Doctor Luke Chen

Consulting: Fitzroy & St Kilda Rd

Dr Luke Chen is a highly qualified neurologist with subspecialty expertise in hearing and balance disorders, neuro-otology, neuro-opthalmology, eye movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and has an interest in atypical parkinsonism.

His undergraduate training in medicine was at the University of Melbourne and obtained his MBBS in 2003, followed by completion of basic physician training at the Austin Hospital in 2007. After completing core years of advanced training in neurology at the Alfred and Austin Hospital in Melbourne (2008-2009), he undertook a Fellowship in neuro-otology from 2010 to 2013 with Professor Michael Halmagyi and his group at the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. This group, led by Professor Halmagyi, is internationally renowned for leading the field in clinical and academic neuro-otology. He was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2011. In addition to consulting at the Hearing and Balance Clinic, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he was also a neurologist at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic and Sydney Neurology (both at the Brain and Mind Research Institute), working alongside Associate Professors Michael Barnett, Stephen Reddel and Professor John Pollard.

During his fellowship he undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Dr Swee Aw, Dr Miriam Welgampola and Professor Michael Halmagyi). Using cutting-edge methods (electrical vestibular stimulation, three-dimensional head impulse test and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials) he investigated balance problems in common and uncommon disorders, including acute vestibular syndrome, multiple sclerosis, atypical parkinsonian disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy (in collaboration with Associate Professor Victor Fung, Movement Disorder Unit, Westmead Hospital), and neuro-metabolic diseases.

He has won several awards, including the Neuro-otology Society of Australia Prize in 2010, the Pfizer Neuroscience Research Grant in 2011, and the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Research Training Fellowship in 2011. He has presented research findings at many national and international forums, including the Barany Society biennial annual meeting. Several key papers are being generated from his PhD concerning electrically and mechanically evoked vestibular abnormalities in central acute vestibular syndrome, internuclear ophthalmoplegia in multiple sclerosis, and atypical parkinsonian disorders. He has co-authored book chapters on vestibular disorders as well as published papers on stroke and headache. He has served as a co-investigator in many multiple sclerosis clinical trials. He is always keen to teach has been involved with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Physician Education Program, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Brain School, and the Neuro-otology Society of Australia Annual Meeting Teaching Day.

Dr Chen is an expert in managing dizziness, vertigo and hearing and balance problems, including vestibular migraine, benign positional vertigo, acute vestibular syndrome due to stroke or vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, vestibular schwannoma, and superior semicircular canal dehiscence. He is experienced in performing and interpreting vestibular function tests (especially quantitative head impulse test and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials), eye movement recording/analysis, and management of abnormal eye movements. He also specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. As part of his research into balance function in atypical parkinsonian disorders and vertical gaze palsy, he has an interest in progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy.

In his spare time Dr Chen enjoys wine tasting and collecting rare vintages.