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GIVEN THE RECENT NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC,
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Sydney North Neurology and Neurophysiology is your comprehensive neurological consultation, neurophysiological and medical botulinum toxin service. We have 8 neurologists, each with varied interests including headache (severe headache and migraine clinic), neuromuscular conditions, movement disorders (eg. Parkinsons disease), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis/neuroimmunology, neurogenetics, hyperhidrosis and general medicine. All are skilled neurophysiologists in nerve conduction/EMG and/or EEG. Our team includes administrative support staff, a neurophysiology technician, and a trainee neurology registrar/fellow.
Associate Professor Karl Ng | Specialist neurologist and Neurophysiologist | Sydney
MBBS (Hons 1), PhD, CCT Clinical Neurophysiology (UK), FRCP, FRACP
Conjoint Associate Professor – Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney
Director – Sydney North Neurology & Neurophysiology
Consultant Neurologist and Senior Staff Specialist – Director Neurophysiology, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSLHD
Specialties: Injection therapy for chronic migraine/excessive sweating/movement disorders, nerve conduction/EMG and EEG, peripheral neuromuscular disorders and multiple sclerosis.
Dr Karl Ng is a conjoint associate professor at the Northern and Central Clinical Schools, University of Sydney. He completed his medical degree with first class honours at the University of New South Wales, and attained accreditation in Neurology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has undertaken 3 years post-fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the prestigious National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, University College London culminating in accreditation of a second specialty in the UK in this area. He has completed a doctoral thesis in peripheral axonal excitability in peripheral and central neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians, board director of the charitable Brain Foundation, NSW representative of the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society, and member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. He is active in the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists as councillor and committee member of the Clinical Neurophysiology interest group. Dr Ng is Director of SNNN, Head of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at Royal North Shore Hospital, has organised specialty training conferences in neurophysiology for the Australian association, and speaks at international meetings. He has over 90 publications in high-end international peer reviewed journals, is an invited reviewer for these learned societies, and is Associate Editor of BMJ Neurology Open and the Internal Medicine Journal.
Dr Kishore Kumar | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Clinical Senior Lecturer – Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney
Consultant Neurologist and Staff Specialist – Concord Repatriation General Hospital, SLHD
Specialties: General neurology, Parkinson disease, dystonia, inherited neurological disorders.
Dr Kishore Kumar completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide, and attained accreditation in Neurology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He undertook a Neuromuscular Fellowship at the Royal North Shore Hospital and was trained in neurogenetics, nerve conduction studies and electromyography. He was awarded the P.K. Thomas Clinical Fellowship to the Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom, by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists. He undertook his PhD studies with Professor Carolyn Sue (Kolling Institute of Medical Research) and Professor Christine Klein (Luebeck University, Germany). He has over 50 journal publications, and is first author of a book entitled ‘Neurogenetics’ from the ‘What Do I Do Now’ series (Oxford University Press). He has presented at many national and international meetings. He is an invited reviewer for several international journals, and on the editorial board of the journal Movement Disorders. Dr Kumar is continuing his research as a NHMRC Early Career Fellow, and has been appointed a staff specialist at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital. In addition to his teaching and research interests, he is interested in seeing patients with a broad range of neurological conditions.
Dr Robert Boland-Freitas | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
BSc (Med), MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Consultant Neurologist and Staff Specialist – Blacktown Hospital, WSLHD
Specialties: General neurology, headache, myopathy including muscular dystrophies, neurophysiology, injection therapy.
Dr. Robert Boland-Freitas completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales, and attained accreditation in Neurology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He undertook a Neurophysiology Fellowship at the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he trained in nerve conduction studies and electromyography. He is completed PhD studies under the supervision of A/Prof. Ng (University of Sydney) researching muscle diseases using novel neurophysiological methods, with a focus on the myotonic dystrophy. For this work, he was nominated for the Peter Bancroft Prize. Dr. Boland-Freitas has been appointed as a staff specialist Neurologist at Blacktown Hospital.
Dr James Lee | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
BSc (Med), MBBS (Hons1), FRACP
Consultant neurologist, Staff Specialist and Visiting Medical Officer – Royal North Shore and Sutherland Hospitals, NSLHD/SESLHD
Specialties: General neurology, headache, myopathies including inflammatory myopathy, neurophysiology, injection therapy.
Dr James Lee graduated in medicine with 1st Class Honours. He has trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital in general neurology and neurophysiology. He is a scholar of the University of Sydney and Australian Government Research Training Program and a Doctor of Philosophy with postgraduate studies on nerve and muscle excitability in myopathic disorders, specifically inclusion body and inflammatory myopathy, and has several publications in this area. Dr Lee is a Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and VMO Neurologist at Sutherland Hospital. James is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Dr Chantal Baldwin | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
Consultant neurologist and honorary fellow – Sutherland Hospital, SESLHD
Specialties: General neurology, multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology, headache, neurophysiology.
Dr Chantal Baldwin graduated from Adelaide University, having completed a fellowship year in MS under the tutelage of Professor Mark Slee at Flinders Medical Centre. She has additionally completed a neurophysiology fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital, has an affiliation with the neuroimmunology clinical service in London, Ontario, and is particularly interested in seeing patients with MS and neuroimmunological disorders. She is a Staff Specialist at Sutherland Hospital.
Dr Tania Farrar | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
Consultant neurologist and Staff Specialist/Epilepsy Fellow – Shoalhaven and Westmead Hospitals, ISLHD/WSLHD
Specialties: Epilepsy, seizure disorders and EEG.
Dr Tania Farrar is a clinical lecturer for the University of Notre Dame, School of Medicine, Sydney and a tutor in Neurology for the University of Sydney. She completed her medical degree at the University of Notre Dame and attained accreditation in Neurology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She undertook an Epilepsy Fellowship at Westmead Hospital and was trained in complex epilepsy assessment and management, surgical epilepsy evaluation as well as cranial and intracranial EEG monitoring. She has presented her research in Australia as well as overseas and has been 1st author on publications including articles on the assessment of patients with seizures. Dr Farrar is undertaking further study and research on the role of ketogenic diet therapy in epilepsy.
Dr Ruaridh Cameron Smail | Specialist and general neurologist | Sydney
MA (Oxon), MBBS, MRCP, FRACP
Consultant neurologist, Senior Neurophysiology Fellow – Royal North Shore Hospital, NSLHD
Specialties: General neurology, headache, movement disorders, neurophysiology.
Dr Ruaridh Cameron Smail is a UK medical graduate. He achieved a first class honours degree in Neurosciences from Oxford University, before completing his medical degree at University College London and is an associate clinical lecturer with Sydney Medical School. Ruaridh is engaged in postgraduate research at the University of Sydney studying both sporadic and monogenic forms of hemiplegic migraine, as well as the effect of novel therapies like CGRP antagonists, using novel nerve excitability techniques. He is interested in seeing general neurology cases, headache and movement disorders.
Dr Jonathan Baird-Gunning | Specialist neurologist and general physician | Sydney
MBChB, BSc MedSci (Hons), PGDip (Trans Med), FRACP
General physician, Neurophysiology Fellow – Royal North Shore Hospital, NSLHD
Specialties: General medicine, peripheral neuropathy, neurophysiology.
Dr Jonathan Baird-Gunning is dual accredited as a general physician and neurologist. He presently a staff specialist as well as neurophysiology fellow at Royal North Shore Hospital, and a clinical associate lecturer with the ANU. With a diploma in translational medicine through the University of Edinburgh, he is now engaged in exploring inherited neuropathies, in particular the nerve excitability characteristics of people with mitofusin-2 mutations alongside A/Prof Ng, Dr Kishore Kumar and the Molecular Medicine Laboratory led by Prof Garth Nicholson. Being additionally a generalist, he is ideally placed to assess patients with multiple co-morbidities, or those that do not fit easily into a sub-specialism.
Past neurophysiology fellows trained:
2007 Susanne Winter – commenced mid year
2008 Susanne Winter – ended mid year
2009 Kishore Kumar, PhD
2010 Christina Liang, PhD
2011 Karen Sank
2012 Roula Ghaoui, PhD
2013 Jessica Hafner
2014 Jessica Hafner – discontinued Mar 2014
2015 Robert Boland-Freitas, PhD (Peter Bancroft prize, UoS)
2016 James Lee, PhD (Peter Bancroft prize, UoS)
2017 Chantal Baldwin
2018 Chantal Baldwin
2019 Ruaridh Cameron Smail
2020 Jonathan Baird-Gunning
- Ms Bianca Tucker Practice Receptionist and Secretary, Medical Assistant and AIN in training
- Ms Jessica Kennedy, Practice Receptionist and Secretary
- Ms Donna Jeong B MedSci, B AppSci, Practice Receptionist and Secretary
- Ms Lorraine McConville Dip Health Sciences (Clin Neurophys), EEG technician
These are challenging times, and at SNNN, we want to reassure our patients that we are doing all we can to ensure our practice is a safe environment.
- Preferential and affordable Telehealth (video or phone) consultations using very easy to use high-speed platforms, compatible with computers, hand-held devices (Apple and Android). This means you can have your consultation from virtually anywhere
- Only neurological conditions with strict entry requirements for unwell patients
- Regular disinfection and cleaning of all areas especially patient contact surfaces
- All doctors trained to hospital standard infection control procedures
- Appropriate social distancing measures in the waiting area with restricted accompanying members
- Messaging system alert for appointments to minimise waiting area use
- Negative pressure consulting room, with on-site Telehealth to the doctor to minimise the face-to-face interaction phase
We understand your concerns, so please call the practice if you are uncertain if you should attend for any reason.
Research and training
University of Sydney | The Royal Australasian College of Physicians | Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists | Royal College of Physicians | Australian and New Zealand Headache Society | International Hyperhidrosis Society | The Brain Foundation | NSW Government Health
Contact our practice for help here: 02 8287 1900
A/Prof Karl Ng