Dr Prashanth Maharaj

After completing his undergraduate training at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 2009, Dr Maharaj went on to complete his internship at Addington Hospital in 2010. Dr Maharaj then completed his community service year at Wentworth Hospital in 2012. He then joined Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in 2013 and began his General Surgery specialist training after which he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital later that same year. During this time he authored the Head Injuries chapter in the Springer book Clinical Pathways in Emergency Medicine: Volume II by Suresh David. In 2016, he was awarded the Discovery Prize for Best Oral Platform Presentation at the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa for his presentation based on Anterior Skull Base Trauma research. This award was presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in the same year.

Dr Maharaj remained at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital working as a Medical Officer in Neurosurgery, rotating in the Neurosurgical ICU and the Trauma ICU until he completed his specialisation in Neurosurgery through the Fellowship in Neurosurgery (FCNeurosurg(SA)) in 2019. He also completed his Masters in Medicine in Neurosurgery at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal at the same time.

He presented his Master's research at the World Federation of Neurosurgeons (WFNS) Meeting in 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey where he described the largest series to date of a new type of skull fracture ("Compound Elevated Skull Fracture"). In 2019, Dr Maharaj completed the Pierre Lasjuanias Neurovascular Course (PLANET) examination held by the University of Toronto based on Neuro-intervention/Endovascular Neurosurgery.

After working in Albert Luthuli state hospital in Durban for the past 7 years, Dr Maharaj has now moved to Life Entabeni hospital in Durban. As a Specialist Neurosurgeon, Dr Maharaj believes that the brain is the most complicated and beautiful organ in the body and is passionate about Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery.

His field of expertise includes but is not limited to:

  • Neurosurgical assessment and selection of most appropriate neuro-imaging modality for investigation. (MRI, CT scanning, angiography etc.)
  • Assessment and management of Neurotrauma: Cranial and spinal
  • Elective cranial surgery: Brain Tumours, Aneurysms
  • Elective spinal surgery: Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Paediatric neurosurgical procedures
  • Combination of micro-neurosurgical techniques with any of the above
  • Endoscopic Brain Surgery

Dr Prashanth Maharaj

After completing his undergraduate training at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 2009, Dr Maharaj went on to complete his internship at Addington Hospital in 2010. Dr Maharaj then completed his community service year at Wentworth Hospital in 2012. He then joined Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in 2013 and began his General Surgery specialist training after which he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital later that same year. During this time he authored the Head Injuries chapter in the Springer book Clinical Pathways in Emergency Medicine: Volume II by Suresh David. In 2016, he was awarded the Discovery Prize for Best Oral Platform Presentation at the Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa for his presentation based on Anterior Skull Base Trauma research. This award was presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in the same year.

His field of expertise includes but is not limited to:

  • Neurosurgical assessment and selection of most appropriate neuro-imaging modality for investigation. (MRI, CT scanning, angiography etc.)
  • Assessment and management of Neurotrauma: Cranial and spinal
  • Elective cranial surgery: Brain Tumours, Aneurysms
  • Elective spinal surgery: Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Paediatric neurosurgical procedures
  • Combination of micro-neurosurgical techniques with any of the above
  • Endoscopic Brain Surgery
  • Wilder Penfield

    The brain is an organ of density. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.

    Wilder Penfield