Doctor Simon Sandler

MBChB (honors in the preclinical and clinical years) (UCT), MRCS(UK), FCS(Neurosurgery)SA, FRACS (Neurosurgery), Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Adelaide), Editorial Consultant for Spinal Surgery News.

Dr Sandler is a South African trained neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon and holds dual fellowship qualifications in neurosurgery from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Australia.)

Dr Sandler’s interests include all spinal disorders (deformity, degenerative, trauma, inflammatory, tumour) and performs both invasive and minimally invasive spinal surgery (keyhole) as well as neurosurgical conditions with a special interest in tumours, infection and hydrocephalus.

Dr Sandler graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa as a doctor in 2000. After completing his internship and community service, with an interest and passion in spinal surgery, he furthered his training by working in a spinal service at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS trust in the UK. At this time, Dr Sandler completed the MRCS (UK) exams.

He then returned to South Africa where he completed an intensive neurosurgical training program with both adult and paediatric experience. Dr Sandler was awarded the chief registrar position in 2009 as well as the first funded department of education neurosurgical position. He obtained his Fellowship in Neurosurgery in 2009.

His post fellowship subspecialisation training included 2 Spinal Fellowships (Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town South Africa and Royal Adelaide Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, South Australia). Both these fellowships involved complex adult and paediatric spinal surgery. It was this second fellowship in 2011, which led Dr Sandler and his family to immigrate to Australia and Adelaide.

Doctor Sandler also successfully completed the Australian Fellowship examination on moving to Australia and is a full member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Sandler has worked as a Neuro/Spinal Fellow at Flinders Medical Centre and is currently a Consultant at Royal Adelaide Hospital where he works in both the department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Unit, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics.

Dr Sandler is actively involved in academic research and teaching across both clinical units. He is an Editorial Consultant for Spinal Surgery News and also holds the position of Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Sandler recently became an Australian and has committed his practice to the service of the Australian community. 

Simon looks forward to the opportunity to help you with the care of your patients. He is committed to education and informed decision-making as well as communication with patients and family.

Areas Of Interest

  • Adult Lumbar Spine
  • Adult Cervical Spine
  • Adult thoracic spine
  • Adult Scoliosis and Kyphosis
  • Adult Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Tumours and Spinal Cord Tumours
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Infections
  • Brain Tumours
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Inflammatory or Infective conditions of the Brain
  • Brain Trauma
  • Peripheral Nerve
  • Chiari malformation and syringomyelia

Current Appointments

Public Hospital Appointment
Consultant Spinal Surgeon
Spinal Injuries Unit, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA
Public Hospital Appointment
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Department of Neurosurgery
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA
Private Hospital Appointment
Spinal Surgeon and Neurosurgeon
St Andrew's Hospital
Adelaide, SA
Private Hospital Appointment
Spinal Surgeon and Neurosurgeon
Memorial Hospital
Adelaide, SA
University Appointment
Senior Clinical Lecturer
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, SA
Other Appointment
Editorial Consultant for Spinal Surgery News
Adelaide, SA

Past Appointments

2012 - 2014Public Hospital Appointment
Neuro/Spinal Fellow
Department of Neurosurgery
Flinders Medical Centre
Adelaide, SA
2011 - 2012Spinal Fellowship
Spinal Fellow
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA
2010 - 2011Spinal Fellowship
Spinal Fellow
Department of Orthopaedics, Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit
Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa
2009 - 2010Public Hospital Appointment
Junior Consultant Neurosurgeon
Department of Neurosurgery
Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa
2009 - 2010University Appointment
Lecturer
University of Cape Town (UCT)
Cape Town, South Africa

Memberships

 
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS Neurosurgery)
FRACS Neurosurgery
 
Fellow of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa)
FC(Neurosurg)SA
 
AO spine Full member
 
Health Professions Council of South Africa (Neurosurgeon)
 
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – AHPRA (Neurosurgeon)
 
General Medical Council (UK)
 
Spine Society of South Africa
 
Neurosurgical Society of South Africa
 
Society of Lateral Access Surgeons (SOLAS)
 
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
 
Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)

Fellowships

2011 - 2012
Spinal Fellow
Spinal Unit, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA
2010 - 2011
Spinal Fellow
Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa
2009 - 2010
Neurosurgical Fellow
Department of Neurosurgery
Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town, South Africa

Academic Interests

2009
"Biomarkers in paediatric traumatic brain injury"
By Sandler SJI. Childs Nerv Syst 2009; 26:205-213
2007
"Intracranial pressure and cerebral oxygenation changes after decompressive craniectomy in a child with traumatic brain swelling"
By Sandler SJI. Childs Nerv Syst. 2007 Nov; 23(11): 1331-5
2008
"Continuous Monitoring and Intervention for Cerebral Ischemia in Tuberculous Meningitis"
By Sandler SJI, Figaji AA, Fieggen AG, Argent AC, Le Roux PD & Peter JC. Pediatr Crit Care Med. July 2008; 9(4):e25-30
"Lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis causing rapid onset cauda equina syndrome: case report"
By Sandler SJI, Wells A, McDonald MJ & Vrodos NJ. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
"Detecting Facet Joint and Lateral Mass Injuries of the Subaxial Cervical Spine in Major Trauma Patients: Plain Radiographs are Inaccurate and Unreliable"
By Sandler SJI, Joost van Middendorp D, Cheung I, Dalzell K, Deverall H, Freeman BJC, Williams R & Goss B. Asian Spine Journal

Practice Locations

Private Rooms

Adelaide Spine and Brain
208 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide, SA, 5006

Phone:
08 7231 5435
Fax:
08 8361 7701
Email:
sandler ( dot] admin [@t ] spine ( dot] com ( dot] au
Public Hospital

Spinal Injuries Unit, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Public Hospital

Department of Neurosurgery
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Phone:
08 8222 5232
Fax:
08 8222 5886

Fee Structure

Initial Consultation $250.00 - Medicare rebate $110.40
Review Consultation $150.00 - Medicare rebate $36.55

These fees are less than the current recommended rates provided by the Australian Medical Association (AMA); of which I am a member.

Initial consultations are typically 30 minutes in duration and follow-up appointments 15 minutes.

We request all fees for consultations are paid in full on the day of your appointment via EFTPOS, cash or Credit Card (most major cards accepted).

For your convenience we participate in HIC online which is an electronic claiming service provided by Medicare Australia.

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:
  • Referral from your Doctor or Specialist (if not already posted/forwarded)
  • X-Ray, CT Scans, Bone Scans and MRIs– please bring ALL your scans
  • Private Health Insurance Card
  • Medicare Card

Get in contact

To get in contact with Dr Sandler at Adelaide Spine and Brain:
Phone:
08 7231 5435
Fax:
08 8361 7701
Email:
sandler ( dot] admin [@t ] spine ( dot] com ( dot] au
Address:
208 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide, SA 5006

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