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Mr Nicholas Maartens


  • Neurosurgery

Training and experience counts

Mr Nicholas Maartens is the neurosurgeon at the Brain & Spine Surgery Centre and a leading Australian Neurosurgeon. He works in private, has an academic public appointment at the Alfred Hospital and is a senior lecturer at Monash University.

After being awarded the Alec Brooke Scholarship, he underwent medical school training graduating MBChB at the University of Cape Town SA. He undertook his surgical training at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith in London UK, obtaining his surgical FRCS. He then undertook training as a neurosurgical registrar at the prestigious Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford UK as one of the last registrars of renowned neurosurgeon Mr Christopher Adams.

During this time he worked extensively with Prof Peter Teddy and Prof Giles Brindley FRS, undertaking the equivalent of a pain fellowship, assisting in the implantation of the first brain telemeter. He has been awarded the Ron Tasker Award for pain management by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. After obtaining a further FRCS fellowship in Surgical Neurology and being accredited by the Intercollegiate Royal College of Surgeons as a specialist neurosurgeon, he was then awarded a scholarship to undertake a pituitary skull base fellowship at the Virginia Health Sciences Centre in Charlottesville USA under Prof Ed Laws Jr, arguably the leading international pituitary neuroendocrine service.

In 2002 Mr Maartens was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and awarded an honorary clinical fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Melbourne University and his FRACS by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He worked in the skull base team with Prof Andrew Kaye and A/Prof Rob Briggs and was responsible for spinal oncology.

During this time, he set up the multidisciplinary Pituitary Clinic. Together with Prof Peter Colman he introduced the Australian Pituitary Tumour database which has been adopted nationally. In 2011, he was invited to transfer to the Alfred Hospital and Monash University where he is now a consultant and a senior lecturer.

Today Mr Maartens heads the Pituitary Neuroendocrine Service at the Alfred Hospital and is the director of the Melbourne Pituitary Neuroendocrine Service and Neuropaedia.

He has undertaken more than 13 000 neurosurgical procedures, has published more than 50 peer reviewed aricles - many in Neurosurgery and Journal of Neurosurgery and has authored more than 10 book chapters. He regularly presents both nationally and internationally.

He is both a general neurosurgeon specialising in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, cranial microsurgery and is a specialist endoscopic skull base pituitary surgeon emphasisng a caring evidence based approach to patient care.

He is affiliated to the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre neurooncology service, at the Alfred Hospital where he is part of the brain and spinal neuro-oncology team and where he leads the pituitary neuroendocrine surgical service.

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Mulgrave Private Hospital

Blanton Drive

Mulgrave Vic 3170


Osler House - 159 Wattletree Rd


Phone: 03 9509 4424
Fax: 03 9509 4482
Email: [email protected]