Course Directors

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Prof. Ashkan

Prof Keyoumars ASHKAN



King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS

Tel: 02032993285




Kings College Hospital & Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

(January 2007 onwards):

Professor of Neurosurgery

Consultant Neurosurgeon with special interest in Neuro-Oncology and Functional Neurosurgery

President British Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Chairman Neurosurgery Special Interest Group International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Council Member Society of British Neurological Surgeons

Glioma Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership Board Lead

South London Genomic Medicine Centre Lead for Adult Brain Tumours

Chair Tumour Working Group for South East London and Kent

NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead for Neurosurgery South London

Chair King’s Neuroscience Clinical Trial Unit

Deputy Chair King’s Neuroscience Research Advisory Group

Associate Editor British Journal of Neurosurgery



Senior Lecturer and Consultant Neurosurgeon, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery & Institute of Neurology (November 2004 to 2006).



Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists: FRCPath: Nov 2017.

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians: FRCP: May 2011.

The Cardiff University School of Medicine: Doctor of Medicine: MD: Sep 2006.

Specialist Training Authority: CCST (Neurosurgery):Sep 2004. 

Intercollegiate Fellowship in Neurological Surgery: FRCS (Neurosurgery):Oct 2002.

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England: FRCS (Eng.): Feb 1998.

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians: MRCP (UK): Feb 1997.

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: FRCPS (Glasg.): Feb 1998.



University of Wales College of Medicine:Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MB. BCh., awarded with Commendation:July 1993.

University of Wales College of Cardiff: Intercalated Degree of Bachelor of Science, BSc, in Medical Biochemistry, FIRST CLASS with HONOURS: July 1990.

The Open University: Degree of Bachelor of Art, BA, in combined studies: Mathematics, Music, Sociology and Social Anthropology, UPPER SECOND CLASS with HONOURS: December 1999. 



A Phase III clinical trial evaluating DCVax®-Brain, autologous dendritic cells pulsed with tumour lysate antigen for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. (European CI)


A clinical evaluation of different device parameters for the management of patients with major depressive disorder, single or recurrent episode, with deep brain stimulation. A multicentre European trial. Ashkan (UK CI).


An Evaluation of the Tolerability and Feasibility of combining 5-Amino-Levulinic Acid (5-ala) with Carmustine Wafers (Gliadel) in the Surgical Management of Primary Glioblastoma (GALA-5 Trial). (Local PI)


Improving the intra-operative diagnosis of high-grade glioma using a fluorescence biomarker (Gala-Bidd trial). (Local PI)


RELIEF: A Prospective, Multi-National Post-Marketing Observational Registry of the Clinical Outcomes of Neuromodulation for the Management of Intractable Chronic Migraine. A multicentre European trial. (Local PI)




Maters: 10

Doctorates: 7






410 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and published abstracts. 5 selected 2017/8 publications below:


1, Ellenbogen JR, Tuura R, Ashkan K.Localisation of DBS Electrodes Post-Implantation, to CT or MRI? Which Is the Best Option? Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2018 Oct 10:1-2.


2, Lin HY, Hasegawa H, Mundil N, Samuel M, Ashkan K.Patients' expectations and satisfaction in subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease: 6-year follow-up.

World Neurosurg.2018 Oct 4.


3, Torrecillos F, Tinkhauser G, Fischer P, Green AL, Aziz TZ, Foltynie T, Limousin P, Zrinzo L, Ashkan K, Brown P, Tan H.Modulation of Beta Bursts in the Subthalamic Nucleus Predicts Motor Performance. J Neurosci. 2018 Oct 10;38(41):8905-8917.


4, Ashkan K, Rogers P, Bergman H, Ughratdar I. Insights into the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. Nat Rev Neurol. 2017;13(9):548-554.


5, Eitan R, Fontaine D, Benoît M, Giordana C, Darmon N, Israel Z, Linesky E, Arkadir D, Ben-Naim S, Iserlles M, Bergman H, Hulse N, Abdelghani M, McGuffin P, Farmer A, DeLea P, Ashkan K (joint last author), Lerer B. One year double blind study of high vs low frequency subcallosal cingulate stimulation for depression. J Psychiatr Res. 2017;96:124-134.