Professor Brian K. Owler AM

Adult & Paediatric Neurosurgeon

MB BS BSc(Med)(Hons) GradCertFin PhD FRACS FAMA

Clinical Professor Brian K. Owler AM is a Sydney-based neurosurgeon. Professor Owler offers a comprehensive neurosurgical service covering both paediatric and adult conditions. He is an Australian trained neurosurgeon with extensive experience in the treatment of cranial and spinal neurosurgical conditions. Special interests include tumours of the brain and spine, spinal disorders, hydrocephalus and other CSF circulation disorders.

Prof Owler is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Norwest Private Hospital, The Mater Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He has a PhD from the University of Sydney and performed research at the Academic Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cambridge. Research topics have included new treatments for the management of hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri, brain tumours and deep brain stimulation surgery. He is a Patron of the Hydrocephalus Association of NSW.

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Prof Owler was President of the Australian Medical Association from 2014-16 and is a past President of AMA NSW. Along with his interests in clinical work, he is interested in public health advocacy. This includes the RTA / NSW AMA Road Safety ‘Don’t Rush’ campaign, lobbying to prevent childhood injury such as falls from windows and improving pool safety. He is also a Vice-Patron of Road Safety Education.

In 2018 Professor Owler was recognised for his work by being made a Member of the Order of Australia, General Division, for significant service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organisations, and to education.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Surgery), University of Sydney, 2000-2004
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney, 1990-96
  • Bachelor of Science (Medicine), Honours Class I, University of Sydney, 1993
  • Graduate Certificate of Finance, Macquarie University, 2021
  • Fellow, Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Neurosurgery 2006
  • Fellow, Australian Medical Association 2017

Current Positions

  • Children’s Hospital at Westmead - 2006
  • Norwest Private Hospital (Head of Department) - 2008
  • Sydney Adventist Hospital - 2007
  • Westmead Private Hospital - 2006
  • Mater Hospital - 2020
  • Board Member 2018
  • Patron 2010
  • Vice-Patron 2011
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia

Awards

  • Member, Order of Australia, General Division 2018 – For significant service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organisations, and to education.
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Community Service Award
  • Australian Newspaper – Nominee 2017 Australian of the Year
  • AMA NSW – President’s Award 2016

Previous Positions

  • Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Sydney 2015 - 2021

  • Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, Sydney
  • Medical School, University of Sydney 2015 - 2021
  • Associate Professor, Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, Uni Syd 2008 - 15
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, Uni Syd 2007-8
  • Clinical Lecturer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney 2004-2005
  • Honorary Research Associate, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney) 2004-2006
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital (Cambridge, UK), Honorary Clinical Fellow (Ph.D.) 2000-2001
  • Key Supervisor in Neuroanatomy (Cambridge, UK), Queens’ College, University of Cambridge 2001
  • Visiting Medical Officer - Macquarie University Hospital, 2012
  • Visiting Medical Officer – Neurosurgery, Westmead Hospital, 2006-2012
  • Senior Registrar in Neurosurgery, Westmead Hospital 2004-2006
  • Senior Registrar in Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney) 2003-2004
  • Senior Registrar in Neurosurgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney) 2001-2003
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), General Surgical Registrar (Unaccredited) 1999
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), Neurosurgical Registrar (Unaccredited) 1998
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), Intern 1997
  • Autism Awareness Australia, Board Member 2016 – 2019
  • Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Board Member 2017 – 2018
  • Australian Medical Association – Limited 2011 – 2016
  • AMA Pty Ltd 2014 – 16
  • AMA NT Pty Ltd 2014 - 16
  • AMA Commercial Ltd 2014 - 16
  • Actraint No 110 2014 - 16
  • Australian Medical Association – NSW Branch 2010 - 2014
  • Federal Electorate Bennelong, 2019

Chair 2016 - 2018

  • Member of Council 2015 - 2016

Member 2015 - 2016

  • President 2014 – 16
  • Chair, Health Finance & Economics Committee, 2014-2016
  • Chair, Indigenous Health Taskforce, 2014-16
  • Federal Executive Member 2013 – 14
  • Chair, Audit and Risk Committee 2013 - 14
  • Federal Councillor (Surgeon Representative) 2011- 14
  • Federal Councillor (NSW Representative) 2011 - 11
  • Economics and Workforce Committee Member 2011 – 14
  • Taskforce NDIS/NIIS Member 2012 - 14
  • Hospital Pricing Framework Committee 2012 - 14
  • President 2012 - 2014
  • Member of Board 2010 - 2014
  • Hospital Practice Committee Chair 2010 – 12, Member 2009 - 2014
  • Councillor – Surgeon Class 2009 – 2014
  • Co-opted Member Hospital Practice Committee 2008
  • Councillor, Student and DIT representative, 1995-97
  • Resident’s and Student’s Committee, 1994-97
  • Hospital Practice Committee, 1995-97
  • Ethics Committee, 1995-97
  • Westmead Hospital, Senior Clinical Council 2009 - 2011
  • Westmead Hospital Medical Staff Council – Executive Committee 2009 - 2011
  • Westmead Hospital Deputy Chair – Division of Surgery 2010 – 2011
  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Expert Panel on Emergency Department and Elective Surgery Performance 2011 – 15
  • Commission for Healthcare Delivery in Tasmania, Consultant, Elective Surgery Performance 2013 –2014
  • Director 2009-2013
  • Member Taskforce on NPH Co-morbidities 2011-12
  • Chair, Registry Committee 2013 - 14
  • Tutor
  • Academic Board, 1994
  • Member Quality Assurance Delegation, 1994
  • Medical Libraries Committee, 1992-3
  • Member of Faculty Board, 1994
  • Member of Faculty Standing Committee, 1994
  • Staff-Student Liaison Committee, 1994
  • Department of Medicine, Student Representative, 1994
  • Graduate Medical Program, Basic and Clinical Sciences Committee, 1994-96
  • Graduate Medical Program, Neuroscience Committee, 1994-96
  • Medical Advisory Committee 2012 - 2014
  • Ambassador 1200 Club for Brain Cancer Research
  • Ocsober Ambassador 2013
  • Undergraduate President, 1994
  • Undergraduate Vice-President, 1995-96
  • Director of Bookshop, 1991-1994
  • Clinical Years Representative, 1995
  • Member 1990-2000
  • Member of Council 1990-1996
  • Member of Executive Committee, 1991-95
  • Assistant Director of Bookshop, 1990-91
  • Convenor: Final Year Book Editorial Committee, 1996
  • University of Sydney Medical Revue, Assistant Technical Director, 1990
  • University of Sydney Medical Revue, Technical Director, 1991-92
  • Medical Workforce Committee, 1996
  • Taskforce: Mental Health and Suicide of Doctors and Medical Students, 1996
  • GMCT, Working Party Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders 2007/8