Dr Timothy Steel is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon with more than 12 years experience as consultant neurosurgeon. He underwent 10 years of surgical training after his internship at some of the finest hospitals in Australia, the United States of America and England. Much of his time as a neurosurgeon has been spent at the leading edge of spine surgery in Australia, helping people attain a better quality of life.
He pioneered the use of and introduced many procedures to St Vincent’s Hospital that are now commonly used to treat spinal conditions, such as microdiscectomy, minimally invasive spine surgery, disc replacement surgery and percutaneous pedicle screw fusion. He introduced endoscopic surgery for brain and pituitary tumours to St Vincent’s and Concord Hospitals.
Dr Steel has performed more than 5000 minimally invasive neurosurgical spinal operations. He has performed more than 1000 complex spine instrumentation operations such as fusions and disc replacement procedures. He has performed more than 1000 brain surgeries. He was the first surgeon in the world to perform ultra short segment fusion surgery for unstable spine fractures. He was the first surgeon in Australia to perform percutaneous fusion surgery using image fusion stereotaxy and the first to perform spinal cord stimulation for patients with severe chest pain due to angina. He was the first surgeon in Australia to perform bilateral nerve decompression procedures using a minimally invasive approach, and the first surgeon in Australia to implant the Cervicore artificial disc for acute spinal cord compression.
Dr Steel has been appointed a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of NSW for his research work and role in educating junior doctors.
Dr Steel is active in training neurosurgery trainees as registrars and through his own spine surgery fellowship programme. He has more than 50 national and international presentations and publications in refereed journals to his credit. He continues his research and development of the techniques of minimally invasive and percutaneous spine surgical techniques, disc replacement surgery and spine fusion surgery.