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Mr Christopher Thien

MB, BS. (Hons) FRACS(Neurosurgery)

Mr Christopher Thien

Neurosurgery – Cranial and Spinal Surgery

Appointments now available, call: 03 9421 0355

> Endoscopic or microscopic spine surgery
> Reconstructive spine surgery for degenerative deformity:
- focussing on spinal balance
- minimally invasive instrumented fixation
> Cranial tumours - imaging, treatment and follow up
> Dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus evaluation

Mr Christopher Thien graduated from Monash University with honours in 1985. After his internship at the Alfred Hospital, he spent two years working in surgical research for the Alfred Hospital Department of Surgery and Monash University. This was followed by three years of general surgery resident and registrar positions. He commenced neurosurgery training in 1992 and completed this in 1995, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Further specialist training was undertaken via a Fellowship in Epilepsy & Tumour Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington from 1996–97. During this period, Mr Thien combined working as an attending neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Centre of Seattle with teaching responsibilities as an Instructor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. Mr Thien returned to Melbourne to commence practice as a consultant neurosurgeon in 1997.

Mr Thien manages all neurosurgical conditions, both cranial and spinal. He has a special interest in neurovascular surgery as well as intracranial tumours and epilepsy. The focus of his spinal surgery is a minimally invasive approach, though sometimes more complex reconstructive spinal surgery is required.

Through his appointment at St Vincent’s Hospital, Mr Thien is actively involved in the under-graduate teaching of medical students and the post-graduate training of neurosurgical residents and registrars. He operates at John Fawkner Hospital and is also able to service all patients via Telehealth Zoom appointments.

Languages spoken other than English: Cantonese, Malay, Hakka and Mandarin

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275 Moreland Road, Coburg 3058