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Program and Speakers



The NSA and the conveners for the Meeting in Port Douglas plan to bring you a program running from 26 - 29 September 2023. The program will be designed to reflect cutting edge developments in neurosurgery, as well as sessions about professional development and optimising patient outcomes in all aspects of care, both in emerging areas and in our routine day-to-day practice. The provisional program, subject to change, is available below and will be updated regularly. 

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Speakers - Further speakers and details coming soon 

Ricardo Komotar - Miami, United States 

Dr. Ricardo Komotar is Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in neuroscience from Duke University, spending a year at Oxford University in England to focus on neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with highest honors and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Columbia University Medical Center/The Neurological Institute of New York, followed by a surgical neurooncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to specialize in brain tumors. Dr. Komotar’s main clinical interests are surgical and radiosurgical (Gamma Knife) treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as meningiomas and pituitary lesions. His research interests include clinical trial development and translational neurooncologic investigations designed to pioneer new therapies for brain tumors. 

Keki Turel - Mumbai, India 

Dr. Keki Turel was formerly Professor of Neurosurgery at Government run J. J. Hospital, and later a Professor of Neurosurgery at Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences and headed the Department from 1993 to 2011; now Professor Emeritus. The earliest pioneer of micro neurosurgery in India (late seventies) he was awarded Hon. FRCS from Edinburgh without examination. Dr. Turel is credited with the successful removal of two of the world’s largest Brain Tumors, in 1982 and 1996, both meningiomas, each weighing over half a kilo. Dr. Turel was the first Indian surgeon to operate on the first two AIDS patients in late eighties. He has described some original X-ray signs, and has innovated surgical techniques, and also designed and patented a few surgical instruments.  He helped set up Neurosurgical facilities/ Departments in several countries. He is the founder of Neurosurgery in Oman and Sharjah and has earned numerous awards and accolades in India and abroad. He is a member of over 30 national and International organisations. He is past President of: Asian Oceanian Society of Skull Base Surgery, Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica, Neurological Society of India (NSI), Bombay Neurosciences Association (BNA), and Mid West Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He organised a landmark International and National Conferences in Mumbai. He has been the member of several subcommittees of World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) over the years, and is one of the longest serving members of Education & Training Committees.  Dr. Turel is Chairman of the specially and newly formed WFNS Committee on ‘Complications in Neurosurgery’. In September 2021 WFNS Foundation bestowed upon him the honour of “Master of Neurosurgery”.

Christopher Winfree - New York City, United States 

Dr. Christopher Winfree grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry. After completing medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University as a resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then a second fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Winfree is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and the Neurosurgery Residency Associate Program Director at the Columbia University in New York City. He specializes in peripheral nerve surgery and pain neurosurgery.  His research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve tumors while his academic interests focus on neurosurgery resident and medical student education. He is currently a Section Editor for Neuromodulation, Assistant Editor for Neurosurgery, and an Associate Editor for Operative Neurosurgery.

Jordan R. Hansford - Adelaide, Australia 

Professor Jordan Hansford is the Program Leader in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology at SAHMRI and leads the neuro-oncology team at WCHN. Jordan was recruited as the medical lead in proton integration team responsible for the development of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research after nearly a decade at the Royal Children’s Hospital Children’s Cancer Centre. The ABC will bring the most advanced radiation treatment to Australia when it opens for patient treatment in 2025. Professor Hansford hails from Canada and is a clinical researcher with leading roles in a multitude of national and international studies. He has a long-standing interest in cancer genetics and has a keen interest in proton therapy, research, and the equity of care for young brain cancer patients.


Nicholas Smith - Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor Nicholas Charles Smith was born in Kent, England, and attended Sydney Grammar School. He graduated MB Bs with Honors from University of Sydney in 1993, and completed post graduate studies in Orthopaedics (FRACS) and is a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. His post fellowship training included: Smith and Nephew Ilizarov and Research Fellowship, New Children’s Hospital, Westmead; Shoulder and elbow fellowship, Dr David Duckworth, Sydney; International Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas Texas, USA; and International Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, Texas, USA. A/Professor Smith is a specialist in surgery of the hand and wrist and has had numerous appointments in professional memberships such as: NSW hand surgery associations - secretary January 2014-2016, president 2019-2021; Australian hand surgery society; Shoulder and elbow society of Australia; Australian Orthopaedic Association - Chairman of Sydney Northside Board of Studies, AOA, 2009 -2012; Royal Australian College of Surgeons; Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Australian Medical Association; Asia Pacific Wrist Association; European Wrist Arthroscopy Association and International Dupuytren’s Society. A/Professor Smith is also granted public hospital visiting rights at the Children’s Hospital Westmead (hand and orthopaedic VMO) and at Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista, Sydney; the Macquarie University Hospital; and the hand unit at Southern Highlands Private Hospital.

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