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RPAH - Department of Colorectal Surgery
The Department of Colorectal Surgery at RPA

Our Team


A/Prof Christopher J. Young
Head of Department

Professor Young is Head of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is a member of the Training Board in Colon and Rectal Surgery and the RACS Board of Surgical Research. He is past Chairman of the RACS Board In General Surgery. He operates at RPA and Concord Hospitals. Professor Young's interests include surgical education and decision making. His colorectal interests include rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor dysfuction. He underwent specialty colorectal training at RPAH, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Concord Hospital and at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA.


Dr Kirk Austin 
Visiting Surgeon

Dr Kirk Austin is a specialist colorectal surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australasia and New Zealand. His areas of expertise include pelvic exenteration surgery for locally advanced and recurrent pelvic cancer, open and laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, and endometriosis; perianal sepsis and fistula surgery, interventional and diagnostic colonoscopy. Dr Austin's other interests include robotic surgery for benign and malignant colorectal pathology.  Academically, his research interests are in surgical and quality of life outcomes after pelvic exenteration. He has co-authored several book chapters on pelvic exenteration surgery and is involved in a number of ongoing research trials.


A/Prof Chris Byrne
Visiting Surgeon, Joint Head of Trauma Services

Professor Byrne is a specialist colorectal surgeon who completed undergraduate training at The University of Sydney, then trained in colorectal surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and St Marks Hospital, London. He operates at RPA, The Mater and Sydney Day Surgery. His areas of expertise include colorectal cancer including laparoscopic surgery, recurrent pelvic cancers, perianal sepsis, endometriosis and pelvic floor surgery as well as hernias. His research interests include inflammatory bowel disease, patient preference, pelvic floor disorders, perianal sepsis and trauma. He consults on Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Thursdays.


Dr Cherry Koh
Visiting Surgeon

Dr Cherry Koh is a Colorectal Surgeon who underwent subspecialty training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (UK). Whilst in Sydney, she learnt about laparoscopic surgery and pelvic exenteration for advanced pelvic cancers. In Oxford, she worked on the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the Oxford Pelvic Floor units which allowed her to consolidate her laparoscopic skills in addition to learning about TEMS (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) and the management of complex re-operative surgery for IBD. Dr Koh also has a wide academic interest including quality of life after complex pelvic surgery and pelvic floor disorders.


Dr Peter Lee
Visiting Surgeon

Dr Lee graduated from the University of NSW Medical School in 1995. He trained in Sydney and obtained his fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005. He completed his fellowship with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand. He travelled to the UK to further his surgical training in pelvic exenteration and laparoscopic colorectal surgery. He has completed a Masters of Surgery in colorectal surgery in 2012. Dr Lee performs: laparoscopic surgery, pelvic exenteration for recurrent rectal cancer and complex pelvic cancers, endoscopy and colonoscopy, LIFT procedure for anal fistula. He has experience and completed training for robotic surgery.


Prof Michael J. Solomon
Visiting Surgeon, Director SOURCE

Professor Michael Solomon is the Academic Head of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at RPA. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Head of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) both for RPA and the University of Sydney and is currently on the Board of the Cancer Institute NSW. He is a past President of the CSSANZ and was previously the Chairman of the Training Board in Colorectal Surgery. Professor Solomon's surgical expertise is in complex surgery for rectal and recurrent malignancy, inflammatory bowel disease and complex fistula as well as minimally invasive colorectal surgery.


Dr Caroline Wright
Senior Lecturer

Dr Caroline Wright is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Graduating from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, she trained in General Surgery in Queensland and gained her FRACS in 1998.  Post Fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery included 2 years research in Brisbane, leading to a Master of Surgery by Research, and a year as a Clinical Fellow at RPA. Clinical interests include pelvic floor disorders and genetic aspects of colorectal cancer. Dr Wright also has a strong interest in teaching and co-ordinates the Central Clinical School medical student Stage 3 Surgical Programme.

Nursing staff
Nursing Unit Manager
Pelvic Exenteration CNS
Colorectal Care Coordinator
Clinical Nurse Educator
Stomal Therapy CNCs 
ERAS Project Coordinator 
Anorectal Facility 
Research Co-ordinators
Nancy Andrawes
Sr Sarah O'Shannassy  
Sr Sally Auld
Jing Jia
Sr Lesley Everingham, Sr Brooke Taylor
Sr Kris Louis
Sr Jenny Rex, Sr Janet Candido
Rachael Roberts, Pauline Byrne

Administrative Staff
Ward Clerk
Clinical Support Officer
Paul Kim
Belinda Dimovski