A/Prof Andrew Danks
Department of Neuroscience, 246 Clayton Road, CLAYTON VIC 3168
9594 2886 Fax: 9594 6241
Associate Professor Andrew Danks is an experienced and expert adult and paediatric neurosurgeon. He trained in the Australasian training system, working in all major Victorian neurosurgical units before completing a doctorate by thesis in the field of brain tumour biology. He then completed a joint fellowship at The Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Boston Children's Hospital in neuro-oncology and paediatric neurosurgery, with the development of an interest in movement disorder surgery. A/Prof Danks has worked in public and private practice at Monash Medical Centre and Jessie McPherson Private Hospital for 23 years, and as the head of the neurosurgery unit there for 19 years. He is heavily involved in training and supervision of junior staff and has been an examiner for the FRACS in neurosurgery for the last 6 years. A/Prof Danks believes in an open and candid style of practice, where the proposed therapies are discussed at length, to allow patients to come to a joint decision with the surgeon. Some conditions may be better managed non-operatively rather than with surgery, whilst the two options might both be reasonable in other situations. In those situations where there is clear advantage to surgery, then this will be clearly recommended, explained and discussed to the level of detail required by the individual patient. A/Prof Danks has considerable experience and expertise in brain tumour surgery and management, hydrocephalus and its surgical management, medical and surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, Chiari malformations, and spinal dysraphism. Expert in the management of elective and emergency neurovascular conditions; and in the management of spinal disorders including cord compression, spinal tumours, radiculopathy, syringomyelia and degenerative spinal conditions. A/Prof Danks is expert in peripheral nerve disorders and their treatment and performs deep brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders.