Our Brisbane Neurosurgeons are highly-experienced specialists and have access to the best technology available, to safely and effectively perform your surgery. Our operating theatres have cutting edge equipment such as 3D operating microscopes, the latest navigation equipment and in most cases, use endoscopic or key-hole techniques to minimise surgical trauma and hasten recovery.
Dr Robert Campbell
Dr Robert Campbell trained in neurosurgery in Australia and New Zealand before undertaking further subspecialty training in paediatric and craniofacial neurosurgery at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Dr Campbell has over two decades of experience and during this time has championed the idea of patient-centred management, muti-specialist centres of excellence and neurosurgical services to regional Queensland. He is the proud founding member of the Brisbane Clinical Neuroscience Centre and the Pituitary Specialist Centre where he manages patients requiring image-guided surgery for complex brain and pituitary tumours. Other interest areas include spinal surgery, endoscopic surgical techniques for brain disease, surgery for epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia and pain management. Dr Campbell has performed hundreds of craniofacial operations and was proud to be appointed as Director of Neurosurgery at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, where he practices his other subspecialty area of paediatric neurosurgery.
Rob also has appointments as a consultant neurosurgeon at the Mater Private Hospital Brisbane as part of the Mater Centre for Neuroscience and the Mater Children’s Private Brisbane. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland and enjoys investing in Australia’s future neurosurgeons.
Dr Martin Wood
Dr Martin Wood trained in neurosurgery in Australia before travelling to undertake further subspecialty training in Europe. This consisted of fellowships in skull base neurosurgery in Cambridge, United Kingdom and paediatric neurosurgery in Paris. He is a consultant neurosurgeon at Queensland Children’s Hospital, Mater Children’s Private Brisbane and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane as part of the Mater Centre for Neuroscience.
Dr Wood has pioneered the use of minimally invasive techniques for spinal surgery since the early 2000s and has taught extensively on these techniques in Australia and internationally. Dr Wood performed Australia’s first interuterine sugery for spina bifida. He has a subspecialty interest in surgery for tumours of the skull base such as acoustic neuromas and meningiomas and he is a paediatric neurosurgeon at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. Dr Wood is proud to be co-founder and the chairman of the Brainchild Foundation, a children’s brain tumour charity.
Dr Damian Amato
Dr Damian Amato trained in neurosurgery in Australia. His training also included research into traumatic brain injury at the University of Adelaide for which he earned a Master of Surgery degree. He then undertook further subspecialty training in the United Kingdom. This consisted of fellowships in skull base neurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is a consultant neurosurgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane as part of the Mater Centre for Neuroscience.
Dr Amato’s special interest areas in cranial neurosurgery include skull base surgery for tumours such as acoustic neuromas and meningiomas, pituitary surgery and other endoscopic anterior skull base surgery. Dr Amato is the co-chair of the Queensland Skull Base Unit and a senior member of the Princess Alexandra Hospital pituitary multidisciplinary team. Dr Amato has large minimally invasive spine surgery practice. Other areas of interest include trigeminal neuralgia and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. He is proud to be a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Dr Jason Papacostas
Dr Jason Papacostas trained in neurosurgery in Australia. He undertook further subspecialty training in paediatric neurosurgery in Brisbane, before travelling to North America and undertaking fellowships in epilepsy surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery at Foothills Hospital, Canada.
Dr Papacostas’ special interest areas include minimally invasive skull base surgery, awake cranial neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery. Jason pioneered Stereo EEG surgery for epilepsy patients in Queensland and he presents regularly on a national and international level.
Dr Papacostas has a large minimally invasive spine surgery practice and is a member of the RBWH spine team.
Dr Papacostas is a visiting neurosurgeon at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane as part of the Mater Centre for Neuroscience and is also employed as a consultant neurosurgeon at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is proud to be a founding member of the Royal Brisbane Hospital pituitary multi-disciplinary clinic.
Dr Antonio (Tony) Tsahtsarlis
Dr Antonio Tsahtsarlis completed his neurosurgery training in Australia after receiving an Honours degree from the University of Sydney. Tony then undertook further subspecialty training in complex spine surgery at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Canada. He is currently the Director of Neurosurgery at both the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane as part of the Mater Centre for Neuroscience.
Tony is proud to be a founding member of the Back Assessment Clinic (BAC). He is an integral member of the Spine Trauma Team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in collaboration with the Queensland Spinal Injuries Unit. Tony has used his extensive experience in minimally invasive (keyhole) spine surgery to manage a wide variety of degenerative, traumatic and tumour pathologies. As part of his general practice, Dr Tsahtsarlis also has a particular interest in neuro-oncology, pituitary tumour surgery and cerebrovascular surgery. Tony is the co-chair of the Neuro-Oncology and Cerebrovascular Multidisciplinary Clinics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and beautiful children.
Dr Jason McMillen
Dr Jason McMillen is an Australian trained neurosurgeon with a longstanding commitment to providing quality health care to Queensland. He graduated from medical school in Queensland, and undertook specialty neurosurgery training in hospitals around Australia, including Adelaide, Townsville, Melbourne and Brisbane. He completed research into minimally invasive spinal techniques during this period. He was awarded his Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in adult and paediatric neurosurgery and spine surgery. After completing his neurosurgical training, he undertook a substantial period of further post fellowship training at the prestigious Cambridge University Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the United Kingdom, specialising in cerebrovascular surgery and neurotraumatology.
Since returning from the United Kingdom, Dr McMillen has worked as a consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he held the position of Director of Neurosurgery. He is involved in the training and supervision of advanced neurosurgical trainees for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Queensland School of Clinical Medicine, and is active in ongoing education and research through the University of Queensland and research facilities and at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dr McMillen consults at the Brisbane Clinical Neuroscience Centre at the Mater Centre for Neuroscience, and conducts a regular outreach clinic at the Mater Private Hospital in Rockhampton. He is available for telehealth consultations.
Dr McMillen has particular expertise in the complex area of cerebrovascular surgery, including the surgical management of brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). He can offer a full multi-disciplinary assessment and all treatment options for these conditions at the Mater Centre for Neuroscience, unique in the private healthcare sector in Queensland. Dr McMillen’s other areas of expertise are cranial and spinal neurosurgery including minimally invasive spinal surgery and neuro-oncology. He is trained in advanced brain tumour surgery techniques including fluorescence guided tumour resection. Along with other surgeons at the Brisbane Clinical Neuroscience Centre, Dr McMillen is expert in minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques, recognising the significant advantages to his patients of reduced pain and earlier recovery. Of course, Dr McMillen is trained in all areas of neurosurgical care, including the management of pain syndromes such as trigeminal neuralgia, hydrocephalus, and peripheral nerve conditions.