Surgery at Northern Health

About Us

The Department of Surgery presence within The Northern Centre for Health Education & Research (NCHER) at Northern Health is central in promoting collaboration across education and research whilst improving out-comes for patients by promoting new translational research and safe service delivery in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Professor Shekhar Kumta

Shekhar Kumta

The Department at Northern Health has newly appointed Professor Shekar Kumta to the role of Precinct Lead who joined the Department in September 2022.

Prof Kumta will build on the progress made by Head of Surgical Research, Dr Russell Hodgson, to further broaden the research expertise at Northern.

Prof Kumta explained at his appointment: "I am excited about my role as academic lead in an important Hospital that straddles Melbourne's growth corridor.

Research and Education as integral towards providing high quality healthcare. I am interested in helping colleagues in their research endeavours, so that they may contribute not only towards their academic growth, but also, to improve healthcare outcomes in a variety of ways. Likewise, I also hope to leverage my teaching experiences particularly towards addressing any gaps we may have, in helping students during their transition from medical student to a responsible health professional."


PC2 Accredited Research Laboratory

The NCHER laboratory offer state of the art equipment enabling researchers to conduct their research with minimal disruption. The laboratory is an internally certified Physical Containment 2 laboratory allowing researchers to work with risk group 2 agents, in particular clinical trials research where blood is collected, analysed and stored.
We have a dedicated Biosafety Cabinet for risk group 2 work. There is also a dedicated tissue culture room and an array of 4 degree fridges and -20/ -80 freezers for storage of samples.  Further laboratory equipment includes:

  • UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Fluoroskan Ascent Plate Reader
  • Fumehood
  • CO2 Incubator
  • MilliQ water system
  • Oven
  • 4 Degree Freezers

Lecture Theatres, Seminar Rooms and Tutorial Teaching Spaces.  Simulation Centre—the state of the art facility is fully equipped to replicate real life situations where practical clinical skills are essential.  Clinical rooms are also available for use.


NCHER Laboratory

Simulation Centre

Simulation Centre

Contact Us

Precinct Executive Administrator

Michelle Marcola
Ph:  +61 3 8468 0664

Location:  Northern Centre for Health Education and Research (NCHER),
Level 2, West Wing
185 Cooper St,
Epping, Vic, 3076