About Dr Gautam (Vini) Khurana
I was a lucky toddler when my parents migrated with me to Australia in 1973. In NSW, I attended Mooney Mooney and Liverpool West Primary Schools, then Trinity and Sydney Grammar Schools. From pretty early on I wanted to pursue a career in surgery, following in the footsteps of my grandfather who was an army surgeon. That desire crystallised following the deaths of two close family members from neurosurgical conditions.
I graduated with Honours and the Peter Bishop Medal from the University of Sydneys BSc(Med) Program in 1992, and with Honours and the Robert Craig Prize for Surgery from the University of Sydneys Medical School in 1995. After my surgical internship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, I was accepted for neurosurgery training at the Mayo Clinic, having visited there as a medical student a few years earlier. I lived in Rochester Minnesota from 1996 to 2005, where I completed my neurosurgical training and PhD. I then undertook a neurosurgery specialisation Fellowship in Phoenix Arizona.That highly competitive and top U.S. surgical Fellowship under Doctor Robert Spetzler, Director of the Barrow Neurological Institute, focused on microsurgical techniques and operative approaches dealing with vascular conditions and tumours affecting the brain and skull base. During my year in Phoenix, I co-wrote the book The Brain Aneurysm with Dr Spetzler.
I became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in February 2008 and, prior to entering full time private practice in early 2014, held the position of Associate Professor, Australian National University Medical School for several years. My Australian neurosurgical experience includes being a Visiting Attending Neurosurgeon from 2010-2012 at Royal Melbourne Hospitals Neurosurgery Department. There, I attended almost 1500 patients, operating on over 230 of them. My operative results across the range of cranial and spinal procedures that I carried out were independently peer-reviewed and are at the top end of national benchmarks.
VMO Neurosurgeon Epworth Hosp, Richmond VIC & East Sydney Pvt Hosp, Woolloomooloo NSW. Director, CNS Neurosurgery (Canberra & Sydney). Partner, Neurological Surgery Victoria (Melbourne). Consultant, MLCOA (Canberra)
Dr Vini Khurana offers:
- Consultation including second opinion regarding brain & spine conditions
- Expertise in cranial microsurgery and awake & asleep minimally invasive craniotomy techniques – brain tumour, cavernoma, MVD/trigeminal neuralgia
- Minimally invasive spinal artificial discs, cages, & percutaneous neuronavigated screws; Mazor Robot-enhanced spinal instrumentation
- Private medicolegal expert opinion
- Telehealth services throughout Australia
Special interest & expertise:
Awake craniotomy for tumours & cavernomas; Trigeminal neuralgia microsurgery (MVD); Cervical artificial disc surgery (arthroplasty)
Rooms in Point Cook & Melbourne Victoria, Forrest Canberra, Woolloomooloo Sydney and Batehaven NSW – see http://www.cnsneurosurgery.com.au
Areas of Consultation and/or Treatment
Aneurysm, Arnold Chiari Malformation, AVM, Brain Tumours, Brain Cancer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cavernous Malformation, Cervical & Lumbar Spondylosis, Cysts of the Brain, Hydrocephalus, Pituitary Adenoma, Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion, Spine or Spinal Cord Injury, Trigeminal Neuralgia & Hemifacial Spasm, Minimally invasive Brain & Spine Surgery
RACS-certified telehealth provider (serving regional/ remote areas)
BScMed (Syd, Medal), MBBS (Syd, Hons), PhD (Mayo Clinic), FRACS;
Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2008). Member, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (USA)
Training & Specialisation
Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon. Cerebrovascular & tumour fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Arizona. Visiting Attending Neurosurgeon, Royal Melbourne Hospital
What to bring to your appointment: Your Doctor’s Referral (for new patients), Your Medicare Card, Imaging Films (electronic access, CD ROM, or hard copies), and EFTPOS or a credit card (MC, Visa only).
Contact Dr Gautam (Vini) Khurana
Call 0400 683 662