University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Meet the team: children's neurosurgery

Our team includes doctors, specialist nurses, technicians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dietitians, health care assistants and administrative support assistants.


We have four dedicated paediatric neurosurgeons.

Mr Aabir Chakraborty

Mr Aabir Chakraborty

Mr Chakraborty is our lead for paediatric neurosurgery. He has interests in pituitary surgery, complex hydrocephalus including normal pressure hydrocephalus, Chiari 1 malformations and epilepsy surgery.

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Mr Nijaguna Mathad

Mr Nijaguna Mathad

Mr Mathad has special interest in neuroendoscopy, paediatric, skull base and pituitary surgery. He has introduced endoscopic pituitary surgery and is developing endoscopic endonasal techniques for skull base surgery.

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Mr Ryan Waters

Mr Waters has an interest in all aspects of paediatric neurosurgery, particularly trauma, hydrocephalus and spinal dysraphism.

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Nursing team

Chrissy Ward

Advanced paediatric neurosurgical nurse practitioner

Mandy Frisby  

Senior sister

Kate Bailey

Sister and clinical nurse specialist for children's epilspsy neurosurgery

Sophie Belbin

Staff nurse


All our nursing staff have a neurosciences or child branch registered qualification.

Advanced practitioner support

All our patients and their families can phone the advanced practitioner for advice, information and with any concerns. Patients who have had surgery can use this for up to one month after their operation. Patients with hydrocephalus and VP shunts have open access to this support.


We work closely with our colleagues in the paediatric intensive care unit, children's neuro-oncology and children's neurology.