Dr Ball is a neurosurgeon who is exclusively focused on the treatment of spinal disease. He offers complex spinal surgery services and specialised care for all spinal conditions including disc bulges, spinal stenosis, tumours, fractures and scoliosis. While surgery is sometimes needed, Dr Ball is happy to advise about non-surgical treatments including injection therapy or pain management approaches. Dr Ball has expertise in the care of spinal cord injury patients, working in the NSW Statewide Spinal Inuries Service at Royal North Shore Hospital. Dr Ball operates at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital.
Dr Ball has been at the forefront of spinal surgery technology and was the first surgeon to perform robotic assisted spinal surgery in the Southern Hemisphere. He has a strong research record in spinal biomechanics and is a principal investigator in the RISCIS drug trial in spinal cord injury and on the steering committee for the NSPH ICHOM study.
Dr Ball graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1999. He concurrently completed an honours degree in medical Science with a research year studying cancer biology at the Garvan Institute for Medical Research in Sydney. He underwent advanced neurosurgical training at Liverpool, John Hunter, Westmead Children’s and Royal North Shore Hospitals. At the completion of his training, he completed a combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic fellowship with the University of Calgary Spine Program in Canada. He had completed post-graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales.