Dr Richard Parkinson

Specialist Neurosurgeon &
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon


Dr Richard Parkinson is a Fellowship trained neurointerventional neurosurgeon and minimally invasive spinal surgeon. He has been performing minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery for 20+ years and has built his reputation on his conservative approach to surgery.

He is passionate about the long-term reduction of pain and improved function for patients following surgery, which he achieves through a focus on surgical excellence and technology, and a commitment to the highest standard of after-care rehabilitation.

Dr Parkinson completed his training in neurosurgery in Sydney, Australia and then continued his surgical training in the USA at high-volume advanced surgical centres. He holds USA surgical Fellowships from the prestigious Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, completed under the guidance of the internationally recognised luminary neurosurgeons Professor Richard Fessler and Professor Hunt Batjer.

Dr Parkinson was the first neurosurgeon in Australia to be trained in Neurointervention, including:

  • Percutaneous spinal approaches
  • Same day microdiscectomies
  • Brain aneurysm treatments

He routinely performs percutaneous spinal fusion surgery and has one of the largest series of patients in Australia.

While in the USA in 2011, Dr Parkinson assisted Professor Rick Fessler in the second-ever direct spinal cord stem cell transplant, which was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Speciality Areas of Expertise

  • Minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, including scoliosis surgery
  • Spine and brain injuries in athletes and sportspeople, including concussion
  • Physical rehabilitation from sports injuries, particularly in Rugby League and Rugby Union players
  • Neurosurgical care of remote and Indigenous people


  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) (2003)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) (1993)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci)(Spinal Pathology & Degeneration)(1st Class Honours)

Surgical Training Fellowships

  • Australia: FRACS surgical training; St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • USA: ACGME surgical training; minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal deformity surgery, neurointervention (image guided neurosurgery)

Hospital Appointments

  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Darlinghurst
  • Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Randwick
  • The Mater Hospital, North Sydney


  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Australasian Board of Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Society of Australasia
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Northwestern Neurosurgery
  • Northwestern University McGaw Medical Centre
  • North American Spine Society

Academic Appointments

  • Supervisor of Advanced Training in Neurosurgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2005-2010)


  • Australia (Full)
  • USA (Full)

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