Dr Anthony Athanasiov FRACS (ortho)
Dr Athanasiov was raised in rural Queensland and attended secondary school in Toowoomba. After finishing high school he moved to Adelaide to study under-graduate medicine at the University of Adelaide.
He completed his Bachelor degree of Medicine and Surgery in 2002. He then returned to Queensland to undertake his medical internship and residency at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Dr Athanasiov then completed rotations with the Queensland Health Rural Scholarship Scheme and he worked at regional centres throughout Queensland.
After completing rural health rotations, Dr Athanasiov pursued his lifelong passion for orthopaedics, and began his specialty training. Throughout his training he gained vast experience in managing orthopaedic trauma both in regional centres and at the state’s major tertiary referral hospitals. He also gained extensive experience in treating elective Orthopaedic conditions, training with some of Queensland’s leading surgeons.
During his orthopaedic training, Dr Athanasiov discovered an interest in spinal surgery and worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Spine Unit during his senior training time.
In 2010, Dr Athanasiov completed his training and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Following the completion of his orthopaedic training, Dr Athanasiov and his family moved to London, UK. Here he completed a further fellowship in spine surgery at one of the Europe’s premiere spine centres, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. During his time in London, Dr Athanasiov worked alongside some of the world leaders in spine surgery. He gained extensive experience in the management of adult and paediatric spinal deformity, as well as tumours, trauma and degenerative conditions of the spine. He also worked closely with staff at the co-located spinal injuries unit in treating patients with spinal cord injuries. During this time, Dr Athanasiov assisted in the establishment of a national myeloma service, coordinating assessment and management of patients with spinal involvement from myeloma.
At the completion of his fellowship training, Dr Athanasiov was appointed as a locum Consultant Surgeon at RNOH. He managed a caseload of complex spinal conditions and coordinated a multi-disciplinary spine-management team.
Whilst on fellowship in the UK, Dr Athanasiov attended conferences as both a delegate and presenter at London, Oxford, Copenhagen, Switzerland and Barcelona.
Upon returning to Brisbane, Dr Athanasiov was appointed to a spine consultant position at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He also established his private practice, consulting and operating at Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Mater Private Hospital.
Dr Athanasiov continues to be passionate about lifelong learning and teaching in his chosen areas of interest. He is involved in training junior doctors at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Greenslopes Hospital, and he regularly lectures students through his role as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland. He is continually involved in research projects and endeavours to keep abreast of developments in orthopaedic and spine surgery. His vision is to provide world-class, evidence-based best practice in spine surgery.