011 May 17;12:124
To belong or not to belong: Evidence that women’s occupational disidentification is promoted by lack of fit with masculine occupational prototypes. K Peters, M Ryan, P Haslam, HM Fernandes. Journal of Personnel Psychology (In press).
Isolated hypoglossal schwannoma in a 9-year old child. " S Dakoji, AF Sharifardad, HM Fernandes, M Garnett, T Santarius. Journal of Neurosurgery: Paediatrics (In Press)
Transient perioperative brainstem paralysis secondary to local anaesthesia" - [PEDS11-394-TR1]. T Santarius, HM Fernandes, RJC Laing, R Trivedi. Journal of Neurosurgery: Paediatrics (In Press)
Paediatric brain and spinal tumour resection & morbidity rates in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge: 2008-2011. S Chapman, K Patel, RW Kirollos, MR Garnett, HM Fernandes. British Journal of Neurosurgery (In Press)
Courses offered to GPs
I am happy to talk at GP practices over any aspect of neurosurgery but particularly over spinal topics and paediatric neurosurgery
- MBBS University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1989
- FRCS (Surgical Neurology) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2000
- Doctorate of Medicine University of Newcastle upon Tyne 2001
- Paediatric Neurosurgery Great Ormond Street 2002
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Society of British Neurological Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons 2002
Details of entry to specialist register
- Neurosurgery, 2001
Affiliations / memberships
Medical Adviser, Shine Charity, Member East Anglia Spinal Association, Member British Association Spinal Surgeons, Member Society of British Neurological Surgeons, Member British Paediatric Neurosurgical Group, Member Multiple Choice Writing Group, Intercollegiate Speciality Board, Committee member Medical Womens Federation, Data Monitoring Committee Member STICH II MRC Trial, LNC Consultant Representative Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Governance Lead Neurosurgery Addenbrooke’s Hospital
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, CB24 9EL
- 13:00 - 18:00
- 01223 266900
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, CB24 9EL
- 13:00 - 17:00
- 01223 416393
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
01223 416393 (Annie Bannister) or 01223 216302 (Jackie Eden) or 01223 266940 (Spire Lea Ward 24 hour cover)