We provide high quality care for people who need diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the brain, spine, nerves and muscles.
Prof Simon Hawke
MBBS (Syd), DPhil (Oxon), FRACP
Simon is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Royal Prince Alfred Clinical School. He trained in neurology at RPAH and then moved to Queen Square in London as the ANZAN fellow. He then moved to Oxford where he undertook doctoral and post-doctoral studies after which he moved to Imperial College London and was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Neurologist, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust; posts he held until moving to back to Australia in 2004. During his time at Imperial, his group made major breakthroughs in controlling experimental Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, work that was published in the scientific journal, Nature. He returned to the University of Sydney and has been focusing on the blood brain barrier and immunity, mechanisms of prion infection, and developing biomarkers in MS.
Although a general neurologist, Simon has a particular interest in neuroinflammatory diseases such as MS and in neurodegenerative disorders such Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. He serves on the CJD International Support Alliance (CJDISA) - Friends and Advisory Group. As well as his clinical practice in Orange, he holds weekly clinics at Sydney Neurology in Camperdown.
Dr Emma Blackwood
BSc(Med), MBBS(Hons 1), FRACP
Dr Emma Blackwood is a consultant neurologist and neurophysiologist practising in Orange.
She grew up in Bathurst and studied medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating with first class honours in 2003. She subsequently undertook basic physician training at Concord hospital and then trained in neurology at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred and Prince of Wales Hospitals. She attained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010. She worked for two years as a Staff Specialist Neurologist at Liverpool and Concord Hospitals before moving to Orange in 2013.
Dr Blackwood undertook a neuromuscular fellowship at Concord Hospital, receiving training in neurophysiology, neuroimmunology and neuromuscular medicine. She is qualified in neurophysiology including performing and reporting nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potential studies. In addition she has expertise in the injection of botulinum toxin for the treatment of neurological conditions including hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, post-stroke spasticity, migraine and axillary hyperhidrosis.
Dr Simon Hammond
MBBS(LOND), PhD(SYD), FRCP(UK), FRACP
Dr Hammond has provided a neurology and neurophysiology service in Orange and the Central West of NSW since 1989.
He was born and grew up in England, and he graduated with a MBBS from Guy's Hospital, University of London in 1971. He obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP[ UK]) in 1976. He came to Australia in late 1976 and he attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1980 after three years of training in neurology and neurophysiology in Canberra and Perth.
In 1980, he became a research fellow in neurology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney under Professor Jim McLeod. His major projects were a nationwide epidemiological survey of multiple sclerosis (MS), treatment trials of transfer factor and alpha-interferon in MS, and the refinement of visual, brainstem auditory and somatosensory evoked potentials as diagnostic aids in MS. He was awarded a PhD (University of Sydney) in 1988 for his thesis entitled “The Epidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia”. The results of this study continue to be used by other researchers as a foundation for further research into this disease.
In 1994, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (FRCP[ UK]).
Dr Hammond’s contribution and services to medicine and neurology in the Central West of NSW were recognised in the 2006 Australia Day honours, with him being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Dr Justin Garber
BMedSc, MBBS, FRACP
Justin is a consultant neurologist working in general neurology with specialised expertise in neuro-immunological conditions and multiple sclerosis (MS). He studied medicine at the University of Sydney and completed neurological training at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), St Vincent’s and Orange hospitals. He undertook sub-speciality training as the MS and Neuroimmunology Fellow at the Brain and Mind Centre and RPA in 2017.
Justin is currently completing a PhD in mechanisms of progression in MS at the Brain and Mind Centre and the University of Sydney. His work has been published in leading neurological journals.
Justin sees patients in Orange and at the Brain and Mind Centre in Camperdown, Sydney.
Dr Tejas Patel
MBBS (India), FRACP
Dr Tejas Patel is a Consultant Neurologist with a special interest in movement disorders, neurophysiology, stroke, and botulinum toxin injection therapy for neurological conditions.
He also works as a Consultant Neurologist (Visiting Medical Officer) at Bankstown Hospital, and in private rooms in North Sydney and in Rouse Hill. He has trained and worked at several Australian centres of excellence/hospitals viz. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Gosford District Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Nepean Hospital, Orange Base Hospital, and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Besides English, he is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi.
ANZAN (Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists)
AAN (American Academy of Neurology)
MDS (International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society)
AANEM (American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine)
SSA (Stroke Society of Australasia) & ASA (Australasian Stroke Academy)