Prof Terry Coyne OAM


A founding member of Briz Brain & Spine, Prof Terry Coyne is a neurosurgeon with specialist skills in brain and spinal surgery. Prof Coyne was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), as part of the Queen's Birthday honours in June 2017.

Prof Terry Coyne OAM has particular interests in:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Functional neurosurgery
  • General neurosurgery
  • Medico-legal

Background and Experience

Prof Coyne obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1983 and finished training as a specialist neurosurgeon in 1991, having worked at the Townsville, Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals.

He continued his neurosurgical training, spending two years completing a post-graduate Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada. He returned to Brisbane in 1994 to commence an appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer (Neurosurgeon) at the Royal Brisbane and Royal Children's Hospitals. He also commenced in private practice at that time.

After 11 years of combined public hospital and private practice, Prof Coyne is now in full-time private practice with Briz Brain & Spine.

His practice covers a broad range of adult neurosurgery, with particular interest in functional neurosurgery used to treat movement disorders, including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), performed in conjunction with neurologist Professor Peter Silburn. In fact, the two specialists have now performed over 1100 DBS cases.

Prof Coyne was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), as part of the Queen's Birthday honours in June 2017. The medal, bestowed for 'service worthy of particular recognition' recognises Prof Coyne for his services to medicine as a neurosurgeon.

Prof Coyne is the continental vice-president for Oceania/Australia for the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and a Board Member on the Asian-Australasian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is an associate professor at the University of Queensland where he helps lead the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN).

Prof Coyne is also an Associate Professor Faculty Medicine at Griffith University and Bond University.

Consulting Locations and Information

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre

The Wesley Hospital

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital

DBS for Parkinsons: Current scientific and clinical status

Fellowship Royal Australian College of Surgeons

Neurosurgical Society of Australia

Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality

Spine Society of Australia

Australian Medical Association Queensland

Health (Aust) Department of Prosthesis and Devices

Clinical editor, The Brain – Queensland Brain Institute, Issue 1 2016

Perminder Singh Sachdev, M.D., Ph.D.; Elisabeth Cannon, M.B.B.S.; Terry J Coyne, M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.; Peter Silburn, M.B.B.S., Ph.D (2012)  Bilateral deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens for comorbid obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette’s syndrome.  BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006579

Elisabeth Cannon, M.B.B.S.; Peter Silburn, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.; Terrence Coyne, M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.; Karen O’Maley, R.N., M.N.; John D. Crawford, Ph.D.; Perminder S. Sachdev, M.D., Ph.D. (2012) Deep Brain Stimulation of Anteromedial Globus Pallidus Interna for Severe Tourette’s Syndrome. American Journal of Psychiatry. Am J Psychiatry 2012;169:860-866. 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.11101583

Castner JE, Chenery HJ, Copland DA, Coyne TJ, Sinclair F, Silburn PA (2007) Semantic and affective priming as a function of stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s disease. Brain May;130:1395-407.

Castner JE, Copland DA, Silburn PA, Coyne TJ, Sinclair F, Chenery HJ (2007) Lexical-semantic inhibitory mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease as a function of subthalamic stimulation. Neuropsychologia Nov 5;45(14):3167-77.

Castner JE, Chenery HJ, Silburn PA, Coyne TJ, Sinclair F, Smith ER, Copland DA (2008) Effects of subthalamic deep brain stimulation on noun/verb generation and selection from competing alternatives in Parkinson’s disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry Jun;79(6):700-5.

Castner JE, Copland DA, Silburn PA, Coyne TJ, Sinclair F, Chenery HJ (2008) Subthalamic stimulation affects homophone meaning generation in Parkinson’s disease. J. Int. Neuropsychol Soc. Sep 14(5):890-4.

Silberstein P, Bittar RG, Boyle R, Cook R, Coyne T, O’Sullivan D, Pell M, Peppard R, Rodrigues J, Silburn P, Stell R, Watson P; Australian DBS Referral Guidelines Working Group (2009) Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease: Australian referral guidelines. J Clin Neurosci. Aug;16(8):1001-8.

Thevathasan W, Silburn PA, Brooker H, Coyne TJ, Khan S, Gill SS, Aziz TZ, Brown P (2010) The impact of low-frequency stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus region on reaction time in parkinsonism. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. Oct;81(10):1099-104.

Wilcox RA, Cole MH, Wong D, Coyne T, Silburn P, Kerr G (2010) The impact of low-frequency stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus region on reaction time in parkinsonism J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 82: 1256-1259

Thevathasan W, Coyne TJ, Kerr G, Jenkinson N, Aziz T, Silburn PA. (2011) Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation Improves Gait Freezing in Parkinson’s Disease. Neurosurgery, 69: 1248-1254.

Macdonald RL, Wallace MC, Coyne TJ. (1994) The effect of surgery on the severity of vasospasm. Journal of Neurosurgery, 80:433-439.

Thevathasan W, Cole MH, Graepel CL, Hyam JA, Jenkinson N, Brittain JS, Coyne TJ, Silburn PA, Aziz TZ, Kerr G, Brown P. (2012) A spatiotemporal analysis of gait freezing and the impact of pedunculopontine nucleus stimulation. Brain – A Journal of Neurology,1-9

Thevathasan W, Silburn PA, Brooker H, Coyne TJ, Sadaquate K, Gill SS, Aziz TZ, Brown P. (2010) The impact of low-frequency stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus region on reaction time in parkinsonism. J Neurol Neuorsurg Psychiatry, 81:1099-1104

Tattersalli TL, Strattoni PG, Coyne TJ, Cook R, Silberstein P, Silburn PA, Windelsi F, Sah P. (2014) Imagined gait modulates neuronal network dynamics in the human pedunculopontine nucleus. Nature Neuroscience, 17:449-454.

Davies MA, TerBrugge K, Willinsky R, Coyne T, Saleh J, Wallace MC. (1996) The validity of classification for the clinical presentation of intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas. J Neurosurg, 85(5):830-7

Nuttin B, Wu H, Mayberg H, Hariz M, Gabriels L, et al. (2014) Consensus on guidelines for stereotactic neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.

Sachdev P, Mohan A, Cannon E, Crawford J, Silberstein P, Cook R, Coyne T, Silburn P. Deep Brain Stimulation of Antero-Medial Globus Pallidus Interna for Tourette Syndrome. PLOS One, 9(8): e104926 2014.

Alexander H, Tannenburg A, Walker DG, Coyne T. Progressive dysembryoblastic neuroepithelial tumour. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Oct 10.

Poortvliet PC, Silburn PA, Coyne TJ, Chenery HJ. (2014) Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease in Australia: current scientific and clinical status. Intern Med J, 45(2):139-9.

Fytagoridis A, Silburn PA,  Coyne TJ, Thevathasan, W. (2016) “Understanding The Human Pedunculopontine Nucleus In Parkinson’s Disease”. Journal of Neural Transmission 123.1, DOI: 10.1007/s00702-016-1505-x.

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