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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
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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 2016, SOuRCe:

  • Published 21 journal articles
  • Made 12 presentations including seven international presentations: Los Angeles, UK, Singapore, Ireland and Paris.

Awards/Medals

Professor Michael Solomon

  • Sir Alan Parkes Travelling Fellowship & Oration, 14th Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow, London United Kingdom, November 2016
  • Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW 2016
  • Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Medal. 41st Memorial Lecture at the Sir Peter Freyer Surgical Symposium. National University of Ireland, Galway, September 2016.

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); Professor of Surgical Research, 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
  • 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 Cherry Koh - Co-Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District; Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Dr David Yeo, Co-Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District; Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Dr Daniel Steffens - Deputy 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 Kirk Austin - Colorectal Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Jonathan Hong - Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Nabila Ansari - Notaras Fellow, Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand clinical fellow; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Kilian Brown - Research Affiliate, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Sydney Local Health District
  • Dr Assad Zahid - Notaras Fellow, General Surgeon undertaking his fellowship in Colorectal Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Sharon Carey - Manager, Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Benjamin Jonker - Neurosurgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Ms Pauline Byrne - Research Officer, Department of Colorectal Research, Sydney Local Health District
  • Ms Rachael Roberts - Research Officer, Department of Colorectal Research, Sydney Local Health District
  • Ms Bharvi Maneck - Research Officer, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, 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:

PhD:

  • Dr Cherry Koh
    PhD Project title: Pelvic exenteration outcomes for patient and society: quality of life and cost utility.
  • Ms Ivana Durcinoska
    PhD Project title: Improving colorectal cancer care coordination: Population-based assessment of patients' needs and preferences (The NSW Bowel Cancer Care Survey).
  • Dr Nabila Ansari
    PhD Project Title: Decision Making in the Colorectal Multidisciplinary Team Meeting
  • Ms Kate McBride
    PhD Project Title: Retrospective analysis on the impact of mental health co-morbidities on key outcomes for surgical patient
  • Dr Ben Jonker
    PhD Project Title: Quality of life outcomes following stereotactic radio-surgery for brain metastases
  • Ms Sharon Lamb
    PhD Project Title: Improving nutritional support following upper gastro-intestinal surgery

Masters:

  • Dr Kilian Brown
    MPhil Project Title: Understanding and predicting postoperative complications following pelvic exenteration surgery
  • Dr Paul David Morris
    MPhil Project Title: Outcome after liver transplantation
  • Dr Vincent Vinh Gia An 
    MPhil Project Title: Correcting fixed flexion deformity in total knee arthroplasty: How much more should we resect?
  • Dr Scott Leslie 
    MPhil Project Title: Does an autologous bladder neck sling at the time of robotic radical prostatectomy improve postoperative continence?
  • Dr Katherine Zhu
    Master of Surgery Project Title: Does pre-operative urinary dysfunction predict post-operative acute urinary retention after rectal cancer surgery?
  • Dr Michelle Zhiyun Chen
    Master of Surgery Project Title: Survival in Pelvic Exenteration Patients who undergo Resection of Resectable Metastatic Disease


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Ansari N, Solomon MJ, Fisher RJ, Mackay J, Burmeister B, Ackland S, Heriot A, Joseph D, McLachlan SA, McClure B, Ngan SY. Acute Adverse Events and Postoperative Complications in a Randomized Trial of Preoperative Short-course Radiotherapy versus Long-course Chemoradiotherapy for T3 Adenocarcinoma of the Rectum: Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group Trial (TROG 01.04). Annals of Surgery 2016; DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001987
  2. Assad Z, Austin K, Young CJ, Young JM, Merlino C, Garibotto N. Long-term Functional Outcome after Stapled and Excisional Haemorrhoidectomy. [i||International Surgery]] 2016; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.9738/INTSURG-D-16-00144.1
  3. Austin KK, Herd AJ, Solomon MJ, Ly Ken, Lee PJ. Outcomes of Pelvic Exenteration with en bloc Partial or Complete Pubic Bone Excision for Locally Advanced Primary or Recurrent Pelvic Cancer. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2016; 59:831-835
  4. Brown KGM, Solomon MJ, Austin KK, Lee PJ, Stalley P. Posterior high sacral segmental disconnection prior to anterior en bloc exenteration for recurrent rectal cancer. Techniques in Coloproctology 2016; 20:401-404
  5. Brown KGM, Solomon MJ, Latif ER, Koh CE, Vasilaras A, Eisinger D, Sved P. Urological complications after cystectomy as part of pelvic exenteration are higher than that after cystectomy for primary bladder malignancy. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2016; DOI 10.1002/jso.24511
  6. Brown KGM, Solomon MJ, Koh CE. Pelvic Exenteration surgery: the evolution of radical surgical techniques for advanced and recurrent pelvic malignancy. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2016 [Accepted 28 December]
  7. Cooper AE, De-Loyde KJ, Young CJ, Shepherd HL, Wright C. Pudendal nerve testing does not contribute to surgical decision making following anorectal testing in patients with faecal incontinence. International Journal of Colorectal Disease 2016; DOI 10.1007/s00384-016-2617-3
  8. Denost Q, Saillour F, Masya L, Martinaud HM, Guillon S, Kret M, Rullier E, Quintard B, Solomon M. Benchmarking trial between France and Australia comparing management of primary rectal cancer beyond TME and locally recurrent rectal cancer (PelviCare Trial): rationale and design. BMC Cancer 2016; 16:262
  9. Farrokhzadi L, Dhillon HM, Goumas C, Young JM, Cust AE. Physical activity correlates, barriers and preferences for women with gynecological cancer. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer 2016; 26:1530-1537
  10. 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 CE, Lee PJ, Lynch AC, Warrie SK, Frizelle FA. The Outcomes and patterns of treatment failure after surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer. Annals of surgery 2015: 264:323-329
  11. Koh C, Badgery-Parker T, Salkeld G, Young JM, Heriot AG, Solomon MJ. Cost-effectiveness of pelvic exenteration for locally advanced pelvic malignancy. British Journal of Surgery 2016; 103:1548-41556
  12. Lee P, Francis KE, Solomon MJ, Ramsey-Stewart G, Austin KKS, Koh C. The Triangle of Marcille: the anatomical gateway to lateral pelvic exenteration. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2016; DOI:10.1111/ans.13872
  13. Lim T-Z, Lee PJ, Solomon MJ, Tan KK. Unilateral Pelvic Side-Wall Lymph Node Resection for Rectal Cancer: A Review of the Anatomy. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2016; 23:S693
  14. McLachlan S-A, Fisher RJ, Zalcberg J, Solomon MJ, Burmeister B, Goldstein D, Leong Trevor, Ackland SP, McKendrick J, McClure B, Mackay J, Ngan S. The Impact on Health-related Quality of Life in the first 12 months: a randomized comparison of pre-operative short-course radiation versus long-course chemoradiation for T3 rectal cancer (Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group Trial 01.04). European Journal of Cancer 2016; 55:15-26
  15. Quyn AJ, Austin KKS, Young JM, Badgery-Parker T, Masya LM, Roberts R, Solomon MJ. Outcomes of pelvic exenteration for locally advanced rectal cancer: Overall survival and quality of life. European Journal of Surgical Oncology 2016; DOI:10.1016/j.ejso.2016.02.016
  16. Quyn AJ, Solomon MJ, Lee PM, Badgery-Parker T, Masya LM, Young JM. Palliative Pelvic Exenteration: Clinical Outcomes and Quality of Life. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2016; 59:1005-1010
  17. Shand AW, Chen JS, Selby W, Solomon MJ, Roberts CL. Inflammatory bowel disease in pregnancy: a population-based study of prevalence and pregnancy outcomes. BJOG 2016; DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13946
  18. Shaw JM, Young JM, Butow PN, Badgery-Parker T, Durcinoska I, Harrison JD, Davidson PM, Martin D, Sandroussi C, Joseph D, Das A, Lam V, Johnston E, Solomon MJ. Improving psychosocial outcomes for caregivers of people with poor prognosis gastrointestinal cancers: a randomized controlled trial (Family Connect). Supportive Care in Cancer 2016; 24:585-595
  19. Solomon MJ. Decisional conflict in rectal cancer: Does quality of life measurement reflect true preferences? [Editorial] Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2016; 59: 253-254
  20. Tracey E, McCaughan BC, Young JM, Armstrong BK. How can we ensure that people with lung cancer living in rural and remote areas are treated surgically when appropriate? Medical Journal of Australia 2016; 204:330 [Editorial]
  21. DC&R Podcast: Nick Battersby (co-author) and Michael Solomon (Reviewer) discuss a paper about bowel-related quality of life impairment after rectal cancer surgery. Podcast DC&R April 2016 (#2): Discussion on bowel-related quality of life impairment after rectal cancer surgery - it's more than you might think! With lead author Nick Battersby and reviewer Michael Solomon, who also wrote accompanying editorial in DC&R. From April 2016 Diseases of the colon & rectum Released March 24, 2016 http://ascrs.libsyn.com/podcast

Book Chapters:
  1. 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 HR, Mould T, Joseph JV, Delaney CP. Springer London Heidelberg New York Dordrecht [DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4258-4]
  2. Young JM, Currow D.  Evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the literature.  In: Internal Medicine 3rd Edition - A systematic guide to clinical practice.  Editors: Talley N, Frankum B, Currow D, Hensley D.  Chatswood, Sydney: Elsevier

Presentations:
  1. Ahmadi N, Solomon MJ, Brown KGM, Koh CE, Austin KK, Gonsalves S, Masya L, Lee P. A consecutive single unit series of 200 lateral pelvic compartment excisions during pelvic exenteration. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 85th Annual Scientific Congress, Brisbane, May 2016 (Oral presentation)
  2. Gonsalves S, Austin KK, Solomon MJ, Brown KGM, Lee PJ. Is there a role for paraaortic lymphadenectomy in the treatment of recurrent rectal cancer? American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Los Angeles, April 30 - May 4, 2016 (Poster presentation)
  3. Koh CE. How broad is the quality of care of rectal cancer? Colorectal Cancer: A multidisciplinary approach. 18 - 19 August 2016, Peter MaCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
  4. MacDermid E, Anderson R, Young C, Moug S, Shepherd S. Deciding to defunction after rectal surgery. Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Meeting, 4-6 July 2016, Edinburgh, UK
  5. MacDermid E, Anderson R, Moug S, Young C, Shepherd H. Relative values of patient outcomes. Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Meeting, 4-6 July 2016, Edinburgh, UK
  6. Solomon MJ. Applied Research. Master class. Australian Institute Health Service Management (AIHSM), University of Tasmania n partnership with the Sydney Local Health District. 4 March 2016 [Invited speaker]
  7. Solomon MJ. Exenterative pelvic surgery and quality of life outcomes. Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) Annual General Meeting. 13-16 April 2016, Sydney
  8. Solomon MJ. Laparoscopic Proctectomy, and Abdominoperineal resection resection; Key Steps - APR with Distal Sacrectomy; and Pelvic Exenteration for locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer - Is it really worth it? Iinaugural 1st Singapore Colorectal Cancer Symposium (SCCS) in conjunction with the 7th National University Health System (NUHS) Colorectal week. National University of Singapore, 3 - 4 June 2016.
  9. Solomon MJ. 20 Years of Evolving Pelvic Exenteration. 41st Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium. National University of Ireland, 2 -3 September 2016.
  10. Solomon MJ. 2016 Big holes P/L. Maximally invasive surgery. General Surgeons Australia Annual Scientific Meeting. 29 September - 1 October 2016, Melbourne
  11. Young J, Durcinoska I, Maneck B, Steffens D. Development and pilot testing of the 'Cancer Care Coordination Questionnaire for Patients' (CCCQ-P). 2016 World Cancer Congress, Paris, France 31 October to 3 November 2016 [e-Poster]
  12. Young J, Durcinoska I, Maneck B, Steffens D. Cross-cultural adaptation of 'Cancer care coordination questionnaire for patients' (CCCP-P) for Chinese- and Arabic-speaking people. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 43nd Annual Scientific Meeting (COSA), 15 - 17th November 2016 [Poster presentation]

Research Grants

GRANTING BODY AWARDEES PROJECT TITLE YEARS total $$ Years
CINSW Simes RJ, Boyer M, Hogg P, Butow P, Thomas D, Young J, Vadas M.  Sydney Catalyst – The Translational Cancer Research Centre of central Sydney and regional NSW  $ 6,500,000 July 2016 to June 2021 
Cancer Council Australia  Mazza D, Emery J, Walter FM, Young JM, Barnes D, Mitchell P, Brijnath B, Martin AJ. LEAD – Lung cancer diagnostic and treatment pathways: a comparison between CALD and Anglo-Australian patients.    $    433,307 2016-2018 

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Professor Michael Solomon

Department/Unit: Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and Department of Colorectal Surgery (SOuRCe)
Address:
Level 9, Building 89
RPA Hospital, Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 3200
Facsimile: (02) 9515 3222
Web: source.org.au
Email: SLHD-SOuRCe@health.nsw.gov.au