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Great Ormond Street Hospital staff recognised in The Times top surgeons list

10 December 2011
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David Dunaway and Owase Jeelani in theatre
Conjoined twins: David Dunaway and Owase Jeelani in theatre

Great Ormond Street Hospital surgeons Mr David Dunaway and Mr Owase Jeelani are among Britain’s top surgeons, according to a feature published in The Times newspaper’s weekend magazine.

Mr Dunaway, consultant craniofacial surgeon, and Mr Jeelani, consultant neurosurgeon, led the medical team which earlier this year separated conjoined twins Rital and Ritag Gaboura.

Rital and Ritag, who were born joined at the head, were separated on 15 August after four operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Conjoined twins are very rare, and only 5 per cent of conjoined twins are craniopagus or ‘fused at the head’.

Mr Dunaway and Mr Jeelani said: “We are both delighted and honoured to be included in The Times’ list this weekend.  We worked as part of a much larger multidisciplinary team to separate the twins, and we would also like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank our highly skilled colleagues without whom such a successful outcome for Rital and Ritag would not have been possible.”

Dr Jane Collins, chief executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “I know everyone at the Trust will want to extend their congratulations to David and Owase. They deserve this recognition and are both a huge asset to the Trust, benefitting our patients and families.”

Contact information

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Notes to editors

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