Meet our clinicians

Mr Kristian Aquilina

Mr Kristian Aquilina, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Mr Kristian Aquilina has been the surgical lead for neuro-oncology at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2012, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

The new iMRI suite will allow myself and my fellow surgeons to push even harder for the best possible results for our patients and mean that we are able to provide answers to patients and their families quicker than we can now. To say to parents with complete certainty, at the end of surgery, that we have done all we can to improve the life of their child, will make a world of difference.

Clare Simcock, Lead Radiographer

Clare Simcock, Lead Radiographer

Clare Simcock has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for over 17 years in all areas of the radiology department.  She has a clinical interest in MRI imaging, is an advocate for the radiography profession, and has responsibility for the provision of highly specialist radiographic services within the hospital.

This iMRI suite will eliminate the need for further invasive surgery for so many children. Access to in-depth brain images, mid-surgery, will transform the work of our team and, therefore, the impact on our young patients. For many children, this one operation will be the only one they need to truly transform the rest of their lives. This new facility will also help my team by providing additional access to a state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner – the design of the suite will ensure that the operating theatre and MRI scanner can be used independently when not booked for intra-operative surgery meaning we can provide MRI scans for children across the hospital.

Mr Martin Tisdall, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Mr Martin Tisdall, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Mr Martin Tisdall has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2013 and specialises in paediatric epilepsy surgery and traumatic brain injuries.

Some children with epilepsy will hugely benefit from the new suite. In certain patients, removal of particular areas of the brain can reduce the severity of their epileptic seizures. Accuracy is vital and this highly specialised new MRI scanner will ensure we can give children the best chance of a successful recovery, with minimal side effects. The aim of any epilepsy surgery is to make a patient seizure-free. For the first time, the new iMRI suite will give us access to real-time information, mid-operation, and will ensure we can achieve that goal for more children.

Professor Chris Clark

Professor Chris Clark, Professor of Developmental Imaging and Biophysics

Chris Clark leads the Developmental Imaging and Biophysics Unit at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. His team focuses on the development and application of advanced neuroimaging techniques for children.

Imaging the brain offers understanding of disease in childhood, advances in diagnosis and the development of new treatments. The new 3T MRI scanner will enable us to explore and further understand the complexity of the brain, better guiding surgeons in both the removal of a tumour and preserving the key day-to-day functions of the brain.