People in Private: Brindha Shivalingam


Dr Brindha Shivalingam has been appointed Director of Neurosurgery Services at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney. Dr Shivalingam has been a leader in neurosurgical research  as well as a senior surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She will provide leadership and direction for the growth of the service and research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

What do you love about your job and why?
I love everything about my job. In short, it completely satisfies my personality. It is challenging and requires me to use the whole of my brain. It is wide and varied and there is never a dull moment. Mostly, I get a great deal of satisfaction out of caring for people and being there for them during their great time of need.

Why did you become a neurosurgeon?
I have a fascination and passion about the brain. It is who we are and how we interact with the world. The world of neurosurgery is a very challenging one and I need that as a person.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
"Life is a bit like jazz. It is best when you improvise." George Gershwin (died of brain cancer aged 39).

What is something about you your colleagues don’t know?
I came to Australia as a refugee.

How do your friends describe you?
Strong and accomplished.

What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Keeping fit – gym, bike riding and walking my beloved dog who keeps me sane!

What is something you want to achieve this year?
In 2018, I want to build the neurosurgical service at Lifehouse to be the country’s recognised centre of excellence for brain tumour treatment.



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