Surgery Overview

The Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne undertakes basic, translational, and clinical research across the range of specialties in surgery. The Department has a strong clinical and translational focus, being based across seven hospitals and with links to research institutes at those sites, with research focusing on a diverse range of surgical and biomedical interests.

Overview

The Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne undertakes basic, translational, and clinical research across the range of specialties in surgery.  The Department has a strong clinical and translational focus, being based across seven hospitals and with links to research institutes at those sites, with research focusing on a diverse range of surgical and biomedical interests including:

Main research strengths

  • Advanced Limb Reconstruction
  • Brain Cancer
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Cochlear Implant research
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Tumor Biology
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Musculoskeletal Bioengineering
  • Orthopaedics and osteosarcoma
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Psychosocial issues in Vision Loss
  • Regenerative Inner Ear Medicine
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology

Funding

Major sources of funding include the National Health and Medical Research Council, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, Brain Foundation of Australia, John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Melbourne Health Research Grants, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Lottery Grants, Cancer Australia, Australian Prostate Cancer Research, and Movember.

Collaborators

We have close collaborative links with other departments within The University of Melbourne, and with other universities, institutes and organisations, both nationally and internationally, including La Trobe University, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Harvard University (USA), The University of Auckland (New Zealand), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University (Israel), McMaster University, University of Toronto and Vancouver Prostate Centre (Canada), Sanger Institute and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (UK).

The Department is based across several campuses of the Melbourne Medical School, all at key hospital sites, as well as conducting academic activities in surgery at other hospitals.

Departmental sites include: