Mr John Goodden MB BS (LOND), FRCS (NEURO.SURG)

Consultant Adult & Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Leeds General Infirmary

Mr Goodden studied Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School, affiliated to the University of London, graduating in January 1997 with MB BS (Lond). Subsequently, his postgraduate training in surgery was completed in South-West London, with Basic Surgical Training posts including General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, ENT surgery, Orthopaedic surgery and Neurosurgery.  He has completed the MRCS (England) in 2000.  His Neurosurgery Registrar training was in Sheffield and Hull, after having also worked in Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath, (initially Locum Registrar then Trust Grade Registrar).

Mr Goodden further supplemented his training with a period as Visiting Fellow in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Hôpital Necker - Enfants Malades, Paris, France (Summer 2008), and then as the National Fellow in Paediatric Neurosurgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, from October 2008 to February 2010.

In February 2010 he moved to Leeds as Consultant Neurosurgeon (initially locum then substantive from August 2010). In this post he has particular specialist interests in paediatric neurosurgery and adult neuro-oncology. 

Within paediatric neurosurgery, he is the Lead for spasticity management neurosurgical procedures and have successfully brought Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to Leeds.  

Within his adult neuro-oncology portfolio, he jointly lead the Low Grade Glioma service and regularly perform Awake Craniotomies for resection of these tumours.

 In 2010 he was appointed to the SIOP-Europe Brain Tumour Group, and is now the Neurosurgical Lead for the Low Grade Glioma panel. From 2010-2014 he was the SHO education & training for our department. Having handed over responsibility for day-to-day training matters, he maintains an interest in overseeing junior training.

In 2013 Mr Goodden was appointed the CRG for Brain & CNS Tumours, representing the Yorkshire Senate. He is also on the Steering Group for the NHS England Commissioning through Evaluation process for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

In 2014 he was part of the team that successfully developed and launched the North East Paediatric Neuroscience Network (NEPNN) – a collaborative network that oversees the delivery of the full range of paediatric neurosurgery care across the North East of England. He was then appointed as Joint Clinical Lead for the NEPNN.

Medico-legal expertise:  Mr Goodden started writing Expert Medicolegal reports in 2011.  He has had training in Expert Witness skills and Courtroom skills.  He writes 4-10 reports per year, with an equal Defendant / Claimant split.  His report expertise mirrors his NHS practice – with foci on head injury, tumour treatment and children’s neurosurgery (including child protection).  Examination assessments are usually performed in his Rooms at the Leeds Nuffield Hospital, although assessment closer to a client’s home is sometimes possible.