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About Neuron

Dedicated world-class neurosurgical care focused on delivering exceptional patient outcomes.

Meet our Specialists

At Neuron, we support you in your quest to achieve the best outcome for you to live well, through the delivery of specialised Neurosurgical and spinal surgical care involving the brain, spine and nerves.

Dr Peter Lucas

Dr Peter Lucas – Neurosurgeon MBBS FRACS Neurosurgery

Trained and educated in Australia, Dr Peter Lucas is a consultant Neurosurgeon and Medical Director at ‘Neuron: Brain, Spine, Nerves’ in Brisbane. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1998, followed by basic surgical training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, with exposure to a broad range of medical and surgical specialties. Neurosurgical training followed, with time spent in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Christchurch and Melbourne. Dr Peter Lucas was the Queensland Brian Institute Research Fellow and finalist for the Peter Leech Memorial Prize in 2007.  Later that year, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Neurosurgery. Thereafter Dr Lucas spent six months as Neurosurgical Fellow at the prestigious Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England and then returned to Queensland to take up a consultant position at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He quickly recognised the need for a comprehensive Neurosurgical service, accessible to all, but without the limitations of the public sector. Neuron was created from this ideal in 2009, and it continues to grow today.

Dr Lucas provides adult Neurosurgical assessment and treatment exclusively to Neuron patients at the Brisbane Private Hospital (Healthscope).  Held in high regard by his peers and colleagues, he has been the Neurosurgical representative to  Medical Advisory Committee and Accreditation Committee and Patient Care Review Committee at Brisbane Private Hospital from 2015 to current,  Chairperson of Neurosurgical morbidity and mortality review board at Brisbane Private Hospital  from 2012 to  current and is also the Chair of The Brisbane Neurosurgery Centre.

  • Spinal procedures/surgery – degenerative, oncology, deformity and pain. o Simple decompressive procedures
    • Instrumented and non-instrumented complex reconstruction
    • Adult scoliosis correction
    • Facet radiofrequency ablation
    • Neuromodulation – Spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal tumours: Intra-dural spinal tumours such as meningioma, schwannoma, neurofibroma and intramedullary intrinsic tumours.
  • Sacroiliac joint instability and pain – radiofrequency ablation and surgical stabilisation
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Ulnar nerve compression syndrome and Meralgia paraesthesia.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia, Pulsatile Tinnitus and Hemi-Facial Spasm.
  • Cranial neuro-oncology: Benign and malignant primary and secondary brain tumours. Both open and minimally invasive surgery.
  • CSF circulation disorders including Chiari malformation, Hydrocephalus and Syrinx.
  • Adult skull vault reconstruction and cranioplasty.
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Dr Ali Alavi – Neurosurgeon

Dr Ali Alavi completed his undergraduate Neurosurgery training in the United Kingdom in 2016, after working in Cambridge, Birmingham and Nottingham as a clinical research fellow and specialist registrar, since 2007. This was followed by a skull base fellowship at International Neuroscience Institute, in Hannover, Germany. He later gained further experience as a Royal College of Surgeons’ Senior Clinical Fellow in skull base Neurosurgery in Leeds, when in collaboration with Leeds University, he established the Leeds Endoscopic Anterior Skull Base Course.

He then spent 6 months as Senior Clinical Fellow in complex spinal surgery at the world-renowned centre for spinal studies and surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, before moving to Australia to join the team at ‘Neuron’ in Brisbane as a Consultant Neurosurgeon, in 2018.

His main academic interests are in Neuro-trauma, Neuro-imaging and Skull Base Neurosurgery. He was awarded the Pituitary Prize for his research by The Society of British Neurological Surgeons. He is the co-author of “British Neuro-trauma Group Guidance in the Screening and Management of Pituitary Dysfunction Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults” and he hopes to further his research into this area in Australia.

  • Spinal degenerative disorders: Both Instrumented and non-instrumented procedures.
  • Spinal tumours: Intra Dural spinal tumours such as meningioma, schwannoma, neurofibroma and intramedullary intrinsic tumours.
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Ulnar nerve compression syndrome and Meralgia paraesthesia.
  • Anterior and lateral skull base pathologies (Pituitary tumours, Craniopharyngioma, Chordoma, Meningioma, Epidermoid and Vestibular Schwannoma, Malignant/Metastatic skull base tumours): Open and endoscopic minimally invasive endonasal surgery.
  • Neuro-oncology: Benign and malignant brain tumours. Both open and minimally invasive surgery.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Hemispasm: Microvascular Decompression and Image Guided Radiofrequency Rhizotomy.
  • Neurotrauma: Management of Post head injury complications such as pituitary dysfunction, cranioplasty, traumatic CSF leak repair/ skull base reconstruction. Comprehensive post head injury care through dedicated multi-disciplinary neurotrauma follow up clinic.
  • CSF circulation disorders such as Chiari malformation, Hydrocephalus and Syrinx. Open and endoscopic minimally invasive surgery.
  • Pituitary tumours – factors influencing recurrence. Leeds General Infirmary. Leeds. A. Alavi, J.M.W Robins, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips.
British Journal of Neurosurgery, Feb 2017
  • The incidence of CSF leak in endoscopic anterior skull base surgery and the efficacy. 
A. Alavi, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips.
British Skull Base Society conference, Cardiff, UK, Jan 2017.
  • Pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury: incidence, risk factors and Quality of life in a prospective study.
A. Alavi , E. Toman , A. Mason, S. Criseno , A. Toogood , A. Belli.
British Journal of Neurosurgery, Volume 30, Issue 2, April 2016.
  • Pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. 
A Alavi, H. Simpson, A. Webb, C. Harkin, D. Menon, P. Hutchinson. British Journal of Neurosurgery, Volume 24, Issue 4, August 2010.
  • Management of Intra-ventricular meningiomas, surgical approach and outcome, single Institute experience. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. 
A. Alavi, R.W. Kirollos.
British Journal of Neurosurgery, Volume 24, Issue 2, April 2010.
  • Coil embolisation of ruptured intracranial aneurysm, Post ISAT single institute experience, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. 
A. Alavi, R.K. Lenthall, A.C. Thomas, N.S. McConachie, G.R. Dow. British Journal of Neurosurgery, Volume 22, Issue 4, August 2008.
  • Supratentorial Intraventricular Meningiomas, Correlation of minimally invasive surgical approach to the clinical and structural outcome. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. 
     SA Alavi, RJ Piper , R Sinha ,T Santarius, A Mostofi , P Morgan , SJ Price , RW Kirollos Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS), 2018 (in preparation for submission).
  • Pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury: prevalence, risk factors and quality of life in a prospective observational study.
Emma Toman and SA Alavi (Joint first authors), David James Davies, Zhangjie Su, Jonathon Bishop, Andrea Mason, Sherwin Criseno, Andrew Toogood, Antonio Belli. Queens Elizabeth Hospital and SRMRC (Surgical Reconstructive and microbiology research centre), Birmingham. 
 European Journal of Neurosurgery (Acta Neurochirugica), submitted, 2018.
  • Endoscopic repair of the anterior skull base -is there a learning curve?

Paul Nix, SA Alavi, Atul Tyagi and Nick Phillips, British Journal of Neurosurgery (BJN), May 2018, DOI:10.1080/02688697.2018.1478062

  • The learning curve for endoscopic trans-sphenoidal resection of pituitary macroadenomas. A Single Institution Experience, Leeds, UK. J.M.W Robins , A. Alavi, A.Tyagi , P. Nix , N. Phillips.
The European Journal of Neurosurgery (Acta Neurochirugica) , October 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s00701-017-3355-1
  • The screening and management of pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury in Adults: British Neurotrauma Group guidance.
CL Tan, SA Alavi, S Baldeweg, A Belli, A Carson, C Feeney, A P Goldstone, R Greenwood, M Gurnell, DK Menon, HL Simpson, AA Toogood, PJ Hutchinson, British Neurotrauma Group.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (JNNP), August 2017 
DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2016-315500
  • Incidence of pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury: A prospective study from a regional neurosurgical centre 
A. Alavi, C.Tan, H. Simpson, D. Menon, P.J. Hutchinson. Addenbrooke’s hospital. Cambridge.
British Journal of Neurosurgery (BJN), Nov 2015.
DOI: 10.3109/02688697.2015.1109060.
  • Evidence-based medicine in post-traumatic hypopituitarism; The SBNS British Neurotrauma Group.
SA Alavi et all on behalf of the SBNS British neurotrauma group.
Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Plymouth, UK, April 2018.
  • SBNS British Neurotrauma Group guidance for the screening and management of post-traumatic brain injury pituitary dysfunction in adults.
SA Alavi et all on behalf of the SBNS British neurotrauma group.
Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Plymouth, UK, April 2018.
  • Outcomes of endoscopic endo-nasal trans-sphenoidal pituitary adenoma surgery for Acromegaly and Cushing’s disease: A single UK centre experience.
S.M. Pearson, A. Alavi, K. Seejore, J.M.W Robins, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, T. Wilson, N. Phillips, S.Orme, R.D.Murray. British Endocrine Society (BES) meeting, Harrogate, UK, Nov 2017.
  • Non-functioning pituitary macroadenomas: characteristics and outcomes following endoscopic trans-sphenoidal surgery – a single UK tertiary referral centre experience. K. Seejore, A. Alavi, , S.M. Pearson, J.M.W Robins, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, T. Wilson, N. Phillips, S.Orme, R.D.Murray. 
British Endocrine Society (BES) meeting, Harrogate, UK, Nov 2017.
  • Pituitary adenoma – Clinical importance of residuum,
A. Alavi, J.M.W Robins, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds. 68th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery and the 7th Joint Meeting with the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). Magdeburg, Germany, May 2017
  • The learning curve for endoscopic trans-sphenoidal resection of pituitary macroadenomas. J.M.W Robins, A. Alavi, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds. 68th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery and the 7th Joint Meeting with the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). Magdeburg, Germany, May 2017.
  • Pituitary tumours – factors influencing recurrence.
A. Alavi, J.M.W Robins, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips, Leeds General Infirmary, Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Oxford, March 2017.
  • The incidence of CSF leak in endoscopic anterior skull base surgery and the efficacy. A. Alavi, A.Tyagi, P. Nix, N. Phillips.
British Skull Base Society meeting, Cardiff, UK, Jan 2017
  • Pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury: incidence, risk factors and Quality of life in a prospective study. Queen Elizabeth hospital and SRMRC (Surgical Reconstructive and microbiology research centre). A. Alavi et al,
 Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Newcastle, April 2016.
  • Pituitary dysfunction and quality of life after TBI: a prospective observational study, Queens Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, E Toman, SA Alavi, J Bishop, A Mason, S Criseno, A Toogood, D Davies, Z Su, A Belli.
Trauma care conference, Stone, UK, April 2016.
  • Pituitary dysfunction following traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Addenbrooke’s hospital. A Alavi, D. Menon, H. Simpson, P.J. Hutchinson. Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), London, Sep 2010.
  • Management of Intra-ventricular meningiomas, surgical approach and outcome, single Institute experience. Addenbrooke’s hospital. S.A Alavi , R.Kirollos.
Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS). Cambridge, March 2010.
  • Coil embolisation of ruptured intracranial aneurysm, review of a single institute Experience.Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, A Alavi, R.K. Lenthall, A.C. Thomas, N.S McConachie, G.R. Dow.
Meeting of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Nottingham, Sep 2008.
Dr Kevin Elliott

Dr Kevin Elliott – Neuro Anaesthetist

Dr Kevin Elliott is a Specialist Anaesthetist and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). He completed his specialist training in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2004, Dr Elliott was appointed as the inaugural NeuroAnaesthesia Fellow at Auckland City Hospital. The following year he worked as a Senior Clinical Fellow in NeuroAnaesthesia at the prestigious Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England. During this time he gained extensive experience and expertise in the anaesthetic management of a wide range of complex Neurosurgical and spinal procedures. In 2007, Dr Elliott moved to Queensland to take up a consultant position at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. In addition to his role as NeuroAnaesthetist for Neuron, he continues to work as a Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer for University of Queensland.

Amanda Keane

Amanda Keane – Practice Nurse

Amanda Keane joined the Neuron team in 2018. She has completed a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing, in University College Cork, in Ireland. She moved to Australia in 2014. She has a broad background in General nursing, with experience spanning in both medical and surgical nursing.  Although she has 6 years of experience working in public and private hospitals, she obtains great fulfilment working with Neurosurgical patients and enjoys the challenges that this specialist role entails. She is extremely devoted to developing her nursing career and becoming a Neurosurgical specialist nurse.

Amanda works in close association, with both, Dr Lucas and Dr Alavi to provide pre and post-operative clinical care to their patients.

Amanda is extremely patient focused and is committed to making our patients feel comfortable and well informed with a passion for ensuring that exceptional nursing care and patient care remains the priority at Neuron.

OUR MISSION

Dedicated world-class Neurosurgical care focused on delivering exceptional patient outcomes.

OUR VISION

A centre of excellence for brain, spine and nerve surgery.

OUR VALUES

  • Respect for all
  • Leadership
  • Trust and transparency
  • Care and Compassion
  • Clinical excellence

OUR PATIENTS

  • Are engaged in their treatment
  • Develop and maintain solid relationships with their service providers
  • Have access to superior, holistic, multidisciplinary care within one focal point.

OUR STAFF

  • Work in an environment of positive culture that has a flat structure
  • Feel enabled and encouraged to continually learn
  • Are recognised and rewarded for their contribution
  • Are accountable for their actions.

OUR COMMUNITY

  • A partnership is developed and maintained with our referrers
  • We are recognised as true providers of enabling and supportive high quality Neurosurgical and spinal surgical care
  • We are recognised as a true representative of cynosure for Neurosurgical and spinal surgical treatment.
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Important Points to Remember…

YOU WILL REQUIRE A REFERRAL

Appointments with Dr Lucas and Dr Alavi are on a referral basis only, so please contact us by calling (07) 3733 1456.

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You will be required to bring to your appointment all pertinent reports and test results from your primary care or referring doctor

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