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

Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Surgery


A/Prof Charbel Sandroussi
A/Prof Charbel Sandroussi
Head of Department & Research Lead

PDr David Yeo
Dr David Yeo
Education Lead

Dr Michael Crawford

Dr David Joseph

A/Prof Jerome Laurence

A/Prof Carlo Pulitano

Dr David Martin


About the Department

The upper GI department at RPA provides complex upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery to patients across NSW including specialised cancer care for liver and bile duct, pancreatic, gastric and oesophageal cancers, abdominal sarcomas and complex fistula management. The team of seven surgeons are extremely busy caring for more than 2,000 patients in hospital and providing ambulatory care to over 800 patients annually.


  • Largest experience in complex vascular reconstruction and liver resections in Australia

Key Research Themes

  • Complex liver resection techniques
  • Bioprosthetic vascular replacement
  • Treatment for HCC prior to liver transplantation
  • Portal haemodynamics for liver resection and transplantation
  • Surgical Management of Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours
  • Gene therapy for metastatic pancreas cancer
  • Decision making in surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery for hepatobiliary and oesophagogastric cancer
  • Introduction of peritonectomy and HIPEC for patients with metastatic gastric cancer
  • Prehabilitation for patients to optimise the health and minimise risk prior to major surgery

Key Education & Training Activities

  • Graduate Medical Program - University of Sydney
  • General Surgeons Australia (GSA) - Short and Long Course
  • Higher Degree Supervision
  • Education with the Australia and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association
  • Education with the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association

Services and Procedures

The RPA Upper GI department specialises in:

  • Liver, bile duct, pancreatic, stomach and oesophageal cancers
  • Liver resections and transplants
  • Complex fistulas

Useful Links

  • SOuRCe
  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • University of Sydney

(same as the website)

RPA Upper GI Department
Level 7 - Main Clinical Building RPA
50 Missenden Road Camperdown NSW 2050

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