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Peter Whitfield

Honorary Professor and Consultant
in Neurological Surgery

Peter is a Consultant Neurosurgeon on the Specialist Register based at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and The Plymouth Nuffield Hospital. Peter is also an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth. In 2022, Peter commenced a two-year term as President of The Society of British Neurological Surgeons.

Areas of Expertise

Traumatic brain injury.
Intracranial aneurysms, AVMs and cavernoma.
Brain tumours including meningiomas and glioma.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus. 
Lumbar discectomy, decompression and treatment of cauda equina syndrome.
Anterior cervical discectomy.


BM (Distinction in Clinical Medicine)

PhD FRCS (England)

FRCS (Surgical Neurology)



PG Cert Clin Ed (Distinction)

Peter was an undergraduate at Southampton University Medical School (1982-87). He graduated with a Distinction in Clinical Medicine, the Sutton Prize for Surgery and the Newitt Memorial Prize. He was inspired to pursue a career in neurosurgery following lectures in neuroanatomy, undergraduate research and placements in neurosurgery. Following medical and surgical “house jobs” in Southampton, Peter spent a year teaching and studying anatomy at the University of Glasgow. He then worked with Professor Sir Graham Teasdale and colleagues at the Institute of Neurological Science in Glasgow and in the Emergency Department of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.  


Peter then undertook training in Trauma, Orthopaedics (including spinal surgery) and General Surgery in Winchester (1990-92).

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NHS Contact

Professor PC Whitfield

South West Neurosurgery Centre
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust,
Plymouth, PL6 8DH

Secretary: Mrs Jeanne Weeden

Tel: 01752 431114


Private Patients

Professor PC Whitfield

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital,

Derriford Road,

Plymouth PL6 8BG

Secretary: Mrs Michelle Daniels

Tel: 01752 761858


Medicolegal Referrals

Mrs Michelle Daniels
Medicolegal Secretary to Professor Whitfield

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital,

Derriford Road,

Plymouth PL6 8BG

Tel: 01752 761858

Request a Private appointment

If you would like to request a private appointment with Professor Peter Whitfield, please contact his Secretary, Michelle Daniels, providing any necessary details. Michelle can provide information regarding costs.

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