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Westmead Hospital

Westmead Hospital is one of the major teaching hospitals of the University of Sydney.

At Westmead Hospital, the Hepato-biliary/Gastro-intestinal service comprises five Consultant Surgeons, one Fellow, two trainee Registrars and two Residents. We also have a Clinical Nurse Consultant. We work closely with the Gastro-enterology service at Westmead Hospital which has a large workload which includes 1000 ERCP’s per year and more than 300 endoscopic ultrasound assessments.

There is strong interventional radiology support. We as a group are mainly interested in the treatment of hepato-biliary and upper gastrointestinal oncology, but we also run a co-ordinated gallbladder service for the hospital and we provide a large amount of general surgery on-call. The Fellow’s position is an outstanding opportunity to have exposure to a large amount of complex hepato-biliary and upper gastro-intestinal surgery as well as acute general surgery over a 12 month period. We perform as a group in the public hospital somewhere between 50 -75 liver resections a year, 25-30 major pancreatic resections and approximately 300 laparoscopic cholecystectomies per year.

We also operate on about 30 gastro-oesophageal cancers per year and we have a strong interest in the management of neuroendocrine tumours. Westmead Hospital is the  national Pancreas transplant service and for those fellows who are interested there is the  opportunity to have exposure to solid organ pancreas transplantation and renal transplantation as well as about 50 multi-organ retrieval procedures per year. The Unit has a major academic involvement and all five Consultants have an appointment with the University of Sydney and are actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as supervision of higher degrees. Fellows would be expected to participate in publications and presentations during the year. Further information can be obtained from the Head of Department, Associate Professor Arthur Richardson at arthurr@arthurrichardson.com.au.

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