About Us

Welcome Upper GI and General Surgical Colleagues from throughout NSW, across Australia and even across the ditch.

First formed in 1991, the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society was the first Specialist general surgery society formed in Australasia. Its early prominence and success was due to the efforts of a coalition of surgeons energised by the rapid advances in Surgery that occurred with the advent of new technologies and Laparoscopy in particular. Over the decades almost 30 meetings have been run, due to the requirement to run twice yearly meetings during the 90’s, so fast was the pace of change.

Every year the SUGSS meetings provide opportunities for local, interstate and New Zealand surgeons to meet and discuss leading edge techniques that consistently evolve how they practice their craft. The overseas faculty are always a “who’s who” of surgery, and when they are matched up with our Australasian faculty a packed and stimulating agenda is guaranteed.

SUGSS has been also privileged to team up with other societies for our meetings including ANZGOSA and The Australian Pancreatic Club. We also have included extra content on frequent occasions including therapeutic endoscopy and bariatric surgical workshops.

For senior trainees and fellows, this is probably the best opportunity during the year to sit side by side with your mentors and their mentors in a warm and collegial environment.

Dr David Martin

Dr David Martin is a consultant surgeon in the Upper Gastro-Intestinal Departments of Surgery at both the Concord and the Royal Prince Alfred University Hospitals in Sydney. He is also appointed as a consultant surgeon at the Strathfield, Sydney and Mater private hospitals.

A/Prof Michael Talbot

A/Prof Talbot specialises in Bariatric surgery, Upper GI surgery and therapeutic endoscopy. He has a special interest in robotic surgery, Gastroscopy & ERCP, swallowing disorders, laparoscopic hernia repair and bariatric surgery.

2019 Meeting

The Battle of the Loop Bypass

While Sleeve gastrectomy dominates the field in Australasian bariatric surgery, bypass numbers have been steadily growing. The question for everyone moving into this surgery now is “which one?”. Roux gastric bypass has been the fallback procedure for complex and severe obesity for decades but loop gastric bypass has emerged as a credible alternative to this, and loop duodenal switch procedures are following behind as safer alternatives to the malabsorptive BPD and Scopinaro procedures.

In order to answer as many of these questions we will be bringing you two world renowned champions and local experts to dive deep into the issues that matter.

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Registration includes; day catering, all Conference sessions plus closing drinks

Regular – Early Bird $395
(Early Bird finishes midnight on 31 October)

Regular – Standard $470

Trainee / Fellow $190

Nurse / GP / Resident Medical Officer / Medical Student / Dietician / Allied Health Professional / Practice Staff $80

International Keynote Speakers


Dr Daniel Cottam

Dr Daniel Cottam is a highly experienced and innovative bariatric surgeon, practicing at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah at the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. He is credited for helping pioneering the sleeve gastrectomy, the gastric imbrications, the bandication, and was the first surgeon to perform a Gastric Bypass Surgery in India, while teaching Indian Surgeons the procedure. He is most proud of his work with cancer and obesity and was the first to propose a mechanism for the high rates of cancer suffered by the morbidly obese.


Dr K.S. Kular

Dr Kular is the first Doctor in India to start the Mini Gastric Bypass Weight Loss procedure, which brought a revolution to the bariatric / weight loss surgery in India. He has also been personally trained and mentored by the father of the Mini Gastric Bypass – Prof Robert Rutledge, USA. Kular is one of Rutledge’s most favourite fellows in the world. Furthermore, Dr Kular is the founding president of the world association of the Mini Gastric Bypass Surgeons. He was appointed President in 2014 during international Federation of the Surgeons for Obesity & Metabolic Surgery (IFSO), Vienna, by Prof. Sir. Mervyn Deitel, past editor of the Obesity Surgery Journal, USA and the founding President of the ASMBS (Association of Surgeons for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, USA).


Prof Wei-Jei Lee

Professor Wei-Jei Lee was trained as a gastrointestinal surgeon in Taiwan, and started using laparoscopic techniques in the early 1990s. He was a pioneer of bariatric surgery in Asia and innovated in the treatment of diabetes using metabolic surgery. His interest in the surgical treatment of diabetes, lead him to perform several important prospective randomised trials on the subject. He was invited as the primary investigator for the International Diabetes Surgery Study, organised the Asian multi-institutional Diabetes Surgery Study, and he was one of the experts on the committee in IDF 2012 statement about diabetes surgery. A worldwide expert on the subject, he is regularly invited to present on the topic of metabolic surgery at international conferences. A professor at National Taiwan University, he authored hundreds of scientific papers on the surgical treatment of obesity and diabetes, and currently leads the Asian Diabetes Surgery Study group. He is the founder of APMBSS and TSMBSS, co-founder of IFSO-APC in April 2015. He is respected as “Father of Asian bariatric/metabolic surgery”.

Closing Drinks Function

Please join us at the end of the day in the Ballroom foyer of the InterContinental Hotel for wine and cheese.


InterContinental Hotel, Double Bay

Classic Room

Classic Room – cost is $385/night

Be greeted with sunlight pouring in from the lofty feature window of your Classic Room, many opening out onto a private balcony. Feel at home in elegant yet comfortable surrounds, with soft blue, white and dove grey tones bringing in the colours of our contemporary retreat’s bayside setting. Classic Rooms are available with king or twin beds, and are stylishly furnished with a chaise lounge, all-purpose table, polished Italian marble bathroom with double vanity and separate shower and bath, Nespresso coffee machine and luxurious Agraria amenities. Other features include high speed Wi-Fi, mini bar stocked with a range of gourmet treats and beverages, cable television, in-room movies, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and air conditioning.

Includes (one) full buffet breakfast ($25 per extra breakfast)

Car Parking Costs
Valet $50 per day
Self-parking next door at Wilson’s Parking Double Bay – $28 per day

Club Intercontinental
A surcharge of $95 per room per night applies
Open daily from 6.30am to 10.00pm

Club InterContinental provides:

  • Private check in and check out
  • Complimentary late check out of 16:00
  • Deluxe buffet breakfast between 6.30am-10am
  • All-day light refreshments
  • Afternoon Tea between 2.30pm-4.30pm
  • Twilight evening drinks and canapés between 5.00pm-7.00pm
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • Personalised Concierge
  • Complimentary pressing of two pieces of clothing per stay, regular valet laundry services apply
  • Fruit amenities in Guest Room on day of arrival
  • Daily turn down service
  • 1 hour free boardroom use during stay (subject to availability)
  • Access to the Rooftop Pool and Lounge
  • 24 hour access to hotel gym

Conference Venue

InterContinental Hotel, Double Bay
33 Cross Street, Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is an exclusive address offering luxury and privacy at its finest, located in the leafy Eastern Suburbs village of Double Bay. Retreat to this boutique 5 star Sydney hotel reminiscent of a private residence, and relax in one of 140 light-filled guest rooms and suites, with private balcony or courtyard and views overlooking the bay, village or French provincial courtyard. Relax with a drink at the Rooftop, a chic poolside bar with views overlooking the bay, enjoy an elegant High Tea or expertly-mixed G&T at Stillery cocktail lounge, or relish in an unforgettable dining experience in Stockroom restaurant. Enjoy a range of luxury hotel facilities, including the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge, day spa and 24-hour gym, while surrounded by high-end fashion boutiques, laneway cafes and harbour beaches, with the CBD just 5km away. We look forward to welcoming you to InterContinental Sydney Double Bay – Sydney’s luxury bayside hotel retreat.

Previous Years

Interested in learning about previous years events, please download the brochures by clicking the images below. In addition, click here for a full list of previous years brochures and documents to download.









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General Enquiries

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Phone: 07 3398 3071