Meet the Health Professional
Jeremy Russell, Neurosurgeon
Jeremy Russell is a Neurosurgeon specialising in cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery at Advanced Neurosurgery
in Richmond. He has obtained fellowships in both subspecialties at the renowned Toronto Western Hospital in Canada. Jeremy also has a keen interest in medical research, focusing on neurosurgical causes of stroke and cerebrovascular reactivity testing.
1. Why did you choose your career path?
Initially I wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon, as I had a lot of injuries / surgeries from sport. However after graduating medicine I saw a craniotomy (brain operation) for the first time and knew instantly that was what I wanted to do !
2. What does your typical work day look like?
No such thing ! It's incredibly variable. Some days it's all consulting, others all operating and also a mix. Often at different hospitals during the day as well. Then there's on call duties which is approximately half the time where I need to be able to respond to all neurosurgical situations, whatever time, day or night. It can be quite taxing but for the most is great fun.
3. What is your opinion on the importance of responding to customer comments and reviews on Whitecoat?
As a specialist, I think it's important to keep patients informed of their situation and make sure they understand what we've discussed. Too often specialists fly through their consults and the patient leaves without really understanding what just happened. I make it a real point to try and prevent this from happening, which is why my consults tend to run a bit longer than most. In a similar vein, I try to answer customer comments as best I can as often as I can. I don't however tend to reply to reviews as ultimately that's what the patient thinks and I shouldn't try to influence this.
4. What is the best part of your job?
Seeing people cured of their brain tumour or pain free after a procedure. This never ceases to put a smile on my face :)
5. How does your work benefit from using Whitecoat most?
The exposure Whitecoat offers helps me expand my scope to help patients whom I may not have otherwise had the pleasure to meet
6. What has been your biggest career achievement or proud moment?
Passing my Neurosurgical Fellowship exam was the culmination of 20 years of post-graduate study and work. It was an incredible feeling of achievement, making all the prior sacrifices to both myself and incredible family worthwhile.
7. If you didn’t choose your career path, which profession would you have chosen to pursue?
Still medicine as I love the profession. Though if not medicine, then I would have continued with Biomedical Engineering which I was working in whilst studying medicine. Still to this day I do miss the engineering practical aspects of that job !
8. If you could choose someone to play you in a movie, who would it be and why?
It would have been Heath Ledger. He's was an Aussie, an incredible actor who was diverse in his roles and seemed to retain his down to earth character despite the Hollywood palaver.
9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to fly ... then I could avoid Melbourne's dreadful traffic !!! Also pretty fun in it's own right ...
10. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Rib eye steak bone in with mash potato and an incredible bottle of Australian Shiraz
11. What is your favourite book?
Don't have one. Love all books by Bryce Courtenay, Wilbur Smith and Tom Clancy
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Sourced from Whitecoat in Health Tips
16 Apr 2018