The Douglas Miller Department of Neurosurgery is one of the largest neurosurgical units in NSW. In our dedicated ward at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, we have an operative caseload of 1,500 a year. We’re also one of the oldest neurosurgery departments in the country, named after Sir Douglas Miller, a founding neurosurgeon in Australia.

We have had a notable number of firsts in our time. We were the first hospital to employ frameless stereotactic equipment in the routine provision of craniotomy. More recently, our current Chairman, Dr Malcolm Pell, in conjunction with Dr Dudley O’Sullivan, started the functional programme of deep brain electrodes for Parkinson’s disease.

Our department provides services for all neurosurgical problems, including:

  • Spinal disorders for acute disc prolapse, sciatica and brachalgia, degenerative disorders of spinal canal stenosis, both benign and malignant spinal tumours. This involves open, minimally invasive and percutaneous procedures and instrumentation and artificial disc for complex spinal procedures
  • Cerebral tumours both benign and malignant tumours, both primary glioma and metastases. Stereotactic localisation and navigation is an essential part of this surgery, biopsy and excision of tumours
  • Skull based tumours in association with the Head and Neck and Otolaryngology Departments. Endoscopic approaches to pituitary tumours and anterior skull base tumours are undertaken, as well as the removal of acoustic tumours
  • Neurovascular both open procedures and neurointerventional, for aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVMS) and stroke
  • Functional Stereotaxy for movement disorders, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and dystonia
  • Hydrocephalus and CSF circulation disorders, syringomyelia

All members of the Neurosurgery Department are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. We have two positions for neurosurgical training towards FRACS.

We’re involved in the Research Strategic Plan with the aim of becoming a centre of excellence for neuroscience research.


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