Dr Victoria Wykes

Dr Victoria Wykes

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Senior Clinical Lecturer
Honorary Neurosurgical Consultant

Contact details

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Victoria Wykes is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Birmingham, sub-specialising in neurosurgical oncology and epilepsy surgery. 

Victoria is the local principal investigator for the Tessa Jowell Brain Matrix study  and chief investigator for Brain Surgical Tissue for Advanced Tissue Models (BRAIN STAT).


  • FRCS (Neurosurgery) Royal College of Surgeons, England (2014)
  • European Neurosurgery Exam European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (2013)
  • MRCS Royal College of Surgeons, England (2009)
  • MB PhD University College London (2005)  
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, University College London (1997)


  • White Matter dissection course (GKT Anatomy labs, Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Advanced communication course (GMC, London)
  • NOn-Technical Skills for Surgeons (West Midlands Surgical Deanery)

Other activities

  • Local Organising Committee lead: Precision medicine and the future of neuro-oncology practice; British Neuro-Oncology Society annual conference July 2021. 
  • Neurosurgery / General surgery trainee teaching locally and regionally.
  • University of Birmingham Foundation School Mentor for Foundation Year doctors in the West Midlands.
  • University of Birmingham Medical School interviewer.
  • Neurosciences public engagement events including: Royal College of Surgeons: Surgical Speed meets; Brain Awareness Week.


Recent publications


Watts, C, Savage, J, Patel, A, Mant, R, Wykes, V, Pohl, U, Bulbeck, H, Apps, J, Sharpe, R, Thompson, G, Waldman, AD, Ansorge, O & Billingham, L 2022, 'Protocol for the Tessa Jowell BRAIN MATRIX Platform Study', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 9, e067123. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067123

Sun, R, Sharma, S, Benghiat, H, Meade, S, Sanghera, P, Bramwell, G, Nagaraju, S, Pohl, U, Dawson, C, Petrik, V, Ughratdar, I, White, A, Zisakis, A, Ramalingam, S, Sawlani, V, Watts, C & Wykes, V 2022, 'Reconfiguration from emergency to urgent elective neurosurgery for glioblastoma patients improves length of stay, surgical adjunct use, and extent of resective surgery', Neuro-Oncology Practice, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1093/nop/npac034

Solomou, G, Gharooni, A-A, Patel, W, Gillespie, CS, Gough, M, Venkatesh, A, Poon, MTC, Wykes, V, Price, SJ, Jenkinson, MD, Watts, C & Plaha, P 2022, 'Utility of 5-ALA for resection of CNS tumours other than high-grade gliomas: a protocol for a systematic review', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 7, e056059. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056059

Toman, E, Soon, WC, Thanabalasundaram, G, Burns, D, Petrik, V, Watts, C, Wykes, V & White, A 2021, 'Comparison of outcomes of neurosurgical operations performed before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a matched cohort study', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 2, e047063. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047063

Rodionov, R, O'Keeffe, A, Nowell, M, Rizzi, M, Vakharia, VN, Wykes, V, Eriksson, SH, Miserocchi, A, McEvoy, AW, Ourselin, S & Duncan, JS 2019, 'Increasing the accuracy of 3D EEG implantations', Journal of Neurosurgery, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3171/2019.2.JNS183313

British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative & Wykes, V 2018, 'Residual enhancing disease after surgery for glioblastoma: evaluation of practice in the United Kingdom', Neuro-Oncology Practice, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 74-81. https://doi.org/10.1093/nop/npx023

Jones, V, Wykes, V, Cohen, N, Thompson, D & Jacques, TS 2018, 'The pathology of lumbosacral lipomas: macroscopic and microscopic disparity have implications for embryogenesis and mode of clinical deterioration', Histopathology, vol. 72, no. 7, pp. 1136-1144. https://doi.org/10.1111/his.13469

Xie, Y, Thom, M, Ebner, M, Wykes, V, Desjardins, A, Miserocchi, A, Ourselin, S, McEvoy, AW & Vercauteren, T 2017, 'Wide-field spectrally resolved quantitative fluorescence imaging system: toward neurosurgical guidance in glioma resection', Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 22, no. 11, 116006 . https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.22.11.116006

Wykes, V & Vindlacheruvu, R 2015, 'Intracranial pressure, cerebral blood flow and brain oedema', Neurosurgery, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 355-362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mpsur.2015.06.001

Wykes, V, Desai, D & Thompson, DNP 2012, 'Asymptomatic lumbosacral lipomas--a natural history study', Child's Nervous System, vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 1731-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00381-012-1775-z

Weil, RS, Wykes, V, Carmel, D & Rees, G 2012, 'Opposite effects of perceptual and working memory load on perceptual filling-in of an artificial scotoma', Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 36-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/17588928.2011.603829

Guttmann, O & Wykes, V 2008, 'Images in clinical medicine. Complex regional pain syndrome type 1', The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 359, no. 5, pp. 508. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMicm060173

Wykes, V & Garthwaite, J 2004, 'Membrane-association and the sensitivity of guanylyl cyclase-coupled receptors to nitric oxide', British Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 141, no. 7, pp. 1087-90. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjp.0705745


Watts, C, Savage, J, Patel, A, Mant, R, Wykes, V, Pohl, U, Bulbeck, H, Apps, J, Sharpe, R, Thompson, G, Waldman, A, Ansorge, O, Billingham, L & Watts, C 2022 'Protocol for the Tessa Jowell BRAIN MATRIX Platform Study' medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.29.22277991

Review article

Sawlani, V, Patel, MD, Davies, N, Flintham, R, Wesolowski, R, Ughratdar, I, Pohl, U, Nagaraju, S, Petrik, V, Kay, A, Jacob, S, Sanghera, P, Wykes, V, Watts, C & Poptani, H 2020, 'Multiparametric MRI: practical approach and pictorial review of a useful tool in the evaluation of brain tumours and tumour-like lesions', Insights into Imaging, vol. 11, no. 1, 84. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13244-020-00888-1

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