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About Neurosurgery & Spine

Neurosurgery + Spine aim to provide a comprehensive patient-centric journey, helping patients understand their condition and treatment choices. Making the most of recent advances in technology and surgical techniques for your complete care. 


A multi-disciplinary team of a Neurosurgeon, Spinal and Sports Doctors, Physiotherapists and Psychologist work to together to ensure that you are well informed around the options available to you regarding your condition. Based at the Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia. 

Calvary Adelaide Hospital have a dedicated Neurosurgical Ward and Theatre team. The operating theatre has the latest technology and equipment and is supported by a large Intensive Care Unit. The hospital has the only 24-hour private Emergency Department in Adelaide along with onsite rehabilitation for those patients who require extra help after surgery. All patients have private rooms.

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Are you struggling with lower back pain?


Reactiv8 Restorative Neurostimulation therapy might be the option for you, by stabilising the muscles in your lower back. 

Meet The Team


Prof. Matthew McDonald  |  Neurosurgeon 

Prof Matthew McDonald is an Australian Trained Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon. He completed his FRACS in 2000 and did a further Complex Spine and Spinal Trauma Fellowship in Miami, USA 2001.  

Prof McDonald treats all common neurosurgical conditions but has special interest in managing patients with brain tumour. These patients are closely managed in a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best and latest treatment for each condition.  


Prof McDonald has subspecialty interest in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for patients with Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.  He has now completed over 250 DBS operations with excellent results. DBS can significantly improve quality of like for patients suffering from these conditions.   


He spent 19 years as a Visiting Medical Specialist in the Department of Neurosurgery at Flinders Medical Centre as well as previously working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Department. 


Prof McDonald holds a position with University of South Australia as a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and has a keen interest in improving medical education. Through his work with University of South Australia, he has established the Calvary Adelaide Grand Rounds and Academic Hour. Along with undertaking several research projects with researchers from University of South Australia and Clinicians at Calvary Adelaide Hospital to bring researchers and clinicians close together. 


In 2018 and 2019, Prof McDonald has held the position of Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Chair as well as the inaugural Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Chair in 2020, 2021 and 2022. 


Prof McDonald is a board member of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation (NRF) and has held that position for the last 15 years. 


He is passionate about ensuring country patients have access to the best quality healthcare and has been consulting in Naracoorte in the South East, South Australia for well over 10 years and has recently began practicing in Barossa, South Australia in 2019. Along with that he is establishing a DBS service in Townsville, Queensland to increase the access to the patients of Northern Queensland. 

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Dr James Economos   |  Occupational & Environmental Physician

Dr Economos is an OP with over 25 years of experience in the field, born and trained in Adelaide, graduating from Adelaide University in 1993, obtaining a Diploma of Occupational Health (University of Adelaide), becoming a Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAFOEM), Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2003.  He has worked in private practice for the past 20 years after consulting fulltime for GM Holdens for 4 years, at CHG clinics for 3 years and to SA Health, and is the chairperson of the SA Faculty. 


His expertise lies in helping those with musculoskeletal disability associated with workplace claims or road traffic accident (RTA) claims maximise function by ensuring accurate diagnosis, identifying and addressing significant barriers to rehabilitation and working with the person, the treating team and employer to achieve a safe, sustainable return to rewarding work and personal pursuits.

Dr Economos provides an urgent Second Opinion Medicine (SOM) service to GP's, specialists and agents for their WorkCover and RTA/MVA patients, an ongoing patient management service for WorkCover and RTA/MVA patients and undertakes independent examinations (accredited in SA/NSW/ VicSafe) and impairment assessments (WorkCover/MVA accredited in SA and NSW, Comcare).   

He consults primarily from Kent Town and visits SeafordMount Barker and Gawler.

Dr Marc Cesana   |  Sport & Spinal Doctor

Dr Cesana has vast experience in elite sports medicine in both Australian Rules Football and soccer.


He has worked with the Adelaide Crows Football Club for 15 years and is currently the Senior Medical Officer. He has spent 14 years as the Team Doctor with the Olyroos, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His interests include Australian Rules Football, soccer and military medicine.


Dr Cesana has a Masters in Exercise Science and, as a result, has an interest in rehabilitation of all complex musculoskeletal injuries, including spinal conditions. 

You do not need a referral to arrange an appointment with Dr Marc Cesana

Dr James Ilic   |  Sport & Spinal Doctor

Dr Ilic has vast experience in elite sports medicine and complex spinal conditions. 

You do not need a referral to arrange an appointment with Dr James Ilic. 


Jo Twelftree   |  Physiotherapist 

Jo graduated from the University of South Australia in 2003 and has since focussed her clinical skills on treating patients in private practice. 


Jo enjoys treating patients with back and neck pain as well as patients with neck related headache or migraine. Jo has undertaken additional training in Pilates, dry needling and the assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders.


Outside of work Jo keeps herself very busy with a young family, walking her dog along Goolwa beach as well as tending to the vegie garden.

Meet the Team


Appointments & Enquiries

08 8223 3989

Level 5, 120 Angas Street, Adelaide  SA  5000



08 8232 4168

Referring Doctors

08 8223 3989


Please contact us if you believe the patient needs urgent attention as we are always happy to accommodate clinically urgent appointments. 

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