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    Mr Chris Xenos is an Australian trained adult and paediatric consultant neurosurgeon. He has a private and public neurosurgical practice based at Monash Health and Cabrini Malvern servicing the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Mornington peninsula region. He treats a wide variety of neurosurgical conditions, with a focus on evidence based medicine, providing his expertise in a compassionate caring manner, whilst aiming for excellent outcomes.

    Mr Xenos completed his medical degree at Melbourne University in 1989 and went on to complete his FRACS in Neurosurgery in 1998 having trained in all the major neurosurgical units in Melbourne. In 1999 he completed a 12 month Paediatric Neurosurgery post-graduate Fellowship at the esteemed Princess of Wales Children’s Hospital in Birmingham UK with Tony Hockley. Experience was gained in all paediatric pathologies with a special interest in cranial tumours and research publications on congenital anomalies, csf disorders and hydrocephalus.

    Mr Xenos has over 20 years of experience in the field of neurosurgery. His adult practice treats pathologies such as cerebral tumours, vascular anomalies such as aneurysm and avm’s, and degenerative spine conditions. His paediatric experience includes cranial and spinal tumours, congenital anomalies such as chiari malformation and spina bifida, with a special interest in the management of hydrocephalus and complex csf disorders. He has extensive experience in the use of cranial Endoscopy in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of intra-ventricular pathologies.

    All bookings and enquiries for Mr Xenos are made through his main rooms in Clayton. He does see both private and public patients, as well as TAC and Workcover patients. Patients have the option of consulting with him at Clayton, at Cabrini Malvern, as well as the South Eastern Private Hospital in Noble Park. Neurosurgical operating for privately insured patients is offered at the Jessie McPherson Private Hospital in Clayton, and Cabrini Malvern. Public patients are referred to Monash Health Clayton for their care. Paediatric patients are treated at the new state of the art Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton.

    Mr Xenos works with an extensive team in all these centres, including physicians, anaesthetists, neurologists, pain management and rehabilitation consultants. In addition a dedicated team of nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists are involved in the overall care of the patient.

    From a cerebral tumour management point of view, Mr Xenos utilizes the latest technologies such as the Stealth Image Guided Surgery system. He is involved in regular MDT case conferences to best decide the most appropriate Adjuvant tumour therapy available for his patients. At Monash Health he is a key member providing support for the Brain Tumour Clinic, as well as establishing a close working relationship with the William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre at the Alfred Hospital.

    Vascular pathologies including cerebral aneurysms, avm’s and DAVF’s are preferentially treated by Mr Xenos at Jessie McPherson Private hospital and Monash Health Clayton where he utilizes the state of the art diagnostic angiographic equipment installed in the Interventional Neuroradiology Imaging department. Case selection and treatment planning involves a multidisciplinary approach with discussions with fellow vascular neurosurgeons and a team of neuroradiologists as part of the established Monash Neurovascular Service. Treatments offered include craniotomy and clipping, avm excision, preoperative embolization and endovascular coiling.

    Mr Xenos also has extensive experience with surgery for degenerative spine. This includes lumbar discectomy and laminectomy surgery as well as cervical discectomy and fusion. Please note Mr Xenos does not perform instrumented lumbar or thoracic fusion surgery. However in this era of surgical complexity, overuse of prostheses and chronic spine pain, Mr Xenos does offer a consultative second opinion service, focussing on evidence based medicine in his carefully considered opinions.

    For his paediatric cerebral tumour cases, Mr Xenos works closely with the Paediatric Oncology unit at the Children’s Cancer Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital, including regular MDT case discussions relating to Adjuvant therapy such as Radiotherapy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. All paediatric brain tumour cases are also discussed at the weekly Victorian PICS tumour meeting at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville.

    Mr Xenos is involved in ongoing education of junior medical and nursing staff at his hospital appointments. He has also published widely in international journals, with areas of Research interest including oncology, vascular and paediatric csf disorders.

    Mr Xenos is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, a member of the Australian Medical Association and the Monash Health Senior Medical Staff Association.

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