A/Prof Mehrdad Nikfarjam

Certification

  • Medical Board of Victoria, Australia
    (Active License)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    Australia
  • General Medical Council – UK
  • ECFMG Registration – USA
  • USMLE step 1,2,3 - USA
  • Pennsylvania Medical Board – USA
    (Active Full License)
  • Ohio Medical Board – USA
    (Active Full License)

Society Memberships

  • IHPBA - International Hepato pancreaticobiliary Association
  • AHPBA – American Hepato Pancreatico-Biliary Association
  • RACS - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • GESA - Gastroenterological Society of Australia
  • ANZ HPBA – Australia and New Zealand Hepato pancreaticobiliary Association
  • SSAT - Society for surgery of the Alimentary tract
  • SAGES – Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endosocpic Surgeons
  • ASGE - American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • AAS - Association of Academic Surgery
  • APA – American pancreatic association
  • Pancreas Club

Journal Reviewer:

  • Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • ANZ Journal of Surgery
  • European Journal of Surgical Oncology
  • Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Journal of the Pancreas
  • Annals of Surgery
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • GIE
  • American Journal of Surgery
  • Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

Academic Record

  • Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS.) (Hons) 1997 Monash University, Australia
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) 2005 University of Melbourne, Australia "The Effect of Laser Induced Thermal Ablation on Liver Tumours"
  • F.R.A.C.S. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (May 2006)
  • Medical Doctorate (MD) 2007 – Pennsylvania, USA

Awards

Undergraduate

  • First Class Honours Monash University 1997
    High Distinction in all final year subjects, including Surgery, Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Prince Henry’s Prize in Surgery 1997
  • Sigma Award in Neonatal Paediatrics 1997

Postgraduate

  • D S Rosengarten Research Award 2002 - Monash University
    “Focal hyperthermia produces progressive necrosis independent of its initial thermal effects”
  • Austin hospital, Surgery and Anaesthetic research Prize 2003 – University of Melbourne
    “Effects of inflow vascular occlusion on the effects of focal hyperthermic tissue necrosis”
  • RC Bennett Research Medal Prize 2004 – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    “SMA Pirarubicin combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of colorectal liver metastases”
  • Austhos Travelling Research Fellowship 2004 – Austin Hospital, Ludwig institute and University of Melbourne
    “Mechanisms of focal hyperthermia tumour destruction”
  • Sir Edward Hughes Memorial Research Award 2004 – Monash University
    “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of severe acute pancreatitis”
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons – Travelling Fellowship 2006
    Liver pancreatic and foregut surgery
  • Travelling fellowship – American Pancreatic Association – Chicago 2007
    Improved Contemporary Surgical Management of Insulinomas: A 25-year Experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons – Travelling Fellowship 2008
    Minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery

Post Graduate Experience

Date Position Hospital
1998 Intern The Alfred Hospital
1999 HMO 2 - Surgery The Alfred Hospital
2000 HMO 3 – Surgery The Alfred Hospital
2001 Advanced Surgical Trainee The Alfred Hospital
2002 PhD Advanced Surgical Trainee Monash University The Alfred Hospital
2003 PhD Advanced Surgical Trainee University of Melbourne Austin Hospital
2004 PhD Advanced Surgical Trainee University of Melbourne Austin Hospital
2005 Advanced Surgical Trainee Austin Hospital
2006

Advanced Surgical Trainee

Fellow/Lecturer, Department of Surgery
University of Melbourne

Austin Hospital
2007

Fellow (Research/Clinical) Pancreas Unit

Fellow (Clinical) Instructor – Liver Pancreas Foregut Unit
(Fellowship Council matched position)

Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA (April – July 2007)

Penn State, Hershey Medical Centre, PA, USA (July 2007- July 2008)

2008 Fellow (Clinical) Instructor- Advanced Laparoscopy, and endoscopy
(Fellowship Council matched position)
University Hospitals Case Medical Centre OH, USA
(July 2008- July 2009)
2009-2012 Lecturer, Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgery/Transplant University of Melbourne
Austin Hospital, Heidelberg
Melbourne, Australia
2012-16 Senior Lecturer
Consultant Surgeon
Hepatobiliary/ Transplant unit
University of Melbourne
Austin Hospital, Heidelberg
Melbourne, Australia
2017-Present Associate Professor
Consultant Surgeon
Hepatobiliary/ Transplant unit
University of Melbourne
Austin Hospital, Heidelberg
Melbourne, Australia

Clinical Experience

My training has been within the field of general surgery, with specialisation in Advanced liver, pancreas and biliary surgery. I received my board certification in surgery in Australia (F.R.A.C.S) at start of 2007 after which I continued with further training the USA for 2½ years in Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Surgery and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery. I have a particular interest in liver and pancreatic cancer. In particular the treatment of locally advanced or borderline resectable cancer. I also have a strong interest in re-operative liver and pancreatic surgery and advanced laparoscopic pancreas and liver surgery. I am one of the few surgeons in Australia who performs laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (Laparoscopic Whipple’s Procedure). My basic research interests are in the areas of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and colorectal liver metastases. I am currently a Lecturer on the HPB / Transplant unit at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital. My private practice is in Warringal, Mitcham and Epworth hospitals.

My specific interest is in the field of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery, which includes:

2010 - present University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. I am currently an Associate Professor and consultant surgeon on the hepatobiliary pancreatic and transplant unit at the Austin Hospital, with a major focus on minimally invasive surgery and treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer. My main collaborations at present are with researchers in Victoria and New South Wales relating to earlier detection and improving treatment of pancreatic cancer.

2009 - present University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. I am currently a lecturer and consultant on the hepatobiliary pancreatic and transplant unit at the Austin Hospital, with a major focus on minimally invasive surgery. Currently I perform in excess of 50 major pancreatic and liver resections annually, with a focus on advanced and minimally invasive surgery.

2008 – 2009 University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, OH, USA
I was an Instructor and Fellow at University Hospitals, completing an advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic fellowship with a major interest in ERCP and laparoscopy, including laparoscopic pancreatectomy and single site surgery, under the supervision of Dr J. Ponsky, MD and J. Marks MD. Training in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) through the gastrointestinal unit was also obtained. This position was secured competitively through the Fellowship Council.

2007 – 2008 Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, PA, USA. I completed a 1 year clinical Fellowship on the liver, pancreas and foregut unit under the supervision of Dr K Staveley-O’Carroll MD, PhD. I was an instructor in the department of surgery during this period. My clinical experience during this period included 50-75 major pancreatic resections, 50-75 major liver resections, 25-50 complex biliary cases, 25-50 esophagogastric cases and 10-25 complex retroperitoneal tumoUr resections. I am experienced in laparoscopic pancreatic and liver surgery. This was a competitively matched position through the Fellowship council.

2007 – Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA. Three months was spent as on the pancreatic unit with Dr A.L. Warshaw MD, and Dr C. Fernandez-del Castillo MD in 2007 prior to commencement of my Fellowship at Penn State.

2006 – 2007 Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. I was the Senior Advanced Trainee (Chief resident) on the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic unit, and Fellow (Instructor) of the University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital in 2006 under the supervision of Professor C. Christophi for 6 months after completing my examination requirements for my F.R.A.C.S.

2005 – 2006 Austin Hospital, Melbourne Australia. I was the Senior Advanced Trainee (Chief resident) Upper Gastrointestinal surgery training under the supervision of Dr M. Douglas and Dr T. Sweeney, with a special interest in laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal surgery.

2003 – 2004 Austin Hospital. I worked on the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic unit and the Liver Transplantation unit, under the supervision of Professor C Christophi and Professor R Jones, while completing my Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). I was involved in organ harvests, liver transplantation and major complex liver and pancreatic resections. I also had major teaching commitment to medical students and Royal Australian College of surgeons during this time.

2002 – 2003 Alfred Hospital, Australia. My initial experience in hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery was after commencement of my PhD under the supervision of Professor P O’Brien and Professor C. Christophi. I was also involved in major liver and pancreatic surgery during this time. I also had major teaching commitment to medical students and Royal Australian College of surgeons during this time.

Teaching and Education

Academic Details

  • Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS.) (Hons) 1997 Monash University, Australia
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) 2005 University of Melbourne, Australia "The Effect of Laser Induced Thermal Ablation on Liver Tumours"
  • F.R.A.C.S. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (May 2006)
  • Medical Doctorate (MD) 2007 – Pennsylvania, USA

Undergraduate

  • 2002 Monash University - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year medical school clinical program tutor
  • 2003 2006 - University of Melbourne – 4th and 5th year medical school clinical teaching
  • 2006 2009 Honorary Fellow/Lecturer in Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne
  • 2007 2008 Instructor, Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center PA, USA
  • 2008 2009 Instructor, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Ohio, USA
  • 2009 Present Undergraduate tutor, University of Melbourne, PBL tutorials and MD program curriculum

Postgraduate

  • 20022004 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - Convener Advanced Trainee Seminar Programme, Melbourne, Victoria 2002-2004
  • 2007 2008 Resident teaching seminars – Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center, PA, USA
  • 2008 Faculty, SAGES Laparoscopic and Endoscopic workshop, Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • 2008 Instructor, Advanced Gastroenterology Fellows Endoscopic workshop, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 2008 2009 Resident teaching seminars – University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Ohio, USA
  • 2008 2009 Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery training, University of Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Ohio USA
  • 2011 Asia-pacific Hepato-pancreatico-biliary conference organizing committee – Melbourne
  • 2011-2014 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Training Program lectures and ASSET Course supervisor
  • 2009 – Present Austin Health, Advanced Surgical Trainee Program
  • 2010 – Present Surgical Set 1 Examination joint convener

Students Supervised/Mentored

Doctorate in Philosophy

  • 2013 -2017 Dannel Yeo BS – University of Melbourne. The role of P21-activated kinase 1 in the growth, migration and invasion of pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • 2015 (enrolled) Kai Wang MD – University of Melbourne. Improving treatment of pancreatic cancer by P21 activated kinase inhibition
  • 2017 (enrolled) Mr Nien-Hung Lee – University of Melbourne. The effect of stromal modulation on the treatment response of pancreatic cancer
  • 2017 (enrolled) Ms Golnaz Sharafi – University of Melbourne. The importance of p21-actiavated kinases in the Development of Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Honours

  • 2004 Jurstine Darawalla BS – University of Melbourne, Effect of anti-angiogenic factors of the treatment of colorectal liver metastases
  • 2005 Nadia Harun BS – University of Melbourne, Effect of liver regeneration on growth of colorectal liver metastases
  • 2005 Lisa Chan BS - University of Melbourne, Effect of anti-vascular agent of Oxi4503 on colorectal liver metastases
  • 2012 Dannel Yeo BS – University of Melbourne. The potential role P21-activated kinase 1 in the growth, migration and invasion of pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • 2012 Bryan Tan BS – University of Melbourne. The role of the renin angiotensin system of the growth and progression of pancreatic cancer
  • 2013 Jenny Wang BS – University of Melbourne, PAK4 and pancreatic cancer

Masters in Surgery

  • 2005 Michael Fanartzis, MBBS (Hons) – University of Melbourne. Effect of liver regeneration on colorectal liver metastases
  • 2008 J Trunzo MD – Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals of Cleveland. NOTES research

Surgical Research – USA

  • 2007, Diego Avella, MD, Penn State School of Medicine, The role of immunologic ignorance and tolerance on hepatic tumorigenesis.
  • 2007, Louis Garcia, MD. Penn State School of Medicine, The role of immunologic ignorance and tolerance on hepatic tumorigenesis.
  • 2007, Serene Shereef, MD. Penn State School of Medicine, Impact of radiofrequency ablation in a murine model of spontaneous hepatocellular cancer.

Surgical Research – Australia

  • 2010 Vachara Niumsawatt MBBS, Study of contemporary outcomes of treatment of acute cholecystitis (winner of Austin research prize)
  • 2010 Arun Sethu, MBBS, Study of contemporary outcomes of treatment of acute cholecystitis
  • 2010 Betty Lai MBBS, Lymphadenopathy in the setting of pancreatic cancer
  • 2010/2011 Andrew Hadj MBBS – Palliation of priampullary malignancy/ Sex differences in acute cholecystitis/ Pseudoaneurysm formation after cholecystectomy/ Complications of Endoscopy
  • 2011 Nicole Lightfoot MBBS – Paraganglioma of the pancreas review
  • 2011 Kiron Manya MBBS – Acalculous cholecystitis outcomes
  • 2011 David Rowe MBBS – Cystic duct migration into the bile duct
  • 2011 Nick Low MBBS Fast track surgery for pancreatic cancer
  • 2011 Farrukh Tofail MBBS Gender differences in Acute cholecystitis
  • 2011 Efrant Harnaen (Medical student) Gender differences in Acute cholecystitis
  • 2011 David Yeo FRACS – Outcomes of elderly with acute cholecystitis treated by cholecystectomy
  • 2012 Lily Chen MBBS Outcomes of cholecystostomy for treatment of acute cholecystitis
  • 2013 Pikli Batabyal MBBS - Association of diabetes and pancreatic cancer
  • 2013 Nick Low MBBS – Outcomes of total pancreatectomy
  • 2015 Sandy Kim MD (Scholarly Selective) Outcomes of octogenarian undergoing pancreaticoduodenctomy
  • ANZ HPBA
  • Australasian Pancreatic Club
  • Pancare Foundation
  • SSAT
  • APA
  • ASGE
  • AHPBA
  • GESA
  • IHPBA
  • AAS
  • RACS
  • SAGES