Mr Chris Kellett



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Mr Kellett developed a keen interest in the biomechanics of the spine and related sports injuries having played county cricket throughout his teens as an opening fast bowler. 

Early in his Neurosurgical training, Mr Kellett showed an affinity for spinal surgery.  This enthusiasm enabled him to focus and gain vast experience in all disciplines of spinal surgery over 15 years.

Mr Kellett is fellowship-trained and undertook his Neurological and Complex Spinal Surgery training under world-renowned names in some of the busiest centres in the UK.  These include:

  • The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.
  • Atkinson Morley Department of Neurosurgery, London.
  • The Hugh Cairns Neurosurgical Department, The Royal London Hospital.
  • King’s College, London.
  • Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.  

Neurosurgical training has provided Mr Kellett with the perfect foundation in microsurgical, endoscopic and minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques.  

'I am grateful to have worked in so many prestigious centres with inspirational trainers.  Having such widespread experience has ensured that I have observed the full spectrum of spinal pathology, but also the many different approaches that can be employed to deal with spinal conditions.'

Specifically, Mr Kellett's interests include; microscopic and endoscopic minimally invasive spinal (MIS) surgery; computer navigated spinal surgery; day case spinal fusion and spinal surgery under local/spinal anaesthesia.

‘The approaches I employ reduce operative and anaesthetic time whilst minimising tissue trauma, thus reducing the risk of infection, postoperative pain and hospital stay.  I am the only surgeon in Leeds to have performed cervical spine surgery under local anaesthetic and successful day case MIS lumbar fusion.'

Mr Kellett has published extensively on areas of expertise including Cervical Myelopathy and Cauda Equina Syndrome.  He is actively involved in clinical research studying spinal cord injury and was the surgeon responsible for the care of professional rugby player, Mose Masoe.   

Service improvement is another key area of interest for Mr Kellett.  He is currently in the process of developing a regional network for adult patients living with Spina Bifida.  'Not only are these patients challenging from a surgical perspective, but they have complex needs that are best managed through a regional multidisciplinary approach.'

Through Mr Kellett’s keen attention to detail and extensive training, he can tailor individualised treatment plans to meet the needs of his patients through minimally invasive techniques.

Mr Kellett is based in Leeds and has a full-time NHS practice as a substantive Consultant Neurological and Complex Spinal Surgeon.  A dedicated family man and avid sports fan, Mr Kellett enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as playing cricket when time allows.

'It’s fantastic to be back in Yorkshire, surrounded by the places and people I love who will benefit from the wealth of experience and first-class training I have received.’

Special interests

1. Degenerative spinal conditions:

  • Cervical and Lumbar spondylosis
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Cervical foraminal stenosis
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar spondylolysis secondary to pars defects
  • Craniocervical instability
  • Deformity of the spine

2. Inflammatory conditions affecting the spine:

  • Rheumatoid and seronegative arthropathies

3. Sports-related spinal injuries.

4. Craniocervical and spinal trauma.

5. Congenital and acquired spinal disorders including craniocervical junction abnormalities:

  • Adult Spina Bifida and dysraphism
  • Chiari malformation
  • Syringomyelia
  • Klippel-Feil syndrome

6. Tumours affecting the spine:

  • Metastatic spinal cord compression
  • Intradural tumours

7. Spinal infections:

  • Spondylodiscitis
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Locations Mr Chris Kellett works with


    2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

    0113 3227251
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Related experience


  • The Royal College of Surgeons
  • The Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • The British Association of Spinal Surgeons


Mr Chris Kellett does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Chris Kellett does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Chris Kellett does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.