Dr Richard Kahler


A founding member of Briz Brain & Spine, Dr Richard Kahler is a specialist neurosurgeon adept in all conditions requiring cranial surgery and spinal surgery. Born and raised in Queensland, he completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland.

His neurosurgical training was attained in Townsville, Brisbane, Perth and the United Kingdom. On returning from the United Kingdom at the end of 2000, he was appointed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer, Specialist Neurosurgeon.

Shortly thereafter, he started his private practice and in 2005 merged with Dr Tomlinson and Dr Coyne, his co-founders, to establish Briz Brain & Spine as the face of modern neurosurgical care in Queensland.

Dr Kahler is fully trained in all aspects of neurosurgical care and modern neurosurgery, he takes advantage of the latest technological and medical advances and is at the cutting edge of minimally invasive surgical techniques and the utilisation of computer-guided surgery. Dr Kahler has special interests in:

  • Cranial surgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurovascular surgery
  • Endoscopic neurosurgery
  • Skull-base surgery
  • Spinal surgery, particularly complex, computer-guided spinal surgery

He continues to advance his skills in all areas of neurosurgery and spinal surgery. Dr Kahler is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine Bond University and Senior Lecturer at Griffith University. Dr Kahler is also actively involved in the Surgical Outcome Survey, which aims to assess degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine.


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.