Our Surgeons

  • Professor Richard G. Bittar

    MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACS

    Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon

    Professor Richard Bittar is a highly qualified Australian neurosurgeon, spinal surgeon and researcher.

    Professor Bittar is a neurosurgeon at Precision Brain Spine & Pain Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital and also operates at numerous private hospitals in Victoria, including St Vincent’s Private, Melbourne Private, Epworth, Peninsula Private and The Valley Private. His consulting locations are numerous, and include metropolitan and regional locations in Victoria.

    Professor Bittar’s main areas of interest and expertise are complex and keyhole spinal surgery, surgery for brain tumours, and deep brain stimulation. He also established the first and largest contemporary (deep brain stimulation) Psychosurgery program in Australia.

    Professor Bittar completed an elective in neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Houston, USA, and undertook his internship in Sydney. After a further 12 months of medical and surgical rotations he enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Most of his research was conducted at the prestigious Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada, and he graduated with a PhD in functional brain mapping in 2001. During this time, Professor Bittar underwent formal postgraduate training in Neurosurgery, culminating in his admission to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has been appointed a Clinical Professor at Deakin University.

    Professor Bittar travelled to Oxford, UK to undertake a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, where he also received further training in Complex Spinal Neurosurgery. His time in Oxford was extremely productive. 

    Professor Bittar has published around 50 clinical and scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has presented his work in Australia, as well as at international conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been awarded several scholarships, fellowships, and other prizes, reflecting the value and quality of his academic and patient-orientated endeavours. Professor Bittar is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and the Australian Pain Society.

  • Professor Peter Teddy

    DPhil, FRACS, FFPMANZCA

    Neurosurgeon and Pain Specialist

    Professor Teddy is a Senior Neurosurgeon at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He also consults and operates at several private hospitals including Melbourne Private Hospital Linacre Private Hospital, and Masada. He is Professorial Fellow in Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at Melbourne University.

    A New Zealand national, Professor Teddy was educated in the UK, entering the University of Oxford Medical School as a Hobson Memorial Scholar and winning the Radcliffe Infirmary Prizes in both Medicine and Surgery before graduating in 1973.

    Prior to completing his clinical studies he undertook, as a Medical Research Council Scholar, a three-year period of research culminating in the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford. This work was conducted in the Department of The Regius Professor of Medicine working in the field of neurotransmitters in the brain.

    Professor Teddy gained FRCS (Eng) in 1977 and his post-Fellowship neurosurgical training was based predominantly in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, but with time spent at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and a highly prized, lengthy secondment to the Universitaetsspital, Zurich, working closely with the world-renowned neurosurgeon Professor Gazi Yasargil.

    Appointed consultant neurosurgeon in Oxford in 1981, he gained vast experience in virtually all areas of neurosurgical practice and developed sub-specialist interests in the neurosurgical treatment of intractable pain, functional (mainly spinal) neurosurgery, intrinsic tumours of the spinal cord, and neurosurgical sequelae of spinal cord injury. He became Head of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the late 1990s.

    At various times he also was Director of Clinical Studies at the Oxford Medical School, Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Intercollegiate Board of the Colleges of Surgeons, Director of Neuroscience at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery, and was made Senior Research Fellow at his College, St Peter’s.

    Professor Teddy moved to Melbourne in 2004 and was almost simultaneously awarded FRACS and Fellowship of The Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZ College of Anaesthetists in 2005 as well as Emeritus Fellow at St Peter’s College.

    Aside from general neurosurgical practice, he fulfils an active role in teaching undergraduates and neurosurgical trainees and is Supervisor of Training for the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the College of Anaesthetists. He is also a member of the Editorial Committee for The Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.

    Professor Teddy is a world-authority on the neurosurgical treatment of pain, including: Facial pain and headaches, spinal problems and neuropathic pain

    He brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience which is delivered in a compassionate fashion.