Neurosurgeon negligent after catastrophic brain injury

A court found he was not qualified to perform the surgery

A Sydney neurosurgeon, whose patient was left with "catastrophic" brain injury and significant impairment after surgery, was negligent in recommending the option, a court found.


The NSW Supreme Court decided that the surgeon failed to disclose his lack of experience to the 73-year-old patient who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour.

The court was satisfied that had the patient known that the surgeon had never performed the procedure, which involved an endoscopic nasal approach to the anterior skull base, he would not have gone ahead.

The court found that