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Dr Peter Bentivoglio


Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

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Dr Peter JS Bentivoglio is a Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at St Vincent’s Clinic Campus Sydney. As a third generation Australian, his grandparents arrived from Italy in 1898, Peter followed in the footsteps of his father (Dr EA Bentivoglio) and based his career in Medicine and Surgery. Peter became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. He trained at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, under the mentoring and teaching from Sir Douglas Miller,Dr Kevin Bleasel and Dr Thomas Connelly.

In London Peter furthered his Neurosurgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK with Professor Lindsay Symon, Professor David Thomas and Professor Alan Crockard. Dr Bentivoglio has been a consultant Neurosurgeon at St Vincent’s Sydney since he returned from the UK. He is the Past-Chairman of Neurosurgery a position he held for 16years and contributed to the expansion of the Department of Neurosurgery and establishing the Neurosciences Research area.


Dr Bentivoglio attained Honours II with his MBBS from the University of New South Wales. He completed his internship and residency and training as a Neurosurgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney including the affiliated teaching program Hospitals and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. He also undertook Vascular Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney with Mr Thomas Nash FRCS and Mr John Graham FRCS.

Dr Bentivoglio super-specialized in Neurosurgery in London at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the areas of Skull Base, Vascular, Spinal Neurosurgery and General Neurosurgery. Holding the positions at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery as Registrar 1983-1984, Lecturer in Neurosurgery 1984 – 1986 and Senior Registrar in Neurosurgery 1985- 1987.


Dr Bentivoglio is highly experienced Neurosurgeon in Skull Base Neurosurgery, Vascular Neurosurgery and Spinal Neurosurgery including: Giant Aneurysm and Arteriovenous malformations.

Intracranial tumours extensive experience including:
Base of Skull
Cavernous Sinus
Acoustic Neuromas
Pituitary Tumours
Glioma Tumours
Astrocytoma Tumours
Steriotactic Intracranial tumour procedures
Spinal Neurosurgery extensive experience including:
Full Spinal Instrumentation Fusions
Posterior Cervical lateral mass fusions
Anterior and Posterior Cervical Fusions, Cloward Surgery
Posterior interlaminar wiring all cervical spine surgery
Posterior and Anterior Lumbar Fusions
Intradural and extramedullary lesions
Management of Post Traumatic syringomyelia
Spinal Intramedullary lesions including:
Ependymoma and astrocytoma
Syringomyelia with syringe plural shunting
Spine Surgical management in:
Lumbar disc and lateral recess syndrome
Canal stenosis
Occiptio Cervical Fusion
Transoral approach to atlanto axial region in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Basilar invagination Syndromes


Current Research - Sydney Australia

In 2012 Dr Bentivoglio founded and is the Chairman of the Trustees of the Peter Duncan Neuro Sciences Research Institute, St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research, University of New South Wales, Lowy-Packer Institute, Darlinghurst.

The research undertaken is in Adult Stem Cells and Brain augmentation in Multiple Sclerosis. The Unit comprises of the Board of Trustees, Director of Research and two Neurosurgical fellows, PhD Students, Under Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Fellows. Other research projects include, Modulating the Kynurenine pathway into promoting stem cell repair in Multiple Sclerosis and the involvement of the Kynurenine pathway in murine models of Multiple Sclerosis.

Past-Research - London, United Kingdom

Dr Bentivoglio formulated and undertook the research, which involved the effects of acute basilar artery occlusion on the cerebral circulation and the effects of acute brain stem ischaemia on the S.E.P’s, A.B.E.P’s and motor conduction studies in the brain stem.

This research enabled him to access the efficacy of the posterior communicating arteries in supplying collateral circulation to the brainstem and the alteration of blood flow characteristics throughout the cortex, thalamus, brainstem and caudal pons that was produced by basilar artery occlusion. Using a Hydrogen clearance technique, he steriotactically placed electrodes throughout the brainstem and cortex to access the cerebral blood flow. The approach to the basilar artery was via a transclival approach using microsurgical technique.

Dr Bentivoglio instituted the project of monitoring intra operatively the electrocochleogram at the National Hospital, London. This enabled constant monitoring of Cochlear function during Cerebello pontine angle neurosurgery.


Dr Peter Bentivoglio

St Vincent's Clinic
Suite 704 Level 7, 438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

telephone: +61 2 8382 6751
facsimile: +61 2 8382 6761
email: neurobentivoglio@gmail.com

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To Request a consulation with Dr Peter Bentivoglio, please send an email through to neurosurgery@stvincents.com.au