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Departments

Medical staff

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Austin Hospital is recognised for advanced training by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.

In addition to the position of Trainee, there are positions for a non-accredited Registrar and Fellowships in Epilepsy Surgery and Spinal Surgery (in coordination with the Spinal Orthopaedic Unit) are advertised each year.

The Fellowship positions are suitable for postgraduate specialty training but consideration can be given to candidates undergoing advanced training. There are further opportunities for research particularly in the fields of imaging and neuro navigation, brain tumours and epilepsy.

Neurosurgery Team

Mr Gus Gonzalvo - Director Neurosurgery

Mr Gonzalvo is a Neurosurgeon specialising in Spinal Surgery and Skull Base Surgery. He is one of the very few surgeons in Australia to have been trained in combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal fellowships for three years.

His areas of expertise are microsurgery and keyhole surgery of the spine, complex reconstructive interventions for spinal fractures and deformity, as well as congenital malformations of the craniovertebral junction.

Mr Gonzalvo performs more than 300 spinal procedures every year, including keyhole decompression and microdiscectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, cervical and lumbar decompression, lumbar fusion, spinal fractures and tumours, spinal deformity and microsurgery of the base of the skull and craniovertebral junction.

The result of his research has been published in the highest-impact journals of his specialty (Spine, Neurosurgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery).

Mr Gonzalvo is the Director of Neurosurgery at Austin Health and Visiting Neurosurgeon at the Northern Hospital (both associated to The University of Melbourne) where he teaches medical students, residents, registrars and fellows.

His private practice is based at Epworth Richmond and Warringal Private Hospital.

Operating times
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Afternoon

Clinic times:
Monday morning

Professor Gavin Fabinyi - Neurosurgeon

Professor Fabinyi is Professorial Associate at the Melbourne Brain Centre and is now a VMO to the Neurosurgical Unit with an ongoing interest in Epilepsy Surgery. Professor Fabinyi was director of Neurosurgery from 1987 until 2012.

Clinic times: Monday morning

Mr Myron Rogers - Neurosurgeon

Mr Myron Rogers trained at Prince Henry, Austin and Alfred hospitals and has completed training in advanced complex spinal surgery at the National Hospital London. He has particular interests in traumatic and degenerative spine disease including trans oral and complex reconstructive surgery for tumours and congenital abnormalities. Mr Rogers is currently the President of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.

Operating times: Wednesday morning.

Professor Gavin A. Davis - Neurosurgeon

Professor Davis completed advanced training in Neurosurgery at the Austin Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and completed postgraduate studies of nerve injuries and tumours at Louisiana State University, USA under Dr. David Kline, and further training in Neurosurgery & Neuroendoscopy at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

Professor Davis has clinical expertise in general neurosurgery, aneurysms, brain tumour surgery, stereotaxis, trigeminal neuralgia and endoscopic neurosurgery. He is nationally recognised in surgery of Brachial Plexus lesions, and peripheral nerve tumours/entrapments/injuries. In conjunction with the Austin Hospital Thoracic Surgery Unit, Professor Davis has established a superspecialised, multidisciplinary approach to treatment of Pancoast tumours.

Professor Davis was an invited panelist and speaker at the recent International Conference on Concussion in Sport at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, and has been a key collaborator in the development of national and international guidelines on the management of concussion in sport, including development of the AFL guidelines, and development of concussion management tools for adults and school-age children.

Operating times: Monday all day

Clinic times: Friday morning

Mr Armin Drnda - Neurosurgeon

Mr Drnda trained in the former Yugoslavia, Italy and Sweden. He has since undertaken further training in Australia at the Austin and Monash Medical Centre, and post graduate studies in the USA. His main interests are spinal surgery and general neurosurgery.

Operating times: Tuesday

Clinic times: Friday morning

Mr Kristian Bulluss- Neurosurgeon

Operating times: Thursday

Clinic times: Monday morning

Mr Tony Goldschlager- Neurosurgeon

Operating times: Monday afternoon

Clinic times: Monday morning

Mr Jeremy Russell - Neurosurgeon

Operating times: Monday morning

Clinic times: Friday morning

Mr John McMahon - Neurosurgeon

Mr John McMahon graduated with honours from Monash University Medical School in 1990. In 1996 he received the Alfred Hospital surgical trainee research prize. He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and subsequently completed a cerebrovascular fellowship at South Western Medical Centre, Texas. Mr McMahon is also a lecturer in surgery at the Monash University, Department of Surgery. He has particular expertise in cerebrovascular Neurosurgery including treatment of intracranial aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. Special areas of interest also include trigeminal neuralgia management, intracranial and intraspinal tumours, pituitary tumours and general neurosurgery. As well as the Austin and the Alfred he consults in Albury.

Dr Simon Manners - Spinal Fellow

Dr Dorethea Miller- Epilepsy Fellow

Dr Wayne Ng- Senior Registrar

Dr Ng is currently a Senior Australasian Neurosurgical Trainee with general neurosurgical training. He has specific post-graduate research interests in neuro-oncology which are particularly focused on the molecular characterisation and investigation/validation of preclinical cancer stem cell treatment models. Dr Ng has developed research collaborations at WEHI, Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia

Dr Fahmi Abdul Jalil- Unaccredited Registrar

Multidisciplinary Team

The Department of Neurosurgery works closely in collaboration with the other hospital departments including Neurology, Oncology, ICU, Orthopaedics, ENT and the Spinal Unit.