In addition to the main focus of my professional life over the last 20 years, which continues to be neurosurgery (both operative brain & spinal surgery, and neuro-consulting), I am a contributing member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM) and a licensed fixed wing aircraft pilot. This CNS Aerospace page will chronologically record the association between my training and experience in the art and science of neurosurgery and the fields of aviation medicine and aerospace.
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1999 – I wrote two papers that were published in Perspectives in Neurological Surgery. The second of these (PDF linked via the original journal cover image, below), was on the then early emergence of virtual reality technology in neurosurgery. In the paper’s “FUTURE” section (towards the end), I wrote about teleoperations and robotics. I now regularly use telemedicine/teleradiology platforms to help people located remotely throughout Australia, and I use a surgical robot (Mazor) for certain minimally invasive spinal operations that I carry out at Epworth Richmond, in Melbourne.
August, 2018 – I presented the following talk (PDF linked via the cover page image, below) at the annual meeting of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, comparing the fields of medicine and aviation using the example of awake brain surgery/awake craniotomy. What I highlighted towards the end of this presentation was the several ways in which the field of medicine could learn and gain benefit (especially in terms of patient safety and outcome) from key procedures established in the aviation sector.
June, 2019 – There are numerous similarities and some key differences between the fields of surgery and aviation. In this Surgical Neurology International journal editorial (PDF linked via the original article cover image, below) I co-wrote with Dr Praveen Vats (an experienced neuro-anaesthetist and pilot who I work with in Melbourne), we have concisely looked at these. What we’ve highlighted are several key things that medical professionals can learn from the aviation sector (to improve processes and outcomes), and the one key thing the aviation sector can learn from doctors practising in high-pressure subspecialties.
CNS Aerospace Pty Ltd. ACN 627 252 073. Established 2 July, 2018.