Dr Prakash Damodaran


Neurosurgeon & Spine Surgeon

Dr Omprakash (Prakash) Damodaran is an Australian-trained neurosurgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive spine surgery, brain tumour surgery and endoscopic pituitary surgery.

Dr Damodaran grew up in Sydney and completed his medical degree at the University of Newcastle. His neurosurgical training was undertaken across major tertiary hospitals in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. Upon completion of his neurosurgical training, he undertook further subspecialty training in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious AO Spine Scholarship to complete an international fellowship in reconstructive spinal surgery in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Dr Damodaran has a particular interest in brain tumour surgery and endoscopic pituitary surgery. He has expertise in neuromonitoring and brain mapping techniques for brain tumours in eloquent or critical areas. These advanced techniques provide intraoperative assistance to the surgeon to minimise the risk of devastating neurological complications. Dr Damodaran is the chair of the multidisciplinary brain tumour meeting at Concord Hospital. He was awarded a Master of surgery for his brain tumour research thesis on the management of glioblastoma in the elderly.

Dr Damodaran has a strong research and teaching interest, with extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is involved in NHMRC funded research trials and supervises research students. He is a reviewer for several international neurosurgical journals and has been invited to present at international conferences.

Dr Damodaran is a passionate advocate of Aboriginal health and global health, with a postgraduate qualification in International Health. He travels to Port Moresby General Hospital, Papua New Guinea, to provide pro bono neurosurgical services.

Dr Damodaran combines experience, scientific knowledge and current surgical techniques to provide the best advice and achieve optimal outcomes for his patients across Sydney and the Central Coast.



  • Member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA)
  • Member of the Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society

Areas of Expertise

Dr Damodaran has considerable surgical experience in procedures involving the cranium (skull, tumours, masses) and the spinal column, including the neck (cervical spine) and back (thoracic and lumbar spine).

Dr Damodaran’s routine, high-volume areas of surgery:

  • Complex and minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Brain tumours and base of skull surgery
  • Pituitary tumours
  • Disc herniation and spinal decompression
  • Hydrocephalus and chiari malformation
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Consulting Locations

Hospital Appointments

Academic Research & Publications

  1. Malignant cerebral oedema following cranioplasty. Honeybul S, Damodaran O, Lind CR, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 May.
  2. Delayed Cranioplasty: Outcomes Using Frozen Autologous Bone Flaps. Hng D, Bhaskar I, Khan M, Budgeon C, Damodaran O, Knuckey N, Lee G. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2015 Sep;8(3): 190-7.
  3. What neurosurgeons need to know about dabigatran? Dwyer C, Damodaran O et al. Asian J Neurosurg. 2015 Apr-Jun; 10(2): 66-8.
  4. Neurosurgical issues related to bevacizumab use in the management of glioblastoma. Damodaran O, Nowak et al. Neurosurgery Quarterly .25(2): 255-259, May 2015.
  5. Primary intracranial haemangiopericytoma: Comparison of survival outcomes and metastatic potential in WHO grade II and III variants. Damodaran O, Robbins P, Knuckey N, Bynevelt M, Wong G, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Apr 9.
  6. Clinical management and survival outcomes of gliosarcomas in the era of multimodality therapy. Damodaran O, van Heerden J, Nowak AK, Bynevelt M, McDonald K, Marsh J, Lee G. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Mar; 21(3): 478-81.
  7. Cranial nerve assessment: a concise guide to clinical examination. Damodaran O, Rizk E, Rodriguez J, Lee G. Clin Anat. 2014 Jan;27(1):25-30.
  8. Bevacizumab related remote intracranial haemorrhages after glioma resection: a cautionary note regarding the safe cessation period. Damodaran O, van Heerden J, Nowak A. Neurosurgery Quarterly. 24(3): 167-169, August 2014.
  9. Microscope in modern spinal surgery: advantages, ergonomics and limitations. Damodaran O, Lee J, Lee G. ANZ J Surg. 2013 Apr;83(4):211-4.
  10. Glioneuronal tumour of the fourth ventricle: Surgery complicated by cerebellar mutism in an elderly patient. Damodaran O, Robbins P et al. Neurosurgery Quarterly .2013 May; 23(2): 122-126.
  11. Preoperative sclerotherapy using sodium tetradecyl sulphate (fibro-vein™) can assist in the management of vertebral hemangiomas. Damodaran O, McAuliffe W, Wong G, McCloskey E, Lee G. Global Spine J. 2012 Sep; 2(3): 169-74.
  12. Balamuthia amoebic meningoencephalitis and mycotic aneurysms in an infant. Hill CP, Damodaran O, Walsh P, Jevon GP, Blyth CC. Pediatr Neurol. 2011 Jul; 45(1):45-8.
  13. Primary malignant melanoma in the anorectum: an uncommon cancer. Damodaran O, Morgan A, Mendelsohn G.N Z Med J. 2008 Mar 14; 121(1270): 66-8.
  14. Unusually large cystic meningioma in a pregnant patient: A case report. Damodaran O, Khalessi A, and Darwish B, McKecknie .The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery. 2008; Vol 5(1).

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