Consultant Neurologist

MB BS University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1991
PhD University of Cambridge 1999
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (Surgical Neurology) 2002

Secretary: 
Petronella Campbell (Ella)
Professional bodies : 
  • British Neuro-Oncology Society
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology
  • European Association of Neuro-Oncology
  • European Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • World Federation of Neurological Surgeons
GMC number: 
3545788
Specialties: 
  • Neurosurgical Oncology​

Dr Watts is a consultant neurosurgeon with a specialist interest in patients with brain cancer especially high and low-grade gliomas and cerebral metastases. He has established a dedicated neurosurgical-oncology research clinic, which is closely integrated with his lab and provides advanced neurosurgical techniques including fluorescence-guided surgery, awake craniotomies with functional mapping and neuronavigation. Patients attending his clinic are encouraged to participate in available clinical trials and tumour banking.

The long-term objective of his research is to improve the treatment and survival of patients by better understanding disease heterogeneity, its impact on treatment response and the emergence of resistant disease using biomarkers to improve diagnosis, define treatment response and detect disease recurrence/progression.

Dr Colin Watts qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and trained in neurosurgery in Cambridge and London where he completed his specialist training in 2004. His research training was supported by the MRC first as a Clinical Fellow, gaining his doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1999, and subsequently as a Clinician Scientist. In 2010 he was awarded a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer position at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the neurooncology faculty of the EANS and WFNS.