Dr Peter McCombe MBBS, FRACS (Orthopaedics)
Watkins Medical Centre
225 Wickham Tce
BRISBANE QLD 4000
07 3831 7034
Dr McCombe is an orthopaedic spine surgeon. He is a visiting specialist at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and his private practice is restricted exclusively to adult spine surgery. He also has a public commitment as an orthopaedic spine surgeon at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
He has a special interest in disc replacement surgery in the lumbar (low back) spine and cervical (neck) spine as well as in disorders of spinal posture (sagittal imbalance). He inserted the first cervical disc replacement in Australia in 2000. He is also interested in cases of deformity causing nerve compression such as spondylolisthesis and degenerative adult scoliosis.
He has an interest in spinal implant design and, in conjunction with a neurosurgical colleague, Dr William Sears, has designed an implant system used for posterior lumbar interbody fusion. This prosthesis is manufactured and marketed by a large international implant company and is used nationally and internationally. Dr McCombe is involved in ongoing development projects that are likely to result in further advances in prosthesis design. .
Dr McCombe has been extensively involved in clinical and basic scientific research about the spine. He is the winner of the prestigious international prize – the Volvo Award – awarded by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine for clinical research into back pain.
Dr McCombe has contributed to the Spine Society of Australia by serving as Secretary and President (2008-2010).