RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

About the IAS

RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery

The Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) was established in 2014 and is the primary hub for surgical research and education at RPA. The IAS aims to be at the forefront of leading surgical practice and patient care.

RPA, in collaboration with The University of Sydney, has a proud and brilliant history in academic surgery that has resulted in a number of significant surgical breakthroughs. This includes cochlear implants, establishing Australia's kidney and liver transplant programs, developing endovascular as well as pelvic exenteration surgical techniques, and discovering novel techniques such as isolated limb perfusion technology.

The IAS is a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney, and is committed to ensuring a vibrant academic presence across our District.

The establishment of the IAS at RPA brings clinicians into our focus and vision for the next generation of academic surgery.


To be the primary hub for surgical research and education at RPA through the development of academic surgical departments that pioneer best surgical practice and patient care.

IAS Objectives:

The six key objectives of the Institute are to:

  1. Advance academic career pathways through the implementation of structured programs, the provision of mentorship and guidance and the facilitation of change

  2. Foster a hospital-wide and community recognition that patients receive the best surgical care in academic centres of surgical excellence

  3. Strengthen the capacity of surgical departments to undertake research

  4. Deliver and coordinate quality postgraduate surgical education and training

  5. Enhance collaborations and partnerships to further support surgical research and education

  6. Further develop and promote the presence of the Institute.


To be recognised as a world-leading centre for academic surgery dedicated to discovery, scholarship and innovation that drives excellence in patient care and improves the outcomes of surgical patients.

More information about the IAS objectives as well as other information including our guiding principles can be found on the IAS Strategic Plan here


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