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Surgery - Sonal Nagra


I completed my primary medical degree (MBBS) and surgical training (MMED in Surgery) in Fiji.  The went on to complete further training in Dunedin, Darwin and Geelong undertaking various Fellowships over a 6-year period and also attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. I am heavily involved in the supervision and training of junior medical staff at University Hospital Geelong where I hold an appointment as a VMO.

I was fortunate to represent Fiji as a National Squash Representative for over 10 years playing at various international competitions including the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Research Focus

I am a General Surgeon with interests in surgical outcomes. I have published a number of papers in this area. Professor David Watters and I are representing Victoria in a Binational audit of emergency laparotomy (ANZELA-QI), making Geelong a pioneer site. I have a keen interest in Laparascopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. I have wide surgical experience in general surgical procedures, laparascopic and open colorectal procedures, hernias, gall bladder surgery, thyroids, parathyroids and endoscopy (gastroscopes and colonoscopies).

I am actively involved in research on  projects both locally and internationally and I have a strong Global Health interest particularly in the Pacific through efforts in improving research, education and enhancing surgical services, most recently being invited as an External Examiner at the Fiji National University. Sonal Nagra about me

Awards & Achievements

  • 2019, Outstanding Clinician - Teacher, Deakin University, Geelong Clinical School Student Committee

Feature Publications

  • Watters DAK, Nagra S, Francis DMA. IN Smith JA, Kaye AH, Christophi C, Brown WA. Textbook of Surgery. 4th edition. Chapter 69: Ascites. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2020 p.659-666.
  • 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.
  • Walker H, Liew K, Adams V, Larcombe S, Nagra S, Guest G, Athan E. Medical Education: Necrotising enterocolotis caused by Clostridium perfringens: a life-threatening manifestation of a common foodborne infection. Medical Journal of Australia. 2020. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50568.
  • Watters DA, McCaig E, Nagra S, Kevau I. Surgical training programmes in the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. British Journal of Surgery. 2019 Jan;106:e53-e61. doi: 10.1002/bjs.11057.

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Last Modified: Thursday, 17 August 2023

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Sonal Nagra


Director of General Surgery, Academic, Surgery

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