Dr Justin S Gundara PhD FRACS
Having completed higher surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital and a PhD in neuroendocrine disease at the associated Kolling Institute of Medical Research, I already had a detailed insight into the work being done on pancreatic disease at this centre. I was thus keen to return as a clinical fellow to pursue a year working in arguably the busiest and most dedicated pancreatic unit in Australasia. As the 2015 ANZHPBA Fellow in Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery I developed a unique understanding of not only surgery of the pancreas, but perhaps more importantly, just how important a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach is to successful outcomes for patients and families with pancreatic disease. The volume of resections for pancreatic cancer in particular is almost unparalleled in this country and the high number of complex cases has attracted a unique collection of clinicians and allied health staff who have experience, unmatched expertise and above all else, the motivation to make a difference.
Clinical expertise is now also being supported by a burgeoning clinical and basic scientific research brief meaning that the latest research findings are being rapidly translated into clinical practice. My experience in this unit was undoubtedly a watershed moment for my career and I am now applying many of the principles I learnt in my current position as Senior Clinical Fellow in Endocrine Surgery at University College London Hospital, United Kingdom. I am currently developing my clinical and research interests in neuroendocrine disease with a view to returning to Australia to continue my career in academic surgery.