The Department of Surgery at Western Health is geographically located across two campuses; Footscray Hospital which bears a significant clinical load, and Sunshine Hospital where the Department is located in the Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) that provides a range of purpose built, state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. The WCHRE is home to researchers, academics and educators from Western Health, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. WCHRE plays a pivotal role in researching diseases that affect local communities, positioning Western Health as a leader in related academic and research fields.
Our Academic Lead
Associate Professor Justin Yeung is a consultant colorectal surgeon, based at Western Health, and is the Associate Professor of Surgery at the Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) at Sunshine Hospital
He graduated from Nottingham University in the U.K. in 1996, and went on to complete his general surgical and colorectal specialist training in Nottingham. He then underwent a pelvic floor and laparoscopic fellowship in Sheffield, a leading centre for colorectal and pelvic floor conditions in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, he was awarded a HCA International Foundation scholarship. This allowed him to complete a year's colorectal fellowship with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia where he gained experience in the surgical management of complex colorectal and recurrent cancer.
In 2010, he returned back to the United Kingdom and was appointed as a Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal, General and Pelvic Floor Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester.
He continued to develop his interests in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching and training, in particular simulation, as well as research into colorectal cancer with the University of Leicester Cancer Research Centre. In recognition of these efforts, he was awarded the honorary title of Senior Lecturer in 2016 with the University of Leicester.
Associate Professor Yeung hopes to develop the Department of Surgery at Western Health including developing multiprofessional collaborative research in the field of surgery and cancer, as well as develop novel methods to help deliver teaching and training in the clinical environment.
Professor Steven Chan, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon
Ms Irene Deftereos, Clinical Research Fellow and PhD Student
Mr Bill Karanatsios, Honorary Fellow Department of Surgery, MPhil Student and Research Program Director, Western Health Office for Research
Mr Alex Besson, MDRP Student, University of Melbourne
Mrs Denise Dwyer, Precinct Manager, Northern and Western Health, Melbourne Medical School
Prehab optimisation and surgery
Frailty assessment in the elderly surgical patient
Nutritional enhancement in GI Surgery
Exercise and muscle assessment in cancer
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Surgery registry trials
We welcome University of Melbourne medical students to get involved in our current research programs, in particular, as part of the MDRP year
Research Group Collaborations
VCCC Peter MacCallum
Professor Alexander Heriot, Clinical Director of Cancer Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
Professor Peter Gibbs, Professor of Oncology, Walter and Eliza Hall, Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne
Associate Professor Cathy Said, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
Mr Oliver Daly, Head of Urogynaecology, Western Health, Melbourne
Professor Helen O’Connell, Head of the Department of Urology, Western Health, Melbourne
Dr Elisabeth Feher, Consultant Geriatrician, Western Health, Melbourne
Dr Helen MacCallum, Geriatric Advanced Trainee
Professor Christos Pantelis, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Foundation Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Scientific Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.
Dr Naveen Thomas, Consultant Psychiatrist, Sunshine Hospital
Professor Gustavo Duque, Professor and Chair of Medicine, Director of AIMSS
Department of Medical Education
Associate Professor Stephen Lew, Director of Medical Education
Dr Mark Lavercombe, Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Physician
We are keen to develop a strong educational ethos for our students, medical staff as well as allied health professionals. We strive to provide our students with an excellent exposure to surgery; encourage them to be involved in research and for many they return to become doctors and leaders in their field.
We have an active medical student society and we welcome elective students and medical colleagues to visit our department.
Mr Jin Cho, Director of Clinical Training, Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
Mr Julian Choi, Supervisor of General Surgical Training at Western Health
Mr Ian Faragher, Head of Colorectal Unit, Western Health
Associate Professor Val Usatoff, Head of Upper GI Unit, Western Health
Mr Phong Tran, Head of Orthopaedics, Western Health
Ms Meron Pitcher, Head of Breast Unit, Western Health
Mr Chris Haw, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Iain Skinner, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Ms Joanne Chionh, Consultant Endocrine Surgeon
Mr Julian Choi, Consultant HPB Surgeon and Supervisor of General Surgical Training at Western Health
Mr Raghaven Unni, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr Richard Dallalana, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Ms Sophie Nightingale, Consultant Breast and General Surgeon
Associate Professor Stephen McLaughlin, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Mr Toan Pham, Lecturer in Surgery and Peter MacCallum PhD Student
Mr Bernard Allard, Head of Vascular Unit, Western Health
Mr Wai Ting Choi, Head of Plastic Surgery, Western Health
Mr Michael Hong, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
The four level WCHRE contains state-of-the art teaching and research spaces, as well as a spacious atrium ideal for conferences or other meetings. Facilities include:
- Auditorium, Lecture Theatre and Tutorial teaching spaces
- Learning Commons
- Simulation Area
- Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit, 4-Bed Ward
- Clinical Trials
-Consulting Rooms, Metabolic Gym, DXA & pQT
- PC2 Laboratory Facility
-Radiations room (beta & gamma counter)
-Histology & Microscopy
-Seahorse XF24 Analyser
-Gene and protein analysis
-Electrophysiology and organ bath experiments
Executive Assistant to Associate Professor Justin Yeung
Ph: +61 3 8395 8116
Ph: +61 3 8395 8230
WCHRE Building, Level 3 East
176 Furlong Road
St Albans, Victoria 3021, Australia