Mr Neil Kitchen

Mr Neil Kitchen, Consultant Neurosurgeon is the Clinical Director at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

Gamma knife - Image directed neurosurgery

Mr Kitchen was fundamental in bringing the Gamma Knife Service to Queen Square and has been involved in the continuing development of this remarkably effective technology. Mr Kitchen has a long track record in image directed neurosurgery in all its forms with his studies and papers widely published.

Specialist in treating brain tumours

Mr Kitchen’s specialist interests include brain metastases, cavernomas, trigeminal neuralgia and skull base surgery. Mr Kitchen has been the UK’s 'Neurosurgical Exam Board Chairman' and recently completed his two year tenure as President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

The Gamma Knife Service

As the lead Consultant for Queen Square, Mr Kitchen continues to head the Intracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery Gamma Knife Service. The service continues to grow every year and has become one of the most preeminent services for the effective treatment of intracranial lesions and brain tumours.


Mr. Kitchen, a consultant Neurosurgeon over 25 years, continues to provide strong clinical guidance in the subspecialism of neuro-oncology and skull base surgery service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery  (University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), as well as directing The Gamma Knife Service.

Areas of expertise

Mr Kitchen’s specialist interest includes the following:

  • Brain tumour surgery,
  • Intracranial microsurgery,
  • Trigeminal neuralgia,
  • Cavernoma and
  • Intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife).

CARE Study

Mr Kitchen is Co-Chief Investigator of the UK wide on-going Cavernomas: A Randomised effectiveness (CARE) study. This research study aims to determine the best approach for treating people with a brain cavernon leading to stroke or epileptic seizure.

Personal treatment philosophy

"The Individual patient in front of you should be your 100% priority"

Why did you chose this particular specialism?

GammaKnife treatment is one of the most effective treatments for metastatic brain tumours

"Intracranial Stereotactic GammaKnife treatment is one of the most effective treatments for metastatic brain tumours; Skull Base and Pituitary Tumours, NeuroVascular Conditions and Functional Disorders". 

What makes a ‘good day’ at the office ‘for you’?

"Doing lots of clinical work with patients".

What piece of advice do you most often give to your patients?

"Ask your Consultant - how many of these procedures have you done and what are your results?"