CSSANZ Invited Speaker

Prof Michael Solomon

Consultant Surgeon & Academic Head – Department of Colorectal Surgery – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Professor Michael Solomon is a Consultant Surgeon and Academic Head of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He is Professor of Surgical Research at the University of Sydney, Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore and is a past the President of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand (CSSANZ). He is currently a Board Member of the NSW State Cancer Institute. He was awarded the prestigious RPA Foundation Research Medal in 2014 being the first surgeon to be given this honour and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeon’s of Ireland in 2014. He has presented more than 20 international named lectures. He recently was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine from the National University of Ireland for his work in surgical health outcomes, patient choice and clinical trials of minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He previously was awarded the Doctorate of Medical Science (DMedSc) the highest degree awarded by the Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney for his work contributing to the evolution of pelvic exenteration for advanced and recurrent malignancy. He has a Masters of Science (MSc) from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Solomon has extensive experience in clinical surgical research and has published over 300 papers and obtained over 15 million dollars in peer reviewed research grants. He is the Founding Director and Head of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) at the University of Sydney since 2004 which was established as a multidisciplinary, academic research unit dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based surgical practice through the conduct of outcomes-orientated surgical research. Professor Solomon has supervised 38 Masters and Honours degrees as well as 5 completed PhD’s with a further 3 currently in progress. Professor Solomon was appointed in 2014 the inaugural Chairman of the Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA. This novel Institute focuses on enhancing academic surgery by fostering and mentoring academic careers, surgical education, social media, global health, current surgical research and most critically the future of surgery and has led to 13 academic appointments at the University of Sydney as part of the Institute.
Professor Solomon’s surgical expertise is in minimally and maximally invasive colorectal surgery with the foundation of a multi-disciplined complex pelvic surgery for advanced and recurrent malignancy unit, expertise in inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor disorders as well as laparoscopic colorectal surgery. His current research interests lie in developing maximally invasive techniques for advanced pelvic malignancy, clinical trials of minimally invasive colorectal surgery and the assessment and performance of randomised and alternative clinical trial designs for surgical operations.