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About Dr Vanessa Perotti – Neurosurgeon


Dr Vanessa Perotti is a female Australian trained neurosurgeon with interests in all aspects of neurosurgery including brain, spine conditions and peripheral nerve disorders. Dr Perotti takes a personalised evidence based approach with all of her patients.

Dr Vanessa Perotti graduated from the University of Sydney and completed neurosurgical training at John Hunter, Liverpool, St George, Royal North Shore and Macquarie University Hospitals.  She completed training overseas in Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, and an observer-ship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York, USA.

In 2017, Vanessa completed her training and was an awarded her Fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

Post Fellowship, Vanessa completed further training in the Northern Territory in neurological trauma and rural and remote surgery, followed by further training in South Australia where she was awarded a Spinal Fellowship from Flinder’s Medical Centre, Adelaide.

Vanessa’s areas of interest include:

  • neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • peripheral nerve disorders
  • spinal disc and degenerative spine disease
  • brain and spinal tumours
  • brain and spine injury

Dr Vanessa has partnered with local physiotherapists, pain and rehabilitation specialists to provide an evidence based, comprehensive model of care.

Dr Vanessa has an interest in teaching and research, having completed a Master of Health Law at Sydney University in 2014, with a particular interest in quality and safety in healthcare. She has completed research and published with the Clinical Excellence Commission in NSW, worked for major medical defense organisations, critical incident committees and holds qualifications in negotiation and mediation.

Vanessa is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, and is currently serving on the sub-committee for the SET training board Neurosurgery.


  • VMO Bella Vista Orthopaedics, Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista
  • VMO Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga
  • VMO Westmead Private Hospital Consulting Rooms, Westmead
  • Locum VMO Neurosurgeon, Townsville University Hospital
  • Clinical Governance and RCA Committee 2019-2020: Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide SA.
  • Examination Committee SET Board Neurosurgery: Neurosurgical Society of Australasia 2019-2022
  • Section member-Medical Legal, RACS 2018
  • Senior Member Division of Training Council, AVANT Medical Defence Organisation. 2016-2020
  • Neurosurgeon Consultant-DOCTO Telehealth platform 2020
  • Locum-Austwide Locums NSW 2014



  1. Miller, J., Perotti V., Moore, P. Massive Spontaneous haemorrhage in a plexiform neurofibroma:  A case report and discussion of the literature. Accepted 10th August 2020. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.
  2. Perotti, V. & Sheridan M. Root Cause Analysis of Critical Events in Neurosurgery NSW. ANZ Journal of Surgery, Jan 2015
  3. Perotti, V. & Dexter, M. Postpartum pituitary apoplexy with bilateral third nerve palsy and bilateral carotid occlusion. Case Report. J. Clin Neurosci. 2010. April 15.
  4. Walker, C., Perotti, V., Whalley, J. Infection with Equine Herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) Strain HVS254 in Pregnant Mice. Original Research Article. Journal of Comparative Pathology, Vol 120. Issue 1, Jan 1999, pg 15-27.

Current Research Projects & Clinical Audits


  1. Commissioned textbook-Challenging Cases in Neurosurgery. Editors: Manda Raz, Dr Vanessa Perotti. Authors; Krishna Tallapragada, Jayshil Vyas, Elmira Najafi. Springer Nature
  2. Medical Clearance to Drive-Guidelines for Neurosurgeons: Practical and Medical-Legal considerations. Dr Vanessa Perotti, Dr Natasha Martin, Dr Nik Vrodos. Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide South Australia. Previously workshopped 12th Nov 2019 Statewide Neurosurgical Meeting, FMC, Adelaide SA with Ms Jean Phillips Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
  3. Lessons from CHASM-Neurosurgery Mortality Audit Outcomes 2008-2018 NSW. Dr Vanessa Perotti and Prof Mark Sheridan CHASM, NSW.
  4. Masters Thesis and Research-Futility and Severe Head Injury: Why Collective Decisions About Futility Are In the Best Interest of the Patient, Doctor and Society. Dr Vanessa Perotti. For submission to the Journal of Law and Medicine. 2020.
  5. Strategies to decrease medical litigation in Australia: recognising error and resolving disputes outside of court. Possible changes to contract law, medication strategies and the role of medical mediators. Dr Vanessa Perotti.  For submission to the Journal of Law and Medicine. 2020.



  1. Approved SET trainer Neurosurgery
  2. Flinders Medical Centre-Neurosurgery Anatomy and Research Program 2019
  3. Spinal Protocol and Clearance for the Unconscious Trauma Patient –V.Perotti. St George Hospital Kogarah NSW. South Eastern Sydney Local Health District 2014.
  4. Neurosurgery RMO handbook Westmead Hospital 2009-2018. Dr V. Perotti



  • Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Cerebral Space Occupying Lesions-Flinders Medical School 11th July 2018 Darwin Campus.
  • Guest Speaker : Brain tumour pathology, radiology and implications for ward care and palliative care. Springwood Hospital Rehabilitation and Springwood Hospital rehabilitation and Palliative Care Centre, June 28th 2018. Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
  • Conference presentation-Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting 2014- “Root Cause Analysis of Critical Events in Neurosurgery, 2008-2013” Perth, Western Australia
  • Invited speaker St George Nursing Neurosciences Conference 2014-“Root Cause Analysis: Airline industry vs. Surgery”.
  • Invited speaker Surgeons Month NSW. Royal Australian College of Surgeons Nov 2013 Sydney -Lessons from CHASM for Neurosurgeons.
  • Speaker Austrauma 2009
  • Diaphragmatic Rupture Secondary to Blunt Trauma-Westmead Hospital Series.
  • Sudden Death in Mild to Moderately Head Injured Patients. Neurosurgery Department Westmead Hospital Case Series.



  • Founding Director The David Barbera Foundation-Brain Cancer Research Australia. 2012-2016
  • Justice of the Peace, NSW 2009-2018



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