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Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld AC, OBE, KStJ


Founding Director, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)
Professor of Surgery, Monash University.
Senior Neurosurgeon, The Alfred Hospital
Adjunct Professor in Surgery, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine,
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Honorary Professor of Surgery, University of Papua New Guinea
Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China
Major General, Australian Defence Force

Education and Training
Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld attended Melbourne High School and graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1976. He completed general surgery training in Melbourne, and then undertook neurosurgical training. He completed post-fellowship training at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK and was Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA. On his return to Australia in 1988, he was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon to The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital and undertook a laboratory research fellowship at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, investigating neural transplantation in mice, obtaining the Master of Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne in 1992. He was awarded the Syme Medal and Syme Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for this research.

Professor Rosenfeld is one of Australia’s leading academic neurosurgeons and is internationally recognised. He was co-Principal Investigator on the landmark Decompressive Craniectomy Study, the first multicentre randomised controlled trial of this procedure which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2011. He has been an invited Visiting Professor in 12 countries and an invited speaker for 12 named orations and 65 international meetings. He has published over 280 peer reviewed articles (including Lancet, Lancet Neurology and NEJM), 46 book chapters and 2 books. Professor Rosenfeld has had 10,943 citations, h-index of 52 and i10-index of 164 based on Google Scholar data 2 January 2018 and has over his career been awarded $22 million of competitive grant funding including $9.9 million from the ARC and $6.62 million from the NH&MRC. He has been appointed to the Editorial Board of 10 international journals and is a reviewer for 36 international journals. He is a Principal Investigator within the Monash Bionic Vision Group which aims to develop a bionic vision direct to brain implant with a first-in-human implant in 2018 and was awarded $8 million by the Australian Research Council in 2009. Professor Rosenfeld was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for 2004 which is the most prestigious research award of the RACS. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) in 2008, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Neurosurgeons of Thailand 2011 and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand in 2011. His book entitled ‘Neurosurgery in the Tropics’ co-authored with DAK Watters, was published in 2000 by Macmillan, London and ‘Practical Management of Head and Neck Injury’, was published in 2012 by Elsevier. He was elected an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) 2015, elected to Fellowship of the Academia Neurochirurgica Eurasiana in 2016 and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (FTSE) in 2016. Professor Rosenfeld is an international leader in surgery for hypothalamic hamartoma. He was awarded a King James IV Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for this research.

Neurosurgical Practice
Professor Rosenfeld specialises in cerebrovascular surgery (aneurysms, arterio-venous malformations), brain tumour and skull base surgery, minimal access and neuro-endoscopic surgery. Professor Rosenfeld has been an invited visiting professor in the UK, USA, China, Japan, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Israel and Malaysia and has developed a keen interest in developing specialist medical services, particularly neurosurgery, to the developing world. He has visited PNG, Fiji and the Solomon Islands multiple times for the Aus-Aid funded Pacific Islands Project (PIP) to perform neurosurgery and teach. He was appointed Honorary Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of Papua New Guinea in 2000.

Professor Rosenfeld was awarded The Sally Harrington Goldwater Memorial Visiting Professor Award from the Barrow Neurological Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2003, the LD Hupp Visiting Professorship in Paediatric Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 2004 and the Inaugural Woodard Symposium Visiting Professorship in Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana USA in 2012. He was awarded the Asian/Australasian Travelling Fellowship of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia in 1995. He was appointed Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China September 2013 and is a Board Member, International Society of Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT).He was awarded theprestigious International Lifetime Service Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2018.

Leadership positions
He was appointed Professor and Head, Department of Surgery, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University February 2006. Professor Rosenfeld was appointed the Professor/Director of Neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University in 2000 and appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor Advancement – (Major Projects) Monash University in 2012-2014. He was Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Monash Medical Centre and Prince Henry's Hospital in Melbourne, 1990-1993. He was Deputy Director, Neurosurgery Department, The Royal Melbourne Hospital 1993-2000 and Director, Neurosurgery Department at the Royal Children's Hospital, 1996-2000 and Associate Professor, in the Departments of Paediatrics and Surgery at The University of Melbourne. He is the Founding Director of the Monash University Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) 2014-.

Teaching and Committees
Professor Rosenfeld was appointed Professor of Neurosurgery (Honorary) at the University of Papua New Guinea in 2000, and Honorary Professor of the Neurosurgical Department of the Beijing Tiantan Hospital and of the Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China in 2005. He was awarded an Honorary membership of the Indian Neurotrauma Society, and was appointed to the Ethics in Neurosurgery & Medico-Legal Affairs Committee in 2006, the Education Committee in 2009 and the Neurotrauma Committee in 2010-2016 of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS). He became Chairman, Division of Surgery, The Alfred Hospital, and a member of the Bayside Health Executive Committee 2006 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and is an instructor on the Definitive Surgery for Trauma Course (DSTC), and has instructed on the Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course, and the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Officers (MICA) course. He was a member of the Court of Examiners in Neurosurgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for 8 years and was an External Examiner in Neurosurgery, University Sains Malaysia (USM) 2014-2015. He became an Honorary Member, Neurotrauma Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) 2016. He was appointed Clinical Professor (Honorary) of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017.

Professor Rosenfeld has been a member of the Army Reserve since 1984. He was promoted to Major General, Australian Defence Force (ADF) and was Surgeon General ADF (Reserves) 2009-2011. He became Assistant Surgeon General Australian Defence Force - Army and Director General Health Reserves - Army 2007-2009. He is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced military surgeons. He was appointed Senior Medical Officer to the 4th Brigade, 2001-2003. He was Consultant, Clinical Policy, Defence Personnel Executive, Canberra, 2003-2004 and Chair, General Surgery Consultative Group to the Director General of Defence Health Services 2001-2007.

He has served on eight deployments to Rwanda, Bougainville, East Timor (INTERFET and UNTAET), the Solomon Islands and Iraq (OP CATALYST and OPERATION OKRA (ADF) in Iraq, [Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) – Middle East (USA)]. He was Neurosurgeon, 21st Combat Support Hospital, Iraq 2017. Awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) 2017 for service in Iraq. He was the Neurosurgeon to the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group (EMDG), US Airforce, Camp Anaconda, Balad, Iraq 2004/2005. He has been awarded the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) – Greater Middle East Operation; the Australian Service Medal (ASM); the Active Australian Service Medal (AASM); the Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM); the Geoffrey Harkness medal in 2001 for outstanding contribution to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps; and the United States Air Force Commendation Medal 2007.

He is a graduate of Reserve Command and Staff College. He was appointed to the staff of the Centre for Military and Veteran’s Health, University of Queensland in 2004 – 2014, and the Director of Health Reserves (Army), National Triumvirate, Australian Defence Force in 2004. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health 2006-2014. He is the recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey International Military Surgeons’ Award for Excellence for 2009 and the John Thomson Medal and Oration in 2010. He was Chair, Australian Defence Force Human Research Ethics Committee 2012-2015 and is a Member, Defence Reserves Support Council (Vic) 2012-. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in Surgery, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA in 2013. He was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Victoria Region, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps in January 2014. Appointed Board Member in 2016, Security and Health Executive Leadership Institute (SAHELI), University of Melbourne.

Neurotrauma and administration
Professor Rosenfeld has a particular academic and clinical interest in neurotrauma and is a Member of the National Trauma Committee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). From 2000 to 2003, he was appointed by the Minister for Health to serve on the State Trauma Committee (Victoria). He was also a member of the Ministerial Working Party and Task Force on Emergency Services and Trauma, Victoria, served on the Consultative Committee on Road Traffic Fatalities, and was the Chairman of the Trauma Committee of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia (NSA) 2000-2005. He was a member of the Medical Standards Committee of Ambulance Victoria 2003-2016.

Professor Rosenfeld was elected to the Executive of the NSA, and the Board of Neurosurgery of the RACS, the State Committee of the RACS in 1998, and was elected Vice-Chairman of this committee in 2000. He was a member of the Management Committee of the Pacific Island Project (PIP) 1999-2012, and the International Committee of the RACS 1999-2012. He was Chairman of the International Committee of the NSA in 1999, and was appointed to the Medical Advisory Committee of the Board of Neurosciences Victoria in 2005 and to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Victorian Neuroscience Initiative in 2007. He was appointed Chairman of the Steering Committee of the NET Program: Neurotrauma Evidence Translation of the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) in December 2009, and member of the Psychosurgery Review Board of the Victorian Government 2009. He was appointed a member of the Defence Health Foundation Medical Research Advisory Committee in 2010, Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Bionics Institute, University of Melbourne 2012, Chair of the Victorian Neurotrauma Advisory Council (VNAC) 2012-2014 and National Vice President-Health, Defence Reserves Association, 2012-.

Community involvement and interests
Professor Rosenfeld was President, Graduate Union University of Melbourne 2012-2015. He was National Vice-President and State President, United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), 2001-2004. He has served as a Corps Surgeon and District (State) Medical Officer, St John Ambulance (Victoria). He was Commissioner of St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria), 2001-2005. He was promoted to Knight of Grace in the Order of St. John (KStJ) in 2014. Professor Rosenfeld was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003, Membership of the Order of Australia (AM), 2011 and Officer of The Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to neurosurgery and the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine, Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2013. Professor Rosenfeld was ‘Herald-Sun Victorian of the Year’ 2002. He was awarded Honorary Membership of Chadstone/East Malvern Rotary in June 2007, the Melbourne Rotary Vocational Service Award, 2008, ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ 2011 and Paul Harris Fellow with Sapphire from Bentleigh Rotary 2012. He was awarded the prestigious ‘Monash Medal’ in 2012 and the ANZAC of the Year Award of the Returned and Services League (RSL) 2015. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation in 2009. He is Principal clarinet Australian Doctors Orchestra and Corpus Medicorum Orchestra. Patron-in-Chief of Victorian Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (VAJEX), 2008-, Patron of Victorian Branch Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Association, 2010-, Patron of Federal Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men and Women, 2013-. Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Ambassador 2012-2014.

Professor Rosenfeld is married with three children.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurotrauma
  • Military Surgery
  • Brain Tumours
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Bionic Vision


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