Meet the Children's Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS)

Consultants

Dr Sophia Varadkar

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Special interest: complex epilepsy

Dr Sarah Aylett 
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Special interests: Complex epilepsy and neurocutaneous disorders

Dr Maria Clark Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability
Special interests: Landau Kleffner Syndrome; complex and changing learning and behaviour profiles in epilepsy

Professor Helen Cross MBChB, PhD, FRCPCH FRCP 
Professor in Paediatric Neurology
Special interests: complex epilepsy and epilepsy surgery 

Dr Krishna Das Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Special interest: complex epilepsy
National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, Lingfield (NCYPE) and GOSH

Dr Christin Eltze 
Consultant in Epilepsy

Dr Cheryl HemingwayConsultant Paediatric Neurologist
Special interests: neuroinflammation and demyelinating disorders

Dr Finbar O’CallaghanReader in Paediatric Neurology
Special Interests: complex epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis complex

Dr Robert Robinson MA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD 
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Special interests: general neurology and complex epilepsy
Professor Rod ScottProfessor in Paediatric Neurology
Special interest: complex epilepsy

Stewart Boyd MD, FRCPCH 
Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist
Special interests: activity of the brain in childhood as assessed by EEG, evoked and event-related potentials, functional mapping and intracranial EEG recordings.

Ronit Pressler PhD
Consultant in Neurophysiology
Special interests: neonatal EEG and EEG-video telemetry

Mr Martin Tisdall MBBS BA MA (Cantab) MD FRCS (Eng)

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon
Special Interests: Paediatric epilepsy surgery, cerebral monitoring techniques and traumatic brain injury

Dr Isobel Heyman MBBS PhD FRCPsych
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Special interests: neuropsychiatry, epilepsy, Tourette syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem C Psychol, F Med Sci
Head of Neuropsychology
Special interests: developmental amnesia and other memory disorders, genetically-based speech and language disorders, cognitive and sensorimotor disorders resulting from focal lesions, complex epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, brain tumours and medico-legal expert witness in neuropsychology.

Dr Sue Harrison C Psychol DEdPsy
Consultant in Neuropsychology
Special interests: cognitive and behavioural profiles associated with epilepsy syndromes and pre- and post-operative assessment of candidates for epilepsy surgery.

Clinical Support Services

Lucy Alderson 
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Special interests: acute neurology, neurosurgery, gait

Rebecca Johns 
Occupational Therapist
Special interests: neurology, neurosurgery

Clinical nurse specialists

Emma Ninnis – Clinical Nurse Specialist for Complex Epilepsy
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 5870
For patients under the care of  Dr Aylett, Dr Hemingway, Dr Varadker, Dr Das and Dr O’ Callaghan

Victoria Urban – Nurse Specialist for Complex Epilepsy and ketogenic diet
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext 5816
For patients under the care of Professor Cross, Dr Robinson (epilepsy clinics) and Dr Eltze.

Nicola Barnes – Nurse Practitioner/VNS 
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext 1592
For patients undergoing Epilepsy surgery evaluation – Dr Varadkar, Mr Tisdel.
Neurology office managers

Sarah Cater – Clinical Nurse Specialist for VNS
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext 5814

Epilepsy Surgery Service Coordinator

Garry Vince

PA for the Children's Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS)

Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 5594

Administration Team

Tasha Harris  
Service Manager
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 0667

Pete Sweeney
Assistant Service Manager for Neurology, Epilepsy, Neurophysiology
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 5517

Shirley Gokeren (Mon-Wed) / Jodie Mead (Thu-Fri)
PA to Dr Cheryl Hemingway, Dr Sophia Varadkar and Dr Krishna Das
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 0519

Kaleda Khatun
PA to Dr Sanjay Bhate , Dr Vijeya Ganesan and Dr Catherine DeVile
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 4411

Katy Ryder
PA to Dr Robert Robinson and Dr Marios Kaliakatsos
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 8356

Bethany Nobes
PA to Dr Lucinda Carr, Dr Prab Prabhakar, Dr Finbar O'Callaghan and Dr Manju Kurian
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 4411

James Fenton
PA to Dr Christin Eltze, Professor Helen Cross and Dr Sarah Aylett
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200 ext. 4411