Dr. Matthew Read

Dr. Matthew Read

General, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Matthew Read is a general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. After completing his general surgical fellowship in 2016, Matthew was accepted by the Australian and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA) for subspecialty training in the field of upper gastrointestinal surgery. This was undertaken at both St Vincent's and the Alfred Hospitals in Melbourne. Following this, Matthew undertook a surgical oncology fellowship with a special focus on robotic surgery at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof Richard van Hillegersberg.

Matthew has also recently completed a PhD through the University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, which was focused on the development of preclinical models to better understand oesophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett’s oesophagus. This work has led to numerous publications, awards and international collaborations. Most recently, Matthew was awarded the senior lecturer fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was appointed to the advisory board of OESO, a worldwide organisation which focuses on diseases of the oesophagus.Matthew has also been elected to a position on the Academia surgical Committee as the Younger Fellow Representative.


2019 Peter J Dohrmann Award, Epworth Healthcare.
2019 Cook Research Award, St Vincent’s Hospital Endoscopy Symposium.
2019 Impact Cancer Fund Scholar.
2018 ANZGOSA Travelling Scholarship.
2017 Peter Ryan Prize (Best Surgical Research Paper) St Vincent’s Hospital Research Week.
2017 ANZGOSA Travelling Scholarship.
2016 SUGGS Medtronic Travelling Scholarship – Awarded for Best Oral Presentation. Combined ANZGOSA/SUGSS Meeting, Sydney.
2015 Best Early Career Investigator – Oral Presentation. Cabrini Research Day.
2015 John Ham Medal. GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Cairns.
2014 Best Trainee Presentation, Upper GI Surgery Section. Annual Scientific Congress, Singapore.
2013 Professor Robert Thomas Translational Research Award. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
2013 Best Trainee Presentation, Surgical Oncology Section. Annual Scientific Congress, Auckland.


2020 & 2021 Senior Lecturer Fellowship, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
2015 Viola Edith Reid Bequest, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Melbourne .
2012 & 2014 Sir Thomas Naghten Fitzgerald Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Melbourne.
2013 Francis and Phyllis Thornell Shore Memorial Scholarship - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.


  • Click here to see a list of publications, presentations and current research interests.
  • Matthew Read and the team at Melbourne Gastro Oesophageal Surgery team are extensively involved in research ensuring patients receive the most up to date and effective treatments.


  • Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Disease of the Esophagus

Teaching roles

  • Clinical Tutor, The University of Melbourne (2018 to present)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, faculty member for surgical skills course (ASSET) and organised of both the Fellowship examination in general surgery and annual scientific congress in 2020 (2018 – ongoing)
  • Faculty member (ASSET) at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, faculty member (ASSET) (2018 – ongoing).
  • ASSET instructor, RACS (2017 to present)

Present Appointments

  • Consultant, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne
  • Clinical Tutor, The University of Melbourne Medical School
  • Faculty Member, The Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills, Education and Training (ASSET)

Public Hospital Appointments

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, the Alfred Hospital

Professional Associations

  • FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • ANZGOSA – Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association
  • ANZHPBA – Australia and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • OESO – Member of the Permanent Scientific Committee

Education and Experience

  • Upper GI Surgical & Research Fellow, University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2019 – 2020
  • PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2019
  • Upper GI Fellow (ANZGOSA), The Alfred Hospital, 2018
  • Upper GI Fellow (ANZGOSA), St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, 2017
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), General Surgery, 2017
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, 2003

RACS Involvement
(Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)

  • Local Coordinator of the General Surgery Fellowship Exam (2017 & 2019)
  • Faculty member of the Australian & New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training Course (ASSET) (2017 to present)
  • Co-coordinator of the Annual Scientific Conference - Bariatric & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery sections (2020)




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