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PROFILE

DR. ANDREW ZACEST

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Dr Andrew Zacest was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in August 2008 and Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Adelaide in 2010. Having schooled in Adelaide at St Ignatius College, he received his medical degree from the University of Adelaide. He went on to train in Neurosurgery at the Royal Adelaide, Royal Prince Alfred and Westmead Hospitals and was awarded the Fellowship in Neurosurgery in 2007. As part of his training he completed a Masters of Surgery thesis entitled “Substance P in Traumatic Brain Injury” under the supervision of Professor Bob Vink and was one of the first neurosurgical trainees in Australia to be awarded a Pain Fellowship by examination though the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. His post fellowship training was with Professor Kim Burchiel in Portland, Oregon, USA specializing in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. He is a recipient of the John Lowenthal Surgical Research Prize, a CONROD RACS and the Stuart Morson Neurosurgical Scholarships. His neurosurgical interests include all applications of functional neurosurgery including neurosurgery for pain, deep brain stimulation, radiosurgery, epilepsy, brain tumours and general neurosurgery.

“A well informed patient is the neurosurgeon’s best ally”.

-Dr. Andrew Zacest

DR. ANDREW ZACEST

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Dr Andrew Zacest was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in August 2008 and Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Adelaide in 2010. Having schooled in Adelaide at St Ignatius College, he received his medical degree from the University of Adelaide. He went on to train in Neurosurgery at the Royal Adelaide, Royal Prince Alfred and Westmead Hospitals and was awarded the Fellowship in Neurosurgery in 2007. As part of his training he completed a Masters of Surgery thesis entitled “Substance P in Traumatic Brain Injury” under the supervision of Professor Bob Vink and was one of the first neurosurgical trainees in Australia to be awarded a Pain Fellowship by examination though the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. His post fellowship training was with Professor Kim Burchiel in Portland, Oregon, USA specializing in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. He is a recipient of the John Lowenthal Surgical Research Prize, a CONROD RACS and the Stuart Morson Neurosurgical Scholarships. His neurosurgical interests include all applications of functional neurosurgery including neurosurgery for pain, deep brain stimulation, radiosurgery, epilepsy, brain tumours and general neurosurgery.

“A well informed patient is the neurosurgeon’s best ally”.

-Dr. Andrew Zacest

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS Adel 1995)

Master of Surgery (MS Adel 2004)

Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgery  (Neurosurgery) (FRACS) 2007

Fellow Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA) 2007 

Stereotactic and Functional Clinical Fellowship, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA,  2008

Dr Zacest is fully Australian trained neurosurgeon, pain specialist and has additional post fellowship training in the US.He is registered with the SA Medical Board and accredited at the RAH, Wakefield and Memorial Hospitals.

CONTINUED EDUCATION

The field of neurosurgery is advancing continuously and continued medical education in Australia and overseas is vital to maintain expertise.

Dr Zacest participates in the RACS CME programme and is accredited at the Royal Adelaide and Wakefield Hospitals..

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Faculty of Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 

Neurosurgical Society of Australia

Association of World Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeons

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PUBLICATIONS/

PRESENTATIONS

Zacest AC, Magill S, Burchiel KJ. Pain relief after ilioinguinal neurectomy for chronic pain following hernia surgery. Submitted to Journal of Neurosurgery 2009.

Zacest AC, Berk M, Burchiel KJ.Precision and accuracy in stereotatic targeting in patients. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2009 in press.

Zacest AC, Anderson V, Burchiel KJ. The glass half empty or half full. How effective are long term intrathecal opioids in post herpetic neuralgia. A case series and review of the literature. Neuromodulation 2009 in press.

Raslan A, DeJesus R, Berk M, Zacest AC, Burchiel KJ. Sensitivity of high resolution 3D MRA and 3D spoiled gradient recalled imaging in prediction of neurovascular compression in patients with hemifacial spasm. Neurosurgery 2009 in press.

Zacest AC, Magill S, Miller J, Burchiel JK. 3D MRI for type 2 Trigeminal Neuralgia. Submitted to Journal of Neurosurgery

Zacest AC, Nemecek A, Carlson JD, Burchiel KJ. The surgical management of spinal catheter granulomas. Operative case with illustrations and review of the surgical literature. Neurosurgery, Operative Nuances 2009 in press.

Zacest AC, Burchiel KJ. The surgical management of trigeminal neuralgia associated with vertebrobasilar tortuosity. Pathogenesis and surgical approach revisited. Submitted to Neurosurgery, Operative Nuances.

Zacest AC, Burchiel JK, Spencer D. Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy. Youmans Neurological Surgery in press.

Zacest AC, Burchiel JK. History of Pain Surgery. Youmans Neurological Surgery in press.

Zacest AC, Burchiel KJ. Deep Brain Stimulation for Non Movement Disorders. Contemporary Neurosurgery.

Burchiel KJ. Surgical Management of trigeminal neuralgia. How I do it. Chapter for Surgical Handbook of Neurological Surgery. Editor Marc Sindou. Coauthor AC Zacest .

Zacest AC, Vink R, Manavis J, Blumbergs PC. Cortical perivascular axonal injury and substance P immunoreactivity in human traumatic brain injury. Acta Neurochiurgia 2009 in press

Zacest AC, Kapur D, Plummer J. Diagnostic and therapeutic utility of a single dose methadone pharmacokinetic study. Poster presentation World Congress of Pain, Sydney, 2005.

Zacest AC, Besser M, Stevens G, Thompson J, McCarthy WH, Culjak G. Surgical management of cerebral metastases from melanoma. Outcome of 147 patients treated at a single institution over 2 decades. J. Neurosurg 96 : 552- 558, 2002.

Fife KM, Colman MH, Stevens GN, Firth IC, Moon D, Harman R, Petersen-Shaefer K, Zacest AC. Determinants of outcome in melanoma patients with cerebral metastases – a review of 1137 patients treated at a single centre. J Clin Oncol 22 (7) : 1293-300, 2004.

Lee G, Reilly PL, Zacest AC. Recurrent haemorrhage from a malignant brain stem glioma : a review of the mechanisms of tumoural haemorrhage. J Clin Neuroscience, Sept 2003 : 632-634.

Zacest AC, Brophy BP. Recombinant plasminogen activator in intracerebral and intraventricular haemorrhage. A review with case illustrations. Presented at RACS meeting Adelaide May 2002.

Zacest AC, Sandhu A, Jones N, Reilly PL, Burrows D. Cerebral Venous Sinus Stenting for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – experience with 3 cases in one institution. Presented at SA and NT Annual Scientific Meeting August 2002.

Bain G.I., Zacest AC, Middleton J, Patterson D. Hip Abduction Following Intra Medullary Nailing. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma; 1997; 2: 93 – 97.

Zacest AC, Phillips P. What Are My Chances Doctor? Risk Perception in Diabetes. Poster Presentation at Australian Diabetes Educators Conference, July 1992.