Dr Catherine Cartwright (Neurosurgeon)

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Dr Catherine Anne Cartwright
BMed 2004
FRACS 2014
Medical Specialties
Paediatric Surgery

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Dr Catherine Cartwright is an Australasian trained Neurosurgeon, with a passion for neurosurgery and spinal (deformity, degenerative, trauma and tumour) surgery. She obtained her medical degree through the University of Newcastle before completing Neurosurgical specialist training with positions in Sydney (Liverpool Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital), Newcastle (John Hunter Hospital and Kaleidoscope Children’s Hospital) and Auckland (Auckland City Hospital and Starship Children’s Hospital) Dr Cartwright has completed fellowships in complex adult and paediatric spinal surgery at The Royal Adelaide Hospital Spinal Unit and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. She also undertook a fellowship in paediatric scoliosis surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University in 2016. In 2015 Dr Cartwright was awarded a Post Fellowship Education Training qualification by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Paediatric Neurosurgery; completed at Westmead Children’s Hospital, Sydney. These qualifications led to Dr Cartwright working as a neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon at Westmead Children and Adult ‘s Hospitals, Sydney - where she was also the Head of Paediatric Neurosurgery; before relocating to Adelaide with her family. She previously held neurosurgery and spinal appointments in Wellington, New Zealand and Newcastle, NSW. Dr Cartwright is extensively involved in neurosurgical, spinal, trauma and surgical communication education; with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). She is both an EMST (Emergency Management of Severe Trauma) and TIPS (Training in Professional Skills) lecturer, and was the Supervisor of Training whilst at Westmead. She also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology (with Distinction), majoring in Health Economics. In 2015 Dr Catherine Cartwright was selected to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s Younger Fellows Board and has also been involved in Rotary aid work in Papua New Guinea.

Hospital Affiliations
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Women's and Children's Hospital
St Andrew's Hospital
The Memorial Hospital
Affiliated Clinics
Adelaide Spine and Brain Clinic
Affiliated Organisations
Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Spine Society of Australia
Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Medical Conditions
Trigeminal neuralgia
Peripheral nerve conditions
Arnold–Chiari malformation
Spinal Surgery
Complex adult and paediatric spinal deformity
Spine trauma and fractures – open and minimally invasive
Degenerative spinal conditions – cervical, thoracic and lumbar
Brain and Spinal Tumours

Practice Locations


Adelaide Spine and Brain Clinic
208 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006 
08 7231 5436
08 8361 7701
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Spinal Injuries Unit, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000 
08 8222 4466
08 8222 2480
Women's and Children's Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 72 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006 
08 8161 7223
08 8161 7057