Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes is consultant neurosurgeon and honorary senior lecturer. He underwent neurosurgical training in London, Edinburgh, New York, and Leeds - and completed a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD en route. His subspecialist work focuses on pituitary tumours and anterior skull base neurosurgery

Mark Hughes

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

Appointments and Activities 

Sep 2019 – March 2020             Endoscopic anterior skull base fellow, Leeds General Infirmary

Aug 2010 – Aug 2019                Clinical lecturer and specialist trainee in neurosurgery, Western General Hospital & Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

Apr 2019 – June 2019               Skull base anatomy fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

Aug 2011 – July 2014                Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track Wellcome Trust PhD fellowship, University of Edinburgh

Aug 2008 – July 2010                Specialist trainee in neurosurgery, Charing Cross and Royal Free Hospitals, London



Current research projects revolve around diagnosis, management, and outcome measures in pituitary and skull base surgery. Projects include developing of a smartphone based visual field assessment tool, exploring the use of artificial intelligence to analyse facial images for early detection of acromegaly, and the use of 3D printing to improve patient counselling and surgical planning for skull base operations.


In the context of surgical simulation, I have been involved in the research and development of micro-neurosurgical and other minimally invasive surgery platforms. This work has been driven forward via the formation of a spinout company ( from the University of Edinburgh and has had global impact, with simulators now in use on over 90 different countries and also incorporated into several regional training programs.


  • Member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2021
  • Senior Fellowship in Anterior Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery (Leeds/Edinburgh) Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2021
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Neurosurgery) 2018
  • Fellow of the European Board of Neurological Surgery 2018
  • PhD in Neuroscience & Engineering, University of Edinburgh 2014
  • MSc in Surgical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2008
  • MBChB, University of Edinburgh, 2006 (Distinction in final year)
  • BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience 1st Class, University of Edinburgh, 2003 (Class prize)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Syme Medal for research, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2015
  • Society of Academic and Research Surgeons Fellowship 2016
  • Future Projects Prize, Society of Academic and Research Surgeons
  • British Journal of Neurosurgery Prize, SBNS 2012
  • Distinction, MSc in Surgical Sciences 2008
  • Distinction, final MBChB year 2006
  • Class Prize for Neuroscience BSc 2003


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