Head, Discipline of Surgery


Professor Leigh Delbridge BSc(Med) MBBS MD FRACS FACS

Leigh Delbridge is Professor and Head of Surgery at The University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney having obtained a BScMed (Hons I) in 1972 and an MBBS (Hons I) in 1975. After completing his surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital and a research fellowship at The Middlesex Hospital in London, he joined the Discipline of Surgery at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in 1984. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1989, and Professor of Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1994. He is currently the President of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES), Council Member of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AsAES) and Founding Council Member and Scientific Coordinator for Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons (AES). He heads the University of Sydney Endocrine Surgical Unit which is the largest endocrine surgical service in Australia. His clinical practice is confined to thyroid and parathyroid surgery and he personally performs over endocrine 500 cases each year. His research interests include the epidemiology of thyroid and parathyroid cancer and the development of minimally invasive endocrine surgical techniques. He has over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles on endocrine surgical topics.

Associate Dean of Surgical Sciences


Professor John Fletcher MD, MS, FRACS, FRCS, DDU

Professor John Fletcher has been at Westmead Hospital since it opened in 1978 when he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery. He is now Professor of Surgery and Head of the University of Sydney Department of Surgery. He is Western Sydney Area Director of Vascular Surgery, Director of the Westmead Vascular Biology Research Centre and Director of the Westmead Vascular Laboratory (for non-invasive assessment of patients with vascular disease).

He was the first Australian and New Zealand Vice-President of the International Union of Angiology (IUA) in 1998-2000 and is an Adviser to the Executive Board. He served on the Executive Committee of the Surgical Research Society of Australasia from 1991-1996 and was President 1997-1998. He is a member of Editorial Boards of Acta Phlebologica, the Annals of Vascular Diseases and the Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases Group, a member of the Court of Examiners in Vascular Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Working Party on Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism. He was appointed President of the International Surgical Thrombosis Forum (ISTF) in 2008.

He has written extensively on vascular topics. Major clinical interests are the endovascular management of aortic aneurysm, the non-invasive investigation of vascular disease and the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. Basic research interests are the cellular mechanisms in atherosclerotic plaque formation, inhibition of intimal hyperplasia following vascular interventions and prevention of prosthetic vascular graft infection.