Patrick Chan

Session Title

Spinal Red Flags and when to Refer

Session Outline:

A patient's spinal surgery journey, from first referral, preoperational  assessment to surgery then post operational rehab including the traditional post operational medical model and what chiropractic offers, and the challenges ahead in cultivating better interdisciplinary care.


DrChanPatrick Chan is a Neurosurgeon in Victoria who specialises in both brain and spinal surgery. He graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1995 and qualified for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  (Neurosurgery) in January 2006. In the same year, he was also conferred the Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Melbourne for his thesis on “Volumetric Analysis of Epilepsy Syndromes with Voxel-based Morphometry (VBM)”.

In 2007, following his study and practice with complex spine surgeons from both neurosurgery and orthopaedic specialties, he was awarded the Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship from the University of British Columbia, Canada. His mentors in spine surgery include internationally renowned spine surgeons from Spine Trauma Study Group and Spine Tumour Study Group.

With his fellowship background, Patrick commences his career as a consultant neurosurgeon at the Alfred Hospital with the extra credential of complex spine surgeon, conferring him the privilege to manage complex degenerative spine disease, spine trauma and tumours. As a member of Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service Neurology Tumour Group, he maintains an active interest in the care of both brain and spinal tumour.