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Prashanth J Rao ( Prash)

MBBS, MS, MRCS, FRACS, PhD

Neurosurgeon and Spine Surgeon
Patient centric optimal multidisciplinary and surgical care
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RESEARCH

Dr Rao believes in ongoing research to improve the quality of care and optimise the clinical outcomes for the patients. He has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and has several ongoing projects. He is on the editorial panel of several international journals and he guides several trainees, residents and medical students on research projects.
Publications:
1. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Using Reaction Bonded Silicon Nitride Implants: Long-Term Case Series of the First Synthetic Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Spacer Implanted in Humans. Mobbs RJ, Rao PJ, Phan K, Hardcastle P, Choy WJ, McCartney ER, Druitt RK, Mouatt CAL, Sorrell CC. World Neurosurg. 2018 Dec;120:256-264. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.08.237. Epub 2018 Sep 8. Review.

2. Kitchen, D., Rao, P., Zotti, M., Woodman, R., Sampson, M., Allison, D., Phan, K., Selby, M. (2018). Fusion Assessment by MRI in Comparison With CT in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Prospective Study. Global Spine Journal, 8(6), 586-592. [More Information]

3. Kerferd JW; Abi-Hanna D; Phan K; Rao P; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Focal hypermobility observed in cervical arthroplasty with Mobi-C.', J Spine Surg, vol. 3, pp. 693 - 696, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2017.08.19(link is external)
4. Phan K; Schultz K; Lu VM; Campbell RJ; Wang N; Rao PJ, 2017, 'Paediatric vertebral artery aneurysms: a literature review', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol. 87, pp. 339 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ans.13940(link is external)
5. Phan K; Rogers P; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Influence of Obesity on Complications, Clinical Outcome, and Subsidence After Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF): Prospective Observational Study', World Neurosurgery, vol. 107, pp. 334 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2017.08.014(link is external)
6. Campbell RC; Mobbs RJ; Lu VM; Xu J; Rao PJ; Phan K, 2017, 'Posterolateral Fusion Versus Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Global Spine Journal, vol. 7, pp. 482 - 490, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2192568217701103(link is external)
7. Rao PJ; Phan K; Giang G; Maharaj MM; Phan S; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Subsidence following anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF): a prospective study.', J Spine Surg, vol. 3, pp. 168 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2017.05.03(link is external)
8. Mobbs RJ; Lennox A; Rao PJ; Phan K; Choy WJ, 2017, 'Anterior lumbar vertebrectomy via direct anterior approach: technical note.', J Spine Surg, vol. 3, pp. 226 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2017.06.13(link is external)
9. Phan K; Ramachandran V; Tran T; Phan S; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Impact of Elderly Age on Complications and Clinical Outcomes Following Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery', World Neurosurgery, vol. 105, pp. 503 - 509, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2017.05.056(link is external)
10. Maharaj MM; Phan K; Xu J; Fairhall J; Reddy R; Rao PJV, 2017, 'Gliomatosis cerebri: Prognosis based on current molecular markers', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 43, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2017.04.043(link is external)
11. Phan K; Davies S; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Worker's Compensation Status and Outcomes Following Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Prospective Observational Study', World Neurosurgery, vol. 103, pp. 680 - 685, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2017.04.123(link is external)
12. Campbell RJ; Mobbs RJ; Rao PJ; Phan K, 2017, 'Interventions for Lumbar Synovial Facet Joint Cysts: A Comparison of Percutaneous, Surgical Decompression and Fusion Approaches', World Neurosurgery, vol. 98, pp. 492 - 502, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2016.11.044(link is external)
13. Phan K; Xu J; Scherman DB; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2017, 'Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with and Without an "access Surgeon"', Spine, vol. 42, pp. E592 - E601, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BRS.0000000000001905(link is external)
14. Lu VM; Zhang L; Scherman DB; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ; Phan K, 2017, 'Treating multi-level cervical disc disease with hybrid surgery compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis', European Spine Journal, vol. 26, pp. 546 - 557, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00586-016-4791-y(link is external)
15. Rao PJ; Lu VM; Sergides IG, 2016, 'Traumatic mid-thoracic spondyloptosis without neurological deficit: A case report and review of literature', ANZ Journal of Surgery, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ans.13747(link is external)
16. Mobbs RJ; Phan K; Maharaj M; Rao PJ, 2016, 'Physical Activity Measured with Accelerometer and Self-Rated Disability in Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Prospective Study', Global Spine Journal, vol. 6, pp. 459 - 464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0035-1565259(link is external)
17. Phan K; Huo YR; Jia F; Phan S; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ; Mortimer AM, 2016, 'Meta-analysis of stent-assisted coiling versus coiling-only for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 31, pp. 15 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2016.01.035(link is external)
18. Phan K; Xu J; Leung V; Teng I; Sheik-Ali S; Maharaj M; Mobbs R; Rao PJ, 2016, 'Orbital Approaches for Treatment of Carotid Cavernous Fistulas: A Systematic Review', World Neurosurgery, vol. 96, pp. 243 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2016.08.087(link is external)
19. Phan K; Rao PJ; Ball JR; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'Interspinous process spacers versus traditional decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis: systematic review and meta-analysis.', J Spine Surg, vol. 2, pp. 31 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2016.01.07(link is external)
20. Rao PJ; Phan K; Mobbs RJ; Wilson D; Ball J, 2016, 'Cervical spine immobilization in the elderly population.', J Spine Surg, vol. 2, pp. 41 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2016.02.02(link is external)
21. Phan K; Dunn AE; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'Far lateral microdiscectomy: a minimally-invasive surgical technique for the treatment of far lateral lumbar disc herniation.', J Spine Surg, vol. 2, pp. 59 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/jss.2016.03.02(link is external)
22. Phan K; Schultz K; Huang C; Halcrow S; Fuller J; McDowell D; Mews PJ; Rao PJ, 2016, 'External ventricular drain infections at the Canberra Hospital: A retrospective study', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 32, pp. 95 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2016.03.019(link is external)
23. Phan K; Rao PJ; Dexter M, 2016, 'Microvascular decompression for elderly patients with trigeminal neuralgia', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 29, pp. 7 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.11.027(link is external)
24. Phan K; Leung V; Scherman DB; Tan AR; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'Bilateral versus unilateral instrumentation in spinal surgery: Systematic review and trial sequential analysis of prospective studies', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 30, pp. 15 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2016.01.013(link is external)
25. Rao PJ; Phan K; Maharaj MM; Scherman DB; Lambie N; Salisbury E; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'Histological analysis of surgical samples and a proposed scoring system for infections in intervertebral discs', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 30, pp. 115 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2016.01.032(link is external)
26. Phan S; Liao J; Jia F; Maharaj M; Reddy R; Mobbs RJ; Rao PJ; Phan K, 2016, 'Laparotomy vs minimally invasive laparoscopic ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement for hydrocephalus: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, vol. 140, pp. 26 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.10.025(link is external)
27. Rao PJ; Phan K; Reddy R; Scherman DB; Taylor P; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'DISC (Degenerate-disc Infection Study With Contaminant Control)', Spine, vol. 41, pp. 935 - 939, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BRS.0000000000001404(link is external)
28. Phan K; Zhao DF; Phan S; Huo YR; Mobbs RJ; Rao PJ; Mortimer AM, 2016, 'Endovascular therapy including thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 29, pp. 38 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.12.025(link is external)
29. Rao PJ; Phan K; Maharaj MM; Pelletier MH; Walsh WR; Mobbs RJ, 2016, 'Accelerometers for objective evaluation of physical activity following spine surgery', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 26, pp. 14 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.05.064(link is external)
30. Mobbs RJ; Phan K; Daly D; Rao PJ; Lennox A, 2015, 'Approach-Related Complications of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Results of a Combined Spine and Vascular Surgical Team', Global Spine Journal, vol. 6, pp. 147 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0035-1557141(link is external)
31. Mobbs RJ; Phan K; Thayaparan GK; Rao PJ, 2015, 'Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion as a Salvage Technique for Pseudarthrosis following Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery', Global Spine Journal, vol. 6, pp. 14 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0035-1555656(link is external)
32. Ganko R; Rao PJ; Phan K; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Can bacterial infection by low virulent organisms be a plausible cause for symptomatic disc degeneration? A systematic review', Spine, vol. 40, pp. E587 - E592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BRS.0000000000000832(link is external)
33. Phan K; Rao PJ; Scherman DB; Dandie G; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Lateral lumbar interbody fusion for sagittal balance correction and spinal deformity', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 22, pp. 1714 - 1721, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.050(link is external)
34. Matthews PG; Phan K; Rao PJ; Ball JR, 2015, 'Pedicle Length and Degree of Slip in Lumbosacral Isthmic Spondylolisthesis', Orthopaedic Surgery, vol. 7, pp. 108 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/os.12173(link is external)
35. Mobbs RJ; Maharaj MM; Phan K; Rao PJ, 2015, 'Unilateral Hemilaminectomy for Intradural Lesions', Orthopaedic Surgery, vol. 7, pp. 244 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/os.12184(link is external)
36. Rao PJ; Ghent F; Phan K; Lee K; Reddy R; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Stand-alone anterior lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 22, pp. 1619 - 1624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.034(link is external)
37. Phan K; Rao PJ; Kam AC; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of degenerative lumbar disease: systematic review and meta-analysis', European Spine Journal, vol. 24, pp. 1017 - 1030, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00586-015-3903-4(link is external)
38. Phan K; Rao PJ; Scherman DB; Dandie G; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Lateral lumbar interbody fusion for sagittal balance correction and spinal deformity', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.050(link is external)
39. Phan K; Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2015, 'Percutaneous versus open pedicle screw fixation for treatment of thoracolumbar fractures: Systematic review and meta-analysis of comparative studies', Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, vol. 135, pp. 85 - 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clineuro.2015.05.016(link is external)
40. Rao PJ; Thayaparan GK; Fairhall JM; Mobbs RJ, 2014, 'Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Fixation Techniques for Metastatic Spinal Disease', Orthopaedic Surgery, vol. 6, pp. 187 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/os.12114(link is external)
41. Mobbs RJ; Maharaj M; Rao PJ, 2014, 'Clinical outcomes and fusion rates following anterior lumbar interbody fusion with bone graft substitute i-FACTOR, an anorganic bone matrix/P-15 composite', Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 21, pp. 867 - 876, http://dx.doi.org/10.3171/2014.9.SPINE131151(link is external)
42. Rao PJ; Maharaj MM; Phan K; Lakshan Abeygunasekara M; Mobbs RJ, 2014, 'Indirect foraminal decompression after anterior lumbar interbody fusion: A prospective radiographic study using a new pedicle-to-pedicle technique', Spine Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.019(link is external)
43. Rao PJ; Pelletier MH; Walsh WR; Mobbs RJ, 2014, 'Spine interbody implants: material selection and modification, functionalization and bioactivation of surfaces to improve osseointegration', Orthopaedic surgery, vol. 6, pp. 81 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/os.12098(link is external)
44. Rao PJ; Loganathan A; Yeung V; Mobbs RJ, 2014, 'Outcomes of Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) Surgery Based on Indication: A Prospective Study', Neurosurgery, http://dx.doi.org/10.1227/NEU.0000000000000561(link is external)
45. Rao PJ; Mobbs RJ, 2014, 'The "TFP" fusion technique for posterior 360° lumbar fusion: a combination of open decompression, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, and facet fusion with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation.', Orthopaedic surgery, vol. 6, pp. 54 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/os.12086(link is external)
46. Mobbs RJ; Li J; Sivabalan P; Raley D; Rao PJ, 2014, 'Outcomes after decompressive laminectomy for lumbar spinal stenosis: Comparison between minimally invasive unilateral laminectomy for bilateral decompression and open laminectomy: Clinical article', Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 21, pp. 179 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.3171/2014.4.SPINE13420(link is external)
47. Mobbs RJ; Loganathan A; Yeung V; Rao PJ, 2013, 'Indications for anterior lumbar interbody fusion.', Orthopaedic surgery, vol. 5, pp. 153 - 163
48. Mobbs RJ; Chung M; Rao PJ, 2013, 'Bone graft substitutes for anterior lumbar interbody fusion.', Orthopaedic surgery, vol. 5, pp. 77 - 85
49. Mobbs RJ; Sivabalan P; Li J; Wilson P; Rao PJ, 2013, 'Hybrid technique for posterior lumbar interbody fusion: a combination of open decompression and percutaneous pedicle screw fixation.', Orthopaedic surgery, vol. 5, pp. 135 - 141

2. Book Chapters
1. Thoracolumbar metastatic tumors; Comparison of MIS versus open techniques for addressing thoracolumbar metastatic tumor resection and stabilization.
Open technique: Peter S Rose MD, Michelle J Clarke MD
MIS technique: Prashanth J Rao MD, Ralph J Mobbs MD

2. Open far lateral discectomy: Thieme – Spine Surgery
Prashanth J Rao, Ralph J Mobbs

Masters and PhD
Victor Lu-
Maddie Bing-
Monish Maharaj

Honours
Daniella Beniamen
Linda Goria
Daniel Scherman
Ashley-Wilson Smith

Fellows and registrars
Joel Beck
Mario Zotti
Dave Kitchen
My Pham
Brie Matthews
Renata Ganko

Medical students
Shabnam Torabiardakani
Nicola tan
Gloria Giang
Krishna Tallapragada
Kevin Phan