Christopher Lind is an experienced Neurosurgeon who works in public and private practice in Perth specialising in brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgery.
After completing medical school in Otago, New Zealand, Christopher began training in Neurosurgery in Auckland and completed training in Perth in 2006. Christopher was offered a job as a consultant in 2007 to stay on at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital at QEII where he has worked ever since, initially full-time until 2016 and now part-time combined with paediatric neurosurgery and private practice. Along the way, Christopher spent time in Bristol and Oxford, UK studying with Professors Steven Gill and Tipu Aziz in functional neurosurgery, was seconded to UWA as Professor in 2010 and has become one of the most productive neurosurgical academics in the country. In 2013 he became Director of Neurosurgical Training for WA and a member of the binational training board for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2014 he was voted a Director of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, became Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. In 2016 Professor Lind opened a private practice solely at St John of God Subiaco Hospital with his original mentors: Professor Bryant Stokes, Professor Neville Knuckey, Mr Peter Watson and Mr John Liddell.
Professor Lind developed expertise in spinal instrumentation from both neurosurgical and orthopaedic colleagues and has performed difficult tumour and structural instability cases. He has provided the only functional neurosurgery service in WA including deep brain stimulation, motor cortex stimulation surgery for movement disorders and complex neurogenic pain syndromes since 2007. He is one of three neurosurgeons providing open surgery for blood vessels in the brain including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and advancing the specialty of bypass surgery in the state. He has had a high volume brain surgery practice including brain tumours and trauma. Professor Lind is expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm using microvascular decompression and minimally invasive techniques. He is also known within the specialty of neurosurgery for his expertise in minimally invasive removal of colloid cysts and endoscopic third ventriculoscopy which involves surgery deep inside the fluid spaces of the brain.
Internationally, Professor Lind is known for his research on deep brain stimulation techniques that enable accurate surgery, refinements of brain areas for treating Parkinson’s disease and tremor, and the role of these brain areas in physical functioning. He has collaborated with Professor Morgan of the Lions Eye Institute on development of techniques for measuring brain pressure non-invasively and optimising treatments using programmable brain fluid shunts. He has supervised many Masters, Honours and PhD candidates in his research team: the Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group. The Group is the beneficiary of impressive new facilities that includes a Movement Analysis Laboratory in the Sarich Neuroscience Institute completed in October 2016 at QEII.
Although he focuses much of his time on Neurosurgery, Christopher enjoys long runs along the beach, rowing at the gym, literature and listening to the music he grew up with. He likes spending time with his Children, hosting friends for dinner and overseas family to stay.