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Dr Paul Licina

MBBS(Hons) FRACS(Orth) FAOA Adjunct Professor(QUT)

Spine Surgeon

Dr Paul Licina is a spinal surgeon based at the Brisbane Private Hospital on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. He qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in Queensland and then undertook further spinal training under world-renowned spinal surgeon John Webb in Nottingham, England.

Although his primary interest is degenerative spinal conditions, in particular back pain, he treats all conditions of the spine.

Despite his busy private practice, he devotes considerable time to research and education. He helped establish the AO Spine Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and oversaw its incorporation into the QUT Orthopaedic and Trauma Research Group, and has been granted the title of Adjunct Professor by the QUT. More recently he has established the Brisbane Private Hospital Spine Research Group.

He has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally as faculty for various spine courses and conferences. He has published a number of papers, and was involved in ground-breaking research involving spinal cord injury, being part of the team that performed the world's first transplant of specialized olfactory cells into the spinal cord of a paralysed patient in an attempt to develop a technique to promote spinal cord recovery. His current research interests involve computer-assisted image-guided surgery and less invasive spinal surgery including bone graft alternatives.

He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys travel, cars, fine wine and food and has a keen interest in coffee, having set up the Blue Sky Coffee roastery.

Download a detailed CV including qualifications, published papers and more.

Visiting Practitioners

SpinePlus is a multidisciplinary practice, developed to provide a comprehensive and streamlined approach to back conditions. Dr Licina works closely with a number of visiting practitioners who assist in the areas of rehabilitation, pain management and musculoskeletal conditions in order to provide a holistic approach to patient care.

Surgical Team

Dr Licina is fortunate to work with a highly specialised surgical team including anaesthetists, assistant and nurses, most of whom have been together for many years.

Clinical and Administration Team

The complete care concept at SpinePlus relies on the dedication and commitment of Dr Licina’s experienced medical and administrative team. Each member of the team is entrusted to manage a specialised area of the practice, ensuring that each patient receives the best possible care.