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Neurologists are medical specialists who have expertise in the diagnosis and management of patients with diseases affecting the Central and Peripheral Nervous System as well as Muscle. Examples include Stroke/TIA, Movement Disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease), Epilepsy, Neuroinflammatory Disorders (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis), Headache, Mitochondrial Diseases (e.g. Mitochondrial Myopathy), Neuromuscular Disorders (e.g. Muscular Dystrophies), Vestibulopathies and Neuropathies (Genetic & Acquired).

All of our Neurologists are involved in teaching medical students as well as on-the-job training of advanced trainees. The majority also take part in clinical research and you may be asked if you wish to participate.

​Head of Department

 Clinical Associate Professor Martin Krause

Clinical Associate Professor Martin KrauseClinical Associate Professor Martin Krause was born and educated in Germany. He studied medicine at the Heidelberg Univeristy and completed his post graduate medical degree in 1995. He undertook his doctoral thesis (Dr. med) in radiology, investigating the diagnostic accuracy of digital picture archiving and communication system, which he completed with magna cum laude in 1997.
After internship in surgery, haematology and rehabilitation, Clinical A/P Krause was offered a training position in neurology at the University Hospital Heidelberg in 1997.

Working under the mentorship of Prof Werner Hacke, a world leader in acute stroke treatment, Clinical A/P Krause was inspired to find new ways of treating stroke patients.

Further experience came in the Heidelberg neurocritical care unit, stroke unit and emergency department before undergoing training in neurophysiology where he received formal qualification as neurophysiologist by the German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (DGKN) and training in vascular neuro-sonology.

Clinical A/P Krause joint the deep brain stimulation and movement disorder research group in Heidelberg working together with the functional neurosurgeon Prof Volker Tronnier – a pioneer of deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.

Dr Krause was a member of the German Competence Network Parkinson's Disease. He is a founding member of the German Parkinson Society.

In 2006, Clinical A/P Krause moved to Australia after being offered a medical academic position at Nepean Clinical School before being appointed Neuroscience and Stroke Network Director in the Northern Sydney Local Health District in 2011, a role he still holds today.

In 2015 he was appointed Head of the Neurology Department in Royal North Shore Hospital.

Clinical A/P Krause teaches master-class lectures in neurology for stage two medical students and young doctors at University of Sydney's Medical School. He remains involved in stroke and movement disorder research and is a member of the Stroke Society of Australasia. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

​Neurologists

 

Dr James Lee

Dr Miriam Priglinger

 Dr Kate Ahmad

Dr Kate AhmadDr Kate Ahmad has worked in Neurology at RNSH since 2013. In addition to being a clinical neurologist, she is the Director of Physician Training and Clinical Supervisor. Her clinical and research interests are in neuro-ophthalmology and Neurogenetics, with a particular interest in inherited optic neuropathies. She has also published on functional neurological disorders and cognitive neurology.

Dr Ahmad has more than 20 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, has been the recipient of grants and an NHMRC post graduate scholarship. She is actively involved with clinical trials for patients with optic neuropathies and mitochondrial disorders. She is a member of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australasia and is a regular presenter at conferences.

Dr Ahmad is Vice President of the RNSH Women's Society and a member of multiple hospital committees. She is a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney.

 Dr Phil Cremer

​​​Dr Cremer is the director of the North Shore Vertigo Clinic. He was appointed as a Neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2002. Dr Cremer is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He completed his specialist neurology training at RPA Hospital in Australia, and he was awarded 2 research degrees in vertigo at Sydney University: Bachelor of Medical Science, and PhD. Dr Cremer then completed a Fellowship in vertigo (clinical and research) in the ENT Department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. He has a great interest in inner ear research, as well as treating patients with dizziness and vertigo.

Dr Cremer has given over 100 scientific presentations in the area of vertigo and vestibular neurophysiology (study of the inner ear balance system), including numerous scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He remains actively involved in vertigo research (in collaboration with the Murdoch Institute and Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as with Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney).

Dr Cremer is also involved in teaching and training of young doctors. He has lectured Sydney University medical students since 1991, and he has been involved in specialist doctor training (both for neurology and ENT trainees), since he ran the specialist training program at RPA Hospital (as Clinical Superintendent).

 Dr Jane Frith

Dr Jane FrithDr Jane Frith is a consultant neurologist with a special interest and expertise in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and neurophysiology. She completed her PhD thesis on Immunotherapy of Multiple Sclerosis and went on to develop a special interest in Women's Issue in relation to MS and specifically the interaction of MS and pregnancy. She published Australian data on the change in relapse rate in pregnancy and assisted with the development of a decision making tool regarding Motherhood in Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Frith consults at the Multiple Sclerosis Society Clinic affiliated with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital at the Brain and Mind Centre in Camperdown and 7 years ago took up a similar position in the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital. Through these clinical positions she continues to be actively involved in therapeutic trials for MS and in providing guidance for people with MS about therapeutic options as well as information related to pregnancy and MS. Dr Frith is involved in teaching undergraduate medical students at Royal North Shore Hospital and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists; Clinical Neurophysiology interest group and American Academy of Neurologists.

 Associate Professor Geoff Herkes

A/Prof Geoff HerkesA/Prof Herkes is Senior Staff Specialist in Neurology and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Geoff Herkes' major interests and active projects involve status epilepticus, prolonged neurophysiological monitoring in ICU, new pharmaceuticals, ethics in medicine, and medical law, as well as clinical trials in stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. His major research interests include neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and epilepsy. He has been an investigator in over 60 clinical trials.

A/Prof Herkes lectures both at national and international level and has supervised candidates for honours and PhD degrees. He has been the advanced trainee supervisor of neurology registrars at RNSH for more than 20 years.

A/Prof Herkes has served on many major national and international boards, and he currently serves on advisory committees to the National Prescribing Service, as well as being chair of the Human Research Committee of the North Shore Local Health District. He has served on the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Canberra, since 1998, and has chaired that committee (subsequently the Advisory Committee for Prescription Medicines) since 2009.

A/Prof Herkes has received many awards over the years: for example the Sandoz Prize for Neurology 1988, ​NHMRC Post Graduate Research Scholar 1998-1990, Parke Davis Epilepsy Prize 1992 and Northern Clinical School's award for Best Lecture 2001 as well as the ANZAN Medal in 2016 for service to Neurology.

 Dr Bronwyn Jenkins

Dr Bronwyn JenkinsDr Bronwyn Jenkins, BMed FRACP, is a consultant neurologist in Sydney. She graduated from The University of Newcastle in 1995 and did a fellowship in Stroke at Royal North Shore Hospital. Dr Jenkins attended the International Headache Society Headache Master School in Tokyo, Japan in 2013.

Dr Jenkins is one of the founding members and Co-Secretary for the recently formed Australian and New Zealand Headache Society (ANZHS) which aims to improve management of headache patients in the Australian and New Zealand region. She is involved in the therapeutics and research subcommittees of ANZHS. She is on the Board of Trustees for the International Headache Society (IHS). Dr Jenkins is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, IHS and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Dr Jenkins works as a consultant neurologist in private rooms at St Leonards and Epping.

 Dr Christina Liang

Dr Christina Liang​Dr Liang is a neurologist with subspecialty interests in Neuromuscular and Neurogenetics Disorders, and the management of Parkinson's disease including the programming of deep brain stimulators. Christina graduated from UNSW and completed her Clinical Neurology & Neurophysiology training at Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospitals in 2010. She joined Royal North Shore Hospital as staff specialist in 2011, and completed her doctoral studies in the management of adults with mitochondrial diseases through the University of Sydney in 2017. She is a clinical tutor for medical students, and a supervisor to postgraduate trainees.

Christina cares for adolescents and adults with inherited and acquired neuromuscular and mitochondrial conditions through the Neuromuscular, Transition and Neurogenetics Clinics. She is the principal investigator in a number of ongoing research studies and clinical trials in patients with mitochondrial disease, inclusion body myositis and inflammatory myopathies. She is involved as board director with Muscular Dystrophy NSW.

 Dr Joseph Nogajski

Dr NogajskiDr Nogajski is a general neurologist who has been a VMO in Neurology at Royal North Shore Hospital since 2009, having previously worked at Manly District Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Dr Nogajski completed his medical training at the University of Tasmania before undertaking Physician training through Royal North Shore Hospital. Advanced training in Neurology was performed at St George Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital, with a fellowship year in Clinical Neurophysiology at Prince of Wales Hospital. Dr Nogajski was awarded the FRACP in December 2004.

Dr Nogajski has sub-specialty interest in Clinical Neurophysiology, with a regular EMG clinic at both Royal North Shore and North Shore Privat​e Hospitals. Dr Nogajski has a busy private practice currently based in Frenchs Forest.

Dr Nogajski is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, as well as the Epilepsy Society of Australia. Dr Nogajski is regularly involved in teaching of medical students through to advanced trainees.

 Associate Professor Karl Ng - Director of Neurophysiology

A/Prof Karl NgA/Prof Karl Ng, is a senior staff specialist, who specialises in injection therapy for chronic migraine/excessive sweating/movement disorders, nerve conduction and EEG and peripheral neuromuscular disorders. A/Prof Ng is appointed at the Northern and Central Clinical Schools, University of Sydney. He was the ANZAN PK Thomas Royal Free NHS Hospital Trust fellow and has an additional specialist qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology from time spent at the prestigious National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

A/Prof Ng has completed a doctoral thesis in peripheral axonal excitability in peripheral and central neurological disorders, and also actively researches muscle membrane excitability. He has won over $1million in competitive grant funding and supervises 4-6 postgraduate higher degree students. He works as a specialist neurophysiologist with botulinum toxin injection therapy interests, and with several other neurologists at a busy private practice at Sydney North Neurology & Neurophysiology in nearby Naremburn.

A/Prof Ng is a board director of the charitable Brain Foundation, NSW representative of the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society, and member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. He is active in the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists as councillor and committee member of the Clinical Neurophysiology interest group. He has over 75 publications in international peer reviewed journals, and is ​​​​​​an invited reviewer for these learned societies. He is also an editorial advisory board member of Virtual Medical Centre.

 Dr John Parratt

​​​Dr John Parratt is a clinical neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is director of the Neuroimmunology service at North Shore and the Inaugural Neil and Norma Hill Practitioner Fellow for Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. He is an honorary research fellow at the George Institute, a scientific board member for MS Research Australia and academic secretary for the Australian and New Zealand Neuromyelitis Optica Register. His Doctorate in Medicine was awarded with commendation from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland – a thesis investigating the epidemiological, infectious and immune factors in multiple sclerosis.

Dr Parratt has several research interests including the pathogenesis and pathology of multiple sclerosis and demyelinating diseases and has published widely on these topics. He is an author for the Therapeutic Guidelines, writing principally on MS. The current focus of his laboratory group (based at the University of Sydney) is on identifying novel autoantibodies in neuroimmunological diseases.

 Dr Paul Silberstein

Dr Silberstein​Dr Silberstein is an Australian and UK trained Neurologist. After completing Neurology specialty training, Dr Silberstein undertook a clinical Fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and research leading to a Doctorate of Medicine in Clinical Neurophysiology at University College London. He returned to commence Consultant Practice in Australia in 2004.

Dr Silberstein is a subspecialty Movement Disorder Neurologist with expertise in the management of Parkinson's disease, Tremor disorders, Dystonia and other conditions which result in abnormal human movement. Dr Silberstein consults at the RNSH Parkinson's and Movement Disorder clinic. This clinic offers evaluation, medical therapy and advanced therapies for Parkinson's disease including apomorphine, duodopa and Deep Brain Stimulation. Dr Silberstein also consults at the ​​​​​​​​​Multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic and participates in the on call roster.

​​​​​​​​​Dr Silberstein is a Visiting Medical Officer to North Shore Private Hospital where he is the Neurologist to the Deep Brain Stimulation surgical program. Dr Silberstein consults in Private Practice at Integrated Neurology, located adjacent to the Hospital campus.

 Professor Carolyn Sue – Director of Neurogenetics

Professor Carolyn SueProfessor Carolyn Sue is currently the Director of Neurogenetics at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Director of the Kolling Institute, University of Sydney. She is an international expert in mitochondrial disease and movement disorders. Prof. Sue has been running Australia's largest specialised clinic dedicated to the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of patients with mitochondrial disease since 1994. She established the Centre of Excellence for Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2011. Her research focuses on understanding the role of mitochondrial function in neurodegeneration, especially the disease processes involved in mitochondrial disorders, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. She has published over 130 papers and has written multiple books and book chapters.

Prof Sue is a clinician scientist who graduated from the medical school at University of New South Wales, Australia. After completing her PhD studies at The University of Sydney, she was awarded the NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Postdoctoral Fellowship to commence post-doctoral studies at Columbia University New York, NY under the direction of Salvatore DiMauro. She returned to Sydney and set up her own research laboratory at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in 2000. Carolyn Sue was appointed as the inaugural Professor in Neurology at Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, and is a Founding Director of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, Chair of the Clinical Research and Trials Network for the Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand and is ​​ on ​​​​​the Scientific Advisory Board for the NSW Parkinson's Disease Association.

 Dr Mark Thieben

Dr ThiebenDr Thieben has been working as a staff specialist at Royal North Shore hospital since 2013. Dr Thieben previously worked at Nepean hospital. Dr Thieben is a general neurologist with expertise in Stroke, Epilepsy, Headache, Neurophysiology and Vestibular disorders. Dr Thieben received the FRACP in 2002 and subsequently spent two years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota undertaking study in advanced neurology and neurophysiology.

Dr Thieben runs the Rapid Access Neurology clinic at Royal North Shore hospital. This allows patients who present to the emergency departments in the area to receive early access to neurological assessment. The commonest presentations to the clinic are for headache, vertigo, and seizures. Dr Thieben is involved in medical education for university students as well as junior doctors and specialist trainees.

 Professor Con Yiannikas

Professor Yiannikas​Professor Yiannikas is ​currently a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Sydney University and a Senior Visiting Neurologist at Royal North Shore and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. He is director of Inner West Neurology, a private centre with clinics specialising in neurophysiology, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis, botulinum toxin and movement disorders.

He graduated with honou​​rs at Sydney University in 1975. He did his clinical neurology training at Concord and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney and subsequently fellowships in clinical neurophysiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, between 1978 and1983.

Professor Yiannikas has previously served as a member of the scientific program committee for the Australian Association of Neurologists and the Australian Movement Disorders Society (Chair 1993-4). He was a member of the Clinical Neurophysiology sub-committee of the Australian Association of Neurologists and in 2006 founded the Sydney neurophysiology workshop.

Professor Yiannikas has a strong interest in education and provides postgraduate education in neurophysiology and botulinum toxin injection techniques and runs a regular national training programme for young injectors. His research interests have included neurophysiology assessment of movement disorders the clinical applications of Botulinum toxin and the origins of evoked potentials and their clinical application in multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases including inflammatory demyelinating neuropathies. He is also involved in collaborative studies in assessment of visual pathways in multiple sclerosis NMO spectrum disorders with OCT, VEPs and MRI tractography, cortical excitability in motor neuron disease and phenotypic assessment of inflammatory neuropathies with peripheral nerve excitability, novel antibodies and nerve imaging.

Professor Yiannikas has published more than 120 peer reviewed articles and co-authored a number of textbooks.

​Neuropsychologists

 Dr Heather Francis

​Dr Francis is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist with a PhD and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology. Heather is experienced in neuropsychological assessment to aid the diagnosis and management of neurological and neurosurgical conditions. She has a special interest in social and occupational functioning in stroke and multiple sclerosis. She provides evidence based cognitive and lifestyle recommendations and interventions to improve brain health and mental wellbeing, as well as reduce risk of cognitive decline in aging.

Dr Francis also works in private practice at MQ Health Neuropsychology, and is a Senior Lecturer on the Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology program at Macquarie University. She is a principal and co-investigator in a number of research projects investigating the effects of nutrition on the brain in healthy young adults, as well as in depression and multiple sclerosis. She trains postgraduate clinical neuropsychology students in her capacity as an AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) Board Approved Supervisor and is an academic supervisor for Honours, Masters and PhD students.​

 Dr Vincent Oxenham

Dr OxenhamDr Oxenham is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist with a Bachelor of Science with honours from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University. Vince has a special interest in ageing-associated disorders and conducts neuropsychological assessments to assist with differential diagnosis of dementias and assessment of capacity. He also performs neuropsychological evaluations to help patients, and their families, understand the impact various neurological and neurosurgical conditions have had on their thinking skills. Vince uses several rehabilitation methods, including psychoeducation and evidence based neuropsychological intervention therapies, to assist patients and their families return to their day-to-day activities and explore healthy brain ageing strategies. He also offers return to driving cognitive assessments following stroke or neurosurgical intervention.

In addition to his work at RNSH, Vince offers private consultations at MQ Health Neuropsychology and is an adjunct fellow and the Clinical Neuropsychology Supervisor and Placement Coordinator for the Clinical Neuropsychology program at Macquarie University. He has trained over 50 postgraduate neuropsychology students and registrars in his capacity as an AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) Board Approved Supervisor. Vince has participated in research exploring cognition in neurosurgical conditions, HIV/AIDS, delirium, concussion, post stroke depression and he co-supervises Masters and PhD students.

Nursing


Fabienne Edema-Hildebrand – Neurogenetics Clinic nurse


Sheila Jala - Stroke CNC


Jane Kabanoff - MS nurse


Elizabeth O'Brien - Stroke nurse practitioner


Sue Williams - Movement Disorder nurse​

 Liz O’Brien – Nurse Practitioner Stroke / TIA Clinic RNSH

alternate text 48Liz is the Stroke Nurse Practitioner at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Liz has an extensive Neuroscience Nursing background working in Neurosciences since 1998. She achieved a Graduate Diploma of Neuroscience Nursing at UTS in 1995. Her clinical experience includes Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience Intensive Care, acute and rehabilitation management of spinal injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation.

In 2010 Liz attained a Masters in Nursing, majoring in Nurse Practitioner studies from UTS and was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner.

Liz is the first Stroke Nurse Practitioner in NSW and works in the TIA and stroke outpatient clinic at RNSH providing comprehensive assessment and management for TIA and Stroke patients.

Liz has been active in changes to acute stroke management in NSW and was responsible for the implementation of the Acute Stroke unit at RNSH in 1997. Since its inception in 2002 she has been involved with the Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Stroke Steering Committee and was the inaugural co-chair during the setting up of stroke units in NSW at that time.

Liz is the current co-chair of the Australian Stroke Nurses Education Network (ASNEN) and was Australian Neuroscience Nurses Association (ANNA) NSW chapter president 2007-2010.

Liz has published in peer reviewed journals on acute stroke nursing and TIA management and has recently co-authored Acute Stroke chapters in Medical – Surgical text books. She has presented widely at National and International Stroke conferences.

Liz is actively involved in local, national and international stroke research.

Liz enjoys providing education for new upcoming stroke nurses and lectures for Sydney University in the Masters of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner course, provides National webinars in her role with ASNEN and lectures for local units and Stroke Management courses.

Allied Health

The hospital's team of physiotherapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists are an important part of the care for neurology patients. Assessments and treatments happen on a daily basis while patients are admitted to the Neurology ward.

 

Physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy involves the treatment of people with movement and function disorders that have originated from problems within the brain, spinal cord or neuromuscular system. These conditions can lead to muscle weakness, decreased sensation, poor balance and coordination, uncontrolled muscle spasm and tremors or loss of function. Based on your symptoms and condition, acute physiotherapists will conduct a comprehensive assessment and tailor a treatment program to the unique needs of the patient. Depending on the impairment, physiotherapy treatment may include gait retraining, positioning, splinting, functional retraining, breathing exercises, exercise or balance programs and discharge planning.

 

Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathologist on the Neurology ward is responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing difficulties in patients with neurogenic disorders. They provide specialist assessment to differentiate and diagnose between different communication disorders and provide individualised support to enable successful communication on the ward and with carers. Specialist objective swallow assessments are provided as required. This includes Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS). Early rehabilitation is provided for acute presentations and community referral is ensured for those with ongoing communication and swallowing goals.

 

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists aim to enhance and maximise function, independence and quality of life by developing and maintaining people's ability to carry out their everyday occupations such as self care, work, school or leisure and play.

 

Social work

Our social workers provide patients, relatives and carers with emotional and social support, and practical assistance related to their life changes, illness and treatment. Social workers can provide counselling, assist in organising transport, provide information on financial services and connect you to community services and support groups.

 

Nutrition and dietetics

Dietitians can give patients appropriate dietary advice during treatment to manage and optimise nutrition throughout illness and recovery. Nutrition is an important component of optimising patient recovery. Dietitians are qualified to provide individualised advice on the nutritional status of a patient, and on food and nutrient manipulation in order to meet patients' nutritional requirements.