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Dr. Sarah Olson

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07 3041 0420

Career Summary

2018
  • VMO PAH, Mater and Greenslopes Hospital
  • President Neurosurgery Society Australasia
  • Neurosurgery of Australasia Board Member
  • Surgical Education and Training Neurosurgery Board Member
  • Committee member for MBS item number Govt review
  • Invited speaker Neurosurgery Society of Australasia annual meeting
  • Andrew Kaye academic poster judge
  • Peter Leech prize in neurosurgery judge
  • Organising committee member NSA meeting (Gold Coast)
  • First and Second line assessor QASM
  • Convenor Skull base and pituitary pathology (Sydney)
  • Gamma knife clinical delivery team
  • Chair multidisciplinary Brain Tumour Clinic
  • Attendance Brain mapping course New Orleans
  • Attendance American Association of Neurological Surgeons Conference
  • Attendance European Stereotactic society conference (Edinburgh)
  • Attendance Vanderbuilt University Nashville for observership


2017
  • VMO PAH, Mater and Greenslopes Hospitals
  • Vice President Neurosurgery society of Australasia
  • Neurosurgery of Australasia board member
  • Surgical Education and Training neurosurgery Australasia board member
  • committee member MBS item number review
  • Steering committee member for biorepositories in metro south
  • First and Second line assessor queensland surgical mortality audit
  • Chair multidisciplinary Brain tumour clinic
  • Member gamma knife clinical team
  • Invited faculty Neurosurgery training seminar on functional disorders (Brisbane) and invited faculty for neurosurgery training seminar on skull base (Adelaide)
  • Invited key note speaker World melanoma conference
  • Faculty and organising committee member NSA conference (Adelaide)
  • Andrew Kaye academic poster judge
  • clinical researcher Wesley medical institute
  • COGNO member
  • Reviewer for clinical neuroscience
2016
 
  • VMO PAH Mater and Greenslopes Hospital 
  • Elected vice president of the Neurosurgery Society of Australasia  
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release course
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Board member
  • Steering committee member for Biorepositories for Metro South
  • Committee member MBS item review
  • Clinical Researcher award Wesley Medical Research Institute
  • Invited presentation at Clinical Oncology Society of Australasia
  • Invited presentation at Adelaide convention centre for Biobanking
  • Attendance at Marseille Gamma knife course for functional disorders
  • Supervisor for Dr J Garcia Redmond pituitary genomic sequencing (distinction UNSW)
  • Chair Multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
  • Member of clinical team Gamma knife
  • The sixth site approved for Tissue banking in Brisbane
  • Cogno member
  • First and second line assessor for Queensland Audit of Surgical mortality
  • Attendance Cleveland clinic for gamma knife introductory course
        2015


        • VMO Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mater Hospital and Greenslopes Hospital
        • Elected to Neurosurgical society of Australasia as Board member
        • Tour England Gamma knife facilities prior to installation 
        • Member Clinical delivery Committee for Gamma Knife
        • Steering committee for Brain Biobanking Australia
        • Two abstracts accepted and presented at WFNS Rome Sept 2015
        • Two abstracts accepted and presented at WSSFN Mumbai
        • Three Abstracts accepted and presented at NSA Auckland
        • Abstract accepted and presented at COGNO
        • Development of Genomic sequencing project of Piruitary Tumours TRI
        • First and second line Assessor Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality
        • Tissue banking now occurring at multiple sites in Queensland in adjunct with University of Queensland
        • Supervisor of Neurosurgery training
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor for Australian Pituitary Foundation
        • Cogno member

        2014

        • VMO Mater, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Greenslopes Hospital
        • Pride of Australia finalist
        • Ongoing funding obtained for brain tumour tissue banking
        • Implementation Committee for Gamma knife installation
        • First and second line assessor Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality
        • Implementation of Tissue banking for Queensland Hospitals
        • Everyday hero winner Bridge to Brisbane raising funds for brain tumour research 10km
        • Supervisor of Neurosurgery training
        • Reviewer for Journal of Clinical neuroscience
        • National Advisor Australian Pituitary Foundation
        • Chair Multidisciplinary Brain tumour clinic
        • Cogno member

        2013
        • VMO Mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospital
        • Director John Trivett Foundation for research into primary brain tumours. John Trivett Foundation subsequently merged with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
        • Everyday hero winner for Bridge to Brisbane raising funds for brain tumour research 10km
        • Coordinator neurosurgery society of Australasia Pituitary meeting Newcastle
        • Invited faculty for the Neurosurgery society of Australasia training meeting on functional neurosurgery
        • Three presentations accepted and made at the World Stereotactic and functional Neurosurgery meeting Tokyo
        • first and second line assessor Queensland audit of surgical mortality
        • adjunct researcher diamantina institute
        • chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor Australian pituitary foundation
        • Reviewer journal of clinical neuroscience
        • Supervisor of neurosurgery training
        • Application and approval from the board of neurosurgery for an additional trainee at mater childrens hospital
        • Development of the brain tissue bank in conjunction with the Wesley Institute
        • Cogno member
        2012
        • VMO at Mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospital
        • First and second line assessor Queensland audit of surgical mortality
        • Adjunct researcher diamantina institute
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor Australian pituitary foundation
        • Reviewer journal of clinical neuroscience
        • Supervisor of neurosurgery training
        • Cogno member
        2011
        • VMO at Mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospitals
        • First and second line assessor Queensland audit of surgical mortality
        • Adjunct researcher diamantina institute
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor Australian pituitary foundation
        • Reviewer journal of clinical neuroscience
        • Supervisor of neurosurgery training
        • QASM invited faculty for case discussion
        • Cogno member
        2010
        • VMO at Mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospitals
        • First and second line assessor for QLD audit of surgical mortality.
        • Adjunct research fellow in the UQ diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic medicine
        • The development of a statewide education plan for registrars in neurosurgery based on neurosurgery competencies
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic PAH
        • Schering plough grant won for Brain tumour support nurse.
        • National advisor for the Australian pituitary foundation
        • 50,000 grant from national surgical for registrar research
        • Reviewer for journal of clinical neuroscience
        • Supervisor of neurosurgical training and supervisor for Gemma Olsson
        • COGNO member
        2009
        • VMO mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospitals
        • Supervisor Neurosurgery training
        • First and second line assessor for QLD audit of surgical mortality
        • Reviewer journal of clinical neuroscience
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • Surgical advisor Australian Pituitary Foundation
        • Coordinator Part II examinations in Neurosurgery
        • The Development of Functional MRI and tractography at Princess Alexandra hospital.
        • Acquisition of funding for gliadel for public patients with brain tumours at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
        • The establishment of registrars at private hospitals
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor for the Australian pituitary foundation 
        • Coordinator for neurosurgery society of australasia pituitary meeting Melbourne
        • COGNO member
        2008
        • Staff Specialist Princess Alexandra Hospital
        • Chairperson Neurosurgery Society of Queensland
        • Director Neurosurgeon Princess Alexandra Hospital
        • Supervisor of Neurosurgery training
        • First Line assessor Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality
        • The writing development and implementation of neurosurgical consents of common operations for Queensland health
        • Chair multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic
        • National advisor for the Australian pituitary foundation
        • Attendance national Glioma meeting
        2007
        • Neurosurgeon Princess Alexandra Hospital
        • Deputy director of neurosurgery
        • Supervisor of neurosurgical training
        • Special interests: Brain tumours, pituitary tumours, endoscopic surgery, trigeminal neuralgia and functional neurosurgery
        • Chairperson for multidisciplinary fortnightly brain tumour clinic
        • Chairperson for weekly multidisciplinary pituitary meeting
        • Dr Olson spent time as an observer in Toronto with Professor Lozano observing Deep Brain Stimulation. Deep Brain stimulation was approved and Princess Alexandra Hospital the first public institution in Queensland to be approved.  The first case occurred in December 2007.
        • Dr Olson wrote and oversaw the development of standardised consent forms for all major neurosurgical procedures in Queensland.
        • Development of a spinal clinic for non surgical spinal patients with Dr Nowitzke and Dr Wood.
        • Dr Olson with Dr Nowitzke and Hall  have instigated neurosurgery preset training in private hospitals substantially expanding potential neurosurgery staff numbers in Queensland.
        • Extensive research and teaching programs developed this year.
        2006
        • Locum Neurosurgery Consultant, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. 
        2005
        • Fifth Year Trainee in Neurosurgery, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia. At Monash she  learnt endoscopic neurosurgery and the technique of awake craniotomies. She developed her pituitary surgery skills further and performed a great deal of paediatric neurosurgery.
        • MPHIL
        • Neville Davis prize finalist
        • Winner Peter Leech prize for Australasia in pituitary research
        • Winner Marshall prize in surgery in cancer research
        • PAH grant 50,000 for research
        • National surgical grant 30,000 for research
        • Shortlisted for QCF research grant
        2004
        • Research Fellow, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
        • Research Project – “Radio labelled CRH and GnRH for improved diagnosis and treatment of Acromegaly”
        • MPhil (Masters of Philosophy) acceptance
        2002-03
        • Second and Third Year Trainee in Neurosurgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
        2001
        • First Year Trainee in Neurosurgery, Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
        2000
        • Neurosurgery and ICU Registrar (Six month rotation), Townsville General Hospital, Townsville, Australia.
        1999
        • Neurosurgery and Maxillofacial Registrar, Townsville General Hospital, Townsville Australia.
        1998
        • Resident Medical Officer, Townsville General Hospital, Townsville Australia. Emergency Department, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Country Relieving (Tully, Charters Towers and Mareeba).
        1997
        • Internship, Christchurch Public Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.