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Chris Barrett

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland

I graduated in Medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1999. After basic surgical training in the West of Scotland, I completed higher neurosurgical training in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. After a year as a complex spinal fellow in Liverpool, I became a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre in 2011. I spent 3 years in that role, before a return to Glasgow in early 2014.


I currently work at the Institute of Neurological Sciences at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. I have full exposure to general neurosurgical on-call plus subspecialty spinal injuries on-call. My elective work includes a broad range of general neurosurgery and complex spinal surgery including: intradural tumours, SDAVF, and instrumentation for tumour, trauma and degenerative conditions (both open and minimally invasive).


I previously completed an LLM in Healthcare Law and Ethics at the University of Dundee, with a dissertation on end of life controversies. I have a broad medicolegal practice, covering personal injury and clinical negligence, with instructions received from both pursuers and defenders.


I have a strong commitment to the profession, and have been an elected member of the BMA Scottish Council since 2017, and the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) Council since 2021. Through the SBNS and the RCPSG, I have an increasing interest in Global Health and Surgery, and I am a member of both organisations’ Global Health subcommittees. There are great opportunities on both sides, and collaboration with the developing world is very much a two-way process, with huge potential benefits for everyone. There's a lot to learn, but it's an exciting project to be involved with.


I am currently organising GCS 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Glasgow Coma Scale. The original paper, published by Teasdale and Jennett in 1974, was a true medical milestone which put the Institute of Neurological Sciences and Glasgow on the map, and remains globally relevant today.

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