Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery


The Chair of Surgery at Cabrini Hospital was established in 1998, as a first of its kind in the Victorian private medical sector and one of the first in Australia, and as a joint venture between Cabrini  Institute – Education and Research and Monash University. Adrian Polglase was appointed as Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery with the chair being endowed as the Fröhlich West Chair of Surgery in 2004.

Our Department

In November 2009 the department farewelled Professor Polglase after 11 years as Chair.

Professor Polglase has been made an Emeritus Professor by Monash University, which is an acknowledgement of his contributions to the university, the partnership and the community. He will continue in his colorectal surgery practice at Cabrini, and as Chair of the Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer campaign.

Cabrini Health and Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mr. Paul McMurrick as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery in the Central Clinical School, and as the Fröhlich -West Chair of Surgery and Head of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery at Cabrini Health.  The appointment is effective from 1st November 2009.

Associate Professor McMurrick is a colorectal surgeon in clinical practice at Cabrini Health. He has a longstanding commitment to medical undergraduate and surgical education, having previously been the Clinical Dean and Director of Surgical Training at Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery.

He brings to the position research interests in clinical outcomes in colorectal surgery and surgery in general, and in translational bowel cancer research bringing together basic science researchers and clinicians.


The teaching focus of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery embraces not only undergraduate but also postgraduate, as well as para medical and lay public programs.

The Department together with Johnson and Johnson Medical has established and administered The Sir Edward Hughes Memorial Clinical Research Prize in Surgery. This prize, which is awarded annually, is the first to be established in Australia and New Zealand to provide a forum whereby clinical research among surgical trainees can be presented, adjudicated and a prize awarded.

The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery has established “Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer” previously know as the Tackling Bowel Cancer Foundation. This is a Community Awareness program, which aims to reduce the incidence of, and deaths related to bowel cancer in Australia as well as raising funds for bowel cancer research.


The department has an active research program, which explores the areas of prospective trials in surgical practice predominantly around colorectal and upper gastrointestinal surgery, development of new surgical equipment and technologies, and fostering genetic studies into bowel cancer. The department is supported by an Honorary Research Fellow.

The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery is grateful for the support of private benefactors and institutions.

Current research projects