Dr Stephen Byrne – Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon


sb_bluebackDr Stephen Byrne is a neurosurgeon and complex spine surgeon who completed his training in Australasia. He underwent his neurosurgical training in Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand before gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Byrne is originally from Scotland and completed medical school at the University of Aberdeen, the oldest English-speaking Medical School in the Western World.

Following completion of his training as a neurosurgeon, Dr Byrne then undertook a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic complex spinal surgery Fellowship at the John Hunter Hospital in
Newcastle. Whilst attached to that unit, the busiest spinal trauma unit in NSW, Dr Byrne became proficient with applying advanced reconstructive and decompressive techniques to the entire spine. He also learned minimally invasive and specialised ‘keyhole’ techniques that he uses for appropriate patients. As such, Dr Byrne is proficient in applying the full range of both minimally invasive and open techniques to treat degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic and infectious problems that can affect the spine.

Prior to joining the Sunshine Coast Brain & Spine, Dr Byrne spent a year researching new treatments for brain cancer with the practice’s sister clinic Brizbrain and Spine and the Newro Foundation.

In addition to spinal surgery, Dr Byrne spent most of his training focusing on cranial neurosurgery and has a broad range of experience with managing patients with brain tumours, pituitary tumours, hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformations and peripheral nerve compression and continues to be actively involved in these areas.

Professional Qualifications

  • MBChB (University of Aberdeen) 2002
  • MRCSEd (Edinburgh) 2005
  • FRACS (Australia) 2016

Professional memberships:

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • North American Spine Society
  • Spine Society of Australia
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

5 minutes with Dr Stephen Byrne

When I was growing up, I wished that I …… A fighter pilot

When I’m relaxing on the weekends … I spend my time walking or kayaking with my family.

My greatest achievement is … Arabella and Austin Byrne (in conjunction with my wife Jane!)

My favourite holiday destination … Anywhere there’s lots of activities for my family. And me

My favourite food is … Pizza, steak or burgers

My favourite childhood memory is… Going to Dunoon in the Firth of Clyde with my family

My nickname is … Burnie

My favourite band is … Coldplay but Radiohead late at night

I grew up in…. A little flat near Glasgow, Scotland dreaming of the big, wide world




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