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John Goodden

Member type: Individual surgeon

Specialty: Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Leeds General Infirmary

Leeds, United Kingdom


Conditions Treated

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Trauma
  • Tumor
  • Vascular
  • Craniofacial
  • Spine
  • Epilepsy
  • Spasticity

Equipment used

  • Drill
  • Microinstruments
  • Microscope
  • Neuroendoscope Flexible
  • Neuroendoscope Rigid
  • Frameless navigation
  • MRI
  • CT


Mr John Goodden

Consultant Neurosurgeon (Adult & Paediatric), Leeds General Infirmary

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds


Clinical Lead for Paediatric Neurosciences, Leeds Children’s Hospital

Joint Clinical Lead for North East Paediatric Neuroscience Network

Neurosurgery Specialist Advisor for NICE



Training and background

Mr Goodden studied Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, graduating in January 1997 with MB BS (Lond). His subsequent postgraduate training in surgery and then neurosurgery was completed in South-West London, Haywards Heath, Sheffield and Hull.  Further specialist Fellowships were then undertaken to enhance his expertise. This was initially as Visiting Fellow in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Hôpital Necker - Enfants Malades, Paris, and then as the National Fellow in Paediatric Neurosurgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.



Clinical Experience

In February 2010 Mr Goodden moved to Leeds as Consultant Neurosurgeon (Adult & Paediatric). His particular specialist interests are in paediatric neurosurgery and adult neuro-oncology. He is the joint lead of the Low Grade Glioma surgery programme in Leeds and regularly performs awake craniotomies to resect these tumours.


Within paediatric neurosurgery, Mr Goodden has a breadth of expertise in treating all childhood neurosurgical conditions such as brain tumours, hydrocephalus and spasticity. In particular, he is the neurosurgical lead for developing treatments for paediatric spasticity in Leeds – particularly Intrathecal Baclofen and has setup Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in Leeds having studied this technique with Dr TS Park in St Louis, Missouri.


Mr Goodden & his team in Leeds have completed over 90 SDR operations. In 2014, they were designated by NHS England as one of only 5 centres in England able to offer SDR as an NHS-funded treatment under a Commissioning through Evaluation programme. More information about the Leeds SDR programme is online at


In addition to paediatric spasticity management, Mr Goodden has interests in complex hydrocephalus, neuro-endoscopy and tumour surgery.



Positions of Responsibility

  • In July 2018, Mr Goodden was appointed as the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Neurosciences at Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • In 2016, he was appointed as Specialist Neurosurgery Advisor to NICE.
  • Mr Goodden is a member of SIOP-E Brain Tumour Group and, since 2013, has been the Neurosurgical Lead for the SIOP-E BTG Low Grade Glioma panel.
  • In 2013-14 he helped build the North East Paediatric Neuroscience Network (NEPNN), and was then appointed as Joint Clinical Lead in 2014 – The network is a co-operative Operational Delivery Network working across 3 large Neurosurgery centres in Leeds, Sheffield & Newcastle to improve standards and pathways of care.
  • He worked on the Brain and CNS Tumour CRG (2013-16), and also the Paediatric Neuroscience CRG (2015-16).


Mr Goodden is married with 2 children and has an active involvement in his local church.

Further Information

Languages Spoken

  • English
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