Sydney Brain & Spine


A/Prof Winder and Dr Lukins are Australian Trained Neurosurgeons with dedicated subspecialist training in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Neurooncology and Complex Spinal Deformity Surgery. They  has extensive surgical expertise in the following areas:



  • 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; this type of “keyhole” surgery can be performed as day only procedures with >90% of cases requiring less than 24 hrs in hospital. The team have established a solid reputation, 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. They have researched and published data on the benefits of minimally invasive approaches over standard open techniques.


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


A/Prof Winder and Dr Lukins  have a specialised focus on Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery with sub specialist training in a variety of areas. They work with a dedicated Skull Base Team where required in an effort to attain the best possible patient outcomes.


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

A/Prof Winder 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

As well as two separate North American Fellowships, A/Prof 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.

Dr Lukins has a special interest in

  • Meningiomas
  • Gliomas
  • Skull Base Tumours (Chordomas, Craniopharyngiomas, Dermoids,
  • epidermoids, Neurenteric Cysts, GlomusJugulare).

Dr Lukins has completed two fellowships, the first having a major focus on Neurooncology.