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Flinders Medical Centre HPB Fellowship

Flinders Medical Centre HPB Fellowship

Number of Fellows: 1/year. One year fellowship.

Minimum requirements: FRACS or equivalent. Post accredited by ANZHPBA for post-fellowship training in HPB Surgery.

Unit structure: 6 supervising surgeons – Rob Padbury, Tom Wilson, John Chen, Mark Brooke-Smith, Lilian Kow, Susan Gan.

Unit Activity: 2-3 operating sessions spread over a week; One half-day outpatient session per week. Involvement with Private HPB cases in adjacent and nearby hospitals. Also involved with liver transplantation activity. 5 of the consultants perform and supervise ERCP. 2 Surgeons are also employed at the Royal Adelaide Hopsital.

On-call: Acute surgery unit admitting all general surgery patients. The unit is on call one in three, with the fellow covering the registrar half of the time. There is flexibility with the other units fellows and registrars involved in the acute care of the HPB patients and vice versa.  

Team structure: One fellow. One registrar. One Resident Medical Officer. Two interns.

Operative case-load in 12 month:
Liver resections: 30-40 per year
Pancreatic operations: 15-20 per year
Liver Transplantation: 20-25 per year

Areas of interest: Major liver and pancreatic caseload. Laparoscopic liver resections. Laparoscopic pancreatic procedures. Percutaneous pancreatic necrosectomy. Liver Transplantation. ERCP.

Employment arrangement: Employed by Southern Area Health Service (SA Health) as 1 year temporary full-time employee. Benefits include superannuation, payment for overtime, paid recreational and professional development leave.

Teaching: In addition to weekly clinical meetings there are monthly journal club meetings discussing relevant and topical clinical issues.

Adelaide: Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and has a population of around 1.8 million. The city is easy to navigate and there are plentiful good restaurants in the city and suburbs. The world class wine districts of the Barossa Valley, McClaren Vale, the Clare Valley and the Coonawarra are within easy driving distance. The Flinders Medical Centre is a quaternary referral hospital associated with Flinders University with 580 beds, and the adjacent Flinders Private hospital has 130 beds. Extensive recent redevelopment is now complete with new theatre suites and day surgery facilities, a new cancer centre and research facilities.

Further information contacts: Mark Brooke-Smith (Supervising surgeon), Rob Padbury (Divisional director and past president of ANZHPBA) on 08 8204 4253 or via

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