Dr. Graeme BrazenorM.B.B.S. (Hons), B.Med.Sci (Hons), F.R.A.C.S.

Dr Graeme Brazenor is a Melbourne born and educated neurosurgeon, awarded an Australian Churchill Fellowship which he spent as a neurosurgical fellow for a year at University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada. Dr Brazenor has more than 35 years experience as an operating neurosurgeon and specialist spinal surgeon, and is a Past President of Australia’s peak spinal medicine/surgical body, the Spine Society of Australia.

Dr Brazenor’ special surgical interests include all adult spine pathologies relating to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines: degenerative, deformity, tumours and trauma. Dr Brazenor holds patents on a cervical spine device he invented, with results published in the globally recognized “Spine” journal.

At midnight on 31 December 2015 he electively ceased to perform surgery, - so-called “putting down the tools”, and he remains in fulltime consulting practice in spinal medicine and surgery, and also provides expert medicolegal opinion.

Dr Brazenor supports Médicins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the Australian Conservation Foundation and donates $5 of each consultation fee to these organisations.

Apart from his patient practice, his professional affiliations comprise:

  • Past President, Spine Society of Australia (2010-2012)
  • Foundation Director, Neurosciences Institute, Epworth Health (2008-16)
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • Past Federal President, Australian Association of Surgeons
  • Associate member, Australian Orthopaedic Association

Medical Course: 1966-72 (B.Med.Sci. 1970)

  • Ramsay Surgical Prize for Zoology – 1966
  • David S. Rosenthal Prize –1968
  • Prince Henry Honoraries' Prize –1972
  • Sophie Davis Memorial Prize –1972
  • Graduated first in year, (1972) with Class I Honours

Bachelor of Medical Science Degree - 1970

  • Class I Honours, Pathology

Hospital Training

  • 1973 – Intern, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne
  • 1974/75 – Surgical Resident, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
  • 1976 – Surgical Registrar, Alfred Hospital
  • 1977-80 – Neurosurgical Registrar, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

F.R.A.C.S. Examinations

  • Part I – November 1974
  • Part II – May 1979

Scientific Publications

  1. A Micromethod for Membrane Immunofluorescence.
    Brazenor, G.A., and Davies, D.J.
    J. Immun. Methods 2: 325-328, 1973
  2. Detection by Membrane Immunofluorescence of Isoantibodies During Rejection of Skin Allografts.
    Brazenor, G. A., and Davies, D.J.
    Clin. Exp. Immunol. 15: 303-307, 1973.
  3. The Effect of Vitamin A on the Immunosuppressive Action of Cortisone on Skin Homografts in Mice.
    Brazenor G. A., and Stephens, F.O.
    Aust. N.Z. J. Surg. 42(3):  314-317, 1973.
  4. Achievement Levels and Mental Health in Medical Students: A Monash University Study.
    Brazenor, G.A. and Masterton, J.P.
    Medical Education 14:350-355, 1980
  5. Australian Army Manual of Land Warfare (Part 2: Medical and Dental Training,
    Volume 3. Pamphlet # 2):
    Field Surgery Handbook, 1985.
    Contributor to chapter on Head Injuries
  6. Scott: An Aid to Clinical Surgery - 4th & 5th Editions
    Dudley, H.A.F. and Waxman, B., Eds.
    Churchill Livingstone, 1988 edition and 1996 revision
    Chapter 8 : Brain Injuries.
    Chapter 16 :  Scalp and Intracranial Conditions.
  7. Medicine and Surgery for Lawyers - 1st & 2nd Editions
    Buzzard, A. J., Hughes, Sir E., et al., Eds.
    The Law Book Company Ltd, 1986 edition and 1996 revision.
    Chapter 1: Head Injury.
  8. Long-term Intrathecal Administration of Morphine: A Comparison of Bolus Administration via Reservoir, with Continuous Infusion by Implanted Pump.
    Brazenor, G.A.
    Neurosurgery 21(4):484-491, 1987.
  9. Manipulative therapy debate (letter).
    Brazenor G. A.
    Australian Family Physician:16(12): p1732,  Dec 1987.
  10. The radionuclide assessment of systems for slow intrathecal infusion of drugs. (Abstract)
    Kalff, V., Brazenor, G.,  Rahmat, H., and Kelly, M.S.
    J. Nucl. Med. 26: 269, 1987.
  11. Timing of Surgery for Cerebral Aneurysms: A plea for early referral.
    Dorsch, N.W.C., Besser, M., Brazenor, G.A., and Stuart, G.G.
    Medical Journal of Australia 150: 183-188, 1989
  12. Intraventricular infusion of Dopamine in Parkinson's disease.
    Horne M.K., Butler, E. G., Gilligan B.S., Wodak J.,  Stark R.J., Brazenor G.A.
    Annals of Neurology. 26(6): 792-4, Dec. 1989.
  13. The Radionuclide Assessment of a System for Slow Intrathecal Infusion of Drugs.
    Hicks, R.S., Kalff, V., Brazenor, G., Rahmat, H. and Kelly, M.S.
    Clin. Nucl. Med. 14: 271-5, 1989.
  14. Systemic Hypovolemia after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
    Brazenor, G. A., Chamberlain, M. J., and Gelb, A. W.
    J. Neurosurg. Anesthes. 2(1): 42-49, 1990
  15. Comparison of Surgical outcome for Early and Late Aneurysm Operations.
    Dorsch, N., Besser, M., Brazenor, G., and Stuart, G.
    In:  Intracranial Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations.
    Sugita, K., and Shiduya , M. Eds
    Nagoya Uni Co-op Press 1990, pp 41-44
  16. Exemptions from wearing motorcycle helmets.
    Brazenor GA, Dan NG, Simpson DA.
    Med J Aust. 1992 Mar 2; 156(5):362
  17. Medical Certificates Exempting Motorcyclists from Wearing Helmets: an Australian Experience.
    Simpson, D.A., Brazenor, G.A., Dan, N.G., McLean A.J.
    J. Traffic Med (1992) Vol 20, No 4, pp 171-176.
  18. Craniotomy and Thoracotomy for non-small cell carcinoma of the lung with cerebral metastasis.
    Popovic, E.A., Fabinyi, G.C.A., Brazenor, G.A., Daniel, F., Clarke, C.P.
    Aust. NZ.  J. Surg. 1993,  63: p.p. 341-345
  19. Head injuries from road accidents - a diminishing problem?
    Brazenor, G.A.
    Letter, MJA 158:433, 1993
  20. The Effectiveness of Bicyclist Helmets:  A Study of 1710 Casualties.
    McDermott, F. T., Lane, J. C., Brazenor, G. A., Debney, E. A.
    J. Trauma 34: 834-844, 1993
  21. Concurrent Adjacent Meningioma and Astrocytoma: A Report of Three Casesand Review of the Literature.
    Gavin A. Davis, Gavin C. A. Fabinyi, Renate M. Kalnins, Graeme A. Brazenor, Myron A. Rogers.
    Neurosurgery, Vol 36, No 3, March 1995 p.p. 599-605
  22. Temporal lobectomy for epilepsy - complications in 200 patients.
    Popovic, E.A., Fabinyi, G.C.A., Brazenor, G.A., Berkovic, S.F., Bladin, P.F.
    J. Clin. Neuroscience 1995, Vol 2(3):  pp 238-244
  23. Preoperative MRI predicts outcome of temporal lobectomy: An actuarial analysis.
    Berkovic S.F. , Kalnins R.M., Jackson G.D., Fabinyi G.C.A., Brazenor G.A.,       Bladin, P.F, Hopper J.L.
    Neurology 1995; 45: 1358-1363.
  24. Perfusion patterns during temporal lobe seizures; relationship to surgical outcome.
    Ho SS, Newton MR, McIntosh AM, Kalnins RM, Fabinyi GCA, Brazenor GA, McKay WJ, Bladin PF and Berkovic SF.
    Brain (1997), 120:1921-1928.
  25. The Major Trauma Management Study: An analysis of the efficacy of current trauma care.
    Danne P, Brazenor G, Cade R, Crossley P, Fitzgerald M, Gregory P, Cowal D, Lovell L, Morley P, Smith M, Taylor R, and Walker S.
    Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery 68 (1): 50-7, 1998.
  26. Clinical Controversies: “In Favour of Lumbar Fusion.”
    Brazenor GA.
    Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: 7(1): 76-78, 2000
  27. Lumbar Spinal Stabilization (with Instrumentation).
    G. Brazenor.
    In Operative Neurosurgery, pp 1889-1906
    Eds: Kaye, A.H. & Black, P.McL.
    Churchill Livingstone, 2000.
  28. Comparison of multisegment anterior cervical fixation using bone strut graft versus a titanium rod and buttress prosthesis.  Analysis of outcome with long-term followup and interview by independent physician.
    Brazenor GA
    Spine 2007:32(1); 63-71.
  29. The effect of co-registration of Tc-99m HDP SPECT bone scan and diagnostic quality CT/MRI images on diagnosis and management of neurosurgical spinal patients.
    Ballok Z, Brazenor G
    J Nucl Med 2009; 50(Supp 2):88
  30. Anterior pseudoarthrectomy for symptomatic Bertolotti's syndrome.
    Malham GM, Limb RJ, Claydon MH, Brazenor GA.
    J. Clin Neurosci. 2013 Aug 19, pp183-5.
  31. Co-registration of isotope bone scan with CT scan and MRI in the investigation of  spinal
    Brazenor GA, Malham GM, Ballok ZE
    J. Clin Neurosci 2014 May2, S0967-5868(14)00091-5
  32. Bone morphogenetic proteins in spinal surgery – what is the fusion rate and do they cause cancer?
    Malham GM, Giles GG, Milne RL, Blecher CM, Brazenor GA
    Spine 2015:40(22);1737-1742

Newspaper Publications

Dr. Brazenor served as consultant neurosurgeon and teacher in Victorian Public Hospitals from 1981 until 1997. In the 1990s he actively campaigned against governmental cuts to services and standards in Victorian Public Hospitals, some would say to the very real detriment to his career. The following articles give some idea of Dr. Brazenor's personal crusade during those years, ultimately culminating in the difficult decision to leave the public hospital scene, insofar as he had failed in his attempts to restore and maintain it. He has no regrets that he tried.

Previous Positions Held

1982 Australian Churchill Fellowship, spent as Clinical Fellow, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. July 1981 - June 1982 inclusive.

  1. Consultant Neurosurgeon, Motor Accidents Board of Victoria: December 1982 - May 1984
  2. Assistant Neurosurgeon, Alfred Hospital
    Melbourne: 1982 - 1989
  3. Senior Lecturer, Monash University
    Department of Surgery: 1982 - 1989
  4. Consultant Neurosurgeon
    Head Injury Rehabilitation Unit
    Bethesda Hospital
    1984 - 1991
  5. Affiliate Neurosurgeon
    Frankston Hospital
    1987 - 1992
  6. Neurosurgeon, Senior Medical Staff, Austin and Repatriation Hospitals
    Melbourne: 1989 - 1997
  7. Affiliate, Melbourne University
    Faculty of Medicine
    Austin Clinical School
    1989 - 1997

Membership of Professional Organisations

  1. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Fellow
    Past EMST Instructor and Course Director
    Past Member of Victorian Trauma Committee
  2. Australian Association of Surgeons
    Victorian State Committee Chairman 1994 - 1998
    Federal President 1998 - 2001
    Distinguished Counsellor
  3. Spine Society of Australasia
    Secretary 2007 - 2010
    President 2010
  4. Neurosurgical Society of Australasia: member
  5. Australian Orthopaedic Association: Affiliate member
  6. Melbourne Spinal Research Group: Convenor

Current Activities/positions

  1. Private neurosurgical practice with special interest in spine
  2. Provider of expert opinion for patients, lawyers, companies and government bodies on neurosurgical and spinal matters