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Mr Sonal Nagra


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Director of General Surgery 2023 at University Hospital Geelong. Senior Lecturer in Rural Surgery with Deakin University and General and Endocrine Surgeon with University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health.

Special interests
General Surgeon with interests in surgical outcomes and has published a number of papers in this area.  Dr Nagra and Professor Watters are representing Victoria in a Binational audit of emergency laparotomy (ANZELA-QI), making Geelong a pioneer site. He has a keen interest in Laparascopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery

He has a wide surgical experience and his practice includes general surgical procedures,  laparascopic and open colorectal procedures, hernias, gall bladder surgery, thyroids, parathyroids and endoscopy (gastroscopes and colonoscopies).  Sonal completed his primary medical degree (MBBS) and surgical training (MMED in Surgery) in Fiji.  He has gone on to do further training in Dunedin, Darwin and Geelong undertaking various fellowships over a 6 year period and also attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is also heavily involved in the supervision and training of junior medical staff at University Hospital Geelong where he has an appointment as a VMO. He has an interest in Research which has projects both locally and internationally.  He has a strong Global Health interest particularly in the Pacific through efforts in improving research, education and enhancing surgical services, most recently being invited as an External Examiner at the the Fiji National University. He has published widely being involved with over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals/textbook.

Sonal was also fortunate to represent Fiji as a National Squash Representative for over 10 years playing at various international competitions including the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Previous appointments
To be updated


Books and Book Chapters

Watters DAK, Nagra S, Francis DMA. IN Smith JA, Kaye AH, Christophi C, Brown WA. Textbook of Surgery. 4th edition. Chapter 69: Ascites. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2020 p.659-666.


Latif H, Nagra S, Moore EM, Watters D, Guest G. Patient reported outcomes post emergency laparotomy in a regional centre. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2020;90(S1):67-106.



Nagra S, Kaur B, Singh S, Tangi V, McCaig E, Stupart D, Moore EM, Meera J, Guest GD, Watters DA. How will increasing surgical volume affect mortality in the South Pacific. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2020. doi:10.1111/ans.15989.



Walker H, Liew K, Adams V, Larcombe S, Nagra S, Guest G, Athan E. Medical Education: Necrotising enterocolotis caused by Clostridium perfringens: a life-threatening manifestation of a common foodborne infection. Medical Journal of Australia. 2020. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50568


Watters DA, McCaig E, Nagra S, Kevau I. Surgical training programmes in the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. British Journal of Surgery. 2019 Jan;106:e53-e61. doi: 10.1002/bjs.11057.


Cama J, Nagra S. A short history of the post-graduate surgical training in Fiji – where to from here? The Journal of Pacific Research. 2018 Oct;21(2):103-107. doi:10.26635/phd.2018.918.


Kohli N, Nagra S, Moore E, Abbas S. The influence of resection margin on survival outcomes in pancreatic cancer surgery: A systematic review & meta-analysis. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2017 Jun;87(S1):69-79. doi:

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