A/Prof. James van Gelder

MBBS, MD, FRACS, M. Med. Stats, Conjoint Associate Professor University NSW

Prof. James van Gelder is a Consultant Neurosurgeron & Spine Surgeon. He is an expert in minimally invasive spinal procedures. He is the director of Neurosurgery at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital.
A/Prof. J. van Gelder

Prof. James van Gelder is an Australian-trained Specialist Neurosurgeon & Spine Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is the director of Neurosurgery at Concord Repatriation Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital, and the co-founder and director of the Sydney Spine Institute. He holds Conjoint Associate Professorship at the University of NSW and has served as a faculty member and teaching staff at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  His academic interests include Evidence-Based Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology and Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. van Gelder is an approved medical specialist and trained assessor of permanent impairment registered with WorkCover NSW.



  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Complex spine surgery
  • Surgery for brain and pituitary tumours
  • Brain and cranio-cerebral injuries
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Peripheral nerve conditions




  • Urgent Appointments & Emergencies
  • Multi-disciplinary Care 
  • WorkCover & MVA

Surgery Fees

  • Australian Medical Association Schedule of Fees
  • NO GAP surgery for pensioners & disadvantaged *(offered at specific hospitals, for routine spinal procedures only)







  • Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS), The University of Melbourne 1984
  • Doctorate of Medicine (MD) awarded by The University of Melbourne 1996
  • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Epidemiology, The University of Newcastle 1995
  • Master of Medical Statistics, The University of Newcastle 1997
  • Faculty Member and Teaching Staff, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2000
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1997
  • Fellowship training Wayne State University USA 1998-1999
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, University of NSW



  1. The probability of sudden death from rupture of intracranial aneurysms: a meta-analysis

J Huang, JM van Gelder

Neurosurgery 51 (5), 1101-1107

  1. Long-term reliability of endoscopic third ventriculostomy

D Kadrian, J Van Gelder, D Florida, R Jones, M Vonau, C Teo, W Stening, …

Neurosurgery 56 (6), 1271-1278

  1. Computed tomographic angiography for detecting cerebral aneurysms: implications of aneurysm size distribution for the sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios

JM van Gelder

Neurosurgery 53 (3), 597-606

  1. Is postoperative intensive care unit admission a prerequisite for elective craniotomy? Clinical article

JQH Bui, RL Mendis, JM Van Gelder, MMP Sheridan, KM Wright, …

Journal of neurosurgery 115 (6), 1236-1241

  1. Estimating the annual rate of de novo multiple aneurysms: three statistical approaches

JJY Cheong, N Ghinea, JM van Gelder

Neurosurgical focus 17 (5), 1-8

  1. Clinical experience with the low pressure Novus valve in the treatment of adult hydrocephalus

CCW Chong, J van Gelder, M Sheridan

Journal of clinical neuroscience 9 (5), 539-543

  1. Colloid cyst of the third ventricle in opposite sex, non-twin siblings

JM Van Gelder, JE Dahlstrom, RLG Newcombe

Journal of clinical neuroscience 5 (2), 207-209

  1. Meta-analysis and use of tests of heterogeneity in neurosurgery

JY Cheong, JM Van Gelder

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 17 (2), 163-167

  1. A probabilistic and interactive decision-analysis system for unruptured intracranial aneurysms

N Ghinea, JM van Gelder

Neurosurgical focus 17 (5), 1-8

  1. Subdural haematomas complicating insertion of the low-pressure Novus hydrocephalus valve: A simple method for intra-operative testing of the anti-siphon device

CCW Chong, JM van Gelder

Journal of clinical neuroscience 13 (7), 759-762

  1. Assessment of imaging techniques for intracranial lesions: Positron emission tomography versus magnetic resonance spectroscopy

S Gopinath, RG Beran, T Sachinwalla, M Sheridan, J Van Gelder, JM Chu, …

NEUROLOGY 56 (8), A248-A249

  1. The neurosurgery workforce in Australia and New Zealand: a report

JM van Gelder

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 4 (2), 271-272