Dr Hamish Alexander

BSc(Hons) MBChB MPhil FRACS

Dr Hamish Alexander is a neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon who joined the BrizBrain & Spine team in 2017. Dr Alexander aims to provide exceptional patient care for those with brain and spine disease and considers it a privilege to do so.

A born and bred New Zealander, Dr Alexander moved to Brisbane in 2013 to pursue research and specialist training opportunities. He soon fell in love with Queensland and the lifestyle it afforded him and his young family.

Dr Alexander trained in neurosurgery in Australia and New Zealand following completion of his neuroscience and medical studies at Otago University, NZ. He finished his advanced neurosurgical training at the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016.

Dr Alexander has comprehensive experience in all aspects of cranial and spine surgery with a special interest in neuro-oncology. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Queensland following his work on immunotherapy for gliomas. Dr Alexander continues to consult at the Royal and also dedicates any spare time to lecturing at the University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Alexander is the first Australasian neurosurgeon to be offered a prestigious neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, USA.  There he gained a wealth of experience in management of brain and spine conditions at the world’s premier cancer hospital.

Dr Alexander has special clinical interests in all aspects of neurosurgery including:

  • Skull base
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Pituitary
  • Congenital and peripheral nerve surgery
  • Spinal surgery

Professional memberships:

  • Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australia (NSA)

Selected Publications

Presentations:

Immunotherapy for Brain Tumours. – Winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition,

School of Medicine, University of Queensland 2013.

Immunological and Virological characteristics of Human Cytomegalovirus specific TCells

in Glioblastoma Multiforme. Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual

Scientific Meeting, Coolum 2013.

Duroplasty for Chiari I malformation: Changing materials and complications.

Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, Coolum 2010.

Incidence and Management of High Grade Glioma in Mäori and Non-Mäori.

Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting,

Christchurch 2009. (Poster)

Clinical Research:

Endoscopic Surgery of Skull Base Chordomas, J Neurol Surgery B Skull Base. Dec

2012; 73(6), N Tan, Y Naidoo, S Oue, H Alexander, S Robinson, A Wickremesera, S

Floreani, N Vrodos, S Santoreneos, E Ooi, M McDonald, P-J Wormald.

Endoscopic Endonasal Resection of Anterior Skull Base Meningiomas,

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Sep 2012; 147(3). N Tan, Y Naidoo, S

Oue, H Alexander, S Robinson, A Wickremesera, S Floreani, N Vrodos, S

Santoreneos, E Ooi, M McDonald, P-J Wormald.

Incidence and Management of High Grade Glioma in Mäori and Non-Mäori. Journal

of Clinical Neuroscience. Sept 2010, Vol 17(9). H S Alexander, C Irwin, G Purdie, M

K Hunn.

Concussion clinic referral demographics and recommendations: a retrospective

analysis. New Zealand Medical Journal. Feb 2007, Vol 120(1249). H S Alexander, N

Shelton, J Fairhall, H McNaughton.

Translational Research:

Autologous T-cell therapy for cytomegalovirus as a consolidative treatment for

recurrent glioblastoma. Cancer Res. 2014 Jul 1;74(13):3466-76 A Schuessler, C

Smith, L Beagley, GM Boyle, S Rehan, K Matthews, L Jones, T Crough, V Dasari, K

Klein, A Smalley, H S Alexander, DG Walker, R Khanna.

Basic Science Research:

Effects of c-Fos antisense and mis-sense oligonucleotides on Fos expression in the

vestibular nucleus and vestibular compensation following unilateral labyrinthectomy.

Neuroscience Research Communications. March/April 2000, Vol 26(2), 123-128. H S

Alexander, A J Sansom, D R Kerr, P F Smith, M Dragunow, C L Darlington.

Case Reports:

Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (pPNET) in the Cervical Spine. Journal

of Clinical Neuroscience. Feb 2010, Vol 17(2). H S Alexander, M K Hunn.

Bilateral retrocerebellar arachnoid cysts exerting mass effect and associated with

cerebellar tonsillar ectopia in an otherwise healthy adult. Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo).

2013;53(4):266-9. T Killeen, C Tromop Van-Dalen, H S Alexander, A

Wickremesekera.

Progressive Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumour (DNET). Journal of Clinical

Neuroscience (in Press). H S Alexander, T Tannenburg, D G Walker, T Coyne.

Technical Note:

Endoscopic transphenoidal resection of a mid-clival meningioma. Journal of Clinical

Neuroscience. March 2010, Vol 17(3). H S Alexander, Simon Robinson, Agadha

Wickremesekera, P J Wormald.

 

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