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Charlie Teo Biography – Charlie Teo Wiki
Charlie Teo is an Australian high-profile neurosurgeon, famous for his reputation of taking on patients who other doctors have deemed inoperable. He attended Scots College and later graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1981.
Charlie began general neurosurgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, Australia. He later moved to the United States and worked at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Charlie was the only Australian neurosurgeon certified by a United States medical board. He worked in the United States for almost a decade. Upon moving back to his native country, Charlie was appointed as the director of the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.
Due to Charlie Teo’s reputation, he has visited several countries and given speeches on different occasions and institutions. Charlie has written books and taught regularly in the United States. He as well teaches and sponsors the education of neurosurgeons from developing countries such as Peru, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Romania, and treats children from developing countries with neurological conditions.
Charlie is the founder of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Charlie Teo Foundation. He has been featured in several TV programs such as ABC’s Q&A, Good Medicine, 60 Minutes, Last Chance Surgery, Australian Story, Enough Rope, and Anh’s Brush with Fame. He was named the Readers’ Digest Most Trusted Australian and was first or in the Top 5 for several years being rated most trusted Australian in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2019, there was a controversy after a urologist commented on the rising of GoFundMe campaigns requesting to collect a high amount of money for patients to have them treated by Charlie. In 2021 a special hearing was conducted by the NSW Medical Council to examine Charlie Teo’s behaviors during surgical procedures. He faced the NSW Medical Council over several allegations put against him by other doctors.
Charlie Teo Age
He was born on December 24, 1957, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Charlie Teo Parents
Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo was born to Chinese-Singaporean parents, Elizabeth and Phillip, who immigrated to Australia in 1950. He spoke about his parents in an previous interview with The Sunday Morning Herald.
Teo said: “My mother, Elizabeth, has been, and always will be, the most important person in my life. She is a remarkable woman, and taught me qualities like honesty, kindness and generosity.
“Her first language was Chinese, so her grasp of English wasn’t good. She quoted proverbs to me, which she often got wrong, so my values were learnt via osmosis. Like when a painter came to our house: whether he did a good job or not, she’d cook a bowl of fried rice to thank him.
“My mother rejected her upbringing in Singapore. Her intellect was equivalent to her brother’s, but she was pulled out of school when her father died to look after the family and cook. Meanwhile, her brother’s education continued. When the Japanese invaded in World War II, they beheaded her pet cat. She wanted to put that cruelty behind her, too.
“My father, Philip, was a doctor. He was both cruel and unfaithful to my mother and left when I was nine. He wanted me to be the archetypal male but I didn’t meet his expectations. He took me to the funfair and I didn’t want to go on the Ferris wheel because it made me vomit, so I was hit for being a coward.
“When my father beat me, my mother would look after me. She came to my rugby games and barracked for me. She gave me a sense of worth, even though I wasn’t very good at sport.”
Charlie Teo Wife
Is Charlie Teo still married? He was previously married to his ex-wife Genevieve Teo (nee Agnew). They separated in 2018 after 30 years of marriage. Dr Teo and his ex-wife share four daughters.
Dr Teo and Genevieve Agnew met when he was 25 while she was working at hospital as a nurse. In a past interview, the neurosurgeon discussed how he met his wife and his mother’s reaction. He said: “I was 25 and swimming at a repatriation hospital pool when I saw my wife Genevieve walk past. It was love at first sight. Initially it was her beauty, but she also makes me laugh.
“At first, my mother didn’t like her. She disliked that Genevieve was white, trendy and smoked dope. She wanted me to marry a dutiful Chinese girl. Genevieve is incredibly loyal. When colleagues attack me, she’s by my side.”
Charlie Teo Daughter
Charlie Teo and his ex-wife Genevieve Teo have four daughters, Nikki Teo, Alex Teo, Katie Teo, Sophie Teo. His daughters attended St Catherine’s all-girls school. Upon graduating, Nicola started a dog-walking business, Alex, who is the oldest, is a budding fashionista, and Katie serves as an interior designer.
“My daughters have shown me how to be less selfish and self-centred. They have an emotional intelligence that I didn’t develop at their age; some would say I still haven’t. Women and girls mature decades before men do,” he said.
“All four of my daughters have attributes I find incredibly attractive. For example, my youngest, Sophie, is quirky and has an engineering/ mechanical brain. She is also very mature. This morning she put me in my place, and rightly so. For an 18-year-old girl to teach a 60-year-old man something he should have known is pretty remarkable.”
Charlie Teo Partner
Dr Charlie Teo is engaged to Traci Griffiths, a former model, pet apparel designer and animal conservationist. Griffiths was introduced to Dr Teo in 2011 and has reportedly been operated on twice by the renowned surgeon. The pair ‘grew closer’ after Dr Teo ended 30 years of marriage and split with his wife Genevieve Agnew in 2018.
Before Traci Griffiths, Dr Charlie Teo would have married another of his patient. “In 2006, Jane McGrath became my patient. I operated on her brain tumour. If I weren’t married, I would have married her. Jane was beautiful, kind, intelligent, courageous and a devoted wife to Glenn. She confronted her treatment with total dignity. She commanded her own life and her own death. Jane was amazing.”
Charlie Teo Wife Cancer
Teo is engaged to former international model, Traci Griffiths. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011. Teo was her treating surgeon.
Charlie Teo Family
Renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has an older sister, Annie. “My older sister, Annie, was my best friend. She protected me from the racism. We’d be shopping at Bankstown [in Sydney’s south-west] and the white kids would jeer at us. Annie would puff her chest out, yap at them like a terrier, and they’d run away.”
Charlie Teo Net Worth
Charlie Teo’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.