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Biography

Biography

Puneet Plaha is Consultant Neurosurgeon in Oxford with a specialist interest in brain tumours especially Endoscopic minimally invasive surgery and Awake surgery.  

He qualified in Medicine from one of India’s premier institutes, JIPMER, Pondicherry University in 1996 and completed his Masters degree in Surgery from the same institute in 2000. He undertook a MD degree from Bristol in 2011. He completed his neurosurgical training programme as part of the South West rotation (Bristol and Plymouth) from 2005-2010 and a 1yr Endoscopic pituitary fellowship in 2010-11 and Skull base fellowship 2011-12 in Oxford.

He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  He has been Clinical Lead for the Oxford Brain and Spine MDT and Neuro oncology Lead for Thames Valley since Aug 2012.

He set up UK's first International "3D White fibre Dissection course" in Oxford and is the Course director. He is faculty and lecturer on the Operative Skills in Neurosurgery Course at the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 2012.

Puneet Plaha


Honorary Clinical Research Fellow and Consultant Neurosurgeon

  • MBBS, MS, MD, FRCS, FRCS (SN)
Research Summary

Research interests

My research interests are focused on using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to resect brain tumours and advanced brain imaging technologies to develop individually-tailored treatment for brain tumours. I set up and have developed the Awake surgery Brain tumour programme in Oxford and use intraoperative stimulation to understand brain function and “supramaximally” resect brain tumours.

Our research aims are:

  1. To understand how brain tumours interact with and affect surrounding neural functional networks.
  2. Plan surgical approaches to the tumour, using non-invasive brain imaging techniques to determine the ideal and maximal resection zone through functional networks.
  3. Understand how surgical morbidity and hospital length of stay can be reduced using a minimally invasive endoscopic approach to resect brain tumours.
  4. Identify the transition zone between low grade gliomas and surrounding normal brain in patients undergoing awake surgery. 
Short Description

Education and Training 

Awake Neurosurgery video: A step-by-step description by Mr Plaha of awake neurosurgery described to the BBC (warning: surgical content). Video kindly provided by BBC Wiltshire on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/BBCWiltshire/videos/632578940244900/

 

Anatomy and Dissection Course: Following a highly successful first Oxford Course last year, the 2nd Oxford Subcortical 3D Anatomy and White Fibre Dissection Course will take place from March 27-31st, 2017. This course is now fully booked.

The course website:  https://www.oxfordwhitefibrecourse.com

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Key Publications

Ma R, Livermore LJ, Plaha P.  Fast Track recovery program after Endoscopic and awake intraparenchymal tumor surgery. World Neurosurg 2016.Sep;93:246-52.

Berrington A, Voets NL, Plaha P, Larkin SJ, Mccullagh J, Stacey R, Yildirim M, Schofield CJ, Jezzard P, Cadoux-Hudson T, Ansorge O, Emir U. Tomography 2016. 2(2):94-105.

Emir UE, Larkin SJ, de Pennington N, Voets N, Plaha P, Stacey R, Al-Qahtani K, Mccullagh J, Schofield CJ, Clare S, Jezzard P, Cadoux-Hudson T, Ansorge O. Cancer Research 2016. 76(1):43-49.

Plaha P, Livermore LJ, Voets N, Pereira E, Cudlip S. Minimally invasive endoscopic resection of intraparenchymal brain tumors. World Neurosurg 2014 Jul 29.

Patel NK, Plaha P, Gill SS.  Magnetic imaging directed method for functional neurosurgery using implantable guide tubes.  Neurosurgery 2007 Nov;61(5 Suppl 2):358-66.

Plaha P, Ben-Shlomo Y, Patel NK, Gill SS. Stimulation of the caudal zona incerta is superior to stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in improving contralateral parkinsonism. Brain 2006 July; 129(Pt 7):  1732-47

Plaha P, Gill SS. Bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation of the Pedunculopontine nucleus for Parkinson’s disease. Neuroreport 2005 Nov 28;16(17):1883-7.

Love S, Plaha P, Patel NK, Hotton GR, Brooks DJ, Gill SS. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor induces neuronal sprouting in human brain. Nature Medicine 2005; 11(7): 703 – 704

Patel NK, Bunnage M, Plaha P, Svendsen CN, Heywood P, Gill SS. Intraputamenal infusion of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor in Parkinson’s disease: A two year clinical, cognitive and quality of life outcome study. Ann Neurol. 2005 Feb;57(2):298-302.

Plaha P, Patel NK, Gill SS. Stimulation of the Subthalamic Region for Essential tremor. J Neurosurgery2004 July; 101: 48-54.