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Dr Nolan Colum Patrick

Dr Nolan Colum Patrick

MB, BCh, BAO, LRCPSI, MRCSI, FRCSI (Neurosurgery)

Head of Service & Senior Consultant

National Neuroscience Institute

Specialty: Neurosurgery, Neuroscience

Sub-specialties: Spine Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Spine Surgery.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head of Service & Senior Consultant Department of Neurosurgery National Neuroscience InstituteNational Neuroscience Institute
  • Head of Service & Senior Consultant Neuroscience Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital


Dr Colum Nolan graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001 and underwent Basic Surgical Training in Dublin, Ireland. He was exposed to Neurosurgery during his internship and decided at an early stage to pursue this as his specialty. His neurosurgery training was undertaken in Ireland and also at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia where he did an intra-residency fellowship in General Neurosurgery at Senior Registrar level from 2012-2013. He then completed a fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery from 2013-2014 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge UK which also included a rotation at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in the Orthopaedic Spine Unit. Since 2014 he has been working at the National Neuroscience Institute where he specialises in all types of spinal surgery.


  • FRCSI (Neurosurgery) 2011
  • MRCSI 2004
  • MB BCh BAO LRCPSI 2001

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Head of Service and Senior Consultant, Neurosurgery, Sengkang General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, National Neuroscience Institute
  • Programme Director, NNI Spine and Spinal Disorders Clinical Programme
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Medical Council Member, National Neuroscience Institute
  • Trauma Committee Member, Sengkang Health
  • Trauma Committee Member, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Peer Review Learning Quality Assurance Committee Member, Department of Neurosurgery, National Neuroscience Institute
  • Departmental Mortality and Morbidity Committee Member, Changi General Hospital
  • Physician Faculty Member, SingHealth Neurosurgery Residency Programme


  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award 2016 – Silver Award
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award 2017 – Gold Award
  • National Neuroscience Institute Service Quality Award 2017 – Silver Award

Research Interests

  • Spinal Disorders


  • ​Kumar N, Ramos MRD, Patel R, Tan BWL, Lopez KG, Nolan CP, Kumar A, Kumar DS, Liu G, Benneker LM. The “Spinal Metastasis Invasiveness Index”: A Novel Scoring System to assess Surgical Invasiveness. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2020 Dec 1 (Online ahead of print) (DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003823)
  • Lo YT, Mak DSK, Nolan CP. Surgical management of vertebral metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor: Case illustration, literature review and pooled analysis, Surg Neurol Int 2020 Oct 15;11:343 (DOI: 10.25259/SNI_485_2020)
  • Mahtani S, Tan JMC, Low SYY, Nolan CP, Ong RYL, Lam JCM, Yeo TH, Sng LH, Chang KTE, Chong CY, Tan NWH. Rare case of Pott’s Disease caused by Bacillus-Calmette Guerin Vaccine. J Paediatr Child Health 2020 Oct; 56(10):1655-1656. (DOI: 10.1111/jpc.150820
  • Sundaram PPM, Oh JYL, Tan M, Nolan CP, Yu CS, Ling JM. Accuracy of thoracolumbar pedicle screw insertion based on routine use of intraoperative imaging and navigation. Asian Spine J 2020 Sep 22 (Epub ahead of print). (DOI: 10.31616/asj.2020.0068)
  • Gandhoke CS, Mak SK , Primalani NK, Goh ET, Lee HY, Nolan CP. Cervical C7 ganglion cyst causing compressive myelopathy: A rare case report. Surg Neurol Int 2019;10:61. (DOI: 10.25259/SNI-153-2019)
  • Kaliya-Perumal AK, Tan M, Nolan CP, Oh JY. Post surgical thoracic spinal cord herniation following an unrepaired dural defect: a rare complication. Br J Neurosurg 2019 Sep 10:1-4. (DOI: 10.1080/02688697.2019.1661966)
  • Chua MJ, Siddiqui S, Yu CS, Nolan CP, Oh JY. The optimal screw length of lumbar pedicle screws during minimally invasive surgery fixation: A CT guided evaluation of 771 screws. Asian Spine J 2019 July 17 (DOI: 10.31616/asj.2018.0276)
  • Kaliya-Perumal AK, Soh T, Tan M, Nolan CP, Yu CS, Oh JY. Spinal navigation during Orthopedic Residency Training: A Double-Edged Sword?. Clin Orthop Surg. 2019 Jun;11(2):170-175. (DOI: 10.4055/cios.2019.11.2.170)
  • Wujanto C, Vasoo S, Nandini CL, Nolan CP, Ng VYP, Wong LC. Favourable outcome of AIDS-related multi-centric central nervous system Epstein-Barr virus-associated smooth muscle tumour with surgery and adjuvant radiation therapy: a case study and literature review. Int J STD & AIDS. 2019 Feb 4 Online First (DOI: 10.1177/0956462418821569)
  • Chua FH, Low SY, Tham CK, Ding C, Wong CF, Nolan CP. Disseminated extracranial metastatic meningioma. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Nov;33:214-216. (PMID: 27515545)
  • Lee L, Low S, Low D, Ng LP, Nolan C, Seow WT. Late pediatric ventriculoperitoneal shunt failures: a Singapore tertiary institution’s experience. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Nov;41(5):E7. (PMID: 27798980)
  • Pua U, Quek LH, Lim GH, Nolan CP. Single-Session Multilevel “Central Stentoplasty”. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Mar;27(3):416-7. (PMID: 26916940)

Research Trials