Charlie Teo is well-known among Australia’s medical community.
He has operated on thousands of patients, many of whom his colleagues have deemed ‘inoperable.’ His patients have spoken in gushing tones of their relationship with the reputable surgeon, and a book was even written about his work in 2008: “Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist.”
Comedian Anh Do sat down with Teo in his recent ABC series ‘Brush with Fame’ to find out what makes the surgeon tick, and one of the most revealing aspects of the episode was Teo’s relationship with his father, who was also a doctor but a ‘dropkick’.
“He wasn’t around much, he wasn’t the nicest person in the world. I guess if you have to be grounded, you need at least one parent who loves you unconditionally, that was my mum.”
Teo also talked about the relentless racism he received as a schoolboy, reflecting that it made him resilient.