Coastal Neurosurgery

Dr Marc Coughlan

Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon


Highly experienced neurosurgeon with a sub-speciality focus on spinal surgery.

Dr Marc Coughlan

Dr Marc Coughlan obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1996. Following which, he undertook his Internship at Edendale Hospital, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa in 1997. After completing his internship, Marc undertook Neurosurgical training in Cape Town and in 2003 received his Neurosurgical Fellowship in South Africa.

During that time, Marc was fortunate enough to spend eleven years at the renown Groote Schuur Hospital, where Christian Barnard did the worlds first heart-transplant. Whilst training in South Africa, he gained extensive experience in Craniocerebral and Spinal Trauma, Paediatric Neurosurgery and Neuroendoscopic Techniques.

In 2004, Marc was then fortunate enough to visit Sydney, Australia to undertake a surgical training Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery with world renowned Neurosurgeon, Dr Charles Teo, honing his operative skills in surgical techniques and gaining invaluable experience; particularly in Neuro-oncology.

In 2005, Marc obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) as a Neurosurgery and has been practice surgery in Australia ever since.

Clinical Focus Areas

Motion preservation techniques and technologies, artificial discs, dynamic stabilisation, interbody fusion surgery, and other procedures involving minimally invasive approaches to spinal surgery.

Key operating experience:

  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Peripheral nerve conditions creating numbness or pain (including carpal tunnel surgery)
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal trauma
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Brain tumours

Qualifications & Memberships

  • MBChB (University of Cape Town)
  • Fellow, College of Surgeons of South Africa (2003)
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2005)

Surgical Training Fellowships

  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (Sydney, 2004)

Hospital Appointments

  • Gosford Private Hospital, North Gosford
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Consulting Locations

Coastal Neurosurgery

We are a multidisciplinary clinic with a dedicated focus on Brain, Spine and Pain. Our integrated team of sub-specialists strive to offer patients a collaborative, innovative and convenient service when undergoing large-scale surgery, such as procedures involving the brain and spine.


(02) 8322 4034


Level 1, Suite 14-15
12 Jarrett Street