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brain.jpgMr. Pereira MA(Cambridge) BM BCh DM(Oxford) FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Neuro.Surg) SFHEA is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London and Reader in Neurosurgery at St Georges, University of London.  He has a large NHS practice covering the full breadth of general neurosurgery and subspecialist interests in functional neurosurgery and spinal surgery. He is the clinical lead for functional neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation and one of few neurosurgeons in the UK dual fellowship trained to perform minimally invasive pain procedures including brain and spine neuromodulation, cancer pain operations and complex spinal surgery.

Mr. Pereira sees privately insured, self-paying and international patients at The London Clinic (whose medical advisory committee he sits on) in Harley Street, The London Spine Clinic on Harley Street and St George’s University Hospital.  He is recognised by major insurers AvivaAXA PPPWPAVitalityHealix  and Cigna. He was recognised by BUPA until May 2020 when he made a decision not to accept their low fees.

Mr. Pereira has outstanding patient feedback from his consultations and surgeries.

He read natural sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge University where he ranked first for his MA(Hons) degree in experimental psychology before qualifying BM BCh in medicine from Somerville College, Oxford University.  His neurosurgical training was undertaken at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.  He completed his United States Medical Licensing examinations Step 1-3 in 2012 and gained FRCS(Neuro.Surg) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and is dual accredited in orthopaedic and neurosurgical complex spinal surgery having completed a one year orthopaedic fellowship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals including minimally invasive spinal surgery.

He has completed fellowships in functional neurosurgery including deep brain stimulation and stereotactic lesions for movement disorders and surgery for chronic and cancer pain at Oxford (with Tipu Aziz).  He completed a DM research degree at Oxford University  in neurosurgery for chronic pain.  He set up a national deep brain stimulation for pain service in Hospital de Sao Joao in Portugal in 2009 and became an Affiliated Professor at the University of Porto in 2013.  He has numerous awards including the British Neurosurgical Research Group Prize 2007, American Association of Neurological Surgeons William H. Sweet Award 2012 and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Ron R. Tasker Award 2013.   He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014.

Mr. Pereira has published over 140 peer reviewed papers on various aspects of neurosurgery with an emphasis on complex spinal surgery and deep brain stimulation.  He has presented papers at over 150 national and international meetings and authored over 20 book chapters including the basal ganglia chapter of the 42nd edition of Gray’s Anatomy.  In 2016 he co-authored two books: Surgery of the Autonomic Nervous System and Neurosurgery Self-Assessment.  He is Educational Lead at St George’s and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE) at Oxford University with distinction and became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.  He was previously the neurosurgery SAC representative of the British Neurosurgical Trainees’ Association.

He sits on the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, and is also a member of British, European, American and World Societies of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, European and American Associations of Neurological Surgeons and British Association of Spinal Surgeons.  He is a neurosurgical adviser to the British Boxing Board of Control.




To donate to Mr. Pereira’s research please visit the Neurosciences Research Foundation (NRF), a charity based at St George’s, University of London and click here, quoting reference TAPAA (which is Mr. Pereira’s research fund).


Mr Pereira is an academic neurosurgeon.  He is a Reader at St George’s, University of London, UK and visiting Professor at the University of Porto, Portugal.  He has published 130 papers, 20 book chapters, and two books in many aspects of neurosurgery, the majority in deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders and pain.

Here are some links to his publications on Google ScholarPubmedOrcid and Amazon.

His main research involves recording from the brain in patients with deep brain stimulation to learn more about how the mind works and improve the therapy.  This research touches patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, stroke, epilepsy and chronic pain.

Other research themes include pain in Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, spinal problems in Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, radiofrequency brain lesions for Parkinson’s disease and tremor, spinal cord stimulation for pain and spinal surgery for pain.

St George’s collaborators include Dr. Francesca Morgante, Dr. Lucia Ricciardi, Prof. Mark Edwards, Dr. Moein Tavakkoli, Mr. Darren Lui, Dr. Atticus Hainsworth, Dr. Tom Barrick, Prof. Marios Papadopoulos and Prof. Franklyn Howe.

External collaborators include Prof. Peter Brown, Prof. Tipu Aziz, Mr. Alex Green, Dr. Huiling Tan and Prof. Tim Denison at Oxford University where Mr. Pereira studied then trained from 2001-2015 and Dr. Simon Little at University Of California San Francisco.

Many of these research projects depend on charitable donations to the Neurosciences Research Foundation (NRF), a charity based at St George’s, University of London. If you would like to give in a tax-efficient manner please contact Carole Bramwell for further information or click here, quoting reference TAPAA (which is Mr. Pereira’s research fund within the NRF).