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Mr John Kitchen

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon MPhil, MBChB, FRCSEd (Neuro.Surg)
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Medico-Legal Experience

Mr Kitchen is a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon and Expert Witness with comprehensive expertise in all aspects of Paediatric Neurosurgery. Mr Kitchen specialises in Neuro-oncology, focusing on brain and spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment in paediatric patients.

He has undertaken Bond Solon training on report writing and is instructed by Claimants and Defendants on clinical negligence, personal injury, serious and catastrophic injuries, desktop/screening reports, and matters relating to the MOD concerning junior soldiers.

Mr Kitchen has completed over 100 reports and has been a medicolegal expert for over 2 years. In this time, he has split his workload between clinical negligence and personal injury cases opining for both Claimant and Defendant. He completes approx. 1-2 clinical negligence reports per month.

Personal Injury:

  • Trauma (blunt head/RTA):
    • Depressed skull fracture
    • Linear biparetal skull fracture
    • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
    • Post traumatic seizures
  • Persistent post traumatic headache
  • Non accidental injury:
    • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Epilepsy

Clinical Negligence:

  • Miss diagnosis of congenital deformity
  • Congenital deformity:
    • Chiari malformation (brain tissue extending into the spinal canal)
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Lumbar dermal sinus tract
    • Lower sacral dimple
    • Sacral hyperplasia
    • Tethered spinal cord
    • Low lying conus
    • Spinal dysraphism
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Syringomyelia (fluid-filled cyst within the spinal cord)
  • Infection following surgery:
    • Meningitis
    • Sepsis
    • Spinal cord abscess
    • Shunt infection
    • CSF (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) infections

Mr Kitchen’s report turnaround time is 4-6 weeks.

Clinical Experience

Mr Kitchen is an accomplished and dedicated Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Aberdeen and subsequently pursued his Basic Surgical Training within NHS Grampian, honing his foundational skills in surgery.

His passion for neurosurgery led him to The Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow, where he underwent specialised neurosurgical training. John continued his experience at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Alder Hay Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK.

He completed his Paediatric Neurosurgery fellowship training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK.

A notable aspect of John’s career is his involvement in formal academic research at The University of Manchester, where he contributed to The Brain Injury Research Group’s efforts, focusing on neurosurgical aspects of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) infection. This research experience has further enriched his knowledge and ability to provide evidence-based care for his patients.

John’s main areas of clinical interest are neuro-oncology and epilepsy. He has a specialist interest in epilepsy surgery and is a member of the regionally commissioned epilepsy surgery service (Norcess).

John is dedicated to training junior neurosurgeons in the North West. He is an assigned educational supervisor for trainees rotating through the department of neurosurgery.

Areas of Practice:
Mr Kitchen has comprehensive expertise in all aspects of Paediatric Neurosurgery. He specialises in Neuro-oncology, focusing on brain and spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment in paediatric patients, and is highly regarded for his expertise in Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery.

John’s clinical practice encompasses various neurosurgical areas, including trauma management, hydrocephalus, neuro-endoscopy, Chiari and syringomyelia treatments, spinal dysraphism interventions, and neurological infection management.


  • Steroid refractory giant cell arteritis with bilateral vertebral artery occlusion and middle cerebellar peduncle infarction. Healy S, Simpson M, Kitchen J, Jacob A, Crooks D, Rathi N, Biswas S, Fletcher N, Huda S. The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Jan 2019
  • Trampoline park safety legislation: springtime in Cheshire. Foster MT, Kitchen WJ, Carleton-bland N. Br J Hosp Med. 2018
  • Recent technological advances in paediatric brain tumour surgery. Zebian B, Vergani F, Lavrador JP, Mukherjee S, Kitchen WJ, Stagno V, Chamilos C, Pettorini B, Mallucci C. CNS Oncol. 2017 Jan;6(1):71-82.
  • Neurogenic Claudication secondary to degenerative spondylolisthesis: Is fusion always necessary? W J Kitchen1 MPhil MBChB MRCSEd; Mohammed Mohammed1 MSc, MBChB, MRCSEd; Manesh Bhojak2 FRCR; Martin Wilby1 PhD, FRCS (SN). Br J Neurosurg. 2016 Dec;30(6):662-665.
  • Paediatric intracranial anaplastic ependymoma: the role of multiple surgical resections for disease relapse in maintaining quality of life and prolonged survival. Kitchen WJ, Pizer B, Pettorini B, Husband D, Mallucci C, Jenkinson MD. Pediatr Neurosurg. 2015;50(2):68-72.
  • External ventricular drainage: Is it time to look at national practice? Jamjoom AA, Kolias AG, Zaben M, Chari A, Kitchen J, Joannides A, Brennan PM, Kandasamy J, Gatscher S, Gray WP, Jenkinson MD, Bulters DO, Mallucci CL, Schuster H, Hutchinson PJ, Ahmed AI; UK Neurosurgical Research Network & British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative. Br J Neurosurg. 2014 Sep 4:1-2.
  • Intracranial hypertension in Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: Outcome after decompressive craniectomy. Holsgrove D, Kitchen WJ, Dulhanty L, Holland J, Patel H. Acta Neurochirurgica 2014- Trends in Neurovascular Interventions
  • External ventricular drain infection: improved technique can reduce infection rates. William J Kitchen, Navneet Singh, Sharon Hulme, James Galea, Hiren C Patel & Andrew T King. British Journal of Neurosurgery, October 2011; 25(5): 632-635.

Publications as a Collaborator:

Prospective, multicentre study of external ventricular drainage-related infections in the UK and Ireland. Jamjoom AAB. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2018. Collaborator: Kitchen J

Trial of Decompressive Craniectomy for Traumatic Intracranial Hypertension. Hutchison et al. N Engl J Med 2016. Collaborator: Kitchen J

Invited Contributions:

Prion Disease and Neurosurgery. William J Kitchen, Navneet Singh, Hiren C Patel. Joint Neurosciences Council. eBrain Project.

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