Dr. Harry Koumoukelis is currently a visiting anaesthetist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Private and Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
His training was enhanced by a fellowship in paediatric anaesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children and neuro anaesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
This has led to his major interest in paediatric and adult neuro-anaesthesia and neonatal anaesthesia. Dr Koumoukelis has anaesthetised over 12 000 children in his career. He also performs regional anaesthesia for ambulatory and inpatient adults, undergoing shoulder, hip and knee surgery. He was a tutor for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and sits on a number of medical advisory boards for major private hospitals in Sydney.
In keeping with my love of nature and unique geographical places, I jump at any opportunity to teach, operate or visit South Africa. The level of neurosurgical care is excellent and some of the most innovative surgeons in history have originated from here….think Christian Barnard and Warwick Peacock. On one of my previous visits to Johannesburg to perform pro bono surgery I came across a young neurosurgeon who impressed me dramatically. He was head of his department in one of the largest public hospitals in one of the poorer sections of the city. He clearly wasn’t in it for the money and he and his beautiful wife, a plastic surgeon in the same institution, worked tirelessly to improve the care to impoverished patients. He was courageous enough to perform keyhole operations that he had learnt by reading my book, Principles and Practice of Keyhole Brain Surgery, without ever seeing it performed by someone else. His results were amazing. I wanted this person as my fellow. Thankfully, he agreed and the rest is history. Chris is a technically gifted surgeon. He has courage, dexterity, good clinical acumen, comprehensive knowledge of the literature and a caring nature. He taught us as much as we taught him and his enthusiastic personality was contagious. He will be a shining light in the field of innovative neurosurgery in his country and I am confident he will make a positive contribution to the overall welfare of both the privileged and impoverished people of South Africa. We wish him, his talented and beautiful wife, Bella, and their young family, the best of luck.