Mr James Allibone completed undergraduate medical studies at The London Hospital Medical College, during which time he obtained a intercalated BSc in Anatomy (First Class). His general surgical training was based at St Bartholomew's Hospital and his neurosurgical training was on the North London Neurosurgical Training scheme, based at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He spent one year as a spinal fellow at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and was appointed as a consultant to The RNOH in 2002, where he worked for 5 years and was the Clinical Lead for Spinal Surgery for 2 years. In 2007 he moved to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Mr Allibone is currently the Lead Clinician for Complex Spinal Surgery. The Complex Spinal Surgery Unit comprises 5 surgeons, 3 neurosurgical and 2 orthopaedic who specialise in complex spinal surgery. They offer a service for the degenerative spine and receive a large number of tertiary and quaternary referrals for primary and revisional problems. They are able to provide minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement surgery both cervical and lumbar and more extensive reconstruction for revisional and deformity cases, and are usually able to offer a rapid outpatient response for GP referral with acute sciatica and brachalgia. They have an integrated service for vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and stentoplasty for the osteoporotic spine.
The unit has a particular interest and expertise in Spinal Tumours; providing the surgical arm for The London Sarcoma and Primary Bone Tumour service. The tumour service also has links with The Royal Marsden, The Brompton and Mount Vernon Hospitals. Mr Allibone is currently the Chair for the North London Metastatic Spinal Tumour Board.
Mr Allibone is a member of The Spinal Arthroplasty Society, The North American Spine Society and sits on the executive board of The British Association of Spinal Surgeons.
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