Mr Greg Etherington

Spine and Scoliosis Surgeon


Victoria Cranbourne, Dandenong, Doncaster East, Geelong, Kew, Pakenham
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Greg Etherington is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises exclusively in Spinal Surgery. He carries out a wide range of procedures, from lumbar microdiscectomy to lumbar and cervical spine fusion. Mr Etherington is also one of a relatively small group of spine surgeons who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis.

Having completed his Medical Degree at the prestigious University of Sydney, he subsequently obtained a Masters’ degree in Biomedical Engineering before completing specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Following his orthopaedic training, Mr Etherington received extensive subspecialty clinical and research training in the United Kingdom, with an emphasis on scoliosis surgery. He established his practice in Sydney, before relocating to Melbourne in 2011.

He remains a consultant spine surgeon at The Alfred Hospital, and participates in a range of clinical meetings, as well as running regular outpatient clinics and operating theatre sessions.

In addition, he provides a regular on-call service to The Alfred, where his expertise is harnessed to treat patients with some of the most serious spinal injuries that can occur. He continues to travel the world to hone his skills, learn new techniques, and to educate younger surgeons in this complex and challenging field.

Greg Etherington’s private practice is exclusively in spinal surgery – and he is one of a relatively small number of surgeons in this category. His interests span the full range of spinal conditions, from disc prolapse to spinal stenosis, tumour and instability.

He operates on the cervical spine, as well as the thoracic and lumbar spine. His passion, and his main area of specialisation is in the technically demanding field of scoliosis surgery.

After moving to Melbourne, Greg Etherington initially worked as a solo spine surgeon. He later began consulting with other specialists at Precision Brain Spine and Pain with a strong desire to be able to offer his patients the full range of treatment options, delivered by a team of complimentary specialists who work tirelessly together in their quest for the best outcomes possible.

Greg’s approach is to exhaust all reasonable non-surgical treatment options before considering surgery, and when the surgical path is selected, he is able to offer his patients the latest and most effective evidence-based procedures available.

He prides himself on an excellent bedside manner, and takes the time to explain to each patient their condition, treatment options, and likely outcome in as much detail as they desire.

Special Interest

  • Spinal Deformity
  • Tumour
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Infections
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative Problems

Approach to Patient Care

  • Quality care and compassion
  • Best Practice for each individual
  • Respect
  • Communication and professionalism

Precision Brain, Spine & Pain Centre

  • Integrated clinical care
  • Neurosurgery and spinal surgery
  • Pain medicine and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Psychology and psychiatry
  • Occupational medicine
  • Rehabilitation

Mr Etherington sees Workcover & TAC patients