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



A/Prof Christopher Byrne
Head of Department

A/Prof Cherry Koh
Research Lead

A/Prof Jonathan Hong
Education Lead

A/Dr Kirk Austin

Dr Peter Lee

Prof Michael Solomon

Dr Nabila Ansari

Dr Kheng-Seong Ng

Dr Nima Ahmadi

About the Department 

The colorectal department at RPA is renowned across Australia and internationally for undertaking the most complex surgical procedures in their specialty and for achieving outstanding patient outcomes. The team of nine surgeons have expertise across both maximally and minimally invasive surgery and a strong passion for integrating research and education into all of their work.


  • Internationally renowned pelvic exenteration program with largest patient series in the world
  • Second site in NSW for peritonectomy surgery
  • Novel Advanced GI Surgical Nursing Training Program
  • Robotic-assisted surgery program
  • NSW Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor Facility

Key Research Themes

  • Surgical outcomes
  • Quality of life following pelvic exenteration and peritonectomy surgery
  • Surgical techniques relating to pelvic exenteration and other surgical procedures
  • Robotic-assisted rectal resections
  • Surgical decision making
  • Impact of pre-habilitation on pelvic exenteration and peritonectomy patients

Key Education & Training Activities

  • Pelvic side wall advanced training
  • Introduction to robotic-assisted surgery within colorectal
  • Contribution to CSSANZ post-fellowship training
  • Notaras Academic Fellowship
    • Supervision of PhD, Masters and Honours students in medicine, nursing and allied health
    • Contribution to nurse-led training programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Pelvic Malignancy
  • Primary colorectal and anal cancers
  • Anorectal and biofeedback
  • Stomal therapy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Colonoscopy

Information for Patients 

More information about our pelvic exenteration and cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC programs can be found here.

For patient information please contact the department directly or visit their website

Useful Links

Affiliated Organisations

  • Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe)
  • University of Sydney
  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
(same as the website)
Level 9 Building 75 RPA Missenden Road

(02) 9519 7576

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