For over 30 years Dr. Charlie Teo AM has been instrumental in the development, dissemination and acceptance of the concept of keyhole minimally invasive techniques in neurosurgery.

Charlie Teo is truly a global neurosurgeon. In demand across all continents for his willingness to offer surgery to those who have been given no hope, he has had appointments in Australia, the USA, India, Vietnam and Singapore.

As passionate about teaching as performing surgery, Charlie has been awarded Best Teacher awards in both the USA and Australia and devotes 3 months of every year instructing and doing live surgery pro bono in developing countries. He established a fellowship program that attracts over 600 applicants every year and has taught and mentored neurosurgeons from many of the leading universities world-wide such as Karolinska, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Duke, Yale and Harvard Universities and the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Prof. Teo strongly believes that a surgeon’s responsibility to his patients shouldn’t end after surgery. In keeping with his desire to find a cure for brain cancer he has raised over $51 million that has been used to fund research scientists both in Australia and abroad. He has done this through the Cure for Life Foundation, the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (Charity of the Year 2016) and currently the Charlie Teo Foundation.

His efforts were recognised in 2011 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his pioneering efforts in the development of minimally invasive techniques in neurosurgery, in 2012 when he was invited to give the Australia Day Address to the Nation and in 2013 when he was the first non-politician Australian to address the US Congress on the need for more funding for brain cancer research. Incidentally, Prof. Teo was named the Most Trusted Person in Australia for 7 consecutive years.

Charlie has used his many contacts and entrepreneurial skills to conceive, build and nurture several projects over his 38-year career. He was the Founder and Director of the Arkansas Neuro-oncology Clinic (APNOC), Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (CMIN), Randwick, Australia, Cingulum Health Clinic, Rosebery, Australia and Co-Founder of Omniscient-Neuro, a software start-up company that utilises connectomics to improve the outcome of any patient with a brain disorder. Interestingly, Professor Teo has the unique characteristic of embracing and utilising many complimentary alternative treatments in his management of brain cancer. He holds a diploma in acupuncture, was the Director of the Acupuncture Clinic at Concord Hospital for several years before neurosurgery, uses manipulation of the microbiome in the management of many neurological disorders and recently is offering targeted/navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and mental health disorders. After giving a talk to a hostile audience on the importance of keyhole techniques to improve outcomes in neurosurgery, a detractor from the crowd suggested that “…your longer survival times may not be from the keyhole techniques…it might be that your patients worship you and that you’re just a ‘healer’.”…. rather than take offence, Charlie felt that this was one of his greatest compliments!! Sadly, Charlie has been the brunt of vilification and persecution from his colleagues and certain media outlets over the last 4 years and now works mostly overseas where he remains respected and in-demand for offering hope to those with challenging and high-risk brain tumours. Charlie is a father to four beautiful daughters and supports the rights of girls and young women in impoverished countries through various charities including his own Teo Family Foundation. He is a Patron for Voiceless, an Australian based charity that is dedicated to reducing cruelty to industry animals and an Ambassador for Zambi Wildlife, which gives a home to abandoned zoo animals and Australian fauna, Orangutan Foundation International (AUS), which works to preserve the habitat of our closest ancestors and Cambodian Children’s Trust, which improves the lives of children in Cambodia one village at a time.


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