HPB Fellowship

HPB Fellowship

There is an annual opportunity to work as an HPB Fellow at Royal North Shore Hospital and its affiliated centres with the Upper GI team.
Royal North Shore Hospital is a high volume tertiary referral centre for hepatic and pancreatic surgery and provides a unique training experience in complex surgery. Currently, there are three HPB surgeons, performing approximately 60 liver resections and more than 100 pancreatic resections per year. The team also undertakes a range of other complex, open and laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal procedures.
The HPB Fellow is attached to the three HPB consultants only. The HPB Unit treats patients in Royal North Shore Hospital (public hospital) and two major private hospitals (North Shore Private Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital). The Fellow participates in all public and private operating lists throughout the 12 month appointment.
They can expect to be involved in more than 200 major HPB cases.  In 50% of these cases they will be the principal operator.  The HPB Fellow also takes second call as a junior consultant for all acute gastrointestinal emergencies admitted under the HPB Unit.
Please contact Dr Anubhav Mittal or Prof Jas Samra to discuss an application for this role. Further information is available from the ANZHPB association website.

Past Fellows


Dr Andrew Pearson  FRACS

In 2016 I had the opportunity and good fortune to be the RNSH HPB fellow. This proved to be a busy and very productive year during which the exposure to complex pancreatic and liver surgery was outstanding. As the clinical fellow I worked within a highly skilled and dedicated multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, oncologists and allied health staff who consistently provide the highest level of care for patients with complex HPB presentations.
As a surgical fellow the training I received was of a very high calibre and has allowed me to develop skills required in the management of not only HPB presentations but also difficult general surgical cases. For the remainder of my surgical career I will remember the lessons I have learnt during this fellowship and I am very confident that these will always serve me well. I highly commend this fellowship to any surgeon who aspires to a career in HPB surgery.


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.


Dr Philip de Reuver, MD, PhD

I would like to thank the RNSH HPB Unit for giving me the opportunity to be their Fellow in 2014. After my surgical training in the Netherlands I spent more than one and a half years at RNSH HPB to extend my surgical skills, to be trained by a multi-disciplinary team performing pancreatic cancer care and to perform translational research.
The intense training from skilled and motivated surgeons was a significant contribution to my expertise and my current daily practice. The caseload and difficult case mix makes this fellowship unique. Within the duration of my fellowship we performed more than 100 pancreatic resections, with an additional 50 complex liver cases and more than 200 other HPB related surgical cases. The extensive experience of the surgeons and the individualised training contribute to a challenging but safe teaching environment. I experienced how skilled surgeons embedded in a multidisciplinary team of good gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, and cancer care coordinators are of great significance for the wellbeing of pancreatic cancer patients.
The opportunity to combine clinical work with good support in research makes this fellowship a must for every young HPB surgeon with or without academic ambitions.