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Owase Jeelani currently holds the world’s largest experience in the separation of Craniopagus Twins. These separation procedures are some of the most complex surgical challenges of our times that push the surgical frontiers. They require multidimensional and multifaceted thinking and teams, with seamless execution typically over several operations spanning many months. Undertaking this work has significant positive externalities on surgical practice and health care systems globally. Prof. Jeelani uses the analogy of the benefits a space programme brings to a country’s ecosystem across multiple dimensions.

Owase Jeelani was Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at GOSH from 2012 until 2018, establishing it as one of the largest paediatric neurosurgery services in the world and one of the flagship services at GOSH. During his tenure, 4 new consultant neurosurgeons were appointed to the service, the annual surgical caseload increased to some 1100 cases and operating revenues increased at circa. 14% year on year. His work and leadership have brought substantial international recognition to GOSH and the NHS.

Owase Jeelani has spent over 20,000 hours in the operating theatre over the past 2 decades. This time he describes as being in a state of flow, a time when he streamlines a lot of his thoughts and energy which he brings to his life and work outside the operating room.

“You see things with a clarity that is difficult to encounter otherwise”

Jeelani’s operating theatres are more a discourse in philosophy and psychology analysing predictions, decision making and strategy. As a result, he is often referred to as “Mr Wu Wei” or “Mr Zen”, by his students and peers.

Prof. Jeelani has lectured in, trained healthcare teams and treated patients from over 100 countries over the past 2 decades.