The Concussion Clinic brings together specialists from Neurosurgery and Sports Medicine to give expert advice on traumatic brain injury, and this is the first specialist concussion clinic in the NorthWest. This unique collaboration of specialists allows for best-practice decision-making now, but also strives to inform the future of concussion management through research.

Mr H C Patel

Hiren is a consultant neurosurgeon that specialises in head injury, and diseases of the vessels of the brain (aneurysm, AVM, cavernoma). He is a keen researcher, and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester.

After completing his PhD, he completed his neurosurgery training in Preston and Manchester before moving to Cambridge as a Clinical Lecturer and Vascular Fellow. He started his Neurosurgical practice in Salford in 2008.

In addition to this clinical interests, his research in head injury management published in the Lancet has changed the way head injuries are managed in the UK. He is also a national expert in the management of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) and intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) and runs the UK and Ireland SAH database which he set up.

In addition to his job as a neurosurgeon managing the acute aspect of brain injury, he has unique and wide ranging understanding of the disorders of cognition ( memory, concentration) and emotion (anxiety, depression) that accompany head injury and concussion. He combines his general neurosurgical expertise with his insight into the evaluation of the long term problems that patients experience to offer for a comprehensive service for the assessment of patients that have suffered a concussion or a brain haemorrhage.

Mr John Leach              

John is a neurosurgeon specialising in spinal surgery (including complex spinal surgery and spine tumours) and cranial neurosurgery (including brain tumours).

He was born in London, schooled in Sydney Australia before moving to study medicine at both Oxford and Cambridge. His post graduate training was also split between Australia and the U.K. and John undertook his training in Melbourne, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, and the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. He also undertook a Fellowship in neuro-oncology and spinal surgery in Melbourne at The Alfred Hospital.

Since 2009, He has been a consultant neurosurgeon at Salford Royal. He lead the the Department of Neurosurgery from 2012-14 and continues to lead the sub-specialty of Spinal Neurosurgery. He runs a nationally recognised spinal surgery fellowship. John is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Salford University where he has established the Spinal Module of the Trauma & Orthopaedics MSc course.

As a neurosurgeon with spinal and cranial interests, John manages a wide range of conditions in elite sportspersons including head injury / concussion, spinal pain, disc prolapse, spinal fractures and stress fractures of the spine. His has experience in dealing with professional sports ranges from Super League and Aviva Premiership rugby players through to Premier League and Championship football players as well as other sports such as cycling

Concussion Specialists

Dr John Rogers

John is a Sports Physician and Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

He qualified in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997. His interest in sports medicine developed during his own athletics career as an 800m and 1500m runner in N Ireland. He initially trained as a General Practitioner and worked for 2 years as a GP partner in Manchester. He spent 3 years of specialist training as a registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine initially in the London Deanery where he worked at the British Olympic Medical Institute, Charing Cross Hospital and with Chelsea FC academy.  He completed his sports medicine training at the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals in Sheffield. His first Consultant post was at the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in Surrey.

From 2008 to 2013 he worked as Endurance and then Institute Medical Officer to British Athletics at their National Performance Institute in Loughborough. He worked closely with Team GB’s leading endurance athletes in the 3 years preceding the London Olympics at altitude training camps in Font Romeu, France and Iten, Kenya and worked extensively with GB and N Ireland teams at World and European Cross Country Championships from 2007 to 2013. He worked trackside at the London Olympic Games in 2012, was Team Doctor to the British Paralympic Athletics Team for the IPC world championships in Lyon, France in 2013 and was Chief Medical Officer to Team GB at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August 2014.

His clinical interests include overuse tendon and bone injuries, fatigue and underperformance in sport, sports cardiology and concussion in sport.