We are a multi-disciplinary specialist practice which provide neuro spinal surgery services in Perth.

NeuroSpine Institute was formed as a result of three surgical specialists wanting to offer comprehensive and cohesive treatment of brain and spine injuries, trauma and disease.  

These specialists are supported by medical specialists, clinical and administration staff, allowing the delivery of high quality clinical outcomes and service to patients in need of neuro-spinal care.

NeuroSpine Institute Vision:

To be recognised as the leader in the provision of best quality healthcare services for people with spinal and neurosurgical problems in the regions that we serve.

NeuroSpine Institute Values:

CARE

  • Compassion: We care for our patients and understand their needs, feelings and concerns.
  • Accountability: We are responsible for giving our absolute best effort in everything we undertake.
  • Responsiveness: We are committed to providing patients and referring doctors with access to a highly responsive service.
  • Excellence: We deliver quality patient outcomes and continually seek to improve and advance medicine in Australia.

Read below about the Perth team at NeuroSpine Institute.

Dr Michael Kern

Neurosurgeon

Dr Michael Kern

FRACS

Neurosurgeon

Accredited at the following health care facilities:

  • St John of God Hospital Subiaco*
  • St John of God Hospital Murdoch*
  • Mount Hospital*
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
*currently operates here

Dr Michael Kern was born and grew up in Neckarsulm, a small town in Southern Germany. In 1990, following graduation from High School he moved to Berlin where he was fortunate to witness the excitement after reunification of the divided Germany. Dr Kern was one of very few select students who were accepted into a combined University programme in both medicine and biochemistry. He graduated with a Masters in Biochemistry after extensive basic medical research on bacteria causing severe infection in humans. Dr Kern graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1999. He was awarded a PhD (Doctor of Medicine) after 3 years of experimental research on head injury. This work provided Dr Kern with an opportunity to acquire microscopic operating skills even before the commencement of his neurosurgical training.

After one year of Neurosurgical training in Morgantown, WV and Phoenix, AZ, where Dr Kern worked under pioneers in Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery like Dr Robert Spetzler and Dr Volker Sonntag, he returned to the Charité Hospital in Berlin. The artificial disc and the concept of motion preservation in spine surgery were invented by surgeons at the Charité hospital. For this reason, Dr Kern has been trained in this surgery years before this technology was introduced to Australia.

Dr Kern moved to Perth in January 2003 for what was initially planned to be a one-year fellowship. He fell in love with Australia and Perth in particular. He became an Australian Citizen in 2009. After further neurosurgical training at the Neurosurgical Service of Western Australia Dr Kern was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2009.

Between 2008-2010 Dr Kern undertook post fellowship training in spine surgery, paediatric and epilepsy surgery at the Westmead Hospitals in Sydney working with Dr Andrew Kam, Dr Gordon Dandie and Dr Mark Dexter.

Dr Kern returned to Perth in 2011 to commence private practice with a keen interest in spine surgery. He strongly believes in the benefit of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of spine and brain diseases. He has built a network and closely works with neurosurgical and orthopaedic colleagues, neurointerventional and pain specialists, oncologists, physicians, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and clinical psychologists. He has extensive expertise in motion preservation surgery (artificial disc and dynamic fixation surgery), fusion surgery including atlanto-axial and occipito-cervical fusion, using minimally invasive techniques, computer guidance and intraoperative imaging. He specialises in surgery for brain tumours using the most advanced intraoperative guidance and imaging technologies.  Dr Kern also holds a public appointment as consultant Neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Perth Children’s Hospital where he has access to the only intraoperative MRI scanners in Western Australia.

Outside work Dr Kern loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters. He is passionate about training his dogs. His Dobermann is trained in the very difficult sport of Schutzhund / IPO. His other hobbies are racing cars, skiing and reading.

Dr Kern operates at St John of God Hospitals Subiaco and Murdoch and the Mount Hospital. He regularly visits Darwin.

Dr Andrew Miles

Neurosurgeon

Dr Andrew Miles

FRACS MBBS

Neurosurgeon

Accredited at the following health care facilities:

  • St John of God Hospital Subiaco*
  • St John of God Hospital Murdoch*
*currently operates here

Dr Andrew Miles was born in Liverpool UK but emigrated to Perth, Western Australia with his family 2 years later where he was raised and ultimately became an Australian citizen. He was educated at a government school (Greenwood primary and Greenwood senior high schools) and studied medicine at the University of WA.

In January 1991, Dr Miles graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of WA and commenced working as a resident/registrar in teaching hospitals in Perth. Formal neurosurgical training accredited by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons was commenced in January 1995 and completed at the end of 1999. Dr Miles initially undertook neurosurgery training in Perth and then completed his final year of neurosurgery training at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, a centre renowned nationally and internationally for the neurosurgical management of epilepsy. Dr Miles was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in February 2000.

Dr Miles initially continued working as a consultant neurosurgeon at the Austin Hospital, furthering his training and experience in general neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery and spinal surgery before moving to Seattle USA to work as a neurosurgery fellow at the University of Washington. At the University of Washington, Dr Miles had the privilege of working with Dr George Ojemann, one of the world’s most renowned epilepsy neurosurgeons, further developing his training and experience in techniques such as awake craniotomies and functional brain mapping for epilepsy and brain tumour surgery. Also whilst at the University of Washington, Dr Miles worked with a number of internationally prominent neurosurgery and orthopaedic trained spinal surgeons undertaking training in complex spine surgery.

In 2002, Dr Miles returned to Perth, Western Australia to commence private practice in neurosurgery and spinal surgery. Until 2006 he was also the appointed epilepsy neurosurgeon for the Western Australia Comprehensive Epilepsy Service at Royal Perth Hospital. Currently, Dr Miles is accredited at St John of God Hospital Subiaco and Murdoch campuses.

Since returning to Perth, Dr Miles has been at the forefront of complex spine surgery in WA, being involved in the introduction of a number of new and innovative spinal surgery technologies and techniques. In 2002 he was one of a small number of forward-thinking Australian neurosurgery and orthopaedic trained spinal surgeons who undertook the first Australian training course in cervical arthroplasty using the Bryan prosthesis led by the inventor of the device, US Neurosurgeon Dr Vincent Bryan. In 2003, Dr Miles attended Australia’s first training course in lumbar arthroplasty using the Prodisc-L prosthesis led by Prof Rudolph Bertagnoli, one of the world’s leading artificial disc replacement surgeons.

Dr Miles has continued to maintain and advance his interest and expertise in spinal motion preservation technologies as well as other complex spinal subspecialty areas such as minimally invasive/minimal-access spine surgery and surgery for sacroiliac joint disease. Most recently, Dr Miles was the primary driving force behind the introduction of intraoperative CT scan imaging with Airo CT linked to BrainLab Neuronavigation at SJOG (Subiaco) Hospital, the first hospital in Australia to utilise this technology. SJOG Hospital remains the Southeast Asian/Australian reference site for this technology and Dr Miles has regularly hosted spine surgeons from around the country interested in Airo Intraoperative CT and its application in neuronavigated complex spine surgical procedures such as minimal-access lumbar fusion and sacroiliac joint fusion.

Aside from his complex spine surgery practice, Dr Miles continues to utilise the skills and techniques he originally learnt while working with Dr George Ojemann in Seattle USA, in the management of patients with benign and malignant brain tumours.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Dr Miles is also a member of the Neurosurgery Society of Australasia, AOSpine and the International Society for Advancement Spine Surgery.

Outside of work, Dr Miles maintains a keen interest in photography, travel, ballet, music (1980s New Wave and New Romantic genres) and the appreciation of fine wine and whisky (particularly single malt Scotch but also Japanese and Australian varieties). He has 2 beautiful daughters who, above all else, are his greatest achievement.

Dr Paul Taylor

Spinal Surgeon

Dr Paul Taylor

CSC, MbChB, LLM, FRCSEd, FACLM, FRACS, FAOA, DMCC

Spinal Surgeon

Accredited at the following health care facilities:

  • Mount Hospital, Perth*
  • St John of God Subiaco and Murdoch* Hospitals
  • South Perth Private Hospital*
  • Hollywood Private Hospital
  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Dr Taylor regularly visits Geraldton and Albany.
*currently operates here

Dr Paul Taylor CSC, MBChB, LLM, FRCSEd, FACLM, FRACS, FAOA, DMCC is an experienced spinal surgeon. His extensive training in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery was gained in Australia and internationally. He has particular expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), adult deformity surgery and anterior spine surgery.

Paul was educated in England and studied medicine at Sheffield University winning the Riker Prize.  After moving to Australia, Paul trained in orthopaedic surgery and gained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2009 undergoing advanced level training in well known centres for spine surgery in Europe. In Bristol he trained with orthopaedic and neurosurgical departments before moving to Europe’s largest spine deformity surgery centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London later working in the leading neurosurgical training hospital The Walton Centre in Liverpool, working exclusively in complex spine surgery, finally working in one of India’s most prestigious centres for spine surgery. Paul then commenced his private practice at The Mount Hospital in 2011.

Paul’s practice focuses on the management of complex adult cervical and lumbar spine degenerative conditions including the surgical management of adult and paediatric deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis), microsurgical decompressive and fusion techniques (MISS), vertebral cement augmentation techniques (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty), total disc replacement devices, and the management of primary and metastatic disease (cancer) in the spine.

Paul trains and mentors other surgeons in minimally invasive access techniques and was the sole orthopaedic surgeon asked to join the MISS Education Task Force for the leading global spine surgery education body, AOSpine.  He hosts and conducts live surgical demonstrations for surgeon education, and travels nationally and internationally to teach, mentor and support surgeons adopting these techniques into their practices.  Paul was the first surgeon in the Southern Hemisphere to use the Airo Intraoperative CT scanner for navigation assisted spine surgery. He has taught in Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Africa and Australia. He is a frequent guest speaker at various medical and surgical meetings and conferences.  He has teaching, consulting and implant and instrument design agreements with a number of international spine companies. He is the current chairman of The Mount Hospital Medical Advisory Committee and the Credentialing Committee.

Paul joined the British Army as Paratrooper and was deployed during the Rwandan massacre in 1994 before the Australian Army then recruited him to command the Parachute Surgical Team. He served in operational command in Bougainville and commanded the medical relief operation to the Papua New Guinea tsunami disaster in 1998 winning the Conspicuous Service Cross for this work.

Paul holds the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Laws, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophe.  He has full medical registration as a Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon in Australia.

Publications and Research:

  • Combination subcapital and intertrochanteric fractures of the femoral neck.
  • Taylor PRP, Hepple S, Stanley D. Injury 1996 Jan; 27(1):68-71.
  • Deep venous thrombosis in an injured child with an underlying thrombophilia -a case report.
  • Taylor PRP Injury 1997 Nov-Dec; 28(9-10):699-700.
  • Operation Shaddock – the Australian Defence Force response to the tsunami disaster in Papua New Guinea.
  • Taylor PRP, Emonson DL, Schlimmer JE. MJA 1998 Dec; 169:602-6
  • Metastatic Chondroid Syringoma.
  • Carey Smith RL, Taylor PRP. Zelei D, Robbins P, Wood D. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2007 May 77 Suppl 1:69-70,
  • Massive sternal amyloidoma – the importance of multidisciplinary specialist management and case report.
  • Carey Smith RL, Taylor PRP, Robbins P, Wood D, Poster, Australian Orthopaedic Association ASM Gold Coast QLD July 07
  • Removal of the Well-Fixed Hip Resurfacing Acetabular Component A Simple, Bone Preserving Technique.
  • Taylor PR, Stoffel KK, Dunlop DG, Yates PJ. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2009 Apr;24(3):484-6
  • The comminuted midshaft clavicle fracture: A biomechanical evaluation of plating methods.
  • Taylor PRP, Day RE, Nicholls RL, Rasmussen J, Yates P, Stoffel K. Clinical Biomechanics June 2011, 26/5(491-6)

Dr Vijaya Venkataraman

Consultant Physician

Dr Vijaya Venkataraman

MBBS, MD, MRCP, FRCP, FRACP

Consultant Physician

Vijaya is an experienced Consultant Physician and is available to received direct referrals for patient in need of physician services.

Dr.Vijaya Venkataraman was born in Central india and completed her schooling from St Joseph’s convent in Jabalpur a small town in central India.

She later finished her MBBS in 1997 and MD (post graduation in Medicine) in 2000 from Government medical colleges in Northern India.

She was awarded Gold medals for best performances both in MBBS and MD from Rani Durgawati University and Jiwaji University India.

She completed her 3 years training in cardiology and echocardiogram from the reputed Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre Mumbai in 2003 where she worked and trained under Dr S C Munsi cardiologist and Padma Shri award winner.

After completing her cardiology training in Mumbai, she decided to leave India and moved to Maldives in year 2004 for a different work and life experience. In the beautiful Maldives she worked in the country’s biggest private ADK hospital as a consultant physician mainly in acute medicine, cardiology and also covering ICU during emergencies.

After spending 2 years in Maldives she moved to the UK where she worked in different locum roles for a few months and passed her MRCP exams. She was later awarded FRCP Edinburgh.

Her next and final move was to Australia in the North West Coast of Tasmania in 2006 where she took the role of a consultant physician in both Mersey Community Hospital, Latrobe and North West Regional Hospital Burnie. During her time in Tasmania she completed her Australian fellowship peer review period, echocardiogram peer review and also passed her FRACP exit exam from John Hunter hospital in Newcastle, NSW.

Her speciality training and keen area of interest are acute medicine, cardiology mainly heart failure, complex cardiac problems in indigenous population, rheumatic heart disease and also echocardiogram.

She is also a very passionate and keen teacher and has been closely involved in teaching medical students and junior doctors in her roles as a senior lecturer with RCS, University of Tasmania and as a consultant physician and supervisor for junior doctors.

She made her final move to WA in 2012 along with her husband and 3 month old baby and joined Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital, WACHS, Kalgoorlie as a senior consultant physician with special interest in cardiology.

She was well loved by her peers, medical and non medical staffs in KRH. Her work mainly involved acute and sub-acute inpatient medicine and cardiology outpt clinics. She represented WACHS Goldfields in cardiovascular executive advisory committee meetings.

She joined the RCS, University of WA as an associate professor in 2013.

She is also closely connected with the local GPs in Kalgoorlie and started doing after hours private bulk billed clinics from Trinity medical centre since 2016.

She decided to challenge herself by moving outside her comfort zone in 2019 and joined SCGH Medicine department as a senior consultant physician acute medicine and joined UWA as a co-lead medical coordinator.

She still continues to travel to Kalgoorlie to serve the local community and also to teach the medical students in RCS, UWA. She has a very keen interest in echocardiogram and works closely with the paediatrician and UWA research guru Dr Christine Jefferies Stokes to help diagnose rheumatic heart disease among indigenous population and as a part of RHD, Australia.

Philip Boyd

Managing Director

Philip Boyd

Bsc(Curtin), GradDipBus(Curtin)

Managing Director

Philip is an experienced Healthcare Executive with over 17 years experience in senior management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Curtin University Western Australia) and Graduate Diploma in Business (Curtin University Graduate School of Business Western Australia).

Philip has extensive management experience in the provision of specialist medical services and also within the private hospital sector. He has previously managed large specialist medical practices and has expertise in practice management services, business development, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, project management, human resource management and international recruitment. He has also worked as an independent healthcare consultant focusing on specialist medical services and the private hospital sector.

Philip has also previously worked clinically in Intensive Care and Coronary Care as a Registered Nurse before moving into hospital management roles including: Director of Nursing and Manager Critical Care Services.

Montanique O’Sullivan

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Montanique O’Sullivan

BscNursing(Curtin)

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Montanique brings a wealth of nursing and leadership experience to our Team, having worked in the nursing profession in a variety of roles for the past 19 years.  She spent the past 7 years specialising in the neurosurgical field as a Clinical Nurse and Educator, and is highly experienced in pain management, wounds and post operative care.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Curtin University) and recently completed a Diploma in Management.

Sara Smart

Finance Manager/Administrative Support

Sara Smart

Finance Manager/Administrative Support

Sara joins NeuroSpine Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State, USA. She has experience managing programs for non-profits and managing specialist medical practices here in Australia.

Kylie Hackett

Medical Secretary

Kylie Hackett

Medical Secretary

Kylie has had 20 years experience in medical administration working in radiology departments in Fremantle Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  She has been working with Dr Michael Kern for the past 7 years.

Eileen Albinson

Medical Secretary

Eileen Albinson

Medical Secretary

Eileen has worked mainly in community-based organisations before making the change to medical secretary.  For many years she worked in a busy day hospital where she was the PA to the Medical Director and Business Manager, assisting with licensing and accreditation of both the hospital and GP practice.

Personally, Eileen’s hobbies include photography, travel and gardening.

Carrie Havercroft

Medical Secretary

Carrie Havercroft

Medical Secretary

Carrie brings to the team over 14 years office experience with her background being in Human Resources and Medical Administration.

Conny Maier

Medical Secretary

Conny Maier

Medical Secretary

Conny has Bachelor’s degree in mathematical biometrics from the University of Ulm, Germany. She has over 8 years experience in customer service due to working in hospitality. Besides having a part-time position at the NeuroSpine Institute she studies the diploma of early childhood education and care.