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Mr Noor ul Owase Jeelani, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), a world leader in craniopagus twin separation, and Founder of Gemini Untwined, will be joining Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, for a conversation about his surgical career, how a background in law and business has shaped his approach to multidisciplinary patient management and improvement in overall care and outcomes, his research into Craniofacial Morphology with the FaceValue team, and his work and research with his charity, Gemini Untwined, into craniopagus twins.
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Mr Jeelani, BMedSci, MBBS, MBA, MPhil (Medical Law), FRCS (NeuroSurg.), completed his Bachelor of Medical Sciences undertaking lab-based work analysing the mutations in the gene for alpha-1 antichymotrypsin and its role in Alzheimer’s disease. Following this, he went on to complete his Medical Degree at the University of Nottingham.
His basic surgical training took place in Nottingham and Southampton followed by his Neurosurgical and Craniofacial training in the UK and Canada. He undertook fellowships in Paediatric Neurosurgery and Craniofacial Surgery at GOSH and at Sick Kids, Toronto.
During his surgical training, he undertook a part-time Master’s degree in Medical Law at the University of Glasgow. His areas of interest were medical ethics and the legal dimension of practising medicine on the internet. He also undertook a full-time MBA at INSEAD, rotating through France, Singapore and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia. His major was in Health Care Strategy focusing on Health Care Systems in the GCC countries.
Mr Jeelani was the Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at GOSH from 2012 until 2018 and is currently an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL). He undertakes between 200-300 paediatric neurosurgical and craniofacial cases per year and has been the lead neurosurgeon for the successful separation of multiple craniopagus twins including the cases of the Sudanese twins Rital and Ritag in 2011, Pakistani twins Safa and Marwa in 2019 and Turkish twins, Yigit and Derman in 2020. In 2019, he co-founded Gemini Untwined, a global charity dedicated to supporting the research and treatment for craniopagus conjoined twins. In 2021, the Charity is supporting three further sets of Craniopagus twins, their families and medical teams to secure the treatment they need. He is a Co-Director and leader of FaceValue, a research team of scientists and biomedical engineers based at the Institute of Child Health, UCL. The research focus is on defining Craniofacial Morphology in the normal and affected populations and developing techniques and distractors to achieve this change in a less invasive and more predictable manner.
Mr Jeelani believes in the unity of knowledge. He believes silo-based thinking perpetuates biases that hamper progress. “I am often asked why I choose to study Law and Ethics as well as Management on the way: my answer is why not. Every day working as a Paediatric Neurosurgeon, I am faced with Ethical and Management challenges, issues that a medical education caters for inadequately. Super specialisation at the expense of a breadth of knowledge is a modern-day fallacy."
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