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Meet Our Team!

The Department of Surgery is a Unit within the Barwon Health Surgical Services Division. The Chair of Surgery is the Unit Head. The Chair of Surgery also holds the position of Barwon Health Divisional Director of Surgery. There is an Associate Professor of Surgery who is the Deputy Head of the Unit and also holds the position of Barwon Health Supervisor of Surgical Training; and a Senior Lecturer of Surgery who is the Coordinator of the Deakin University / Barwon Health Surgical Rotation.


All Four Academics are practicing General Surgeons. The Department of Surgery also has two part time Clinical Information / Trauma Audit Coordinators. The Department of Surgery has a strong research focus and a productive publication output, and constantly strives to improve patient outcomes. 


The Department of Surgery promotes and encourages students to undertake PhD, Master of Surgery and Honours programs which are supervised by department academics. 

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Prof David Watters


Professor of Surgery at Deakin University and Director of Surgery at University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health.  Prof David Watters was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 for his work in PNG. 2015-16 he became President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).  In June 2018 Prof Watters became a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant services to medicine and medical education in endocrine and colorectal surgery.  

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Prof Glenn Guest


Professor of Surgery with Deakin University and General/Colorectal Surgeon with University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health. Prof Guest is the Supervisor of General Surgical trainees for the South West Victorian Regional Hub and Director of the RACS AusAid Timor Leste Surgical Program. Glenn Guest is also Chair in Surgery at the Epworth Hospital Geelong.

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Associate Prof Douglas Stupart


Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Surgery with Deakin University and General Surgeon with University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health since 2010. A/Prof Douglas Stupart completed his PhD with the Department of Surgery, Deakin University in 2015 and has special interests in Surgical Education, Colorectal Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery and Lynch Syndrome.


Director of General Surgery, Senior Lecturer in Rural Surgery with Deakin University and Consultant surgeon with University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health. 

A/Prof Nagra is a General Surgeon and has wide surgical experiences including laparascopic and open colorectal procedures, hernias, gall bladder surgery, thyroids, parathyroids and endoscopy (gastroscopes and colonoscopies). With interests in surgical outcomes he has published a number of papers in this area.

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Mr Richard Grills


Mr Grills is the Director of Urological Surgery and Director of Robotic Surgery at Barwon Health, he is also the Head of Surgical Services at St John of God Hospital, Geelong and Deputy Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at St John of God Hospital, Geelong. Mr Grills is involved in teaching of medical students and has an appointment as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University Medical School.

Dr Eileen Moore- until Jan 2022

BSc(Hons) PhD (Melb) ForPsy (Curtin)

PGrad Stat (Harvard)

Dr Moore was the Research Fellow with the Department of Surgery and Robotic Surgery RA until January 2022. Dr Moore completed a Forensic Psychology degree in 2020 through Curtin University and Data Science and Management Course in 2017 with distinction through Harvard University and PhD by research in 2013 with the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Department of Surgery, University Hospital Geelong. 

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Mrs Anne Vandewater

AdvDip(Mgt) CPM AAPM DipBus

Appointed Executive Assistant to the Chair of Surgery in June 2015.  Mrs Anne Vandewater coordinates and compiles the department's annual report, research reports and related publications; liaises with the Deakin Clinical School in regards to clinical training, tutorials, exams and research.  Anne has a special interest in Executive / Business Administration.  


Clinical Information Coordinator. Managed and coordinated general and colorectal surgery databases. Ms Christine Campbell prepared annual audit reports, retrieved surgical data providing assistance to researchers in the department and had a special interest in Surgical Audit and Risk Management.

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Ms Stephanie Kempton

BBSc(Hons) MPsych(Neuro) CCN MAPS

Trauma Audit Coordinator (part-time). Manages and coordinates the trauma database. Ms Stephanie Kempton prepares quarterly trauma audit reports for the Multi Trauma Audit Committee held in the Department of Surgery, University Hospital Geelong and provides research support to members of the department. 

Postgraduate degrees

Suat Chin Ng
Master of Surgery (2020)

The University of Melbourne

Is there any role for surveillance in elderly colorectal cancer patients post curative resection

Andrew Cheng

PhD by research (in-progress)

Deakin University

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery

Su Mei Hoh
Master of Public Health (2019)

The University of Melbourne

Bellwether Access in Malaysia

Postgraduate studies

Dr Gausihi Sivarajah
​MSc of Public Health (2019)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Perioperative Mortality Rate (POMR) in Global Surgery

Dr Eileen Moore (2017)

Harvard University

Data Science, Information Systems Management, Statistics

PhD Graduates

Wendy Crebbin
PhD by research (2020)

Deakin University

Teaching Junior Doctors: How experts think: What impact does it have?

Kai Lee
PhD by publication (2019)

Deakin University

Alcohol related facial trauma

Pia Bernardi
Doctor of Medical Science (2017)

The University of Melbourne

Prediction and prognosis in anal cancer: Developing models to improve patient outcome

Douglas Stupart
PhD by research (2015)

Deakin University

Natural history and cancer prevention in Lynch Syndrome

Patrick Mahar

PhD by research (2015)

Deakin University

Toxic epidermal necrolysis: Factors associated with mortality in adult Victorian burns-centre treated patients

Eileen Moore
Inaugural PhD graduate (2013)

The University of Melbourne

Cognitive impairment and vitamin B12

Masters Graduates

Louis Scarrold

Master of Surgical Research (2020-2022)

Deakin University

Optimising Sarcopenia Measurement to Improve Surgical Risk Assessment

Henry Drysdale

Master of Surgical Research (2020-2022)

Deakin University

The Impact of COVID-19 on General Surgery in Geelong

Steve Lau

Master of Surgical Research (2020-2022)

Deakin University

Outcomes of Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision in Australia

Mark Boydell

Master of Surgical Science (2017)

The University of Edinburgh

Diverticular Disease in Victoria, Australia

Greg Leverett

Master of Surgical Science (2017)

The University of Edinburgh

Tranexamic Acid and Thromboembolic Events in Hip Fracture Surgery: a meta-analysis

Joseph Kong

Master of Surgery (2012-2014)

The University of Melbourne

Validating Barwon Health Preoperative Risk Stratification Model for Mortality and Major Morbidity for Major Colorectal Surgery

Dragos Iorgulescu

Master of Surgery (2000-2002)

The University of Melbourne

A new method of Detection of Micrometastases in Epithelial Cancers - Flow cytometry and Magnetic Enrichment

David McClure
Inaugural Research Fellow

Master of Surgery (1995-1996)

The University of Melbourne

Cellular adhesive incompetence in Diabetes mellitus: the interaction of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and human endothelial cells

Honours Graduates

EIleen Moore (2008)

Bachelor of Science Honours (1st class)

The University of Melbourne

The effects of calcium homeostasis and thyroidectomy: Postoperative hypocalcaemia complicating thyroid surgery

Jessica Dunn (2011)

Bachelor of Science Honours

Deakin University

International development in Timor Leste

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