Coastal Neurosurgery

Professor Robert Heard

Neurologist & Neurophysiologist


Professor Robert Heard is one of Australia's most experienced neurologists with a subspecialty interest in neuromuscular disorders and neurophysiology.

Professor Robert Heard

Professor Robert Heard was born in Western Australia and educated in the UK. He studied medicine and neurology at Guys Hospital, the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London.

He trained in clinical neurophysiology at Westmead Hospital and his first consultant appointment was as staff specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He has an Honours BSc in clinical pharmacology and a research MD in molecular immunogenetics. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists.

Professor Heard founded the Westmead MS clinic where he is a member of a genetics research team which identified the first new MS susceptibility gene in more than 30 years and which has published widely, including papers in Nature, Nature Genetics, Lancet Neurology, J Immunology and NEJM. He has participated in several clinical trials and was inaugural Chairman of the MSRA Clinical Trials Network. He is a Committee Member of ANZAN Asia Pacific. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, a Fellow and Australian Advisory Member for the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is Conjoint Professor in the University of Newcastle and Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Sydney.

He is in clinical practice on the NSW Central Coast and is a Visiting Neurologist and Neurophysiologist at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals and Gosford Private Hospital. He is an honorary consultant at Westmead Hospital.

Areas of Interest

  • General neurology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuromuscular
  • Multiple Sclerosis and neuroimmunology
  • Neurodegenerative
  • Second opinions and medicolegal

Qualifications & Memberships

  • BSc (Hons)
  • MBBS (UK)
  • MD
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology (FAAN)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists

Clinical Training Fellowships

  • Clinical Neurophysiology (Westmead Hospital, Sydney)

Hospital Appointments

  • Gosford Private Hospital
  • Gosford Public Hospital
  • Wyong Public Hospital

Contact Professor Heard

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, innovation and convenient service when undergoing large-scale surgery, such as procedures involving the brain and spine.


(02) 4323 9024


Level 1, Suite 14-15
12 Jarrett Street
Level 7, Suite 19
Prince of Wales Private Hospital
Barker Street