Mr Owen Sparrow – Senior Paediatric Neurosurgeon & previous chair of the neurosurgical board exams (UK) About me:
I trained at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. I then continued my surgical training in Johannesburg Teaching Hospitals. Later taking up further specialist training at St Bartholomew’s and Oldchurch Hospitals (London and Essex).
I have been working as a consultant paediatric neurosurgeon since July 1992. After being chief of my department for several years, I now co-chair the committee for Clinical Excellence Awards. I sit as a member of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Medical Advisory Board (UK) and as a member of the council of the Medical Defence Union.
Registered as an Expert Witness: Noorani I, Lodge A, Vajramani G, Sparrow O. Comparing Percutaneous Treatments of Trigeminal Neuralgia: 19 Years of Experience in a Single Centre. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016;94(2):75-85
Ahmed AI, Zaben MJ, Mathad NV, Sparrow OC. Endoscopic biopsy and third ventriculostomy for the management of pineal region tumors. World Neurosurg. 2015 Apr;83(4):543-7.Keong NC, Bulters DO, Richards HK, Farrington M, Sparrow OC, Pickard JD, Hutchinson PJ, Kirkpatrick PJ. The SILVER (Silver Impregnated Line Versus EVD Randomized trial): a double-blind, prospective, randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to reduce the rate of external ventricular drain infection. Neurosurgery. 2012 Aug;71(2):394-403; discussion 403-4.Sadek AR, Waters RJ, Sparrow OC. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: a case following reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome masquerading as subarachnoid haemorrhage. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2012 Mar;154(3):413-6Elyas AE, Bulters DO, Sparrow OC. Pathological laughter and crying in patients with pontine lesions. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Dec;8(6):544-7Durnford AJ, Kirkham FJ, Mathad N, Sparrow OC. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy in the treatment of childhood hydrocephalus: validation of a success score that predicts long-term outcome. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Nov;8(5):489-93.David Shooman, Howard Portess, and Owen Sparrow. A review of the current treatment methods for posthaemorrhagic hydrocephalus of infants. Cerebrospinal Fluid Res. 2009; 6: 1.