Who am I?
Choosing a surgeon is important - you need to know who will be sharing the journey with you.
I am a privately based Colorectal and General Surgeon, Senior Lecturer in Surgery and the Northern Clinical School Research Programme Co-ordinator with the University of Melbourne. I am a Conjoint Committee certified and recertified endoscopist.
I graduated MBChB from Otago University (NZ) in 1996 then FRACS in 2006 with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons. I undertook colorectal specialty training at Guys and St Thomas’s and UCLH, London followed by Fremantle Hospital, WA and the Austin Hospital, Melbourne with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand. I completed a Masters in Public Health through Monash University in 2018, with high distinction.
I have recently been a working party member for the Australian Commission for Quality, Health and Safety and an advisor and media representative to the Victorian Department of Health and Cancer Council Australia. I was the lead author for the recently updated surveillance after adenoma resection national guidelines, co-author for the peri-operative optimisation guidelines and a working party member for the full screening and surveillance guidelines for colorectal cancer. I contract to TMLEP for the provision of expert advice.
I have recently started a venture using my experience on these working parties with the goal of combining these works in one place with a simplified platform to educate, aid patient choice and inform decision-making. Follow my progress here.
I locum across the country for interest, to explore different environments and to experience firsthand the challenges experienced by systems, clinicians and patients. My work has taken me across rural, regional and metropolitan Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. I truly understand the difficulties faced by all Australians in accessing healthcare.
My research interests are pre-dominantly in the colorectal field with major interest in fostering multi-site and multi-disciplinary collaborations, improving the pathway prior to diagnosis of colorectal cancer, measuring and improving surgical standards, service optimisation and efficiency, e-programmes, optimising psychology and physiology to improve outcome in colorectal surgery and targeted community-based strategies to improve cancer outcomes.
And for you? I am a surgeon who does it differently. I will do my best for you and if there is more you need than what I can offer, I will advise you appropriately and help you find it. If you choose me, you know I am with you for your journey.
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