Dr Francis Tomlinson


Briz Brain & Spine’s senior surgeon and  founding member, Dr Francis Tomlinson is a neurosurgeon and  specialist in the surgical treatment of conditions of the brain and spine.

Born and raised in Queensland, Dr Tomlinson completed his undergraduate medical training in Brisbane, at the University of Queensland. He received his advanced neurosurgery training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital while also studying for his doctorate PhD.

On completing his neurosurgical training, Dr Tomlinson worked for three years at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States of America, before returning to Australia to accept a position as a visiting neurosurgical consultant at the Royal Brisbane and Royal Children’s Hospitals. He worked as a Clinical Associate Professor, supervising neurosurgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

During this time Dr Tomlinson also managed his busy private neurosurgical practice in Brisbane. Dr Tomlinson is now in full-time private practice after leaving the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2004.

He has extensive experience in neurosurgery and has particular interests in:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Spinal surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Vascular neurosurgery
  • Medico-legal

Dr Tomlinson is no longer operating, but continues to consult with patients and provide expert neurosurgical opinion.

  • Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australia
  • Spine Society of Australia
  • Australian Pain Society
  • Australian Medical Association Queensland
  • Australian Pituitary Foundation



Patient and staff safety is our highest priority at Briz Brain & Spine.

For patients with appointments, if you are suffering any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath or have recently travelled interstate, overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from interstate or overseas, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our friendly reception team before attending the clinic. A telehealth appointment may be an alternative method of speaking with our surgeons.

Protecting the health of our staff is vital to ensure they can continue to provide great service.  Patients are encouraged to prepay accounts over the phone prior to appointments or via payWave or other contactless payment methods. Patients are also asked to complete the Patient Details Form and sign the Privacy Policy Agreement electronically prior to their appointment. These forms can be found under our Contacts page on the website or by clicking here. Please note, patients are asked to bring only ONE support person to their appointment and maintain appropriate social distances to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

During this current outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus we want to assure all of our patients that we will continue to implement procedures to maintain a hygienic clinical environment. This includes:

-          Disinfecting and wiping down all treatment surfaces

-          Regular cleaning of rooms and shared equipment

-          Thorough cleaning of all communal items including reception chairs, tables, door handles, pens and other shared items

-          All staff have access to infection control procedures and training to implement these as necessary

We are carefully monitoring the directions and advice of Queensland Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it is still business as usual and our doors are open.

Briz Brain & Spine wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.