Dr Amal Abou-Hamden, MBBS, B.Med.Sc.(Hons) FRACS  image

Dr Amal Abou-Hamden, MBBS, B.Med.Sc.(Hons) FRACS

Neurosurgeon, Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide, Wakefield Hospital, NRF Chair of Neurosurgical Research 2003 Student

Current positions:

  • Principal Supervisor: Neurovascular Surgery Fellowship Program, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Senior Visiting Specialist, Wakefield Hospital
  • Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Adelaide Hospital; Women's and Children's Hospital
  • PhD scholar, Department of Surgery (Neurosurgery), University of Adelaide


  • Winner of the Tyco Health Care Award for best scientific presentation at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons- S.A & N.T. Annual Scientific Meeting 2003
  • The Surgeon-Scientist Scholarship by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2003
  • The De Puy and Spine Society Fellowship 2002
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Postgraduate Scholarship 2001-2003
  • Research in the Neurosurgery Department: 2001 - 2003
  • Developed model of post-traumatic syringomyelia in sheep
Why neurosurgery?
"Neurosurgery is a career that allows me to combine my passion for teaching, research and surgical and clinical skills in this most stupendous field of medicine."


"Syringomyelia is a condition which complicates more than a quarter of all cases of spinal cord injuries. Utilising this to study effects of scarring (spinal arachnoiditis) which occurs following spinal cord injury, on spinal fluid pressures, compliance and pathways of fluid flow through the spinal cord.

As current treatments for syringomyelia remain unsatisfactory in the long-term, the understanding of these changes in spinal fluid dynamics, which occur following spinal cord trauma, is an important step towards developing more effective and safer treatments for this disabling condition."


For a full list of Dr Abou-Hamden's publications, please visit her ResearchGate page.

Gragnaniello C, Abou-Hamden A, Mortini P, Colombo E, Bailo M, Seex K, Litvack Z. Caputy A, Gagliardi F (2016). Complex Spine Pathology Simulator: An Innovative Tool for Advanced Spine Surgery Training. Journal of Neurological Surgery, 77(6). 515-522

Tsimiklis C, Gragnaniello C, Abou-Hamden A (2014). Venous sinus thrombosis secondary to tuberculous meningitis: A novel cause of trigeminal neuralgia. BMJ Case Reports 2014.

Radovanovic I, Abou-Hamden A, Bacigaluppi S, Tymianski M (2014). A safety, length of stay, and cost analysis of minimally invasive microsurgery for anterior circulation aneurysms. Acta Neurochirurgica, 156(3).

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