Meet the SDR Team

Meet the SDR Team


Bendetta Pettorini.jpg Benedetta Pettorini - Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon

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.

Dawn and Chloe.jpg   Dawn Hennigan (Advanced Nurse Practicioner)
Deborah Quirk.jpg   Deborah Quirk (Neurosurgical Nurse Specialist)
Alison and Teresa.jpg   Alison Sudlow & Teresa Preston - Clinical Neurophysiologists
SonaPhotoForSDR (2).jpg   Dr Sona Janackova - Consultant Neurophysiologist


Physiotherapy Team

Chris Sneade
Morag Sangsters
Carol Lever

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