About Craig 

Craig was born in North West Tasmania where he grew up on a farm. After finishing his Medical Degree at the University of Tasmania in 1996, followed by an intern year at Burnie Hospital, he moved to Melbourne in 1998 to commence work at The Alfred Hospital. 

It was here, working in the neurosurgical unit, that Craig gained broad and extensive experience which ultimately led to his interest, training and career in neurosurgery

After completion of basic surgical training in 2001, Neurosurgical registrar experience was gained at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne as well as Monash Medical Centre in Clayton over several years.

Craig completed his Neurosurgical training, which included a year of clinical research and a Master of Surgery, in 2007.

Neurosurgical training involved rotations through The Alfred Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Working at busy Tertiary hospitals, with different patient demographics, has provided Craig with a breadth of neurosurgical experience, ranging from treating life-threatening traumatic brain and spinal injuries, which requires focus under extreme pressure, to managing patients with acute bulging discs and those with chronic spinal degenerative conditions.

Sharing the Knowledge

Through his career, Craig has retained a love of learning new techniques in neurosurgery, particularly with the rise in surgery assistive technology, along with a passion for teaching. Craig completed a Masters of Surgical Education in 2015 with a view to mentoring and teaching the next generation of neurosurgical trainees. This qualification brings various benefits to Craig’s public and private practice.

Teaching the next generation of neurosurgeons requires him to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in neurosurgical techniques and treatments in order to demonstrate, train and supervise neurosurgical trainees.

In 2016, Craig was appointed supervisor in ‘Surgical Education and Training’ by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and continues in this role at Monash Health in Clayton.

A Personal Approach

Completing a Masters of Surgical Education has also helped hone and refine Craig’s patient communication skills.

Craig consistently takes his time to his explain things clearly and thoroughly, helping patients feel that they are informed and their questions are answered. If they don’t seem to understand the first time, he’ll try another approach.

Craig understands the need for patients to take their time, do their own research about their condition and the available treatments options, before reaching any decisions – and he actively encourages all patients to do so. If any patient has more questions, they will always be answered.