Dr Rodney Allan
BSc(Med) MBBS (Hons) FRACS (Neurosurgery)
Dr Rodney Allan is an Australian born and educated Neurosurgeon with additional advanced fellowship training in endovascular and cerebrovascular surgery.
Dr Allan is a consultant neurosurgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Dr Allan has hospital appointments at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, North Shore Private and the Sydney Adventist Hospitals.
He grew up in Sydney Australia, and completed his secondary education at James Ruse Agricultural High School.
His undergraduate education was at the University of New South Wales, with electives in Neurosurgery at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow and Trauma Surgery at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Dr Allan obtained his medical degree in 1994 and then completed his basic surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, with exposure to a broad range of medical and surgical specialties.
Neurosurgical training followed, with time spent in Auckland, Sydney and Newcastle. Two of these years were spent at the prestigious Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, where he has now returned as a consultant Neurosurgeon.
In 2004, Dr Allan was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Neurosurgery.
CHARLES DRAKE FELLOWSHIP
Dr Allan then spent two years living in London, Ontario, Canada to complete the Charles Drake Clinical Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.
Dr Benjamin Jonker
MBBS MMed(Clin Epi) FRACS
Dr Jonker is an Australian neurosurgeon with expertise in both operative neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery.
His hospital appointments are at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals in Sydney.
He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 1999. By the time he graduated he was convinced that he wanted to pursue a career in neurosurgery and following an internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital he undertook his neurosurgical training at Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s, Royal North Shore, Canberra and Westmead hospitals. This culminated in the award of the FRACS (Neurosurgery) in January 2009.
In 2009 he travelled to Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Canada and to UCLA in Los Angeles, USA to undertake fellowships in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery/Stereotactic Radiosurgery with Dr Zelma Kiss and Dr Antonio De Salles respectively. This has allowed Dr Jonker to specialise in the treatment of brain tumours and trigeminal neuralgia with both operative neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. He also has subspecialty expertise in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions. In addition Dr Jonker also undertakes surgery for other brain conditions such as hydrocephalus and trauma. In keeping with his subspecialty training in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery he has a particular interest in performing awake surgery for brain tumours in critical locations. He also uses intraoperative MRI at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Australia’s first and NSW only one) to guide safe maximal resection of tumours.
Dr Jonker holds a masters degree in epidemiology -
Dr Jonker serves on the Research Committee of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. He also teaches and serves on the committee for the College of Surgeons CLEAR course aimed at teaching the principles of Evidence Based Medicine to surgeons.
He is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (USA) and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is on the medical advisory committee of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Australia.
Dr Jonker’s practice is “Central Neurosurgery” which refers to both the central Sydney location of his practice and his focus on neurosurgical conditions of the central nervous system.
Dr Jeffrey Brennan
BSc MBBS FRACS
Dr Brennan is an Australian Neurosurgeon operating at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney, NSW.
He maintains an interest in all areas of neurosurgery, with subspecialty focus on disorders of the spine, brain tumours, and cerebrovascular disease.
His primary focus is to ensure the well being of his patients, and to do so in as timely a fashion as possible.
He is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, a contributor to neurosurgical training sub-committees and an active international member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He regularly attends and contributes to major overseas meetings.
Dr Brennan has been in practice as a consultant neurosurgeon since 2001 and is well respected in his field.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Physiology, he graduated from medical school at the University of NSW with first class honours in 1991, and was awarded the University Medal in Medicine.
He trained in Australia at St Vincent's, Royal North Shore, Royal Prince Alfred, and The New Children's Hospitals in Sydney, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Neurosurgery in 1999. He then undertook an 18 months overseas fellowship in Canada at the University of Toronto in spinal disorders, neurotrauma, and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, before taking up his current position as Consultant Neurosurgeon.
In addition to a strong clinical focus on patient well being, he is involved in training junior neurosurgeons and holds the position of Supervisor of Advanced Training for the RACS Surgical Education and Training Program in neurosurgery at RPA hospital. He contributes to Neurosurgery Curriculum sub-committees to help frame the structure of neurosurgical training through the RACS. He is also the trauma committee representative for neurosurgery at RPA.
He is committed to staying up to date and maintaining and developing new skills, regularly attending workshops and meetings in Australia, Europe, and North America. His national and international professional associations include the Australian Medical Association, the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.