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Benedetta Pettorini qualified as a doctor (MD) from the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, in 2002. Her basic surgical and neurosurgical training took place in Rome. Thereafter, her advanced Paediatric Neurosurgical training was completed in the UK, with a Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Miss Pettorini has been a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Alder Hey since 2011 and is Chief of Operative Care, leading the Best in Operative Care Group which is aiming to improve utilization, productivity and safety of the theatres department at Alder Hey.
Benedetta’s clinical interests are all areas of Paediatric Neurosurgery, including hydrocephalus (shunts and basic and complex endoscopy), Chiari malformation, spinal dysraphisms, neuro-oncology (brain and spinal tumours), spasticity treatment (Baclofen pump, selective dorsal rhizotomy, peripheral neurectomy), neurosurgery in prematurity.
She is part of the multidisciplinary neuro-oncology team and multidisciplinary spasticity team at Alder Hey. Benedetta also runs an outreach clinic in Belfast, providing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy service for Northern Ireland.
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