Dr. Richard Bittar
MBBS(Hons), PhD, FRACS
Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeron
Professor Richard Bittar is a highly qualified Australian Neurosurgeon who specialises in the treatment of spinal disorders, brain tumours, and movement disorders.
He completed an elective in neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Houston, USA, and undertook his internship in Sydney. After a further 12 months of medical and surgical rotations he enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Most of his research was conducted at the prestigious Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada, and he graduated with a PhD in functional brain mapping in 2001. During this time, Professor Bittar underwent formal postgraduate training in Neurosurgery, culminating in his admission to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He travelled to Oxford, UK to undertake a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He worked closely with Professor Tipu Z. Aziz, one of the world’s pioneers in this field. He also received further training in Complex Spinal Neurosurgery. His time in Oxford was extremely productive. He gained a wealth of experience in surgery for spinal disorders, brain tumours, and movement disorders and pain.
He is a neurosurgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital and also operates at numerous Private Hospitals in Victoria, including St Vincent’s Private, Melbourne Private, Epworth, Cabrini and The Avenue.
Professor Bittar is a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He actively participates in research and teaching and has published over 40 scientific articles, presenting his work at numerous national and international meetings.