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About Mr. Gerald Quan

Mr. Gerald Quan is an Australian and International Fellowship-trained
consultant orthopaedic surgeon specializing exclusively in spinal surgery.

He completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne, before completing his specialist orthopaedic training in Melbourne, Victoria and gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007. Subsequently he undertook dedicated Advanced post-Fellowship training in Spinal Surgery in major spine centres throughout the world. This included a 12-month Fellowship at the Spinal Deformity Centre, Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom and a further 12 months at the Spinal Pathologies Unit, Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospital of Bordeaux, France, the largest and one of the most prestigious spine units in Europe. He was the first Australian to be awarded the Asia Pacific Spine Travelling Fellowship which enabled him as a visiting surgeon to operate and lecture in several of the most important spinal centres in the Asia Pacific, including Hong Kong, India, Thailand and Korea.

He has a strong academic research and teaching background through the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery at Austin Health and is committed to the advancement of orthopaedic and spinal research. He obtained a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2005 in the field of bone and tumour biology. He was awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2008. He is Head of Spinal Research in the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery. He has presented widely and published several papers and book chapters on bone and spinal tumours, spinal deformity, spinal arthroplasty and other spinal pathologies.

He is the Head of the Spinal Surgery Unit, Department of Orthopaedics at Austin Health and senior surgeon for the Victorian Spinal Cord Injury Service. He is Principal Supervisor of the AOA and PFET-accredited Spinal Fellowship Programme in Melbourne. He specializes in surgery for all disorders of the spine from the cervical to lumbosacral regions, particularly in primary and secondary tumours affecting the spine and the management of degenerative conditions and complex deformities.

Mr Quan’s private consulting and operating is performed at Warringal Private Hospital in Heidelberg. He is committed to providing the highest standard of dedicated, comprehensive and evidence-based care for his patients with spinal pathologies.

Mr. Gerald Quan is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, University of Melbourne and Spine Society of Australia.

Specialist Areas

Mr. Gerald Quan specialises in the following areas


Cervical Surgery






Spinal Tumours






Spinal Deformity



Research & Awards

Mr. Gerald Quan contributes tirelessly to his field.
View his extensive list of research publications & awards.


Selected Publications (First or Supervising Author)
Khair Z, Mouhtouris E, Gregory JL, Quan GM. Key players and potential therapies in the development of breast cancer metastasis to the spine. Journal of Tumor 2022; 10(1):590-601.
Humadi A, Kirzner N, Darwood S, Quan GM. A review of the literature on metastatic spine disease. Journal of Spine 2019; 8(2):438.
Hibberd CS, Quan GM. Risk factors for pathological fracture and metastatic epidural spinal cord compression in patients with spinal metastases. Orthopedics 2018; Jan1;41(1):e38-e45.
Hibberd CS, Quan GM. Accuracy of pre-operative scoring systems for the prognostication and treatment of patients with spinal metastases. International Scholarly Research Notices 2017; Article ID 1320684; Epub 2017 Aug 15.
Mihailidis HG, Manners S, Churilov L, Quan GM. Is spinal surgery safe in octogenerians? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2017 Jul;87(7-8):605-609.
Kirzner N, Hilliard L, Martin C, Quan GM, Liew S, Humadi A. Bone graft in posterior spine fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a meta-analysis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2018 May 15.
O’Donnell K, Quan GM, Upton A. Extraosseous vertebral body haemangioma. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery 2018; 12:41-44.
Quan GM, Irons S, Tang SK. Posterior mediastinal paraspinal angioleimyoma causing thoracic radiculopathy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2014; Epub 2014 Apr 16
Lau SC, Myhill NG, Ganeshalingam R, Quan GM. Cervical spinal cord injury at the Victorian Spinal Cord Injury Service: Epidemiology of the last decade. Clinical Medicine Insights: Trauma and Intensive Medicine 2014; 5: 1-6
Quan GM, Wilde P. Fractured neck of femur below long spino-pelvic fixation for Charcot spine. Journal of Medical Case Reports 2013; 7(1): 277. Epub 2013 Dec 30
Roberts E, Cossigny D, Quan GM. The role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in metastatic prostate cancer to the skeleton. Prostate Cancer 2013; 2013: Article ID 418340; Epub 2013 Dec 12
Dushyanthen S, Cossigny DA, Quan GM. The osteoblastic & osteoclastic interactions in spinal metastases secondary to prostate cancer. Cancer Growth and Metastasis 2013; 6: 61-80
Petterwood J, Lim K, Gonzalvo A, Quan GM. An intradural extramedullary colorectal adenocarcinoma metastasis to the cervical spine. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2013; Epub 2013 Nov 20
Lundine K, Davis G, Rogers M, Staples M, Quan G. Prevalence of adjacent segment disc degeneration in patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion based on preoperative MRI findings. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2014; 21: 82-85
Cossigny DA, Mouhtouris E, Dushyanthen S, Gonzalvo A, Quan GM. An in vivo mouse model of intraosseous spinal cancer causing evolving paraplegia. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 2013; 115(2): 189-196
Hibberd C, Cossigny DA, Quan GM. Animal cancer models of skeletal metastasis. Cancer Growth and Metastasis 2013; 6: 23-34
Quan GM, Wilde P. Spine surgery outcomes in a workers’ compensation cohort. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2013; 83(1-2): 96
Cossigny D, Quan GM. In vivo animal models of spinal metastasis. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews 2012; 31(1-2): 99-108
Quan GM, Vital JM, Aurouer N, Obeid I, Palussiere J, Diallo A, Pointillart V. Surgery improves pain, function and quality of life in patients with spinal metastases: a prospective study on 118 patients. European Spine Journal 2011; 20(11): 1970-1978.
Quan GM, Pointillart V, Palussière J, Bonichon F. Multidisciplinary treatment and survival of patients with vertebral metastases from thyroid carcinoma. Thyroid 2011; Epub Dec16
Quan GM, Vital JM, Pointillart V. Outcomes of palliative surgery in metastatic disease to the cervical and cervicothoracic spine. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2011; 14(5): 612-618.
Quan GM, Vital JM, Hansen S, Pointillart V. Eight-year clinical and radiological follow-up of the Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty. Spine 2011; 36(8):639-646.
Pointillart V, Vital JM, Salmi R, Diallo A, Quan GM. Survival prognostic factors and clinical outcomes in patients with spinal metastases. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 2011; 137(5):849-856.
Quan GM, Gibson MJ. Correction of main thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using pedicle screw instrumentation: Does higher implant density improve correction? Spine 2010; 35(5): 562-567.
Quan GM, Choong PF. Anti-angiogenic therapy for osteosarcoma. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews 2006; 25(4): 707-13.
Quan GM, Slavin JL, Schlicht SM, Smith PJ, Powell GJ, Choong PF. Osteosarcoma near joints; assessment and implications. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2005; 91(3): 159-66.
Quan GM, Carr D, Schlicht S, Powell GJ, Choong PF. Lessons learnt from the painful shoulder; a case series of malignant shoulder girdle tumours misdiagnosed as frozen shoulder. International Seminars in Surgical Oncology 2005; 2(1): 2.
Quan GM, Ojaimi J, Li Y, Kartsogiannis V, Zhou H, Choong PF. Localization of pigment epithelium-derived factor in growing mouse bone. Calcified Tissue International 2005; 76(2): 146-53. Epub 2004 Nov 4.
Quan GM, Ojaimi J, Choong PF. Cartilage-derived anti-angiogenic therapy for osteosarcoma: a novel approach. International Journal of Cancer Prevention 2004; 1(6): 411-9.
Quan GM, Pitman A, Slavin J, Zalcberg J, Choong PF. Soft tissue metastasis of carcinoid tumour: a rare manifestation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2004; 74(3):164-6.
Quan GM. Training Surgeon Scientists. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2004; 74(1-2): 79-80.
Quan GM, Ojaimi J, Nadesapillai AP, Zhou H, Choong PF. Resistance of epiphyseal cartilage to invasion by osteosarcoma is likely to be due to expression of antiangiogenic factors. Pathobiology 2002-2003; 70(6): 361-7


University of Melbourne RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant 2016-2017
Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust Grant 2016
Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust Grant 2013
Austin Medical Research Foundation Research Grant 2013
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship Award: 2009-2012 (4-year tenure)
Austin Medical Research Foundation Grant 2012
Spine Society of Australia Clinical Fellowship Bursary 2008
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Spine Travelling Fellowship Award 2007
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Australian In-Service Examination Prize 2006
Australian Orthopaedic Association Victorian Branch Training Committee Annual Prize 2006
The Cancer Council of Victoria Research Grant 2005
Australian Health and Medical Research Council Invited National Speaker and Travel Grant Award Sydney 2004
Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Grant Award Sydney 2004
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Medical Postgraduate Scholarship: 2003-2004 (2-year tenure)
Peter Ryan Prize for Best Surgical Research, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne 2003
Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust Grant 2003
Surgical Research Society of Australasia Young Investigator and Travel Grant Award Melbourne 2003
Sir Leslie Eric Paddle Scholarship – Orthopaedic Medicine Affecting Children; Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne: 2002 and 2003 (re-awarded on merit)
Viola Edith Reid Bequest Scholarship; Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2002 and 2003 (re-awarded on merit)
Australian Orthopaedic Association Research Foundation Grant 2002
St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Research Foundation Grant 2002
Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Young Investigator Award 2002


Mr. Gerald Quan is part of the Park Clinic Orthopaedics team.

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Park Clinic Orthopaedic Team

Gerald Quan is part of the Park Clinic Orthopaedics Team. Visit his colleagues' pages below


Mark Blackney

Foot & Ankle


Terence Chin

Foot & Ankle


Richard Dallalana

Shoulder, Elbow & Knee


Robert Howells

Knee, Hip & Shoulder


John Salmon

Shoulder & Elbow





Contact Mr. Gerald Quan

For all Appointments & Enquiries please call 9455 0300

Main Consulting Rooms

50 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, Vic, 3084
T. 9455 0300 F. 9459 7324

You will require a referral letter from your GP or specialist. Please bring copies of any x-rays/imaging, medicare card and private insurance details.

Mr Quan does not see WorkCover or TAC patients.

Accounts are required to be settled on the day of your consultation. A proportion of the fee is rebatable from Medicare. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard.

Public patients
If you do not have private hospital health insurance and would like to see Mr. Quan as a public patient, please ask your local doctor or specialist to refer you directly to the orthopaedic spinal outpatient clinic at the Austin Hospital.