Tipu Aziz is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Oxford. He specialises in the study and treatment of Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, spasmodic torticollis, fixed abnormal posture of the neck, tremor, and intractable neuropathic pain.
Professor Aziz has played a pivotal role in the scientific experiments enabling the development of two of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) targets used in Parkinson's disease, the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN). He pioneered DBS for dystonia and multiple sclerosis, and established Oxford as a major international centre for surgery for movement disorders. In 1999 he started performing DBS for neuropathic pain, in which Oxford now has the largest world experience with much of the seminal papers published by him and Mr Pereira.
He is the author of over 300 scientific publications and in 2013 was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has set up 20 units for functional neurosurgery globally and trained many functional neurosurgeons in the UK and abroad, receiving honorary professorships in Pakistan, Malaysia, Portugal and Denmark among other countries. He is a board member of World and European Societies of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He has one of the largest contemporary experiences of lesional surgeries (thalamotomy and pallidotomy for movement disorders and cingulotomy for pain) in the world.
In addition to his interests in neuromodulation he is also interested in chronic pain management of spinal disorders using facet joint injections and rhizolysis. He is the only neurosurgeon to be a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in recognition of his contributions to Deep Brain Stimulation for pain.