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Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Head, Thoracic Surgical Service, RMH
Trauma Surgeon

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03 9342 8545

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Phillip is a specialist Cardiothoracic surgeon and the Head of Thoracic Surgical Services. His main clinical appointment is at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

His work includes all aspects of Adult Thoracic Surgery including care of patients with malignancies of the chest. He is also committed to research and teaching, as well as having an active role in the Trauma Unit at RMH.

Phillip is a native Melbournian and studied Medicine and Music at the University of Melbourne. The majority of his surgical training was undertaken at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with a Fellowship year in Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia USA.

Upon his return in 2000, Phillip has consolidated the Multi-Disciplinary Clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital into a busy and comprehensive clinical and research service. He is the Director of the Lung Tumour Stream at RMH and has a strong interest in multi-disciplinary cancer care. Phillip is heavily involved in the development of The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Parkville Campus.

Phillip performs all aspects of Thoracic Surgery from advanced Bronchoscopy with Laser and stenting to advanced Pulmonary resections including VATS Lobectomy. He has an active interest in Chest Wall Trauma, Chest Wall Resection and Reconstruction as well as Pectus Deformity Corrective surgery including the Nuss Procedure.

Working at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as well as Epworth Hospital and Melbourne Private Hospital exposes Phillip to a large variety of benign and malignant diseases of the chest including Trauma surgery. His major research interests include Pulmonary Metastasectomy and Traumatic Rib Osteosynthesis.

Special interests in medical informatics has lead Phillip to develop systems including electronic patient records and audit and research databases. Multi-disciplinary teamwork is important to his work as well as efficient communication with all treating doctors as well as patients.

Phillip is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He pursues an active teaching role for medical students, residents and nursing staff as well as specialist trainees in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has developed and runs a Thoracic Fellowship program for training senior registrars in advanced Thoracic Surgical Oncology. He also acts as a preceptor for industry in training other Thoracic surgeons in minimally invasive thoracic surgery including VATS lobectomy.

Phillip is an active musician and viola player, and runs the highly acclaimed doctors orchestra in Melbourne called Corpus Medicorum. They perform regularly and have travelled overseas on behalf of the City of Melbourne. The orchestra raises funds through the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation for Lung Cancer Research.

In January 2020, Phillip received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Thoracic Surgery and to Music.


Melbourne Private Hospital

Royal Parade
VIC 3052
Ph (03) 8341 3400

The Epworth Hospital, Richmond

89 Bridge Rd,
VIC 3121
Ph (03) 9426 6666

Royal Melbourne Hospital (Public)

300 Grattan St,
VIC 3050
Ph (03) 9342 7000

Peter McCallum Cancer Centre (Public)

305 Grattan Street
VIC 3000
Ph (03) 8559 5000

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  • Work experience
  • Professional Memberships
  • Professional Achievements

2011 – current            
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne

2005 –  current            
Director, Lung Cancer Services, Melbourne Health

2000 –  current            
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Melbourne Health

2003 –  current            
Thoracic Surgeon, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2002 –  current            
Trauma Surgeon, Melbourne Health

2002 –  current            
Director, Corpus Medicorum – Doctor’s Orchestra

2000 –  current            
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Melbourne Private Hospital

2000 –  current            
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Epworth Hospital

Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Member, Australasian Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Member, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Member, Asian Society for Thoracoscopic Lung Surgery

Member, Victorian Cancer Council Lung Group

Member, Australian Lung Foundation & Australian Lung Trials Group

Member, International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group

Member (provisional), European Society of Thoracic Surgery

Lung Cancer

  1. Establishment of the Melbourne Health Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer service
  2. Establishment of a Lung Cancer Informatics system
  3. Establishment of the Lung Cancer Research Collective
  4. Establishment of Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Private Hospital
  5. Establishment and promotion of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques and Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery including Lung Resection
  6. Establishment of Surgical Fellowship Programme in Thoracic Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Trauma Services

  1. Involvement in the establishment of Trauma Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital especially with specialist Thoracic input and teaching.
  2. Introduction of novel techniques in Chest Wall Surgical Fixation involving Rib and Sternal open reduction and internal fixation.

Music & Philanthropy

  1. Establishment of Corpus Medicorum in 2002 raising over $750,000
  2. Installation of a comprehensive music system in the Hospital’s Operating Suite to benefit patients and staff.
  3. “Music & Medicine – tales of a well-tuned scalpel” Royal Melbourne Hospital 2010 Public Oration


Thoracic Surgery
Respiratory Medicine
Medical Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Palliative Care
Liaison Nursing
Multidisciplinary Meeting

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