Dr Ellie Edlmann

Dr Ellie Edlmann

Clinical Lectureship in Neurosurgery

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



I started as a clinical lecturer in neurosurgery at the University of Plymouth in October 2019. My time is split 50/50 between my clinical work in the Department of Neurosurgery at Derriford Hospital and my research and teaching time at the University of Plymouth.


I graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2008 and completed early medical training in South Thames. I transferred to the South West in 2011 when I started my Neurosurgical training. I took time out of clinical work in 2015 and completed by PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, before returning here to continue training and my current role.

Professional membership

Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)

Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS)

European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Roles on external bodies

I have been the trainee representative on the specialty advisory committee (SAC) for Neurosurgical training from 2018 - 2020 and have therefore taken an active role in promoting and developing the training strategy for neurosurgeons in the UK.

In 2017-18 I was the chair of the British Neurosurgical Trainees Research Collaborative (BNTRC) which co-ordinates and supports trainees in running national research projects, I continue to be a member of this group.



Teaching interests

I am interested in teaching medical students, junior doctors and allied health professionals on any areas relating to neurosurgery, neuroanatomy or research in this field. I also take on mentoring roles for trainees and students interested in a career in neurosurgery and support projects and publications. 



Research interests

My main research interests have been in the field of head injury and neurosurgery in older patients. During my PhD I worked on the national Dex-CSDH trial which recruited 750 patients to a randomised study on dexamethasone versus placebo to treat chronic subdural haematoma. I have continued this interest in looking at the role of anti-thrombotic medications in head injury. 

I have also helped establish an international collaborative research initiative on chronic subdural haematoma (iCORIC) which meets annually and shares research ideas, methodology and is planning future studies. I am also a member of the trial steering committee for the establishment of a cranioplasty registry and am interested in the long term outcomes of patients following head injury and cranial reconstruction. 

I also conduct research in a wide range of neurosurgical conditions in collaboration with other researchers and students and am always looking for new areas to become involved in. 



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Edlmann E, Whitfield PC, Kolias A & Hutchinson PJ (2021) 'Pathogenesis of Chronic Subdural Hematoma: A Cohort Evidencing De Novo and Transformational Origins' Journal of Neurotrauma , DOI
Edlmann E & McMahon C (2021) 'Balancing risks and benefits when recommencing oral anticoagulants after major bleeding' Thrombosis and Haemostasis Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Woodfield J, Copley PC, Hughes M & Edlmann E (2021) 'The gender gap in European neurosurgical conference presentations' Neurosurgical Focus 50, (3) , DOI Open access
Hutchinson PJ, Edlmann E, Bulters D, Zolnourian A, Holton P, Suttner N, Agyemang K, Thomson S, Anderson IA & Al-Tamimi YZ (2020) 'Trial of Dexamethasone for Chronic Subdural Hematoma' New England Journal of Medicine 383, (27) 2616-2627 , DOI
Edlmann E & Whitfield PC (2020) 'The changing face of neurosurgery for the older person' Journal of Neurology 267, (8) 2469-2474 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Edlmann E, Holl DC, Lingsma HF, Bartek J, Bartley A, Duerinck J, Jensen TSR, Soleman J, Shanbhag NC & Devi BI (2020) 'Systematic review of current randomised control trials in chronic subdural haematoma and proposal for an international collaborative approach' Acta Neurochirurgica 162, (4) 763-776 , DOI
Allison A, Edlmann E, Kolias AG, Davis-Wilkie C, Mee H, Thelin EP, Turner C, Hutchinson PJ & Bond S (2019) 'Statistical analysis plan for the Dex-CSDH trial: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a 2-week course of dexamethasone for adult patients with a symptomatic chronic subdural haematoma' Trials 20, (1) , DOI
Fountain DM, Davies SCL, Woodfield J, Kamel M, Majewska P, Edlmann E, Jamjoom AAB, Hoeritzauer I, Waqar M & Mahoney DE (2019) 'Evaluation of nationwide referral pathways, investigation and treatment of suspected cauda equina syndrome in the United Kingdom' British Journal of Neurosurgery 33, (6) 624-634 , DOI
Edlmann E, Thelin EP, Caldwell K, Turner C, Whitfield P, Bulters D, Holton P, Suttner N, Owusu-Agyemang K & Al-Tamimi YZ (2019) 'Dex-CSDH randomised, placebo-controlled trial of dexamethasone for chronic subdural haematoma: report of the internal pilot phase' Scientific Reports 9, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Kolias AG, Edlmann E, Thelin EP, Bulters D, Holton P, Suttner N, Owusu-Agyemang K, Al-Tamimi YZ, Gatt D & Thomson S (2019) 'Correction to: Dexamethasone for adult patients with a symptomatic chronic subdural haematoma (Dex-CSDH) trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial' Trials 20, (1) , DOI Open access
Kolias AG, Edlmann E, Thelin EP, Bulters D, Holton P, Suttner N, Owusu-Agyemang K, Al-Tamimi YZ, Gatt D & Thomson S (2018) 'Dexamethasone for adult patients with a symptomatic chronic subdural haematoma (Dex-CSDH) trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial' Trials 19, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Blencowe N, Glasbey J, Heywood N, Kasivisvanathan V, Lee M, Nepogodiev D, Wilkin R, Allen S, Borakati A & Bosanquet D (2018) 'Recognising contributions to work in research collaboratives: Guidelines for standardising reporting of authorship in collaborative research' International Journal of Surgery 52, 355-360 , DOI
Chari A, Jamjoom AA, Edlmann E, Ahmed AI, Coulter IC, Ma R, May P, Brennan PM, Hutchinson PJA & Kolias AG (2017) 'The British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative: Five years on' Acta Neurochirurgica 160, (1) 23-28 , DOI Open access
Kolias A, Edlmann E & Hutchinson PJ (2017) 'The role of pharmacotherapy in the management of chronic subdural haematoma' Swiss Medical Weekly , DOI
Edlmann E, Giorgi-Coll S, Whitfield PC, Carpenter KLH & Hutchinson PJ (2017) 'Pathophysiology of chronic subdural haematoma: inflammation, angiogenesis and implications for pharmacotherapy' Journal of Neuroinflammation 14, (1) , DOI Open access
Chari A, Hocking KC, Edlmann E, Turner C, Santarius T, Hutchinson PJ & Kolias AG (2016) 'Core Outcomes and Common Data Elements in Chronic Subdural Hematoma: A Systematic Review of the Literature Focusing on Baseline and Peri-Operative Care Data Elements' Journal of Neurotrauma 33, (17) 1569-1575 , DOI
Edlmann E, Hutchinson PJ & Kolias AG (2017) 'Chronic Subdural Haematoma in the Elderly' Brain and Spine Surgery in the Elderly Springer International Publishing 353-371 , DOI
Conference Papers
Fountain D, Whiting G, Mee H, Edlmann E, Joannides A, Piper R, Turner CL, Kolias AG & Hutchinson PJ (2020) 'The UK Cranioplasty Study and Development of the UK Cranial Reconstruction Registry' 158-158
Edlmann E, Kolias A, Thelin E, Gatt D, Al-Tamimi Y, Owusu-Agyemang K, Suttner N, Holton P, Bulters D & Allison A (2019) 'TP1-3 Final phase of recruitment and statistics analysis plan for Dex-CSDH trial' BMJ e10.4-e11 , DOI
Kolias A, Chari A, Edlmann E, Hocking K, Turner C, Santarius T & Hutchinson P (2016) 'CORE OUTCOMES AND COMMON DATA ELEMENTS IN CHRONIC SUBDURAL HAEMATOMA (CODE-CSDH)' A15-A15


Additional information

In addition to my passion for neurosurgery, I am a mother and a passionate advocate for the role of women in neurosurgery and academia. I have been invited to be part of an equality and diversity task force led by the EANS to help improve recruitment and working standards for diverse groups within neurosurgery. I think the establishment and availability of good role models in the field is essential and am always happy to be contact by students or colleagues with similar interests.