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Welcome to our brain and spine centre

Whatever your reason for coming to the brain and spine centre at Gold Coast Private Hospital, you’re in highly-skilled hands. Our team of world class neurosurgeons, surgeons and specialists work in truly state-of-the-art facilities, where the focus is always you.

We’re located in Southport on the Gold Coast which is comforting for many of our local patients and their families. However, we also welcome patients from all over Queensland, Northern New South Wales and overseas.


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Our neurosurgeons are dedicated to treating patients across a range of neuro conditions and disorders.

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Find a spine surgeon

Our spine surgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons are experts at treating a range of conditions.

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Find a neurologist

Our team of neurologists work with patients living with conditions affecting the nervous system.

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Neurosurgery and spinal surgery

Neurosurgery involves intricate procedures to treat conditions or injuries affecting the spine, brain and peripheral nerves and surgeons need a very high level of surgical expertise. Neurosurgery is a high-risk but precise procedure. Our highly skilled Gold Coast neurosurgeons, spine surgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons use the latest technology to manage a range of conditions affecting the nervous system.

Our neurosurgeons have access to the latest technology at Gold Coast Private Hospital. This includes the Zeiss Kinevo 900, pictured with Dr Lee Yang, combines microscope and endoscope to eliminate ‘blind spots’, allowing surgeons to see ‘around corners’ of arteries, nerves and brain tissue. 


  • Brain surgery
  • Brain and skull based tumours
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Acoustic neuromas and pituitary tumours
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
  • Brain surgery for epilepsy
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Spinal disorders
  • Deep Brain Stimulation

Spine surgery

  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Cervical discectomy (fusion and disc replacement arthroplasty)
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Lumbar discectomy (minimally invasive and open), including day-case surgery
  • Lumbar fusion (minimally invasive and open)
  • Lumbar decompression for canal stenosis (minimally invasive and open)

Endoscopic spine surgery (ESS)

Endoscopic spine surgery (ESS) is used to treat spinal disorders and conditions including disc herniation, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease requiring spinal stabilisation. It’s a minimally invasive procedure designed to facilitate a quicker recovery time. This type of surgery uses much smaller incisions of just 1-2cm, compared to standard surgery, meaning less pain and faster recovery. 

Modern navigation technology like Joimax allows surgeons at Gold Coast Private to visualise the position of the endoscopic instruments as they are placed in the patient’s body, reducing radiation exposure and surgical personnel as there is less reliance on x-rays.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves implanting electrodes within areas of the brain. The electrodes produce electrical impulses that affect brain activity to treat certain medical conditions. The electrical impulses also can affect cells and chemicals within the brain that cause medical conditions.

The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in the upper chest. A wire that travels under the skin connects this device to the electrodes in the brain.

Deep brain stimulation is commonly used to treat a number of conditions, such as:

  • Parkinson's disease.
  • Essential tremor.
  • Conditions that cause dystonia, such as Meige syndrome.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Tourette syndrome.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

For more information, contact Neurologist Dr Sam Heshmat, 07 5530 0770.​​​​

In the News:

Unlocking hope with DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation on the Gold Coast

In September, Gold Coast local PJ was the first patient undergo Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat an essential tremor that he lived with for many years. The therapy has effectively alleviated his debilitating tremor symptoms and restored motor function in his hands. Congratulations to the entire team at GCPH, who, under the leadership of Neurologist Dr Sam Heshmat and Neurosurgeon Dr Lee Yang are now able to provide this service to the Gold Coast community. For more information or to check patient eligibility, please contact Dr Sam Heshmat at 07 5530 0770. Our commitment to excellence and innovation in Neurosciences continues in strides as we also achieved accreditation as a Centre of Excellence in Neurosurgery, awarded by internationally.

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Gold Coast Private Hospital has achieved accreditation from SRC as a Centre of Excellence in Neurosurgery, recognised for delivering high quality patient  care and demonstrating a commitment to excellence in patient safety. Patients expecting quality care can look for the gold SRC seal. 

Our Brain & Spine Centre has undergone rigorous inspection by an independent, patient safety organisation, confirming the commitment to excellence by delivering safer procedures, exceptional care and ensuring a better overall surgical experience. 

Dr Lee (Liqun) Yang, Dr Wayne Ng and A/Prof Chris Daly are recognised as Surgeons of Excellence in Neurosurgery. 

Many accreditation programs only accredit the hospital, but SRC accredits both the medical facility and the individual who provides the care - the physicians.

Meet our world class team

You can choose your specialist from our wide network.

Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeons


Dr Lee (Liqun) Yang
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon

Dr Lee Yang is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon who specialises in keyhole/complex spine surgery including degenerative, tumour, trauma, infection and deformity; advanced neurovascular surgery including brain aneurysm, brain bypass, AVM – arteriovenous malformation and DAVF – dural arteriovenous fistula; and all aspects of brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgeries.

Dr Lee (Liqun) Yang is a recognised Surgeon of Excellence in Neurosurgery. 

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Dr Wayne Ng
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon

Dr Wayne Ng is a Gold Coast spine and neurosurgeon who specialises in skull-base surgery, neuro-oncology and clinical research. Dr Ng is fluent in Cantonese. Special interests include skull-base surgery; neuro-oncology (brain tumour surgery); cerebrovascular surgery (brain aneurysm); trigeminal neuralgia; hemifacial spasm; spine surgery; degenerative deformity; spinal tumour; spinal trauma; artificial disc replacement; peripheral nerve decompression; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; ulnar neuropathy; and common peroneal nerve compression.

Dr Wayne Ng is recognised as Surgeon of Excellence in Neurosurgery. 

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A/Prof Chris Daly
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon

Associate Professor Chris Daly is a Gold Coast neurosurgeon and spine surgeon specialising in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery with advanced training in the care of brain, spine and peripheral nerve conditions. Special interests include degenerative spinal conditions; adult spinal deformity; spine trauma; spine tumour; brain tumour; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; and ulnar neuropathy.

A/Prof Chris Daly is recognised as a Surgeon of Excellence in Neurosurgery. 

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Dr Leong Tan
Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon

Dr Leong Tan, a distinguished neurosurgeon, has served the Gold Coast community for over 30 years. He specialises in Minimally Invasive Spinal, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Stroke disorders, demonstrating exceptional skill and dedication.

Dr Tan prioritizes patient well-being, fostering trust and compassion in his care

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Neurology looks at disorders of the nervous system and the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and disease involving the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Our team of neurologists work with patients living with a range of conditions affecting the nervous system. 

Neurology services

  • Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neurone disease
  • Degenerative disorders that affect thinking ability, such as Alzheimer's disease
  • Brain or spinal injuries
  • Infections of the nervous systems such as meningitis or brain abscesses
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Strokes and aneurysms (dilated blood vessels in the brain)
  • Urological disorders such nerve conduction studies
  • Epilepsy and EEG studies
  • Movement disorders and functional neurological disorders



Dr Sam Heshmat

Dr Heshmat is passionate about establishing a specialised multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He also specialises in diagnosing and treating other movement disorders such as tremor, dystonia, balance and ataxic disorders.

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Dr Terrance Chou

Dr Chou is a consultant neurologist with 24 years’ experience treating a wide range of neurological conditions. He has recently been a consultant neurologist at Gold Coast University Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. He has comprehensive knowledge and skills in diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions.

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Dr Gaurav Singh

Gaurav is a specialist Neurologist with subspeciality training in Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular medicine. He has special expertise in nerve conduction studies and EMG, diagnosing and treating disorders of nerve and muscle, as well as treatment of various neurological conditions.

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Dr Arman Sabet

Dr Arman Sabet is an Australian-based health professional. He is trained as Neurologist and practices at Southport. Dr Sabet has special interests in neuromuscular disorders, clinical neurophysiology, chronic migrane, cerebral palsy, hyperhidrosis, blepharospasm and hemi facial.

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Dr Meenakshi Raj

Dr Raj is a Neurologist, with a special interest in movement disorders, managing Parkinson’s disease and treatment. She has a special interest in managing patients who present with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, neuropathy, headache and migraine.

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Why choose Gold Coast Private Hospital?

  • Minimal wait times for surgery and treatment
  • Choose your own specialist who consults and operates at Gold Coast Private Hospital  
  • Peace of mind knowing your specialist has access to the latest equipment and technology and is part of world-leading research
  • We take a holistic approach to your care. Our nurses deliver exceptional patient care in our wards and passionate allied health professionals will support your recovery
  • We’re accredited against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Care after surgery

Providing comprehensive quality care for our patients is our priority. Following surgery, patients are cared for on a dedicated ward by experienced nursing staff who are skilled in spinal and neuro surgeries and who will arrange your physiotherapy, discharge rehabilitation and any other support services you require.


All surgical procedures carry some amount of risk and only a specialist can advise whether surgery is right for you. Before agreeing to any treatment, make sure you understand what’s involved and any possible side effects and risks. It’s vital that you seek specialist medical advice that’s right for your circumstances.

How much will it cost?

Surgeries and treatments performed in a private hospital involve an out-of-pocket fee. The amount will depend on the surgery or treatment you have and - where you have private health fund cover - whether the treatment that is right for you, is included in that cover. Your specialist will be able to give you an indication of out-of-pocket costs.

If you don’t have private health insurance or you’re an overseas patient, you can choose to self-fund your surgery. Your specialist can talk to you about this option.

Research and education

Dr Lee Yang is an Assistant Professor at Bond University School of Medicine. He is actively involved in medical student teaching, and neurosurgical and spine research and has received multiple awards for his research work including Rob Johnston Award and Smith Nephew Award. He is one of the chief investigators in a tri-national neurovascular research project - Advanced CFD technology to predict cerebrovascular aneurysm haemorrhage, which is supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Canberra.

Other support services

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) and skull based surgeons
  • Endocrinologists
  • Oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Pain medicine specialists

What next?

Talk to your GP or specialist who can refer you to one of our specialists.

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