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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Vascular Surgery

Our Research

Projects to look at outcomes after a range of vascular surgical interventions and services:

  1. Epidemiology and outcomes after vascular surgery in older patients: linked data analysis, systematic reviews, clinical trials.
  2. Phenomenological exploration of the experience of major amputation in patients with peripheral vascular disease.
  3. Patient recruitment for Brief intervention with psychology for claudication (BIP).
  4. Patient recruitment for the PRESERVE Trial - renal prophylaxis for IV contrast.
  5. Medical education projects: virtual anatomy teaching, point of care ultrasound course for JMOs, teaching doctors how to teach course.
  6. Audit of surgical prophylaxis antimicrobials in MRSA positive vascular patients.

Key Achievements

  • Strong collaborative links with the University of Sydney in multiple projects.
  • Inter-departmental cooperation for research with Infectious Disease, Haematology and Renal Medicine.
  • Publication along with presentations at national and international meetings.


  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons Senior Lecturer Award
  • Section of Academic Surgery Best Presentation
  • Defibro Wound Research Scholarship

Research Staff

  • Dr Sarah Aitkin Senior, Lecturer
  • A/Prof Anthony Freeman
  • Susan Monaro, Clinical Lecturer

Higher Degree Students:


  • Dr Sarah Aitken
  • Susan Monaro

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Aitken, S., Naganathan, V. , Blyth, F. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery in Octogenarians: are we really measuring the outcomes that matter? Vascular 2015; 7. Monaro, S., Whiye, M. & West, S. 2015 A community of practice as a model of nurse-led wound prevention and management Wound Practice and Research 2015; 23, 4: 168-174.


Australasian Surgical Research Society Meeting

  1. 'Designer Doctors: How design thinking assists in developing targeted prevocational education' Aitken, Sarah; Huy, Fawzia; Blyth, Fiona.
  2. 'Frailty as a predictor for Morbidity and mortality after major vascular and general surgery- a systematic review' Aitken, Sarah; Naganathan, Vasi; Blyth, Fiona. Best Presentation and Travel Award.

Progress Prognostic Research Summer School, Keele University UK

  1. 'The role of linked data in prognostic research' Aitken, Sarah.

Annual Scientific Congress, RACS, Perth

  1. 'Postoperative Delirium is associated with significant morbidity after major vascular surgery' Aitken, Sarah; Naganathan, Vasi; Blyth, Fiona.
  2. 'MRSA prophylaxis in vascular surgery: Audit driven institutional change' Aitken, Sarah; Salinas, James; Chaalan, Mariam.
  3. 'Virtual Anatomy Education: Virtual Anatomy enables opportunity for anatomy education in prevocational training years' Aitken, Sarah.

Developing an Academic Career Course

  1. 'How, When and Why would you do a higher degree' Aitken, Sarah.

Australian & New Zealand Society of Vascular Nursing - Adelaide

  1.  'A review of a series of major amputations at a major teaching hospital' Monaro, S., Gullick, J. & West, S.

Research Grants

Australian & New Zealand Society of Vasscular Nursing Monaro, S Qualitative research to demonstrate patient outcomes in a specialist wound clinic  $1,500 2015
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Aitken, S Senior Lecturer Scholarship   $132,000 2015-2016
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  Aitken, S Academic Surgery Travel Award  $750 2015
Cook Medical  Aitken, S Travel Grant - Australasian Aortic Interventions Conference Singapore  $1,200 2015

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Mr Anthony Gray-Weale

Department/Unit: Vascular Surgery
Concord Hospital
Hospital Road
Concord NSW 2139
Telephone: (02) 9767 6844
Facsimile: (02) 9767 6991
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: sarah.aitkin@sydney.edu.au