The Chair of Surgery at Cabrini Hospital was established in 1998 as a joint venture between Cabrini Institute and Monash University. It was the first of its kind in the Victorian private medical sector and one of the first in Australia. The chair was endowed as the Fröhlich West Chair of Surgery in 2004.

Currently we are recruiting for Cancer 2015, a statewide translational study on genetic expression in malignancy. Cabrini, one of four hospitals participating in the study, is leading recruitment in colorectal cancer in Victoria. Recruitment for the Cabrini Monash colorectal database, the first Internet browser-based database of its kind in Australia has continued. It collects extensive patient data relating to family history, genetic abnormalities, background co-morbidity, treatment and long-term outcome and follow-up. Between Cabrini and Alfred Health, more than 900 patients have been recruited. The database will prove an invaluable research tool and it has been selected by the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand as the bi-national colorectal neoplasia database, with implementation across both countries due in 2013. More than 50 clinicians and 20 hospitals and treatment centres have committed to participation in this program.

Head of Department

Associate Professor Paul McMurrick

Surgical staff 

  • Emeritus Professor Adrian Polglase
  • Mr Stephen Bell
  • Mr Roger Berry
  • Mr Peter Carne
  • Mr Martin Chin
  • Mr Chip Farmer
  • Mr Pravin Ranchod
  • Mr Paul Simpson

Academic staff

Dr Simon Wilkins

Administrative and management staff

  • Karen Oliva – Database Manager
  • Tanya Gutteridge - Administrative Assistant