Mr Ashkan was appointed as a consultant neurosurgeon at King's College Hospital in January 2007. He is also a Reader at King’s College London and a consultant at the London Neurosurgery Partnership, Harley Street Clinic.
In addition to his expertise in degenerative spine disease, which includes the management of back and neck pain, arm pain and sciatica together with peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome; Mr Ashkan’s main interests are neuromodulation surgery and brain tumours. This includes deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and occipital nerve stimulation for movement disorders, pain and headaches and; image guided, minimally invasive and stereotactic surgery for brain tumours including awake craniotomies; Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife radiosurgery. All patients referred for neuromodulation therapy, undergo a full multidisciplinary evaluation to assess suitability and optimisation before surgery.
Mr Ashkan underwent dual postgraduate training in surgery and medicine, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1997 and the Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Glasgow (FRCS) in 1998. Thereafter, he underwent higher specialist training in general neurosurgery in London being awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Neurosurgery (FRCS SN) in 2002. His sub-specialist training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery included a fellowship in France with Prof Benabid, generally considered as the founder of the modern deep brain stimulation surgery, which led to an MD degree.