The Neurosurgery Department provides a comprehensive in-patient and out-patient neurosurgical service, treating the full range of intracranial, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders.
The department treats approximately 2,100 in-patients (with around 50% being elective and 50% emergency) and 4,000 out-patients annually. Trauma accounts for approximately 35% of the caseload.
Sub-specialty interests are in cerebrovascular surgery, spinal surgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery and neurotrauma.
Ongoing research collaborations with internal and external researchers across surgical, preclinical and multidisciplinary / medical device projects include:
- The Monash Bionic Vision Project
- Early interventions to improve outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in conjunction with the Intensive Care Unit (EPO-TBI and POLAR)
- Randomised controlled trial (RCT) of antibiotic impregnated external ventricular drains
- Monitoring of cerebral pressure reactivity in pediatric TBI
- Immediate cooling and emergency decompression for the treatment of spinal cord injury: pilot, safety and feasibility studies
- Incidence and treatment of clinically significant dysphagia amongst patients treated in halo-thoracic orthoses for traumatic cervical spine injury
- A mechanistic approach to therapy development for chronic traumatic encephalopathy using small and large animal models of concussion
- Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld was appointed Foundation Director of the newly established Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) in 2014
- Philip Lewis completed his PhD entitled ‘Monitoring of cerebral autoregulation: clinical, physiological and technical concepts’
- Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld was appointed a Knight of Grace in The Order of St John in October 2014.
Professor Rosenfeld’s grant funding for 2014 included:
- Two NHMRC Project Grants as a co-investigator (CIB) for 2014-2016: (i) ‘A mechanistic approach to therapy development for chronic traumatic encephalopathy using small and large animal models of concussion’, led by Professor Robert Vink (CIA) from the University of Adelaide ($475,640); and (ii) ‘Immediate cooling and decompression for the treatment of spinal cord injury: pilot safety and feasibility studies’, led by Dr Peter Batchelor (CIA) from the University of Melbourne ($581,561)
- A Booster Grant of $300,000 for 2014-2016 from the Defence Health Foundation for work to reduce alcohol-related incidents in Navy trainees as part of The Alfred’s P.A.R.T.Y (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth) program
- Co-investigator status on a Convergence Science Research Award of $US500,000 funded by the U.S. Department of Defence’s Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program entitled ‘US Army Medical Research and Material Command and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Centre’ for 2014-2017 (CI: M Weiner).
1 PhD student
Antibiotic impregnated catheters
The placement of catheters in the ventricles of the brain in patients with severe head injury carries a risk of infection.Find out more
Bionic vision project
The Monash Bionic Vision Project continues into the preclinical trial phase and first-in-human implantation is planned for 2016.Find out more
Cryptococcal meningitis causing obstructive hydrocephalus in a patient on fingolimod: case report
Pham C, Bennett I, Jithoo R
(2017), BMJ Case Rep, 16 July 2017, bcr-2017-220026
Resolution of Chronic Headache Following Pineal Cyst Fenestration. Case Report
Darian-Smith E, Kow CY, Kwan P, Rosenfeld JV
(2017), J Neurol Exp Neurosci, 3(1), 15-7
Craniotomy versus decompressive craniectomy for acute subdural hematoma: systematic review and meta-analysis
Phan K, Moore JM, Griessenauer C, Dmytriw AA, Scherman DB, Sheik-Ali S, Adeeb N, Ogilvy CS, Thomas A, Rosenfeld JV
(2017), World Neurosurg, 101, 677-85