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

The RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS)

Institute of Academic Surgery - Allyson Newman

The Institute of Academic Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) was established in 2014 to become the primary hub of surgical research and education at RPA and 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 Institute is a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney, and is committed to ensuring a vibrant academic presence in our District. The establishment of the Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA will also bring clinicians into our focus and vision for the next generation of academic surgery.


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, particularly clinical and laboratory research 

  4. Deliver and coordinate quality post-graduate surgical education and training 

  5. Enhance collaborations to establish a unified strategy for developing research and education 

  6. Explore opportunities and establish systems to ensure operational sustainability


To be recognised as a world-leading centre for academic surgery dedicated to discovery, scholarship and innovation to improve the outcomes of surgical patients.


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