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Surgery - Prof Glenn Guest


I convened the Victorian Annual General Scientific & Fellowship Meeting in 2009, the 2nd International Medical Development Symposium in 2009, the Geelong Colorectal Nursing Symposiums in 2010 and 2011, the inaugural Management of Surgical Emergencies course (RACS) in 2010, and have been an invited speaker at over 20 local and international conferences. I trained in Victoria as a General Surgeon and undertook additional Colorectal training through Fellowships at Castle Hill Hospital, UK in 2004 and at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2005.

Developing a special interest in Surgery in Developing Countries when, as a newly graduated Surgeon, I lived and worked in East Timor around the time of independence in 2002. I continue to undertake development work in Surgery in East Timor, Indonesia, PNG and Fiji and have contributed significantly to Australia’s relief efforts following natural disasters in the Australasian region, leading a medical team in Banda Aceh after the Asian Tsunami and in Northern Pakistan after the 2005 Earthquake. I am the Director of the RACS/AUSAid Surgical Program to East Timor and a member of the International Committee.

Research Focus

I am a General Surgeon with interests in Colorectal and Minimally Invasive Surgery. I have published a number of surgical research papers and have special interests in Health in Developing Countries which has continued on throughout my Specialist Surgical Service visits to Indonesia, East Timor and the Pacific Islands.

Awards & AchievementsGlenn Guest about me

  • 2015, Award of Excellence, Clinical Education and Training across the Region, Barwon Health

Feature Publications

  • Watters DA, Tangi V, Guest G, McCaig E, Moate K. Advocacy for global surgery: a Pacific perspective. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2020. [EPub ahead of print]
  • Latif H, Nagra S, Moore EM, Watters D, Guest G. Patient reported outcomes post emergency laparotomy in a regional centre. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2020;90(S1):67-106.
  • Nagra S, Kaur B, Singh S, Tangi V, McCaig E, Stupart D, Moore EM, Meera J, Guest GD, Watters DA. How will increasing surgical volume affect mortality in the South Pacific. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2020. doi:10.1111/ans.15989.
  • Bagguley D, Fordyce A, Guterres J, Soares A, Valadares E, Guest GD, Watters D. Access Delays to Essential Surgical Care Using the Three Delays Framework and Bellwether Procedures at Timor Leste’s National Referral Hospital. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug;9(8):e029812.
  • McCormick PH, Guest GD, Clark AJ, Petersen D, Clark DA, Stevenson AR, Lumley JW, Stitz RW. The Ideal Ileal-Pouch Design: A Long-Term Randomized Control Trial of J- vs W-Pouch Construction. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. 2012 Dec;55(12):1251-7.

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Last Modified: Thursday, 17 August 2023


Prof Glenn Guest


Professor of Surgery with Deakin University and General/Colorectal Surgeon with University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health, Surgery

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