Topics on the Ninth British-Ukrainian Symposium:
- Surgical management of pain.
- Neuromodulation and its applications to treat pain – evidence base.
- Neurosurgical view of the anaesthetists!
Prof. Keyoumars Ashkan qualified in 1993 with a commendation in medicine and a first class honours degree in biochemistry. He underwent dual postgraduate training in surgery and medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Hammersmith and Royal Brompton Hospitals. Thereafter, he underwent higher specialist training in neurosurgery at Kings College, The National, Atkinson Morley’s, Charing Cross, Great Ormond Street and Princess Royal Hospitals, being awarded the professional qualification.
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Neurosurgery in 2002. His subspecialist training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery included a fellowship in France with Prof. Benabid, generally considered as the founder of deep brain stimulation, which led to a MD degree. He was a senior lecturer in functional neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from 2004 to 2006. He then moved to Kings College Hospital London where he is the Professor of Neurosurgery, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Lead for Neuro-Oncology. Prof. Ashkan is committed to actively developing new and novel therapies for optimal patient care and has published over 300 full papers, abstracts and book chapters in various aspects of neurosurgery including brain tumours; treatment of movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease and intractable pain; and back pain & spinal disease.
He is the deputy lead for neurosciences Research and Development (R&D) committee at King’s College Hospital. He is actively involved in training both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical and research students. He sits on the Surgical Training Committee for neurosurgical trainees in London and runs the annual neuro-oncology course at the Royal College of Surgeons. He is a regular speaker in national and international neurosurgical scientific meetings. In June 2015, Prof. Ashkan was elected as the new President of the British Society of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery and he took up the post in June 2016.