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

Our People

IAS Executive

Michael SolomonMichael Solomon - Co-Chair

Professor Michael Solomon is a Colorectal Surgeon devoted to enhancing the academic standing of RPA. Having established a highly successful and collaborative academic career, including being the founding Director and Head of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), Professor Michael Solomon has gained great joy from being involved in surgical research and education, and is committed to leading innovations that support others to follow similar pursuits.

With extensive experience in clinical research that has resulted in the publication of over 200 papers and over 9 million dollars in peer reviewed research grants, Professor Solomon's current research interests lie in developing maximally invasive techniques for advanced pelvic malignancy, clinical trials of minimally invasive colorectal surgery and the assessment and performance of randomised and alternative clinical trial designs for surgical operations.

In addition to being the inaugural Co-Chair of the IAS, Professor Solomon is the Academic Head of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the RPA, a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Colorectal Research for both RPA and the University of Sydney and is a past President of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSSANZ).

Under Professor Solomon's leadership, the IAS is sure to be established as a world-leading centre for academic surgery.

Paul BannonPaul Bannon - Co-Chair

Professor Paul Bannon is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon dedicated to a life of surgery and research taking discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside. Professor Bannon completed his surgical training at RPA and, under the guidance of the late Professor Douglas Baird, was encouraged to take up research and has never looked back.

His research interests are extensive and have the potential to result in major breakthroughs for the early detection, prevention and treatment of heart and lung disease. Underpinning this is a dedicated research group at RPA, which is led by Professor Bannon, who reviews leading evidence from around the world to get better outcomes for research and surgery.

In addition to being the inaugural Co-Chair of the IAS, Professor Bannon is the Chairman of the Baird Institute for Applied Heart and Lung Surgical Research, the Professorial Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Sydney, the Vice President, President-elect of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, the Co-Chair of the Cardiac Devices Committee for the Agency of Clinical Innovation, Ministry of Health NSW, the Head of Department for Cardiothoracic Surgery at RPA and has held various positions in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and RPA.

Professor Bannon is committed to developing young surgeons into thinkers and leading researchers, and has been a strong leader in academic surgery within the University of Sydney and at RPA. His leadership skills and drive for enhancing academic surgery are a great asset to the IAS.

Katie McBrideKate McBride - Executive Director

Dr Kate McBride is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Academic Surgery. She is a skilled hospital administrator with a passion for surgical services and the implementation of initiatives that support the effective integration of clinical, academic and business activities to enhance service delivery and patient outcomes. Dr McBride has a PhD (Medicine) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Health Service Management. Kate's research interest focuses on the surgical outcomes for people with comorbid serious mental illness.

David StoreyDavid Storey - Director of Surgical Education

Associate Professor David Storey lives and breathes surgical education. The considerable experience and knowledge that he brings to the role of inaugural Director of Surgical Education is a significant asset to the IAS, and the overall advancement of surgical education.

Having been a Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at RPA for many years, Associate Professor David Storey is currently the Director of Training for the Sydney South West Surgical Skills Network and a Clinical Advisor to the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission relating to surgical supervision. He has also held numerous positions within the Royal College of Surgeons.

Through the establishment of the Surgical Skills Facility on Level 9 at RPA, Associate Professor David Storey has provided guidance and mentoring to countless budding surgical trainees and the opportunity for ongoing surgical skills training onsite at the hospital. Under his leadership, this facility will be greatly enhanced with the drive to establish new training facilities at RPA.

Jonathan HongJonathan Hong - Deputy Director of Surgical Education

Associate Professor Jonathan Hong is a Colorectal Surgeon who has a strong commitment to the continuous improvement of training and standards in surgery. He has been an enthusiastic teacher of medical students, trainee surgeons and colleagues throughout his career. He is particularly interested in assessment of technical and non-technical skills within a competence based surgical education framework. He is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer assessment subcommittee.

Associate Professor Hong has undertaken extensive training in both Colorectal and General surgery, predominantly at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He also has international experience having spent 2 years completing the Colorectal Surgical Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, Canada, as well as a visiting Scholar at The Wilson Center for Medical Education at Toronto General Hospital.

In addition to being the Deputy Director of Surgical Education at the IAS, Jonathan undertook a Masters of Philosophy in 2016 exploring the use of MRI to personalise the surgical approach to rectal cancer treatment, as well as a Masters of Surgical Education. 

Rachael RobertsRachael Roberts - Director of Surgical Nursing Research

Ms Rachael Roberts is a Registered Nurse who has also worked in the Colorectal Research Unit and Surgical Outcomes Research Centre here at RPAH.  Rachael has been involved in various aspects of the research process from design to the publication, as well as helping others complete their projects. Focusing mainly on a longitudinal study investigating patient quality of life, clinical outcomes and survival of patients undergoing pelvic exenteration surgery in recent years Rachael has seen what a huge impact an increase in knowledge of patient outcomes, through research, has on delivering better patient care.

Rachael is keen to use her years of experience in research to help encourage other nurses to use the skills they already have by increasing staff awareness of what research is and the practical application it can have on their ward and daily patient care and supporting them in their endeavour to do so. 

Jonathan ClarkJonathan Clark AM - Director of Translational Research

Professor Clark is a Head and Neck ablative and reconstructive surgeon at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. He is the Lang Walker Family Foundation Professor and Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Sydney, Director of head and neck cancer research at Lifehouse, and Director of Translational Research at the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery. Professor Clark undertook a two-year fellowship in Head and Neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery in, Toronto, Canada. Professor Clark's clinical expertise and research focus is in the areas of salivary gland tumours, oral cancer, digital planning for precision jaw reconstruction and dental rehabilitation, facial nerve reconstruction, advanced skin cancer, and transoral robotic surgery (TORS). He has trained > 30 international surgeons in microvascular reconstruction and has > 270 peer review publications. He is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for contributions to head and neck surgery and faculty in the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies (IFHNOS) Masters of Surgery.

Charbel SandroussiCharbel Sandroussi - Director of Clinical Research

Associate Professor Charbel Sandroussi is a Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon with a strong commitment to Clinical Research.

His specific research interests include transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma, technical outcomes in adult to adult live donor liver transplantation, portal haemodynamics following transplant and liver resection, and multivisceral and major vascular resection in oncology.

Associate Professor Charbel Sandroussi has an extensive track record of successful collaborations with both local and overseas research groups and a genuine enjoyment for teaching and working with others.
In addition to being the inaugural Director of Clinical Research of the IAS, Associate Professor Sandroussi is the Head of the Department of Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at RPA, the medical director of TPN at RPA, and a Director of the Surgical Outcomes Resource Centre (SOuRCe).

Lucy MackenzieLucy Mackenzie - Manager, Surgical Partnerships

Ms Lucy Mackenzie is the Manager, Surgical Partnerships and an invaluable member of the IAS Executive Team. From coordinating various committees, meetings and events, providing oversight of all IAS social media and establishing sound administrative systems, Lucy plays a key role in keeping the Institute running smoothly on a daily basis.

Having completed her Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Public Relations) from the University of Technology Sydney in 2015, Lucy has previously worked in a number of function and marketing positions within the hospitality industry and has a strong interest in administration, marketing and communications skills within a healthcare setting.

Rosa FungRosa Fung - Facility Coordinator

Ms Rosa Fung is an experience Registered Nurse who joined the IAS team as the Facility Coordinator in 2020. Rosa has over 11 experience working in operating theatres across Cardiothoracic, Orthopaedics and Trauma surgery. Rosa has worked at a number of major teaching hospital including Prince of Wales Hospital, The Mater Private Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred. She also has international work experience at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Along with her undergraduate nursing degree, she holds a Bachelor of Sciences, Postgraduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing and is currently undertaking a Masters of Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh.

Rosa brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the role, having a real focus on being involving in clinical education and improvement for operating theatre nurses. She was instrumental in the design of the innovative course structure for new graduate nurses training and education program as well as developing many systems and processes for the facility to support departments training needs.

Sarah WhereatSarah Whereat - Education Support Officer - Sydney South West Surgical Skills Network

Dr Sarah Whereat branched out into medical education 15 years ago after a number of years as an ICU Nurse and Midwife. She was a clinical skills educator with Sydney University Medical School for 13 years, spend time in the later years working on stage 1 and 2 curriculum delivery within in the MEU. During this time she completed a PhD examining medical student learning in critical care areas and was honoured with a national online training (OLT) citation for outstanding contribution to student learning and a Sydney Medical Faculty Academic award. 

Dr Whereat joined the Sydney South West Surgical Skills Network in July 2019 as Education Support Officer and is based at the RPA IAS and Center for Education and Workforce Development (CEWD). Within this role her emphasis is on enhancing educational opportunities for the Pre-SET surgical trainees.  Projects include co-development of the ‘Foundations of Surgery’ course which is now a state wide program, developing the skills of the trainees for teaching as a facilitator of the ‘Teaching on the run’ program, developing and participating in a number of educational research projects to measure the impact of new educational innovations and provide trainees with opportunities to participate in educational research.

Research Staff

Kai ChengKai Cheng - Surgical Innovations Research Officer  

Kai Cheng  is the Surgical Innovation research officer at the IAS. Kai has more than 14 years’ experience in 3D modelling, 3D printing, data visualisation, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality development.

Kai is currently working on a wide range of clinical and educational projects within Sydney Local Health District and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse  with the aim to advance healthcare communication, 3d printing for patient specific surgical instrument development and preoperative planning. Some of the projects that Kai has worked on include advanced facial reconstructive surgery and 3D guides for advanced sarcoma.