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Dr Spas Getov

Locum Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist


I am a clinical neurophysiologist with broad interests and expertise in the specialty. A particular area of focus is EEG for evaluation of complex epilepsy and other disorders of consciousness.

The primary focus of my work is on providing the best standard of care and the most supportive environment possible for patients and their families. I enjoy working in a large and talented team with diverse skills and interests within the clinical neurosciences and wider professional community at GOSH.


  • Reporting of routine and urgent EEG recordings, including prolonged EEG.
  • EEG telemetry including evaluation for epilepsy surgery.
  • Nerve conduction studies and EMG.
  • Evoked potentials.

I studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and King’s College, London. Following this I undertook postgraduate training in general medicine and neurology in London, Brighton and Canterbury. I subsequently completed a four-year training programme in clinical neurophysiology at King’s College Hospital (South London rotation).

I have a Masters degree in Neuroscience (University of Cambridge) and am nearing submission of a PhD thesis based on work undertaken at University College London as part of a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

I am a member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and a member of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology.

  • The use of functional imaging and behavioural experiments to understand mechanisms of visual awareness in the human brain.
  • Mechanisms of loss of consciousness in epilepsy.
  • Pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy and outcome from epilepsy surgery.

News & Publications

Singh R, Getov S, Stavropoulos I, Ellenbogen, J, Lai M, Malik I, Mullatti N. Auditory aura in a patient with mesial frontal lobe epilepsy. Oral presentation at International League Against Epilepsy British Conference, Birmingham, September 2018.

Getov S, Brunnhuber F. Periodic eye opening associated with EEG burst suppression following cardiac arrest. Poster presentation at London-Innsbruck Colloquium on Status Epilepticus, Salzburg, April 2017.

Ormerod E, Ali K, Cameron J, Malik M, Lee R, Getov S, Rajkumar C. The association between arterial stiffness, initial stroke severity and 3-week outcomes in patients with ischaemic stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2017; 26(11): 2541-2546.

Getov S, Kanai R, Bahrami B, Rees G. Human brain structure predicts individual differences in preconscious evaluation of facial dominance and trustworthiness. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2015; 10(5): 690 – 699.

Getov S, Winston JS. Neural mechanisms for evaluating the attractiveness of faces. In: Huston P, Nadal M, Mora F, Agnati LF, Cela Conde CJ (Eds.). Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain. 2015. OUP.

Getov S, Megumi F, Urner M, Bahrami B, Rees G. Stimulus invariant brain responses to switches in bistable perception. Oral presentation at Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, November 2013.

Getov S, Bahrami B, Winston JS, Rees G. Neural modulation of perceptual rivalry by social face traits. Poster presented at Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Florida, May 2013.

Ekanayake J, Ridgway G, Koush Y, Getov S, Scharnowski F, Weiskopf N, Rees G. The effect of neurofeedback-induced changes in high order visual areas on binocular rivalry. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 2013.

Stewart LH, Ajina S, Getov S, Bahrami B, Todorov A, Rees G. Unconscious evaluation of faces on social dimensions. Journal of Experimental Psychology (General). 2012; 141(4): 715 – 727.

Dodd J, Getov S, Jones P. Cognitive Function in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. European Respiratory Journal. 2010; 35(4): 913-22.

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