The Department of Neurosurgery at Monash Health is dedicated to treating patients with routine and complex neurosurgical disorders.

We provide comprehensive outpatient services for patients with conditions affecting the brain, spine, and peripheral nerve disorders.

Our team of dedicated specialist neurosurgeons provide the full range of adult and paediatric care. We have established specialised clinics and services in:

  • Cerebrovascular disorders (aneurysms, AVMs, cavernomas, and dural AV fistula)
  • Neuro-oncology (meningioma, glioblastoma, incidentalomas)
  • Neuroendocrinology (Pituitary disorders)
  • Skull base tumours
  • Spinal disorders
  • Paediatric neurosurgery
  • Functional neurosurgery including treatment of complex movement disorders
  • Hydrocephalus and related disorders
  • Peripheral nerve
  • General neurosurgery

Each of these services provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the management of the disease.

Monash Health Neurosurgeons

  • Assoc. Professor Leon Lai (Acting Head of Unit)
  • Assoc. Professor Andrew Danks
  • Mr Armin Drnda
  • Assoc. Professor Tony Goldschlager
  • Mr Jeremy Kam
  • Mr Adrian Praeger
  • Mr Craig Timms
  • Mr Chris Xenos

Our surgeons all have private rooms.


Secure eReferral by HealthLink is now our preferred method of referral.

Find up-to-date information about how to send a referral to Monash Health Specialist Consulting Clinics on the eReferrals page on our website.

Referrals are triaged depending on the clinical urgency. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency Service at Monash Clayton, Dandenong, or Casey Hospitals.

Referrals should include:

  • Address referral to the Head of Unit: Associate Professor Leon Lai
  • Relevant clinical history for the patient
  • The reason for referral
  • Patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • Your details and provider number

To discuss complex and urgent referrals, please call our 24 hour on-call registrar on 0409 734 257.

We’re changing the way we receive referrals.

For more information about Neurosurgery at Monash Health and contact details, please see the Neurosurgery page under Services.