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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
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Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
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Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and Department of Colorectal Surgery (SOuRCe)

Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and Department of Colorectal Surgery (SOuRCe)

Our Research

The Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) is a multidisciplinary, not for profit, academic research unit of Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based surgical practice through the conduct of outcomes-oriented surgical research. SOuRCe promotes the application of clinical trials, health services evaluation, surgical outcomes assessment including quality of life assessment, health economic assessment and methods to facilitate evidence-based patient choice to surgical operations and diagnostic tests related to surgery. SOuRCe has a strong focus on surgical oncology. SOuRCe also provides education and training for surgeons in evidence-based medicine and research methods.

Key Achievements

In 2015, SOuRCe:

  • Published 25 journal articles
  • Made 17 presentations
  • Published 5 book chapters
  • Received grants totalling $949,630.

Awards/Medals

Professor Jane Young

  • Appointed Executive Director, Research with The Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA.
  • MJA/MDA National Research Prize for best research article published in the MJA in 2014, for the article 'The association between tobacco plain packaging and Quitline calls: a population-based, interrupted time series analysis'.

Professor Michael Solomon

  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, 4-6 January 2015, New York.
  • Appointed Visiting Professor of Surgery, National University of Singapore.

Research Staff

  • Professor Michael Solomon - Academic Head & VMO, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Director & Head of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Sydney Local Health & University of Sydney; Chairman, The Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA (IAS); Clinical Professor, Discipline of Surgery, University of Sydney; Visiting Professor of Surgery, National University of Singapore.
  • Professor Jane Young - Executive Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Sydney Local Health District & University of Sydney; Professor in Cancer Epidemiology, University of Sydney; Director, Cancer Council NSW; Executive Director Research, The Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA (IAS).
  • Katie McBride - Executive Director, RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS), Sydney Local Health District 4. Associate Professor Christopher Young - Head of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Professor Glenn Salkeld - Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Sydney Local Health District; Head of Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  • Professor Phyllis Butow - Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Sydney Local Health District; Co-Director Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making and Chair Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Sydney.
  • Dr Charbel Sandroussi - Co-Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District; Consultant surgeon, Department of Hepatobiliary, Upper Gastrointestinal and Transplant Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Dr Heather Shepherd - Deputy Executive Director , Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Dr Christopher Byrne - Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Dr Peter Lee - Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Dr Caroline Wright - Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, RPAH; Senior Lecture, University of Sydney.
  • Dr Cherry Koh - Research Associate, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  • Dr Kirk Austin - Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Mr Kilian Brown - Research Affiliate, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Ms Lindy Masya - Research Officer, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Mr Tim Badgery-Parker - Senior Research Officer (Biostatistics), Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District; University of Sydney.
  • Ms Ivana Durcinoska - Research Assistant, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District; University of Sydney.
  • Ms Katie De-loyde - Research Officer, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Ms Pauline Byrne - Research Nurse, Department of Colorectal Research, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Ms Rachael Roberts - Research Nurse, Department of Colorectal Research, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Ms Susan Donovan - Research Co-ordinator, Department of Colorectal Research, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Mr Ken Ly - Research/Data Officer, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District.
  • Ms Sarah O'Shannassy - Pelvic Exenteration CNC, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Higher Degree Students:

Doctor of Philosophy:

  • Ms Mikaela Jorgensen
  • Ms Bernaette Brown
  • Dr Ben Jonker
  • Ms Ivana Durcinoska
  • Dr Cherry Koh
  • Dr Nabila Ansari

Masters:

  • Mr Kilian Brown, Master of Philosophy
  • Paul David Morris, Master of Philosophy
  • Mr Laal Farrokhzadi, Master of Philosophy
  • Wendy Brown, Master of Public Health


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Ansari N, Young CJ, Schlub TE, Dhillon HM, Solomon MJ. Understanding surgeon decision making in the use of radiotherapy as neoadjuvant treatment in rectal cancer. International Journal of Surgery 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.10.004
  2. Brown KGM, Koh CE, Solomon MJ, Choy IC, Dubenea S. Spiral saphenous vein graft for major pelvic vessel reconstruction during exenteration surgery. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2015; 29:1323-1326
  3. Brown KGM, Koh CE, Solomon MJ, Qasabian R, Robinson D, Dubenec S. Outcomes after en bloc iliac vessel excision and reconstruction during pelvic exenteration. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2015; 58:850-856
  4. Choy I, Young JM, Badgery-Parker T, Masya LM, Shepherd HL, Koh C, Heriot AG, Solomon MJ. Baseline quality of life predicts outcome after pelvic exenteration for recurrent rectal cancer. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2015: DOI: 10.1111/ans.13419
  5. De-loyde KJ, Harrison JD, Durcinoska I, Shepherd HL, Solomon MJ, Young JM. Which information source is best? Concordance between patient report, clinician report and medical records of patient co-morbidity and adjuvant therapy health information. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015; 21(2), 339-346
  6. Dobbins T A, Badgery-Parker T, Currow D C, Young J M. Assessing measures of comorbidity and functional status for risk adjustment to compare hospital performance for colorectal cancer surgery: a retrospective data-linkage study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 01/2015; 15:55. DOI:10.1186/s12911-015-0175-1
  7. Harji DP, Koh C, Solomon M, Velikova G, Sagar PM, Brown J. Development of a conceptual framework of health-related quality of life in locally recurrent rectal cancer. Colorectal Disease 2015; DOI: 10.1111/codi.12944
  8. Harris CA, Solomon MJ, Heriot AG, Sagar PM, Tekkis PP, Dixon L, Pascoe R, Dobbs BR, Frampton CM, Harji DP, Kontovounisios C, Austin KK, Koh CC, Lee PJ, Lynch AC, Warrier SK, Frizelle FA. The Outcomes and patterns of treatment failure after surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer. Annals of surgery 2015: DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001524 (Accepted 30 August)
  9. Jones M, Hruby G, Solomon M, Rutherford NK, Martin J. The Role of FDG-PET in the Initial Staging and Response Assessment of Anal Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Annals of Surgical Oncology 02/2015 DOI: 10.1245/s10434-015-4391-9
  10. Jorgensen ML, Young JM, Dobbins TA, Solomon MJ. A mortality risk prediction model for older adults with lymph node-positive colon cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 2015; 24(2), 179-188
  11. Jorgensen ML, Young JM, Solomon MJ. Optimal delivery of colorectal cancer follow-up care: improving patient outcomes. Patient related outcomes measures. 2015; 6:127-138
  12. Keegan R, Saw R, De Loyde K, Young CJ. Attitudes and risk of withdrawal in General Surgical Registrars. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2015; 128:1425:61-68
  13. Kusters M, Austin KKS, Solomon MJ, Lee PJ, Nieuwenhuijzen GAP, Rutten HJT. Survival after pelvic exenteration for T4 rectal cancer. British Journal of Surgery 2015; 102: 125-131
  14. Rombouts A, Koh C, Young J, Masya L, Roberts R, De-Loyde K, de Wilt J, Solomon MJ. Does radiotherapy of the primary rectal cancer affect prognosis after pelvic exenteration for recurrent rectal cancer? Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2015; 58:65-73
  15. Shaw JM, Shepherd HL, Durcinoska I, Butow PN, Liauw W, Goldstein D, Young JM. It's all good on the surface: care coordination experiences of migrant cancer patients in Australia. Support Care Cancer 2015; DOI 10.1007/s00520-015-3043-8
  16. Solomon MJ, Austin KKS, Masya L, Lee PJM. Pubic Bone Excision and Perineal Urethrectomy for Radical Anterior Compartment Excision during Pelvic Exenteration. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2015; 58:1114-1119
  17. Solomon MJ, Brown KGM, Koh C E, Lee P, Austin KKS, L. Masya L. Lateral pelvic compartment excision during pelvic exenteration. British Journal of Surgery 2015; 102:1710-1717
  18. Stevenson ARL, Solomon MJ, Lumley JW, Hewett P, Clouston AD, Gebski VJ, Davies L, Wilson K, Hague W, Simes J. Effect of Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection vs Open Resection on Pathological Outcomes in Rectal Cancer The ALaCaRT Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA 2015; 314:1356 -1363
  19. Suen M K L, Zahid A, Young J, Rodwell L, Solomon M J, Young CJ. How to decide to undertake a RCT of stent or surgery in colorectal obstruction. Surgery. 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.surg.2015.01.022
  20. Tracey E, Mccaughan B, Badgery-Parker T, Young J, Armstrong B. Distance from accessible specialist care and other determinants of advanced or unknown stage at diagnosis of people with non-small cell lung cancer: A data linkage study. Lung Cancer 2015; DOI:10.1016/j.lungcan.2015.07.018
  21. Warren OJ, Solomon MJ. Warren OJ, Solomon MJ. The drive toward transanal total mesorectal excision - science or rhetoric. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2015; 58:909-910
  22. Warren OJ, Solomon MJ. Ro resection, not surgical technique, is the key consideration in pelvic exenteration surgery. Techniques in Coloproctology 2015; 19:117-118 [Letter to Editor]
  23. Yates A, Carroll S, Kneebone A, Tse R, Horvath L, Byrne C, Solomon M, Hruby G. Implementing Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy with Simultaneous Integrated Boost for Anal Cancer: 3 Year Outcomes at Two Sydney Institutions. Clinical Oncology 2015: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clon.2015.08.006
  24. Young J, Badgery-Parker T, Dobbins T, Jorgensen M, Gibbs P, Faragher I, Jones I, Currow D. Comparison of ECOG/WHO performance status and ASA score as a measure of functional status. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2015; 49:258-264
  25. Young CJ, De-loyde KJ, Young JM, Solomon MJ, Chew EH, Byrne CM, Salkeld G, Faragher IG. Improving quality of life for people with incurable large bowel obstruction: RCT of colonic stent insertion. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2015; 58:838-849

Book Chapters:
  1. Koh CE, Solomon MJ. Pelvic Exenteration. In: Operative Techniques in Surgery. Edited by Michael Mulholland, Daniel Albo, Ronald Dalman. Mary T Hawn, Steven J Hughes, Michael S Sabel. Wolters Kluwer Health; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins- 2015
  2. Austin KKS, Solomon MJ. Operative technique for pelvic exenteration  In: Operative Surgery of the Colon, Rectum and Anus (6th edition). Edited by O'Connell R, Madoff R and Solomon MJ. Taylor & Francis Group. 17 February 2015
  3. Lee PJ, Solomon MJ. Pelvic exenteration: Radical perineal approaches and sacrectomies. In: Operative Surgery of the Colon, Rectum and Anus (6th edition). Edited by O'Connell R, Madoff R and Solomon MJ. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group. 17 February 2015
  4. Koh CE, Solomon MJ. Chapter 52: Management of locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer. In: Pelvic cancer surgery: Modern Breakthroughs and Future Advances. Edited by: Patel, Mould T, Joseph JV, Delaney CP. Springer London Heidelberg New York Dordrecht 2015 [doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-4258-4]
  5. Young JM, Currow D. Evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the literature. Book Title: Internal Medicine 3rd Edition - A systematic guide to clinical practice. Editors: Talley N, Frankum B, Currow D, Hensley D. Chatswood, Sydney: Elsevier, 2015

Presentations:
  1. Solomon MJ. Pelvic exenteration in 2015: indications, outcomes and novel techniques. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, Surgical Grand Rounds; and Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Surgery. 4-6 January 2015, New York.
  2. Solomon MJ. Patient preferences and quality of life in IBD, including perianal Crohn's Disease. Teaching day in Cambridge; A joint meeting organized by the Coloproctology Section of The Royal Society of Medicine and The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland East Anglian Chapter. Visiting Professor in Coloproctology. 27 February 2015
  3. Solomon MJ. Pelvic exenteration: Indications, techniques and outcomes. Teaching day in Cambridge; A joint meeting organized by the Coloproctology Section of The Royal Society of Medicine and The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland East Anglian Chapter. Visiting Professor in Coloproctology. 27 February 2015
  4. Solomon MJ. Definitive fistula repair in Crohn's disease: What works, what doesn't, and how I do it. 2015 St Vincent's Hospital IBD Surgical Symposium. 13 March 2015, Melbourne.
  5. Solomon MJ. Assessing and managing the failed pouch. 2015 St Vincent's Hospital IBD Surgical Symposium. 13 March 2015, Melbourne.
  6. Solomon MJ. Career in Academic Surgery. Where do good research questions come from? Royal College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. 4 May 2015. Perth.
  7. Brown KGM, Koh CE, Solomon MJ, Dr. Ian Choy IC, Dubenec S. Spiral saphenous vein graft for major pelvic vessel reconstruction during exenteration surgery. Royal College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. 4 May 2015. Perth. [Poster]
  8. Solomon MJ. Innovation and New Ideas in Surgery. Where do they come from? USC Postgradute Colorectal Week, National University Hospital Singapore. 25 - 28 May 2015
  9. Solomon MJ. Innovation & Ideas: Where do good research questions come from? Sydney Local Health District Innovations Symposium 29 May 2015. (Keynote speaker)
  10. Durcinoska I, Young JM, Dobbins T, Butow P, Solomon M. Predictors of poor quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer: who is at risk, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Care Annual Meeting(MASCC/ISOO), Copenhagen, 25-28 June 2015 [Poster presentation]
  11. Durcinoska I, Young JM, Solomon M. Care coordination experience of patients with colorectal cancer: a population based study. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Annual Meeting (MASCC/ISOO), Copenhagen, 25-28 June 2015 [Oral presentation]
  12. Young JM, Durcinoska I, Solomon M. Survivorship care for people with colorectal cancer in Australia: A population-based survey. Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Annual meeting (MASCC/ISOO), Copenhagen, 25-28 June 2015 [Poster presentation]
  13. Solomon MJ. Public expectations of surgeons in the future. 81st RPA Annual Reunion Week - Academic Surgery. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. 2 - 4 September 2015 [Q&A public forum session]
  14. Solomon MJ. Grants in Surgical Research. 81st RPA Annual Reunion Week - Academic Surgery. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. 2 - 4 September 2015 [Plenary session]
  15. Solomon MJ. Overview of the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery/SOuRCe. Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Research Symposium. Sydney. 18 September 2015 [Invited speaker].
  16. Durcinoska I, Young JM, Solomon MJ. Coordinating care for people with colorectal cancer: a population-based survey of patient experiences in NSW. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting, 17 - 19th November 2015 [Poster presentation]
  17. Young JM, Durcinoska I, Solomon M J. Survivorship care for people with colorectal cancer: a population-based survey of patients' experiences and preferences. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting, 17 - 19th November 2015 [Poster presentation]

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Professor Michael J Solomon

Department/Unit: Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and Department of Colorectal Surgery (SOuRCe)
Address:
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 3200
Facsimile: (02) 9515 3222
Web: source.org.au
Email: professor.solomon@sydney.edu.au