Assistant Professor Mario Zotti

Orthopaedic Surgeon – Spinal Surgery

MBBS (hons) MS FRACS FA OrthA PFET (Spine)

Mario Zotti is an Australian fellowship trained orthopaedic and spinal surgeon and an honorary adjunct assistant professor at Bond University. His clinical and research interests including conditions of the spinal column, including degenerative disease affecting the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) regions and disorders of the sacroiliac joint.

After completing medical school in Melbourne where he won the prize for Medicine/Surgery at Monash University, Asst./Prof. Zotti went on to complete specialist orthopaedic training in South Australia including 2 years of involvement in Adult and Paediatric spinal units through the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Women’s and Children’s hospital. During this time he became a clinical lecturer at the University of Adelaide and was awarded the Australian Orthopaedic Registrar Travelling Fellowship (Spine) which he undertook in 2015. Upon becoming a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, he then completed a Postgraduate Fellowship in Spinal Surgery in the Gold Coast. During 2018 he also visited and received instruction from leaders in minimally invasive and robotic- assisted correction of degenerative and deformity conditions in North America. A highlight of instruction from these visitations was pioneering the first robotic assisted spine surgery in Queensland in 2018.

Asst/Prof. Zotti integrates clinical expertise with the current best evidence from the literature. Having been awarded a Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics, published several book chapters and having won several awards for his research which has been published in peer reviewed surgical journals, Asst/Prof. Zotti regularly presents at national and international meetings. He has memberships with several organisations dedicated to spinal problems and their treatment (Spine Society of Australia, North American Spine Society, AO Spine, Asia Pacific Spine Society) and is a reviewer for several spinal journals. He has also been regularly involved in teaching on orthopaedic conditions at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

This contemporary and comprehensive professional involvement allows Asst/Prof. Zotti to combine what is important to you as an individual with a precise, balanced and current evidence-based view of your spinal condition.

Asst/Prof. Zotti is pleased to offer a comprehensive spine service at John Flynn Private, Pindara Private and Gold Coast Private Hospitals. He also remains on the call roster for general orthopaedic trauma at John Flynn Private Hospital.

Lumbar (low back) spine including sacroiliac

  • Conservative treatment including diagnosis, multidisciplinary referral and spinal injections (epidural, selective nerve root, sacroiliac and radio frequency facet denervation)
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar decompression / laminectomy
  • Lumbar foraminotomy
  • Lumbar fusion (anterior, lateral and posterior) including minimally invasive, navigated and robotic
  • Lumbar total disc replacement
  • Instrumentation for lumbar scoliosis
  • Instrumented stabilisation of Fractures
  • Peroneal nerve release
  • Robotic and minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion

Cervical (neck) spine

  • Conservative treatment including diagnosis, coordinating rehabilitation and injections
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical fusion (anterior)
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release

Thoracic Spine 

  • Vertebroplasty
  • Thoracic decompression and stabilisation for Tumor, infection and trauma
  • Instrumentation for kyphosis and scoliosis
  • Access for spinal cord stimulation
  • Radio frequency facet ablation


  • Coccygectomy