Cerebrovascular and Skullbase Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, Monash Health

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Monash University



Surgical expertise in:

Brain aneurysm and blood vessel disorder treatment

Brain tumour treatment

Acoustic neuroma and pituitary tumour treatment

Skull base surgery

Degenerative spinal conditions



General Bio

Associate Professor Leon Lai graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne in 2005. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for his work that focused on the surgical management and innovations in the treatment of brain aneurysms in 2015. He was admitted to the fellowship of Neurosurgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015.


His research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and editorials. He has received in excess of $280,000 in research grant funding and collaborated nationally in 3 multi-centre studies (1 NHMRC funded). A/Prof Lai became a lead investigator in 3 institutional studies, and participated in 2 major grant applications (NHMRC, and ARC Linkage). He has extensive clinical and research experience in general, cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery. He has widely published on novel surgical techniques to approach the cranium, based from his PhD research.


Associate Professor Lai is presently the Editor in chief for an upcoming book on Neurosurgical Diseases (contributed by some of the world’s leading neurosurgeons), and is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at prestigious national and international conferences in his research areas.



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