Head of Division: Professor Del Kahn
The four surgical firms within the Division of General Surgery are responsible for Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology/Endocrine Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Trauma Unit, and the Transplant Unit are also part of the Division. The Division prides itself on maintaining high standards of clinical service, and teaching of both undergraduates and postgraduates. The Division continues to function as a true academic unit, with its members making significant contributions at both local and international meetings, while at the same time maintaining a high research output. Staff shortages and the financial crisis have not limited the productivity of the Division.
Current research interests of Associate Professor Jake Krige have several research projects in Portal hypertension and diseases of the liver and bile ducts. Associate Professor Lance Michell is involved in an audit of admissions to the Surgical ICU, as well as several multi centre pharmaceutical trials using anti microbials.
The Vascular Unit under Dr Nad Naidoo is undertaking research into carotid artery disease as well as aorto-iliac disease. Genetic aspects of colorectal cancer is the main research interests of Professor Paul Goldberg in the Colorectal unit. Professor Eugene Panieri has a special interest in sentinel lymphnode biopsy in breast cancer as well as problems related to battery acid ingestion. Professors Andy Nicol and Pradeep Navsaria are involved in major audits of various types of trauma, as well as various prospective randomised studies including penetrating cardiac injuries.