The Flinders University Department of Surgery boasts one of the most vibrant combinations of laboratory and clinical research in Australia.

The close-knit university and teaching hospital environment delivers a fully integrated research program with a strong focus on translational outcomes.

Scientists and surgeons are pooling their expertise to find solutions on a range of complex medical challenges. And their substantial experience in clinical trials ensures solutions are transferred quickly and efficiently into medical practice.

Our research teams have access to cutting edge molecular biology technology and one of Australia’s largest biospecimen repositories – about 10,000 fresh tissue specimens collected over the past decade from endoscopies involving 1000 patients.

Most surgery specialities are represented with research opportunities for both medical and science PhD students.

The interactive research program covers areas such as new clinical procedures; colorectal; ear, nose and throat; plastic surgery and the gastrointestinal tract.

The department provides teaching within the Doctor of Medicine program and access to all the principal teaching hospitals of Flinders University: Flinders Medical Centre, the Repatriation General Hospital and Royal Darwin Hospital.  Higher degree students and qualified medical practitioners are also able to undertake the Master of Surgery program.

"The advantage here is that everything is under one roof so that we achieve a strong mix between clinical and laboratory. It’s one physical environment that inspires translational research among clinicians and scientists with collaboration across disciplines."

Professor David Watson
Head, Department of Surgery


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