I was born and raised in Southern Africa and obtained my MBChB from the University of the FreeState, South Africa, in 1997. After graduation I moved to the United Kingdom where I received my basic surgical training in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here I undertook a research year in Neuro‐oncology at the Western General Hospital, publishing on the imaging characteristics of brain tumours. In 2007 I completed my Specialist Neurosurgical training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2008. I have undertaken a surgical fellowship in Perth, Australia and sat my Australian Fellowship whilst there.
I moved to the Gold Coast with my family in 2012 and I have been a staff specialist at the Gold Coast hospital since. In keeping with my specialist interest, I am a founding member of the Gold Coast Hospital’s neurooncology multi-disciplinary team meeting. Our aim is to involve specialists across the board to integrate and improve care delivery to oncology patients. I am a proponent of minimally invasive surgical techniques, particularly in relation to spinal surgery. I regularly attend courses in these new minimally invasive surgical approaches to be able to offer my patients up to date, but considered, surgical options.
I strive to provide holistic care to my patients (and their families), expressing empathy and compassion. Needing to have surgery on the brain or spine is daunting and I prefer to offer surgery only after thorough discussion and review of all other options.