Academic Research

At Melbourne Weight Loss Surgery, our team believe that evidence based practice and participation in surgical research are important in offering the most up to date and effective care for patients.

Below are listed the publications, presentations and current research interests of our surgeons.

Dr Michael Hii

Publications

  • Hii MW, Gibson RN, Speer AG, Collier NA, Sherson N, Jardine C. The role of radiology in the treatment of malignant hilar biliary strictures 2: 10 years of single institution experience with percutaneous treatment. Australas Radiol. 2003 Dec; 47(4): 393 – 403.
  • Hii MW, Gibson RN. Role of radiology in the treatment of malignant hilar biliary strictures 1:  Review of the literature. Australas Radiol. 2004 Mar; 48(1): 3 – 13. Review.
  • Hii MW, Firkin F, MacIsaac A, Yii M. Obstructive prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis in idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome: A case report and review of the literature. Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2006. Sep 15(5): 721 – 725.
  • Hii MW, Fox AM, Cade RJ. Laparoscopy-assisted percutaneous-endoscopic gastrostomy tube insertion. ANZ J Surg. 2008. Nov;78(11):1047.
  • Hii MW, et al. Editorial panel, surgicalexam.com, http://www.surgicalexam.com
  • Barrett K, Hii MW, Cade RJ. Benign gastro colic fistula in a woman presenting with weight loss and intermittent vomiting: a case report. J Med Case Reports. 2011 Jul 14;5(1):313
  • Hii MW, Gyorki DE, Sakata K, Cade RJ, Banting SW. Endoscopic management of post cholecystectomy biliary fistula. HPB (Oxford). 2011 Oct: 13(10): 669 – 705
  • Gyorki DE, Clarke NE, Hii MW, Banting SW, Cade RJ. Management of synchronous tumours of the oesophagus and pancreatic head: a novel approach. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2011 Sep;93(6): 111-3
  • Hii MW, Hopkins GH. Gastro-gastric herniation. An unusual complication following greater curve plication for the treatment of morbid obesity. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2012 Mar;94(2):e76-8.
  • Hii MW, Lake AC, Kenfield C, Hopkins GH. Laparoscopic conversion of failed gastric banding to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Short-term follow-up and technical considerations. Obes. Surg. 2012, Jan 16
  • Hii MW, Smithers BM, Gotley DC, Thomas JM, Thomson I, Martin I, Barbour AP. Long term survival after oesophagectomy – the impact of post operative morbidity. Br J Surg. 2012 Jan;100(1):95-104. doi: 10.1002/bjs.8973. Epub 2012 Nov 12
  • Cade RJ, Fox AM, Fahy ET, Hii MW. Prevention of Barrett’s metaplasia in a human model of duodenogastro-oesophageal reflux. Gastroenterology Insights. 2013, Vol 5, No 1. 12 – 15
  • Walker DM, Hii MW, Skinner CE, Hopkins GH. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass after successful weight loss with laparoscopic adjustable gastric band: rationales and early outcomes in patients of body mass index < 35kg/m2. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014 Nov-Dec;10(6):1104-8
  • Punwani VV, Ong E, Hii MW. Cervical diverticulitis: a novel complication of a neonatal colonic interposition graft following oesophagectomy. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Sep 9;2015

Local Presentations:

  • AGITG Meeting Melbourne, 6 – 8 October 2013.
  • Hii MW, Barbour AP. “Multidisciplinary workshop – Oesophagectomy in the elderly”
  • Melbourne Upper GI Surgeons Meeting, Melbourne Australia, 20th July 2009
  • Hii MW “Laparoscopic assisted PEG insertion”
  • Annual General Scientific & Fellowship Meeting, Victoria 2010
  • Hii MW, Cade RJ, Banting SW. “Endoscopic management of minor post cholecystectomy biliary injuries”
  • Peter Ryan Prize for surgical research, St Vincents Hospital 2010
    • Hii MW, Cade RJ, Banting SW. “Endoscopic management of minor post cholecystectomy biliary injuries”
  • General Surgeons Australia, Trainees day, Hobart Tasmania. 30th July 2011
    • Hii MW, “How I do it. Bariatric surgery”
  • Asian Pacific HPBA congress, Melbourne, Australia, 29 September 2011
    • Banting SW, Hii MW, Cade RJ. “Endoscopic management of minor post cholecystectomy biliary injuries”
  • Brisbane Sleeve invitational. 3rd – 4th February, 2012
    • Hii MW, “Sleeve gastrectomy and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease”.
  • ANZGOSA/ SUGGS – Surgeons and the Upper GI Tract. 7rd – 9th September, 2012
    • Hii MW, Smithers BM, Barbour AP. “Long term survival after oesophagectomy – the impact of post operative morbidity”
  • ANZGOSA/ SUGGS – Surgeons and the Upper GI Tract. 7rd – 9th September, 2012
    • Hii MW, Hopkins GH. “What to do with the failed band – a review.”
  • Melbourne Upper GI Surgeons Meeting, Melbourne Australia, 25th September, 2012
    • Hii MW “Long term survival after oesophagectomy – the impact of post operative morbidity”
  • International presentations

    • GSA trainees’ day – Upper GI. Singapore, 5 May 2014.
      • Hii MW – Bariatric surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass
    • World Congress of the international society for diseases of the esophagus, Kagoshima, Japan, 2 Sep 2010
      • Cade RJ, Fox AM, Hii MW, “The development of neobarrett’s oesophagus after oesophagogastrectomy. The influence of proton pump inhibitor therapy.” Poster presentation
    • IFSO Meeting Hamburg, Germany, 1 Sep 2011
      • Hii MW, Hopkins GH. “Laparoscopic conversion of vertical-banded-gastroplasty to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Short-term follow up”
    • IFSO Meeting Hamburg, Germany, 1 Sep 2011
      • Hii MW, Hopkins GH. “Laparoscopic conversion of vertical-banded-gastroplasty to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Technical considerations”
    • IFSO Meeting Hamburg, Germany, 2 Sep 2011
      • Hii MW, Hopkins GH. “Laparoscopic conversion of failed gastric banding to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Short-term follow up and technical considerations. Poster presentation.”
    • APGCC Meeting Singapore, Singapore, 6 July 2012
      • Hii MW, Smithers BM, Barbour AP. “Long term survival after oesophagectomy – the impact of post operative morbidity.”
    • AGITG Meeting Sydney, 6 – 8 September 2012
      • Hii MW, Barbour AP. “Multidisciplinary workshop – A peculiar case of oesophageal cancer”

    Current research interests:

    • Health related quality of life after oesophageal cancer surgery
    • Outcomes after revision bariatric surgery
    • Effectiveness of hiatal hernia repair
    • Effectiveness of anti reflux surgery
    • Novel bariatric procedures

    Dr Salena Ward

    Publications

    Ward SM, Mobsby CJ, Wilkinson S. Capsule endoscopy: a surgical perspective. ANZ J Surg. 2008 Jan-Feb;78(1-2):28-33

    Huang JG, Lim W, Ward SM, McLaughlin SJ. Education and Imaging. Hepatobiliary and pancreatic: splenic autotransplantation. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Jul;23(7 Pt 1):1662

    Pilgrim CH, Satgunaseelan L, Ward SM, Evans PM. Gallbladder carcinoma as a long-term complication of cholecystojejunostomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2009 Dec; 13(12):2330-2

    Local Presentations

    • Annual Scientific Meeting, Tasmanian State Committee, RACS. Oct 2005
      • Ward SM, Mobsby CJ, Wilkinson S. “Capsule Endoscopy: The Tasmanian General Surgical Experience.” Oral Presentation
    • Annual Scientific Meeting, Victorian State Committee, RACS. Nov 2006
      • Ward SM. “Operative Assessment: Is it appendicitis or not?” Poster display.
    • Annual Courses in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Austin Health & The University of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia. Sep 2008
      • “Choledocholithiasis post bile duct reconstruction.” Case presentation
    • ANGZOSA/ANHPBA Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand. Sep 2010
      • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function post Oesophagetomy, Gastrectomy and Pancreato-duodenectomy.” Oral presentation

    Overseas Presentations:

    • Annual Scientific Congress, RACS, Hong Kong. May 2008
      • Ward SM, McLaughlin S. “Colonscopy: Do Surgeons Do It Better?” Oral presentation
    • European Pancreatic Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. June 2010
      • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function post Oesophagectomy, Gastrectomy and pancreato-duodenectomy. Oral poster presentation + electronic poster display
    • European Pancreatic Conference, Magdeburg, Germany. June 2011
      • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function measured post Major Upper Gastrointestinal Resections.” Oral Presentation
    • DDF / AUGIS Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, June 2012
      • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function after Major Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery tested with a Carbon 13 Mixed Triglyceride Breath Test.” Poster Display

    Current Research Interests:

    • Topic: Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency Post Gastrectomy, Oesophagectomy and Pancreato-duodenectomy

    Completed Higher Degree

    • Topic: Completed a Master of Surgery at Monash University

    Involved in the beginning of a randomised controlled trial: Oral pancreatic enzyme supplementation vs placebo in patients post oesophagectomy, gastrectomy and pancreato-duodenectomy.

    Consultant Supervisor at the Eastern Health Surgical Research Group, supporting research projects by colleagues, junior doctors and medical students.

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