Mr John Goodden


Mr John Goodden

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

Consultant Adult Neurosurgeon


Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Leeds

Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Hull Royal Infirmary



Qualifications & Training

  • Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. October 2008 to February 2010
  • Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship. Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Paris. July-August 2008
  • European Examination in Neurosurgery (Part I) 2008
  • FRCS(Neuro.Surg) 2007
  • MRCS(Eng) 2000, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • MB BS (Lond), St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1997

Specialist Interests

Paediatric Neurosurgery:
Mr Goodden has a breadth of expertise in treating all childhood neurosurgical conditions. 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.  In addition he has interests in tumour surgery (Neuro-oncology), Epilepsy, Complex Hydrocephalus and Neuro-endoscopy.

Adult Neurosurgery:
Mr Goodden has an active interest in Neuro-oncology and Low Grade Glioma surgery.  He performs awake craniotomy operations when the tumour is in eloquent sensitive areas of the brain.  In addition he holds particular interests in Neuro-endoscopy and surgical management of epilepsy conditions.

Recent Publications

1.     Naureen I, Waheed KAI, Rathore AW, Victor S, Mallucci C, Goodden JR, Chohan SN, Miyan JA. Fingerprint changes in CSF composition associated with different aetiologies in human neonatal hydrocephalus: inflammatory cytokines. Childs Nerv Syst:2014  DOI:10.1007/s00381-014-2415-6

2.     Goodden JR, Pizer B, Pettorini B, Williams D, Blair J, Didi M, Thorp N, Mallucci C. The Role of Surgery in Optic Pathway-Hypothalamic Gliomas in Children. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2014;13:1–12  DOI:10.3171/2013.8.PEDS12546

3.     Naureen I, Waheed KA, Rathore AW, Victor S, Mallucci C, Goodden JR, Chohan SN, Miyan JA. Fingerprint changes in CSF composition associated with different aetiologies in human neonatal hydrocephalus: glial proteins associated with cell damage and loss. Fluids Barriers CNS 2013;10(1):34-46  DOI:10.1186/2045-8118-10-34

4.     Selvanathan S, Kumar R, Goodden J, Tyagi A, Chumas P. Evolving instrumentation for endoscopic tumour removal of CNS tumours. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2013;155(1):135-138 DOI: 10.1007/s00701-012-1561-4

5.     Goodden JR. Management of Spasticity in Children Parts 1 & 2. Published Online Course Modules as part of eBrain Clinical Neuroscience interactive learning 2011.

6.     Hayhurst C, Beems T, Jenkinson MD, Byrne P, Clark S, Kandasamy J, Goodden J, Nandoe Teware RDS, Mallucci CL. Impact of Electromagnetic Navigated Shunt Placement on Failure Rates: A Prospective Multi-centre Study. J Neurosurg 2010 Dec;113(6):1273-1278       DOI:10.3171/2010.3.JNS091237

7.     Blauwbomme T, Varlet P, Goodden JR, Cuny ML, Piana H, Roujeau T, DiRocco F, Grill J, Kieffer V, Boddaert N, Sainte-Rose C, Puget S. Forniceal Glioma in Children. J Neurosurg Pediatrics 2009 Sept;4(3):249-253    DOI:10.3171/2009.4.PEDS08472

8.     Van Raay Y, Darteyre S, Di Rocco F, Goodden J, Kuo P, Papouin M, Brunelle F, Sainte-Rose C, Zérah M. Neonatal ruptured intracranial aneurysms: Case report & literature review. Childs Nerv Syst 2009;25:1025-1033       DOI:10.1007/s00381-009-0871-1

9.     Goodden JR, Yeomanson D, Zaki HS, Lee V, McMullan PJdeV.  Care of Children with Brain & Spine Tumours – a review of practice. Brit J Neurosurg 2009, 23(3):270-275   DOI:10.1080/02688690802688120

10.   Goodden JR, Marven SS, Cohen M, McMullan PJdeV, Smith MF. Congenital apocrine tumour: A rare scalp tumour. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Aug;18(4):282-4. Epub 2008 Jul 15   DOI:10.1055/s-2007-965789

11.   Major O, Walton L, Goodden J, Radatz M, Szeifert GT, Hanzely Z, Kocsis B, Nagy Z, Kemeny A. Radiosurgery of isolated cerebral vessels following administration of paclitaxel in the rat. J Neurosurg 2006;105(7SS):214-221         DOI:10.3171/sup.2006.105.7.214

12.   Goodden JR, Tranter R, Hardwidge C. Setting the Standard – UK Neurosurgical Acoustic Neuroma Practice. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2006;88:486-489         DOI:10.1308/003588406X114893

Professional Bodies

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England (Fellow)
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons (Full Member)
  • British Paediatric Neurosurgery Group (Full Member)
  • International Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) (Full Member)
  • European Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN) (Full Member)
  • SIOP-Europe Brain Tumour Group Member (Low Grade Glioma)
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Neurosurgery
  • European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  • British Medical Association
  • Medical Protection Society

Contact Details

Mr Goodden can be contacted through his secretary at Leeds General Infirmary:

Val Allerton     
Phone  0113 392 8413
Fax      0113 392 5414

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