Academic Department of Surgery, Western Health

Research Overview

The Academic Department of Surgery at Western Health is lead by Associate Professor Justin Yeung.

Our key research focus is on the optimisation of cancer treatment outcomes, in particular following gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

We have a multidiscplinary research team and this will allow us to look into aspects of cancer treatment which have been previously ignored including nutritional and musculo-skeletal optimisation and how cancer therapy interacts with these factors.

Our other goal is to develop novel methods of identifying  at risk patients at an early stage in their diagnosis so that  we can optimise their prehabilitation management.  To do this, our department has developed a strong collaboration with other departments including Aged Care, Anaesthetics, Allied Health and Oncology.

Finally, we are keen to introduce innovative methods of assessing how gastrointestinal cancer and its treatment affect the quality of life outcomes in our culturally diverse patient cohort.


Professor Steven Chan, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Mr Ian Faragher, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Ms Irene Deftereos, Clinical Research Fellow

Ms Rita Kinsella, Clinical Research Fellow

Mr Toan Pham, Honorary Lecturer

Mr Alex Besson, MD2 Student


Professor Alexander Heriot - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Director of Cancer Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Meinir Krishnasamy  Dietetics and Surgical Departments at Melbourne Health, St Vincent’s Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

1.Risk factors for unfavourable postoperative outcome in patient with crohn’s disease undergoing right hemicolectomy or ileocaecal reseaction. An international audit by ESCP and S-ECCO.
2015 European Society of Coloproctology collaborating group.
Colorectal Dis 2017 (In Press)

2.Analysis of outcomes achieved with squamous cell carcinomas of the anus in a single university hospital over the last two decades: clinical response rate, relapse and survival of 190 patients.
Gravante G, Stephenson JA, Elshaer M, Osman A, Vasanthan S, Mullineux JH, Gani MAD, Sharpe D, Yeung J, Norwood M, Miller A, Boyle K, Hemingway D.
J Surg Oncology 2017 (In Press)

3.A single institution's long term follow up of patients with pathological complete response in locally advanced rectal adenocarcinoma following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy
Runau F, Collins A, Fenech GA, Ford E, Dimitriou N, Chaudhri S, Yeung JM
Int J Colorectal Dis. 2017; 32(3): 341-348.

4.Rectal Cancers with microscopic circumferential resection margin involvement (R1 resections): Survivals, patterns of recurrence, and prognostic factors.
Gravante G, Hemingway D, Stephenson JA, Sharpe D, Osman A, Haines M, Pirijamali V, Sorge R, Yeung JM, Norwood M, Miller A, Boyle K.
J Surg Oncol. 2016; 114(5): 642-648.

5.Is the routine use of a water-soluble contrast enema prior to closure of a loop ileostomy necessary? A review of a single institution experience.
Dimitriou N, Panteleimonitis S, Dhillon A, Boyle K, Norwood M, Hemingway D, Yeung J, Miller A. World J Surg Oncol. 2015; 13: 331.

6.Defecating disorders: a common cause of constipation in women
Dimitriou N, Shah V, Stark D, Mathew R, Miller AS, Yeung JM
Womens Heath 2015; 11(4): 485-500.

7.Development, evaluation and delivery of an innovative national undergraduate surgical workshop: Recognition and management of the acutely unwell surgical patient.
Mugal Z, Isherwood JD, Boam TD, Knight SR, Yeung JM
Teach Learn Med. 2015; 27(1): 85-90.

8.Effect of diabetes on the cutaneous microcirculation of the feet in patients with intermittent claudication
Klonizakis M, Manning G, Lingam K, Donnelly R, Yeung JM
Clin Hemorheol Microcirc 2015; 61(3): 439-444.

9.Cancers of the Anal canal: diagnosis, treatment and future strategies
Bown E, Shah V, Sridhar T, Boyle K, Hemingway D, Yeung JM
Future oncol 2014; 10(8): 1427-1441.

10.Managing young colorectal cancer: A UK and Irish Perspective
Warrier SK, Yeung JM, Lynch AC, Heriot AG
World J Surg 2014; 38(7): 1827-1833.

11.Teaching digital rectal examination to medical students using a structured workshop - a point in the right direction?
Isherwood J, Ashkir Z, Panteleimonitis S, Kumar N, Hemingway D, Miller AS, Norwood MN, Yeung JM.
J Surg Educ. 2013; 70(2): 254-257.

12. Metabolic response of rectal cancer assessed by 18-FDG PET following chemoradiotherapy is prognostic for patient outcome.
Yeung JM, Kalff V, Hicks RJ, Drummond E, Link E, Taouk Y, Michael M, Ngan S, Lynch AC, Heriot AG.
Dis Colon Rectum 2011; 54(5): 518-525.

13 .How good are newly qualified doctors at digital rectal examination?
Yeung JM, Yeeles H, Tang SW, Hong LL, Amin S
Colorectal Disease 2011; 13(3): 337-340.

14.  Peripheral neuromodulation via posterior tibial nerve stimulation – a potential
treatment for faecal incontinence?
Findlay JM, Yeung JM, Robinson R, Greaves H, Maxwell-Armstrong C.
Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2010; 92(5): 385-390.

15.Intraoperative radiotherapy and colorectal cancer.
Yeung JM, Ngan S, Lynch C, Heriot AG.
Minerva Chir 2010; 65(2): 161-171.

16.      Colonic tattooing in laparoscopic resection – Making the mark?
Yeung JM, Maxwell-Armstrong C, Acheson A
Colorectal Disease 2009; 11(5): 527-530.

17.The management of surgical wounds – A survey of community nurses’ practice on packing perianal abscesses
Yeung JM, Stratton R, Watts E, Pankhurst S
Journal of Wound Care 2008; 17: 437-440.

18.Contrasting Effects of Varicose Vein Surgery on Endothelial-Dependent and -Independent Cutaneous Vasodilation In the Perimalleolar Region.
Klonizakis M, Yeung JM, Lingam K, Nash JR, Manning G, Donnelly R.
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2006; 31: 434-438.

19.Surgical Treatment of In-Growing Toenails by SHOs:- Are they good enough?
Lau YS, Yeung JM
Scottish Medical Journal 2005; 50: 22-23.

20.Effects of Posture and Venous Insufficiency on Endothelial-dependent and –independent Cutaneous Vasodilation in the Perimalleolar Region.
Klonizakis M, Yeung JM, Nash JR, Lingam K, Manning G, Donnelly R.
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2003; 26: 100-104.

21.Microalbuminuria: A common, independent cardiovascular risk factor, especially but not exclusively in type 2 diabetes.
Donnelly R, Yeung JM, Manning G
Journal of Hypertension 2003; Suppl 1:S7-12.

22.Management of Intermittent Claudication: The importance of Secondary Prevention.
Donnelly R, Yeung JM
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2002; 23: 100-107.

23.Therapeutic Angiogenesis: A step forward in Intermittent Claudication. A Commentary.
Donnelly R, Yeung JM
Lancet 2002; 359: 2048-2050.

24.Does the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme gene polymorphism affect the rate of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm progression?
Yeung JM, Heeley M, Gray S, Lingam MK, Manning G, Nash JR, Donnelly R.
European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2002; 24: 69-71.

25.Flight Related DVT.
Yeung JM, Lingam MK
Scottish Medical Journal 2002; 47: 123-127.

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Associate Professor Justin Yeung

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