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Professor Wendy Brown MBBS(hons) PhD FRACS FACS

Head, Monash University Department of Surgery

Director, Centre of Obesity Research and Education (CORE)

Clinical Lead, Bariatric Surgery Registry


Professor Wendy Brown was the first woman to be appointed Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery in 2015.  She is also the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and Clinical Lead for the National Bariatric Surgery Registry and the Victorian Upper GI Cancer Registry. 

Professor Brown’s areas of expertise include bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgery, including cancer and reflux disease.  Her research focuses on optimally managing the chronic disease of obesity and measuring the effects of weight loss on health, quality of life and survival.  She has led the development of the Bi-national Bariatric Surgery Registry obtaining funding for the pilot and roll out.  The aim of the Registry is to capture all bariatric procedures across Australia and New Zealand and track the outcomes (weight, diabetes status and need for re-operation) longitudinally for 10 years.  She has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and has been invited to speak at over 70 National and International conferences.

Professor Brown serves the broader medical community in a wide variety of roles.  She is president elect of the Australia & New Zealand Gastro Oesophogeal Surgery Association and immediate past president of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand. She is the senior examiner in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Court of General Surgery Examiners. She is Chair of the Avenue Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, and member of their Medical Advisory Committee.  She is the Scientific Chair of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.  She has been a chair and team member of Australian Medical Council assessment teams for undergraduate programs and is a member of the RACS board in Surgical Research.  She has previously been a member of the Victorian State Ministerial Cancer Taskforce (2003-2004) and Bariatric working party (2008), Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (2011-2016) as well as the Tasmanian Department of Health working party on Bariatric Surgery (2009-2010). 




  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Laparoscopy
  • Obesity and health
  • Obesity treatments
  • Surgery
  • Surgical research

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1999 2017

A qualitative study of overweight and obese Australians' views of food addiction

Cullen, A. J., Barnett, A., Komesaroff, P. A., Brown, W., O'Brien, K. S., Hall, W. & Carter, A. 1 Aug 2017 In : Appetite. 115, p. 62-70 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Assessing quality of care in oesophago-gastric cancer surgery in Australia

Burton, P. R., Ooi, G. J., Shaw, K., Smith, A. I., Brown, W. A. & Nottle, P. D. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Changes in Outcomes, Satiety and Adverse Upper Gastrointestinal Symptoms Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Burton, P. R., Ooi, G. J., Laurie, C., Anderson, M., Parker, K., Paul, E., Hebbard, G., O'Brien, P. E. & Brown, W. A. 2017 In : Obesity Surgery. 27, 5, p. 1240-1249 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Liver Function Tests in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Ooi, G. J., Burton, P. R., Doyle, L., Wentworth, J. M., Bhathal, P. S., Sikaris, K., Cowley, M. A., Roberts, S. K., Kemp, W., Earnest, A., O'Brien, P. & Brown, W. A. 1 Jun 2017 In : Obesity Surgery. 27, 6, p. 1533-1542 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Contribution to conference

OSSANZ Conference-Darwin

Brown, W. A. (Speaker)
11 Apr 201213 Apr 2012

Activity: Contribution to conference