ABOUT DR ROGER MELVILL


Dr Melvill was born in Durban, South Africa. where he did his schooling. His undergraduate training was done at University of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, where he achieved the Merit Award in Zoology. From here he transferred to the University of Cape Town where he completed his medical training.


MEMBERSHIP OF MEDICAL SOCIETIES

Medical Association of South Africa
South African Neurosurgical Society
South African Spine Society
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
South African National Epilepsy League
Core Panel Member - Centre for Stereotactic Irradiation
World Federation of Neurological Surgeons Neuromodulation Committee
Association of Ethical Spine Surgeons
Continental Vice-President of World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery


CONGRESS PRESENTATIONS 

1974
Review of 291 Brain Abscesses Seen at Groote Schuur Hospital - (Biennial Congress of Society  of Neurosurgeons of S.A.)

1976

The Pitfalls in Early Diagnosis of Childhood Spinal Compression - (Biennial Congress of Society of Neurosurgeons of S.A.)

1993
Cortical Mapping in Brain Tumour Surgery - (Congress of South African Neurological Association)

1993
Cortical Mapping in Brain Tumour Surgery - (Congress of the Medical Association of South Africa)

1996
Convenor Constantiaberg Neuroscience’s Symposium

1997
A Tentorial Sling in Microvascular Decompression of Trigeminal Neuralgia - (The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, United States of America.)

1998
Pallidotomy for Parkinson's Disease:  A one Year follow up - (Neurology Association of South Africa - 1998 NASA Congress)

2001
Extraforaminal Disc Protrusions - (South African Spine Society)

2001
The Neurosurgical Management of Pain - (European Advanced Spine Course)

2001
Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease - (Parkinson’s Association Symposium)

2001
Surgery for Dystonia - (Dystonia Workshop – Port Elizabeth)

2001
Results of Epilepsy Surgery 100 Cases - (Neuroimaging & Neuropathology Meeting SA)

2002
The Neurosurgical Management of Epilepsy - (South African Congress of Neurosurgeons)

2002
The Neurosurgical Management of Epilepsy - (South African Neurological Congress)

2002
The Neurosurgical Management of Pain - (European Advanced Spine Course)

2003
Neurosurgery in the Treatment of Epilepsy - (“State of the Art Lecture” in Honour of Dr. Fikre Workneh - Ethiopian Medical Association XXXIXth Annual Medical Conference and Exhibition)

2006
Radiosurgery:  A Neurosurgeon's Perspective.
(South African Association of Physicists in Medicine and Biology.  45th SAAPMB Congress and Autumn School.)

2007
Surgery for Movement Disorders in South Africa.
(International Workshop on Functional Neurosurgery for Movement Disorders and Mental Illness – Commemoration of 150th Birthday Anniversary of Sir Victor Horsley. Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.)

2009
Cervical Foramenotomy.
(Cervical Spine Surgery Masterclass. Sports Science Institute.)

2009
Neurosurgery in Sub-Saharan Africa.
(World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Toronto 2009.)


PUBLICATIONS 

Melvill RL. The Pitfalls in Early Diagnosis of Childhood Spinal Compression. S. Afr. Med. J. 1976; 50: 621-624.

Melvill RL, De Villiers JC. Peripheral Cerebral Arterial Aneurysms Caused by Stabbing. S. Afr. Med. J. 1977; 51: 471-473.

Melvill RL. Anastomosis of the Superficial Temporal to the Middle Cerebral Artery in the Management of an Intracranial Aneurysm. A Case Report. S. Afr. Med. J. 1978; 54: 792-794.

Erskine WAR, Melvill RL. Chronic Pain Problems. Experiences in a pain clinic. S. Afr. Med. J. 1981; 59: 859-860.

Castle D, De Villiers JC, Melvill RL. Lymphocytic Adenohypophysitis. Report of a Case with Demonstration of Spontaneous Tumour Regression and a Review of the Literature. Br J Neurosurg 1988; 2: 401-406.

Melvill RL., Baxter BL.  The Intertransverse Approach to Extra-Foraminal Disc Protrusion in the Lumbar Spine. Spine 1994, Vol 19 No 23: 2707-2714

Melvill RL., Baxter BL.  Functional Cortical Mapping in Brain Tumour Surgery:  Modern Medicine, Vol 20 No 6 June 1995: 36-45

Roger L. Melvill, Belinda L. Baxter. A tentorial sling in microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia. J. Neurosurgery 84:127-128, 1996.

Belinda L Baxter, Roger L Melvill Acoustic Neuroma:  what my doctor told me! Modern Medicine, Vol 21 No 7 July 1996:  32-44

Frederik J Vernimmen, Jill K Harris, Jennifer A Wilson, Roger Melvill, BJ Smit, Jacobus P Slabbert Stereotactic Proton Beam Therapy of Skull Base Meningiomas Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2001; 49(1): 99-105

Frederik J.A.I. Vernimmen, Jacobus P. Slabbert, Jennifer A. Wilson, Shaheeda Fredericks and Roger Melvill
Stereotactic proton beam therapy for intracranial arteriovenous malformations
International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, Volume 62, Issue 1, 1 May 2005, Pages 44-52


EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

1978 - 1991
Member of Search and Rescue - Mountain Club of South Africa - Cape Town

1984
Expedition Doctor - Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca - Peru

1987
Expedition Doctor - South African Puna de Atacama Expedition – Chile – South America - (Climbed World's Highest Volcano -  Ojos del Salado - 6885m)

1988
Sportsman of the Year (Mountaineering) - Medical Association of South Africa, Cape Western Branch

1996
Expedition Leader - Mountaineering expedition to Chilean Andes

1998
Expedition Leader - San Jose, Chilean Andes


PARTICULAR NEUROSURGICAL INTERESTS

Spinal Surgery
Trigeminal Neuralgia : Microvascular Decompression
Neuro-oncology : Functional cortical mapping in brain tumour surgery
Functional Neurosurgery in Movement Disorders
Management of Pain
Epilepsy Surgery

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