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Mr Venkat Iyer

Consultant Neurosurgeon



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Professional profile

Mr Iyer is an experienced Neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon  who undertakes surgery for brain and spinal conditions. He deals with the full range of intracranial pathology but has a special interest and expertise in the surgery of brain and spinal cord tumours. He is the lead clinician for Brain and CNS tumours at North Bristol NHS Trust, chairs the Brain tumours Multi-disciplinary team and the Brain tumour site specific group of the Somerset Wiltshire Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer network. He specialises in complex brain and spinal tumour surgery with neurophysiological monitoring, language mapping and intraoperative MRI assistance.

He also specialises in surgery for degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine such as lumbar micro discectomy, lumbar decompression, cervical and lumbar micro foraminotomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.These surgeries would be performed for releasing trapped nerves due to disc prolapse, ostephytes or slippage of the spine leading to compressed nerves or spinal cord. All his approaches are minimally invasive and he aims to achieve maximum symptom relief with minimum discomfort. He is part of a close team of spinal surgeons, pain specialists and physiotherapists at Circle Bath Hospital who aim to provide a comprehensive service for spinal degenerative conditions and is a keen believer in rapid diagnosis and symptom relief.

Current NHS or research position

Consultant Neurourgeon and Lead Neuro-Oncology Surgeon at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust

Member of Specialty Accreditation Council for Neurosurgery, Royal College of Surgeons, England

Examiner for Intercollegiate Examinations in Neurosurgery , Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh


Year of first medical qualification



Special clinical interests

Brain and spinal cord tumours, spinal degenerative conditions, minimally invasive surgery to brain and spine



 MBBS, MS (Surgery), MD (Neuro-Oncology), FRCS (Ed) Clinical surgery, FRCPS (Gals) Clinical surgery, FRCS (Neurosurgery), PG Cert (Medical Education), M.Sc. (Health care Leadership)



Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow

Fellow of Higher Education Academy, England

Fellow of NHS Leadership Academy

Associate Fellow of Faculty of Surgical Training, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Member of Society of British Neurosurgeons

Member of Society of Neuro-Oncology

Member of European Spinal Society

Member of European Association of Neurosurgeons

International Member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons