Sydney Brain & Spine


A/Prof Winder is an Australian Trained Neurosurgeon with dedicated subspecialist training in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Skull Base Surgery.

Dr Lukins is an Australian Trained Neurosurgeon with dedicated subspecialist training in Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity surgery, Endoscopic Spine Surgery and Brain Tumour Surgery.

They have extensive surgical expertise in the following areas:

  • Spine Surgery
  • Cranial Surgery



  • Minimally invasive microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusions
  • Nerve root decompressions
  • Disc Arthroplasty (Replacements)
  • Trauma
  • Complex Scoliosis Correction
  • Spinal Cord Tumours
  • Spinal Oncology

A/Prof Winder and Dr Lukins specialise in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Endoscopic Spine Surgery for microdiscectomies and laminectomies; this type of “keyhole” surgery can be performed as day only procedures with >90% of cases requiring less than 24 hrs in hospital. They have established solid reputations, offering excellent clinical results with fast recovery and minimal hospital stay.


  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusions (ACDF)
  • Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (Replacements)
  • Minimally Invasive Posterior Foraminotomy
  • Cervical Laminectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Fusions
  • Cervical Corpectomy (Vertebrectomy)
  • Complex Cervical Fusions (Occipit-C2)

A/Prof Winder and Dr Lukins perform cervical operations using minimally invasive approaches, many as day only surgical procedures. A/Prof Winder has researched and published data on the benefits of minimally invasive approaches over standard open techniques.

Dr Lukins obtained a Master of Surgery at the University of Notre Dame focusing on the role of surgery for elderly patients with cervical fractures. He continues to be involved in research on the most current surgical techniques.


  • Decompressions and Fusions
  • Trauma
  • Spinal Tumours
  • Endoscopic and Open Thoracic Discectomies


The team have a specialised focus on Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery with sub specialist training in a variety of areas. Both doctors  work with a dedicated Skull Base Team where required in an effort to attain the best possible patient outcomes.

As well as two separate North American Fellowships, Dr Winder has a Master of Surgery (Neurosurgery) attained at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Professor Michael K. Morgan, specialising in Cerebrovascular Surgery. He has a strong interest in cerebral aneurysm management.


  • Meningiomas
  • Gliomas
  • Pituitary Tumours
  • Skull Base Tumours (Chordomas, Craniopharyngiomas, Dermoids, epidermoids, Neurenteric Cysts, GlomusJugulare).
  • Vascular conditions (Aneurysms, Cavernomas)

He has a special interest in

  • Endoscopic Pituitary Tumour Resection (non secretory and secretory), working with a dedicated pituitary team (Endocrinology, Neuroradiology and Otorhinolaryngology).
  • Microvascular Decompressions (MVDs) for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial Spasm