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About Dr Timothy Steel Neurosurgeon & Spine Surgeon

Dr Steel is renowned for his commitment to achieving optimal outcomes for his patients and his meticulous approach to surgery. His highly refined approach to individual patient care helps ensure that each patient achieves their optimal outcome from their surgery. He has now performed more than 2000 brain surgery procedures, 7000 Minimally Invasive spine procedures and more than 2000 complex spine procedures such as disc replacement and fusion surgeries. He continues to incorporate new technologies and procedures into his practice only when he is certain of their benefit to his patients.

Dr Timothy Steel is one of Sydney’s leading neurosurgeon and spine surgeons with more than 18 years experience as a consultant neurosurgeon. Much of his time as a neurosurgeon has been spent at the leading edge of spine surgery in Australia, Helping people obtain a better quality of life. Dr Steel became a consultant neurosurgeon and minimally invasive spine surgeon at the prestigious St Vincent’s Private and Public Hospitals in 1998 after he underwent 10 years of surgical training and internship at some of the finest hospitals in Australia, the United State of America and England.

He has a well deserved reputation for a meticulous approach to his surgeries; with careful and precise surgical techniques and individual surgical planning. He has extensive surgical experience allowing him to tailor his surgical recommendations to ensure the optimal result for each patient. He strives to ensure the best possible result for each patient he treats.

He is the first surgeon in Australia to perform percutaneous fusion surgery using image fusion stereotaxy.  He was 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 compression procedures using a minimally invasive approach.  He was the first surgeon in Australia to implant the cervical artificial disc for acute spinal cord compression.  He is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

He is active in training neurosurgery trainees and registrars through his own spine surgery fellowship programme. He has more than 100 national and international presentations and publications in referee journals to his credit.  He continues his research and development of the techniques of minimally invasive and percutaneous spine surgical techniques and continues to perform disc replacement and spine fusion surgery.

He was initially exposed to minimally invasive and percutaneous spine surgery in the USA after completing his Australian training in 1995. Recognising the benefits to patients of minimally invasive spine surgery, on his return to Australia Dr Steel has continued to refine this technique.  He has been responsible for teaching many neurosurgical trainees the principles and practices of a range of minimally invasive spine procedures.  He has now been performing MISS decompression and fusion procedures for some years and presented his experience with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation to the 2010 Spine Society of Australia meeting.

 

Specialties

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS)
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Brain and pituitary tumour surgery
  • Spine fusion, spondylolithsesis and scoliosis
  • Percutaneous spine fusion

Certifications

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ( F.R.A.C.S.), 1996
  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer University of New South Wales (UNSW), 2002
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Sydney University, 1986
  • USA medical certification (ECFMG), 1992

Current Positions

  • Chairman and Head of Department of Neurosurgery – St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon – St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon – Concord Hospital
  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer – University of New South Wales
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Complex and multidisciplinary spine pathology
  • Sports injuries
  • Pain surgery

Training/Education Roles

  • Supervisor of Spine Surgery Fellowship Training – St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Supervisor of Spine Surgery Research Programme – St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer (Conjoint) – University of New South Wales

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA)
  • The Spine Society of Australasia (SSA)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • NSW Neurosurgical Association
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)