Claire Nicholson is a consultant neurosurgeon in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She has a number of sub-specialist interests including spinal dysraphism in children and adults, movement disorder surgery (with a special interest in dystonia), pituitary and anterior skull base surgery, epilepsy surgery and neuro-modulation for pain. She did her medical degree and early surgical training in Glasgow before moving to the north of England to train in neurosurgery. She did her fellowship in functional and paediatric neurosurgery in Montpellier, France. She is involved in surgical training and is currently training programme director in neurosurgery for the north of England. She has a national role on the UK Speciality Advisory Committee for neurosurgery and in the selection of doctors for neurosurgical training. She has also been involved in teaching and training internationally as faculty on courses outside Europe.