Dr Chris Schwindack was born in South Africa and grew up in what is now known as Namibia. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Free State, South Africa, in 1997. After completing 2 years of rural community service, he moved to the United Kingdom where he completed his basic surgical training in Edinburgh, Scotland. There he undertook a research year in Neuro-oncology at the Western General Hospital Edinburgh, publishing on the imaging characteristics of brain tumours.
He trained as a Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and completed his UK Specialist Neurosurgical training in 2007, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2008. He moved with his family to Australia in 2009, undertaking a neurosurgical fellowship in Perth at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He sat the Australian examinations and obtained Australian specialist registration in 2010.
Chris has been a consultant neurosurgeon at Gold Coast hospital since 2012. There he chairs the neuro-oncology multi-disciplinary team meeting every Friday. He is actively involved in the neurosurgery training programme.
His particular interest is in neuro-oncology with a focus on a compassionate, holistic and multi-disciplinary cancer care. He maintains a close network with other oncology colleagues. Apart from his oncology interest, he is a proponent of minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery.
Chris regularly presents and teaches practical skills sessions at both Griffith and Bond Universities. He is involved in audit at both the Gold Coast University and Pindara Hospitals.
• Minimally invasive spinal surgery