Owase Jeelani

Owase Jeelani

"The care our patients receive within the Neurosurgery department at GOSH is second to none. This is based on decades of high case volumes, sub specialisation within paediatric neurosurgery, a multidisciplinary approach to patient management and a stringent contemporaneous audit of all our activity."
Mr Owase Jeelani, 2015.


  • Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery
  • Craniopagus Separation Surgery
  • Surgery for Brain Tumours
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid and Intracranial Pressure Pathologies


Owase Jeelani, BMedSci, MBBS, MBA, MPhil (Medical Law), FRCS is a World-renowned Paediatric Neurosurgeon, inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. The Time Magazine ranked him as among the top 100 surgeons in the UK in 2011 and top 100 paediatric specialists in the UK in 2012. His endeavours are designed around optimal prediction algorithms which increase efficiency, limit errors and improve outcomes.

Clinical practice

He has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) part-time since 2000 and full-time since 2009 and he undertakes 200-300 paediatric neurosurgical and craniofacial surgeries annually. His sub speciality interests are Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery, Craniopagus Separation Surgery, Surgery for Brain Tumours and Cerebrospinal Fluid and Intracranial Pressure Pathologies.

Mr Jeelani was Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at GOSH from 2012 – 2018. He established it as a flagship service and one of the largest paediatric neurosurgery services in the world. During his tenure 4 new consultant neurosurgeons were appointed to the service, the annual surgical caseload increased to 1100 cases and operating revenues increased circa 14% year-on-year.

Other interests

Mr Jeelani is the Founder of Gemini Untwined, a global charity dedicated to the research and treatment of craniopagus twins and other complex craniofacial and neurosurgical conditions.

Owase Jeelani has received international recognition for separating craniopagus twins, including Sudanese twins Rital and Ritag in 2011 and then, through Gemini Untwined, Pakistani twins Safa and Marwa in 2019 (BBC News coverage of Safa and Marwa ranked as the 6th most read news item globally in 2019), Turkish twins, Yigit and Derman in 2020, and a set of Israeli twins in 2021.


Mr Jeelani holds an BMedSci from the University of Nottingham, undertaking basic surgical training in Nottingham and Southampton, Neurosurgical and Craniofacial training in the UK and Canada, and fellowships in Paediatric Neurosurgery and Craniofacial Surgery at GOSH and Sick Kids, Toronto.

He also holds an MPhil in Medical Law from the University of Glasgow, studying medical ethics and the legal dimension of practising medicine on the internet, and an MBA from INSEAD, studying in France, Singapore, and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.

Research interests

Owase Jeelani is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL). Mr Jeelani has mentored dozens of surgeons from across the globe, and regularly receives outstanding reviews from colleagues and students.

Combining medical and entrepreneurial aptitude, Owase Jeelani is a Principal Investigator of FaceValue, a UCL-based research team of doctors, scientists, and biomedical engineers that design surgical devices and machine-learning algorithms to predict and improve surgical outcomes; the inventor of CranioXpand, a cranial distractor system; and part of the team behind Klay BioTech; An AI-driven, 3D VR platform, The Klay Platform uses proprietary hardware and software to plan, visualise, develop, and execute procedures. It offers an unprecedented level of predictability for craniofacial surgeries, patient control, and informed consent.

In 2013, Owase Jeelani co-founded the London Craniofacial Unit to benefit patients with craniofacial and neurosurgical issues globally and replicate GOSH’s standard of care in the private sector.

Mr Owase Jeelani also provides strategic counsel through medical consulting company, Interface Health Solutions. IHS assisted in launching the Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in Dubai in 2007, undertook a national review of all neurosurgical services for the government of Kuwait in 2010, and helped to establish the Neurosurgery and Craniofacial Service at Sidra Hospital in Qatar in 2018.



NHS queries: contact Jennifer Williams
Email: jennifer.williams@gosh.nhs.uk
Tel: +44(0) 20 7405 9200 ext. 5198

International and Private patient queries: contact Olivia Mardon
Email: office@lcuuk.com
Tel: +44(0) 20 7467 3009

Gemini Untwined queries: contact Ellis Clarke
Email: info@geminiuntwined.org
Tel: +44(0) 20 8502 5374

Executive and Academic queries: contact Yasmine Dickens
Email: office@jeelani.co.uk
Tel: +44(0) 77437 94117