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Dr Adrian Nowitzke



Dr Adrian Nowitzke has over 10 years of experience in the specialist area of spinal disorders. He was the Director of Neurosurgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for a number of years, during which he was extensively involved in research. Dr Nowitzke was a lead investigator in a world first trial of stem cell implantation for chronic spinal cord injury and was instrumental in the introduction of minimally invasive and image guided techniques to spinal surgery in Australia.

Dr Nowitzke has contributed significantly to education within his field of Neurosurgery. He has authored numerous articles in international surgical journals and lectured at conferences in several countries. He is an Honorary Professor of the School of Health Sciences and an Adjunct Professor of the School of Business at Griffith University. He was most recently recognised for service to his profession and community when awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University.

Dr Nowitzke has also developed a career in Health Systems Design and Executive Management. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Health Service District and is now a part-time advisor to the health practice of the internationally acclaimed consultancy firm, McKinsay & Company.

Dr Nowitzke was previously the Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasian and is currently the Neurosurgery representative on the governing council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

As part of the SpinePlus team, Dr Nowitzke’s assesses patient with non-surgical spinal conditions. His role involves educating patients about their condition and offering advice regarding further treatment and management of the condition.