Dr. Janusz Bonkowski – Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Dr Bonkowski is a highly esteemed Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon and brings to Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine a wealth of expertise in disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

Dr Bonkowski’s special interest is degenerative disorders of the spine and microsurgical techniques in the management of spinal pathology.  He has lectured and published on the role of Anterior Foramenotomy in Cervical Disc Disease and on Skull Base Surgery, Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics, Endocrine Disturbances in SAH and Medical Ethics.

Dr Bonkowski joins Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine from private practice in Christchurch, New Zealand where he practiced for 19 years.  Unfortunately the damaging earthquakes of 2010 resulted in the devastation of the hospital and his practice and he relocated to Queensland in July 2012.  Since his arrival in Brisbane, he was VMO in Neurosurgery at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and Locum Coordinator of the Undergraduate Surgical Training at the University of Queensland before joining the BrizBrain & Spine group in February 2013.

Education & Training

Dr Bonkowski completed his medical training at the University of Adelaide in 1971.  He then studied in London qualifying as a General Surgeon in 1975 before completing his Neurosurgery training.

Dr Bonkowski has practiced in London, across the UK, Auckland, Christchurch and Australia.

Professional Qualifications

MBBS (Univ. Of Adelaide) 1971

FRCS (College of Surgeons of England) 1975 (in General Surgery)

FRACS (College of Surgeons of Aust) 1985 (in Neurosurgery)

Professional Memberships

Neurosurgical Society of Australia (NSA)

Neurological Association of New Zealand

AO Spine (AO)

North American Spine Society (NASS)

5 minutes with Dr Janusz Bonkowski

When I was growing up, I wished that I ……too long ago to remember

When I’m relaxing on the weekends … I like to go to the movies, tramp

My greatest achievement is … my family

My favourite holiday destination … is Samoa, Italy is a close 2nd!

My favourite food is … Italian, Vegetarian Indian a close 2nd!

My favourite childhood memory is…Polish Christmas Eves

My nickname is … Bonks

My favourite band is … Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

I grew up in….Adelaide


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