Dr Paul Heitmann

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Paul Heitmann is a surgeon/scientist with academic status as a Lecturer with the College of Medicine and Public Health.

Paul completed a Doctor of Medicine (2014) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2021) at Flinders University. His PhD thesis was titled ‘Colonic and Anorectal Function in Defaecation and Continence’ and was awarded the Flinders University student research impact prize.

Paul is involved in ongoing research relating to the physiology & pathophysiology of colonic and anorectal disorders with Associate Professor Phil Dinning and the Gastrointestinal Motility Research Laboratory at Flinders University.

Paul is also a general surgery registrar currently training with General Surgeons Australia/Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Flinders University, 2021

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Flinders University, 2014

Postgraduate Diploma of Surgical Sciences (With Distinction), The University of Edinburgh, UK, 2017

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia, 2010

Honours, awards and grants

Higher Degree by Research Student Impact Prize
Flinders University, $1000, 2022

New Investigator Award
1st World Congress on Paediatric Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 2021

Peter King Research Scholarship, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
PhD scholarship; $66,000, 2020

Travel Award
RACS Annual Academic Surgery Conference, 2020

Medtronic Award, Winning Paper
General Surgeons Australia Registrar Paper Day, 2019

Clinician’s Special Purpose Fund, Flinders Foundation
PhD scholarship; $40,738, 2019

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand Foundation
Awarded to Prof David Wattchow & A/Prof Phil Dinning to fund PhD scholarship; $38,488, 2018

NIMMO Research Prize
Royal Adelaide Hospital, 2016

Teaching Commendation Award
Adelaide University Surgical Society, 2016

Postgraduate Training Travel Award
Association of Medical Education in Europe, 2015

Staff Prize in Surgery
Flinders School of Medicine, 2014

Supervisory interests
Gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery
Gastrointestinal motility
Human physiology