Creative Disruption in Medicine & Healthcare
Dr. Mehrdad Nikfarjam MD, PhD, FRACS a specialist Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and Associate Professor at Melbourne University, Department of Surgery joins Enterprise Radio.
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Dr. Mehrdad Nikfarjam and his training has been within the field of general surgery, with specialisation in Advanced Liver, Pancreas and Biliary surgery. He is a surgeon Austin Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a director of the Australasian Pancreatic Club.
He received his board certification in surgery in Australia after which he continued with further training the USA in Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Surgery and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery.
This included clinical surgery at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Centre, Hershey, Pennsylvania, working as a surgical oncologist, treating complex pancreas, liver, foregut and retroperitoneal cancers. Clinical surgery at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio as an Advanced minimally invasive Laproendoscopic surgeon.
He also received training and conducted research in the Pancreatic unit, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He has a particular interest in liver, biliary and pancreatic cancer, including treatment of locally advanced or borderline resectable cancer.
He also has an interest in re-operative liver and pancreatic surgery and he strongly feels that no patient should be denied the possibility of surgical cure, no matter how difficult the case may be. A significant component of his practice is re-assessment of complex and advanced cancers considered by others not to be suitable for standard surgery.
He has specialised training in advanced laparoscopic pancreas and liver surgery and is one of the few surgeons in Australia who performs laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (Laparoscopic Whipple’s Procedure).
He is experienced in other Advanced minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic hernia surgery, Endoscopic Retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and direct diaphragmatic pacing. He also offers single incision and needlescopic gallbladder surgery.
He is also the founder of Pancare Foundation (Pancreas, Liver, Biliary and Foregut Cancer Awareness Research and Education Foundation, a national not for profit organisation.
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