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.

Register your interest for 2022

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.

Dr Rob Gandy

Dr Rob Gandy

Dr Gandy did his initial medical degree in Leeds, UK and emigrated to Australia in 2006 to complete his training in Upper GI and HPB Surgery. He is primarily based in the Prince of Wales Campus in Sydney’s East.

Dr David Yeo

Dr David Yeo

Dr Yeo completed his general surgical Fellowship in 2009 and undertook 4 further years of HPB training before commencing work at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a Transplant, UGI and HPB Surgeon. He has subsequently taken a position at St George Hospital as well.

Dr Carolyn Jameson

Dr Carolyn Jameson

Dr Jameson completed her General Surgical Fellowship and PhD and continued training and working in Metropolitan and Rural centres before settling into Public and Private Practice in Western Sydney. Her main work interests are General Surgery and Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery, however she’s a firm believer also in cultivating interests outside of work also.

2021 Meeting

Getting the Best Out of What's New in Surgery

Dear friends and colleagues,

Covid is trying to hang on by it’s fingernails but nothing will stop the Sydney Upper GI Surgical Society in its endeavours to provide ongoing face-to-face opportunities for education, camaraderie, and entertainment.

As the only medical society globally to maintain an annual face to face conference through COVID 19/20/21, SUGSS is planning to bring you yet another cutting edge, debate and case based event. Packed into one Friday evening with sit down dinner and drinks, this will be an enjoyable and relaxed, yet thought provoking event that will leave the rest of the weekend free and be easy to fit into the schedule. Sponsored by Medtronic, there will be many internationally credentialed speakers. Some all the way from Victoria and Wagga on the ground, plus more from Queensland & Israel on zoom.

So mark the calendar for 630pm Friday night the 3rd of December at the wonderful Intercontinental Double Bay (think Michael Hutchence, Geogre Bush, David Gotley, Reza Adib) and get your seats booked before they fly out the door.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying a great evening together.

David Martin & Michael Talbot
on behalf of the SUGSS committee.

Speaker Panel

Dr Amir Szold

Amir Szold, MD, is a pioneer laparoscopic surgeon, trained in surgery in Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem and Mount Sinai Medical Center New York. In the late 90’s he was the founder and first president of the Israeli Society of Endoscopic Surgery, and was a Board Member, and the Technology Committee Chairman, European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, a member in the Technology Committee of SAGES, and Board Member, Israeli Society of Surgeons. He currently serves in the Steering Committee of iSMIT and an Editor of MITAT. Dr. Szold has publishes over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and presented hundreds of presentations in International congresses.

Dr. Szold is heavily involved in medical innovation. He is the Founder, advisor and board member in multiple medical device startup companies in Israel and Europe, covering fields of 3D vision, robotics, soft tissue replacements, surgical glues, laser technology, smart materials and laparoscopic devices. He is also the Founder and Medical Director of Assia Medical Group in Tel Aviv, and the founder and current advisor of the Physicians for Human Rights volunteer clinic for illegal immigrants and refugees, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Dr Nabeel Ibrahim

Nabeel Ibrahim completed training in surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney followed by further post graduate study and training at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, UK as well as the Cleveland
Clinic, Ohio. USA. Progressing from being a broadly based abdominal gastro intestinal surgeon he embraced the laparoscopic revolution in 1991 which culminated in a main focus in hernia and
abdominal wall reconstruction.

Nabeel is the founder of the Australian Hernia Centre as well as co-founder of the Australian first Macquarie University Hospital – Hernia MDT which he currently leads. The Macquarie Hernia MDT collective is dedicated to research and excellence in the area of complex abdominal wall and groin
hernia with ongoing publications in major clinical journals since 2015. Nabeel is co convenor of the ANZ Hernia Forum and its educational programs and scientific meetings.

Professor Jas Samra

Professor Jas Samra is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He graduated from medicine and did his training in the United Kingdom, which included a three-year Welcome research fellow at Oxford University resulting in a degree in Doctor of Philosophy. This has led to his lifelong interest in basic sciences in surgery.

For the last nineteen years he has been a surgeon in Northern Sydney at Royal North Shore Hospital as well as Ryde Hospital. He has been a key clinical member of the Australian Pancreatic Genome Initiative. He has a keen interest in integration of innovation and new technology in clinical practice. He has been a key member in setting up services for pancreatic cancer and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital in the last decade. He has presented the Unit’s work both nationally and internationally and continues to be active in basic and clinical research.

Dr. Ahmad Aly
MB.BS (Uni Melb), FRACS, M.S (Uni Melb)

Ahmad is a Melbourne based Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon.

He is Head of Upper GI Surgery at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne and is Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne.

Ahmad has clinical, teaching and research interests in advanced laparoscopic surgery, reflux, Barretts and OG Cancer as well as Bariatric surgery. Specific areas of interest in bariatrics include mechanisms of surgery, the role of revisional surgery and modern metabolic care. He is a strong advocate for equity of access and is currently leading the development of a National Framework For Delivery of Bariatric Surgery in public hospitals

Ahmad has performed over 3000 bariatric procedures and his practice encompasses gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, endotherapeutic techniques and complex revisional bariatric surgery.

Ahmad is a regular contributor to national and international meetings with over 90 presentations and more than 40 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and is representative on several professional associations and advisory bodies in Upper GI surgery and bariatric surgery including having served as President of ANZMOSS

Clinical A/Prof Nicholas Williams

A/Prof Nicholas Williams is an obesity, endocrine and upper GI surgeon based in The Riverina since 2012.
He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2001, obtained his FRACS in 2009 and then went on to complete dual fellowships in both hepatobiliary-pancreatic surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and subsequently endocrine/advanced laparoscopic upper GI surgery at the renowned Nutrición hospital in Mexico City.
He returned to Australia in 2012, whereupon he relocated from Sydney to Wagga Wagga to enjoy the rural lifestyle with his wife and young son. Over the last 9 years he has helped to build the largest regional bariatric surgical practice in Australia, with a special interest in sleeve, bypass and revisional surgery. He is a passionate advocate for equitable access to surgery in the public sector and has secured more than $1m in state government funding over the last two years to set up the metabolic obesity surgery (MOS) clinic- the first of its kind in regional Australia.

A/Prof Williams also continues to provide GI cancer services to the Riverina community, performing major resections locally and also more recently at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse hospital in Sydney where he has been appointed to the Upper GI Surgical Department.
He is a senior lecturer at UNSW, and adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, where he has supervised numerous theses for MD students.

Dr Ian Martin

Dr Ian Martin is a Hepatopancreatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon based in Brisbane who has built up a busy practice over the past two decades. Dr Martin treats patients with a range of conditions, including hernia, reflux, gallstones and obesity. He specialises in laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in 1995.
Dr Martin has published many articles in his area of interest and is actively involved in ongoing research and publications. He has more than 25 years experience as a consultant surgeon and has helped train over 60 surgeons who now operate all over the country and in many centres around the world.
Dr Martin performs regular live surgical tuition to Australian and New Zealand surgeons in the field of laparoscopic surgery.
His results are recorded on the national Bariatric Surgery Registry (BSR). Dr Martin has achieved a surgeon of Excellence Award for his work as a Bariatric Surgeon at the Wesley Hospital. Dr Martin also runs regular laparoscopic bariatric masterclasses for surgeons from Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Matan Ben-David

Matan Ben-David is an Upper GI surgery fellow at The Royal Prince Alfred. After completing his surgical training in Israel, he has recently been awarded fellowship with the RACS and is looking forward to a career in regional Australia. In addition to his clinical work, Matan is a serial entrepreneur in the field of medical device innovation and commercialisation having founded his first medical device company during his internship, Matan is currently the co-founder and board member of Exero Medical, developing an early anastomotic leak detection device. Matan regularly advises early-stage start-up companies and accelerators in the field of medical innovation.

Associate Professor Nicholas O’Rourke

Associate Professor Nick O’Rourke is a HBP and general surgeon at Royal Brisbane and Wesley Hospitals. He has an interest in minimal access approaches to HBP and abdominal surgery with a particular interest in hernias.


Consultant Surgeons $200

Trainees and Non-Surgeons $80

Virtual Attendees $20

Conference Venue

Intercontinental Double Bay
33 Cross St, Double Bay

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