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.

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

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 - 2012)
  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

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.

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.

  1. "For some, private hospital cover is needed"
    Letter to the Editor, The Age, 3/10/1986
  2. "WorkCare system is self-abusing"
    Letter to the Editor, The Age, 25/7/1989
  3. "Call to sack top health officials"
    Herald Sun, 13/12/1994
  4. "What of our grimy, desperate hospitals?"
    Letter to the Editor, The Age, 20/3/1996
  5. "Angry surgeon plans to resign"
    The Age 18/10/1996
  6. "Courage in Casualty: Doctors blowing the whistle on public hospital problems deserve our support"
    Herald Sun, 9/7/1998
  7. "Health care that money can't buy"
    (Quoted in Editorial) The Age, 29/7/1998
  8. "ALP out of touch on health woes"
    The Age, Letter to the Editor, 24/11/1998
  9. "Premier right to prod Medicare debate"
    Letter to the Editor, The Age, 7/1/1999
  10. "Death of a hospital"
    Letter to the Editor, The Age, 20/2/1999

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
  8. Member, Expert Panel, Medical Services Advisory Committee on Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty.
  9. Member, Expert Panel, Medical Services Advisory Committee on Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty.
  10. Foundation Director, Epworth Neurosciences Institute (2008- 2016).
  11. Adjunct Professor, Monash University (2008-2015).