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A/Prof Ned Abraham


Ned Abraham is a practicing colorectal and general surgeon and an endoscopist at the Coffs Colorectal & Capsule Endoscopy Centre (Southern Cross Medical Specialists) with admitting and operating rights at Baringa Private Hospital and previously at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus (2005 - 2020).

Ned is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of its Colorectal Section. He is also a member of Colorectal Society of Australia & New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (England). His main areas of interest are colorectal cancer surgery, Fast Track Colorectal Surgery (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) Programs, day only gall bladder and hernia procedures, sphincter preserving surgery and minimal use of stomas (whether temporary or permanent) and capsule endoscopy. He is also proficient in procedures for anorectal conditions such as Anal Fistulas and anal fissures. He runs a Biofeedback program for the treatment of bowel dysfunctions such as faecal incontinence and obstructed defecation.

A/Professor Ned Abraham was the Co-ordinator of Surgical Education at the Coffs Harbour Campus of the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales from 2005 to 2020. In 2009, he became the first person to be promoted to the level of Associate Professor in the ten year history of the Rural Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

A/Professor Abraham graduated with Honours in 1986. He completed his internship and resident medical officer's years in Tasmania and Darwin and his advanced and colorectal surgical training at Royal Prince Alfred in Sydney. He has since obtained the Degrees of a Master of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Surgery from the University of Sydney . His research interests include evidence based surgery, the link between smoking and the aetiology of ulcerative colitis, laparoscopic and fast track colorectal surgery, general surgery, endolumenal AAA repair and the methodology of meta-analysis of randomised trials and nonrandomised comparative studies.

He trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney then worked as the Surgical Superintendent of that hospital for three years attached to its Colorectal Unit. He was a research fellow at the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre of the University of Sydney (2002 - 2004). In 2004, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England through an invitation by its President.

He was the Supervisor of Basic and Advanced Surgical Training at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and is a member of the NSW Regional Board in General Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for 11 years (2005 to 2016). He has also been heavily involved in the provision of cancer treatment in the Coffs Clarence Area and was quoted in the NSW Parliament. He was a member of the Coffs Clarence Clinical Council that was established as part of the recommendations of the Garling Report until 2020.

He has been published widely in peer reviewed journals including British Journal of Surgery, Surgery, Disease of Colon & Rectum and ANZ Journal of Surgery. He is on the Editorial Boards of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and The World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology and is a reviewer for the ANZ Journal of Surgery.  He has been an invited guest and key-note speaker and has chaired sessions at international meetings in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Italy, Croatia, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

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