I am a surgeon with a major interest in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, weight loss and metabolic surgery. I also maintain a practice in General surgery including Gallbladder disease, hernias, Bowel cancer and Stomach/Esophageal cancer surgery.
I was one of the first surgeons in Melbourne to perform both gastric bypass surgery for obesity and the sleeve gastrectomy. I was trained in the UK and Australia and travelled extensively to understand the disease of obesity and the best possible operation for each individual patient. I spent many hours in England with Shaw Somers, the famous fat doctor who has changed the lives of thousands of patients in the UK. I still talk to Shaw on a regular basis and often will ask Shaw’s opinion for very difficult cases. I often receive referrals from other surgeons for Open revision surgery for obesity given my experience with this complex work. Whilst in the UK, I spent a lot of time performing complex re do work with Shaw and learnt a lot about what works best for patients who have failed previous surgery for obesity. Failed bands, stapling, sleeves and bypass are all areas that I perform revision surgery for.
I firmly believe that there are a lot of individual’s who need extra help to lose weight and become healthy. There is nobody who is beyond help. Even if you have failed other operations for obesity it is still possible to help you achieve good weight loss and improve your health. Sometimes people just had the wrong operation for them and need extra time finding the right solution for them.
I have performed a large number of operations for cancer of the stomach and esophagus. I perform surgery for these cancers with extended lymph node resection and can sometimes do these with keyhole surgery. I attend Multi disciplinary meetings and work closely with other cancer doctors to achieve maximal outcomes.
I also perform operations for gallstones, hernia and am happy to be involved in emergency cases as required. I still operate on emergencies at Sandringham Hospital and am happy to admit emergencies into private hospitals as needed.
Aside from medicine, I have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an interest in Supply chain management and operations. I am especially interested in application of lean management processes to health care and have a consulting business, which handles this.
I am a keen teacher and teach registrars at Sandringham Hospital. I am also a preceptor for other surgeons in both gastric bypass and sleeve surgery. I attend as many meetings as I can to keep up to date with the changing face of obesity surgery. I have recently presented to surgeons in Brisbane and have chaired sessions at the annual college of surgeons meeting in Brisbane.
In my spare time I am a keen cyclist, riding most days I don’t work. I ride with the 6amers (www.6amers.com). I speak Italian and one day would love to live in Italy for a while.
I am a Melbourne high school old boy and still support the old boys society. I am also a fan and member of both the Richmond football club and the Fitzroy football club in the VAFA competition.
I attend international conferences every year to keep up to date with all the latest trends in surgery. I am currently researching the effects of fundectomy on weight loss with revision cases of Roux en Y gastric bypass. I am also researching use of the minimizer ring with both sleeve and Roux en Y gastric bypass.
I am married with 3 children.
VMO: Alfred Health, Sandringham Hospital. General surgeon
VMO: Knox Private, Warringal Private and Albury Wodonga Private
Board Member: Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS)
1996: MB, BS – University of Melbourne
2001 – 2005: Surgical training Austin Health
2005 – FRACS
2005 – 2006: Upper GIT Fellow, Canterbury and Kent Hospital, UK
2006 – 2007: Upper GIT fellow/ Bariatric fellow, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK.
2012-2014: Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Association of Upper Gastrointestinal surgeons, UK (AUGIS)
- Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS)
- IFSO – International Federation of surgery for obesity
- Gastroenterological endoscopic society of Australia (GESA)
- ASMBS – American society for metabolic and bariatric surgery
- AHPRA – fully registered specialist surgeon
- International society for diseases of the esophagus - IsDeas
2016 - Presentation: Revisional Surgery and Results of Banded Bypass - GORE Special Events, Brisbane
2016 - Moderator for Bariatric Surgery session with Shaw Somers, RACS Conference, Brisbane
2012 Poster Presentation at PSA meeting, Hobart – Barrett’s esophagus.
2012 Moderator and speaker- sleeve gastrectomy for GORE medical in Melbourne
2011 Moderator IFSO – Hamburg- Sleeve gastrectomy symposium . With M. Gagner and J. Himpens
2010 Presentation 2010 OSSANZ meeting – Revisional Bariatric surgery audit and techniques
2010 Presentation 2010 ASC meeting, Perth – Gallbladder pathology is it necessary?
2009 Poster presentation - Trans hiatal oesophagectomy for post Boerhaves stricture
2006 Poster presentation, Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair,
Audit and description of surgical technique, EAES Meeting, Berlin
2006 Case report Fibrovascular polyp of the esophagus, case report and
Novel surgical approach, Annals of the Royal College
2005 Presented at RACS Annual scientific congress, Perth Australia
Laparoscopic Appendicectomy – Should it be the gold standard?
2002 Presented at the Colorectal Tripartite meeting, October 2002
Bowel Anastomosis:. Impact and cost of stapling techniques -
survey of Australian colorectal surgeons.
2000 Royal College of surgeons – Presentation
Laparoscopic tenkhoff vs open tenkhoff – a retrospective analysis.
1999 East Lancashire vascular surgery group-Presented
Difference between US and CT in AAA size.