Adrian Polglase

Emeritus Prof

1988 …2018

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Adrian Polglase graduated with MBBS (Hons) from Monash University in 1970. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1977, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1978.

Adrian was awarded the first Master of Surgery Degree by Monash University in 1981. After surgical registrar training at the Alfred Hospital he was appointed as senior registrar at St Marks Hospital, London for Advanced Colorectal Surgical Training.

Adrian returned to the Alfred Hospital as a consultant surgeon in 1978. In 1988 he was appointed as Chief of Surgery at Royal Southern Memorial Hospital and following its amalgamation with The Alfred Hospital, and name change to Caulfield General Medical Centre, he was re-appointed Chief of Surgery and Head of the General Surgical Unit.

In 1995 he assumed full time practice at Cabrini Hospital and was appointed Clinical Dean the same year. In 1998 he was appointed Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery. He stepped down as departmental Chairman in Oct 2009 and was appointed as Emeritus Professor by Monash University.

He is Patron and Founder of ‘Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer’ (formerly Tackling Bowel Cancer), a Cabrini initiative dedicated to saving lives through improved bowel cancer research, education and prevention campaigns.

Adrian has ceased major operative surgery but continues some endoscopic procedures at a rural hospital (Bairnsdale Regional Health Services) and clinical teaching of Monash University medical students at Cabrini.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Surgery
  • Bowel cancer
  • Medical education