Medical and Personal Information


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.

Medical Society Memberships | Past and Present

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

Congress Presentations

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

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

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

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

Convenor Constantiaberg Neuroscience’s Symposium

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

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

Extraforaminal Disc Protrusions - (South African Spine Society)
The Neurosurgical Management of Pain - (European Advanced Spine Course)
Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease - (Parkinson’s Association Symposium)
Surgery for Dystonia - (Dystonia Workshop – Port Elizabeth)
Results of Epilepsy Surgery 100 Cases - (Neuroimaging & Neuropathology Meeting SA)

The Neurosurgical Management of Epilepsy - (South African Congress of Neurosurgeons)
The Neurosurgical Management of Epilepsy - (South African Neurological Congress)
The Neurosurgical Management of Pain - (European Advanced Spine Course)

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)

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

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.)

Cervical Foramenotomy - (Cervical Spine Surgery Masterclass. Sports Science Institute)
Neurosurgery in Sub-Saharan Africa - (World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Toronto 2009.)

Chairman of Medtronic Workshop - (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Chairman of Elekta Workshop - (Radiosurgery)
Temporal Lobectomy in Africa - (WSSFN, Cape Town)

Indication for Deep Brain Stimulation - (Congress of Int Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology)

Epilepsy Surgery in Resource Poor Settings (Round Table Discussion) - (2nd African Epilepsy Congress: Epilepsy in Africa, Bridging the Gap)
Intrathecal Baclofen in the Treatment of Spasticity - (South African Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association Congress)

Complications of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery - (ABC Meeting, Base of Brain Surgery, University of Cape Town A Fresh Look at the Deep Brain Nuclei & Surgical Approaches)

The Interface: Neurosurgery, Mountaineering and Art - (Key Note Address, 28th Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa Congress)


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

Dr M Raff, Dr R Melvill, Dr G Coetzee, Dr J Smuts. Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Management of Pain: Recommendations for best clinic practice June 2013, Vol. 103, No. 6 (Suppl), SAMJ

Extramural Activities and Achievements

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

Expedition Doctor - Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca - Peru

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

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

Expedition Leader - Mountaineering expedition to Chilean Andes

Expedition Leader - San Jose, Chilean Andes

Expedition Doctor and Artist for the Lewis Pugh Foundation, Antarctic 2020 Campaign

Expedition Doctor and Artist for the Lewis Pugh Foundation, Scotia Seas Campaign

University of Cape Town's Distinguished Surgeon Award

Neurosurgical Interests

  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Neuro-oncology: Cortical Mapping for Brain Tumour Surgery
  • South African National Epilepsy League
  • Functional Neurosurgery in Movement Disorders
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Pain Management

Other Interests

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