GP EVENT: Neurosurgery at Macquarie University Hospital

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We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming GP education event. Join other Sydney GP's in an interactive educational session by leading Macquarie University Hospital specialists. As well as learning about developments in their respective fields you will have the opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues with these specialists.

Registration commences at 6.15pm with drinks. Dinner is served at 6.30pm followed by presentations by specialsts. The event will conclude around 9.15pm. Free parking is provided under the Hospital. Your parking ticket will be validated at the end of the event.

RACGP QI and CPD Cat 2 (4 points) event. Activity number 165936.

Associate Professor John Fuller

A/Prof Fuller graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1987. He undertook neurosurgical training in Sydney at the Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s and Prince Alfred Hospitals obtaining his RACS Fellowship in Neurosurgery in 1996. Since obtaining his fellowship he has been practicing in Canberra managing all aspects of cerebral, spinal and peripheral nerve surgery.

A strong involvement with neurosurgical education has been maintained by his position on the RACS Board of Neurosurgery and the Board of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia for the past 15 years, serving as president from 2013 to 2014. He has been directly involved with neurosurgical training of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as a consultant and Clinical Director of Neurosurgery at The Canberra Hospital. Medical student teaching has been through the postgraduate medical schools the University of Sydney and subsequently the Australian National University.

A/Prof Fuller has joined Macquarie Neurosurgery to combine his subspeciality interest in surgical neuro-oncology with radiosurgery as Neurosurgical Director of the Gamma Knife Surgery Program. This is in addition to maintaining his expertise in complex spinal surgery, including spinal oncology.

He is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Topic: Management of cerebral metastases

Learning Objective: Describe management options for cerebral metastases including gamma knife surgery and external beam radiation therapy.


Dr Tim Siu

Dr Siu received his medical degree from the University of Sydney and his doctorate in visual neuroscience from the University of New South Wales. After completing neurosurgery training in Sydney, Dr Siu joined the fellowship program at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, USA where he received subspecialty training in the management of brain, spine and peripheral nerve tumours. His clinical expertise includes awake surgery, multimodal imaging and electrophysiology guided surgery for eloquent brain and spinal surgery for degenerative and malignant disease. He is currently appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.

Topic: Thigh Pain

Learning Objective: Identify referred thigh pain compared with local thigh pain, the clinical features and differential diagnoses.

Associate Professor Antonio Di Ieva

Associate Professor Di Ieva received his Medical Degree in 2002 and specialisation in Neurosurgery in 2007 in Italy. He was a consultant neurosurgeon in Milan from 2007 to 2009, mainly involved in the treatment of brain and pituitary tumours, working closely with ENT and craniomaxillofacial surgeons, oncologists and radiation oncologists, as well as in the emergency management of neurotrauma. He also worked as a researcher at the Centre for Anatomy and Cell Biology of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, from 2009 to 2011, where he completed a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences (introducing innovative methods in neuropathology and MRI). He was appointed A/Professor of Neuroanatomy and was invited multiple times to teach neurotraumatology and neurosurgery in several countries, including Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, USA, and UAE. A/Prof Di Ieva completed a 3-year clinical & research fellowship in skull base surgery in 2014 at the St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, where he also gained further experience in the Gamma Knife radiosurgery and continued to perform emergency neurosurgery in one of the largest trauma centres of Ontario, Canada. His multidisciplinary experience allowed him to lead the publication of the “Handbook of Skull Base Surgery” (Thieme, New York, 2015), which is one of the most used books in the field worldwide. In 2015 A/Prof Di Ieva moved to Sydney, where he worked further in general neurosurgery and complex spine surgery (mainly at the Macquarie University Hospital, North Shore Private and Royal North Shore Hospitals, and Sydney Adventist Hospital), earning the fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2017. He is a full time consultant neurosurgeon at the Macquarie University Hospital.

Topic: The new frontiers of functional neurosurgery in the management of "intractable" pain and brain tumours.

Learning Objective: Recognise the role of functional neurosurgery and integrated care between GPs, Pain Specialists and Neurosurgeons for patients with intractable pain and brain tumours.*

Associate Professor Andrew Davidson

Associate Professor Andrew Davidson completed his medical degree at University of Queensland in 1994. He commenced neurosurgical training in 2003, including a Master of Surgery program in Neurosurgery (awarded in 2006). A/Prof Davidson obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2008 and undertook a combined clinical and research fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery at Macquarie University from 2008-2010. He was awarded his PhD from Macquarie University in 2014, for work on the molecular biology of brain arteriovenous malformations.

As well as his interests in cerebrovascular surgery, A/Prof Davidson has been the Macquarie University Tumour Program Lead since its inception in 2012 and is Chair of the Neuro-oncology and Pituitary Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT). He is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. His academic interests include the functional assessment of brain tumour patients, and the development and delivery of a program of Evidence-Based Practice across the spectrum of medical training. A/Prof Davidson has a strong interest in medical education and is an executive committee member of the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators. He is also an active member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve, and holds the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, RANR.

A/Prof Davidson has published over 25 articles and book chapters, and his work has been widely cited in the scientific literature. He has presented at local, national, and international meetings, including the World Congress of Neurological Surgery and the European Skull Base Society. He teaches on anatomy and surgical approach workshops, particularly in the area of extended endoscopic skull base surgery. A/Prof Davidson is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the Pituitary Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors, and the International Society of Pituitary Surgeons.

Topic: Caring for a patient with glioblastoma - diagnosis, management, and end of life care.

Learning Objective: Outline diagnosis, management and end-of-life care for patients with glioblastoma.

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