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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 2018

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., Apr 2018, In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 88, 4, p. 290-295 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Detailed Description of Change in Serum Cholesterol Profile with Incremental Weight Loss After Restrictive Bariatric Surgery

Ooi, G. J., Earnest, A., Doyle, L., Wentworth, J. M., Sikaris, K., le Roux, C. W., Burton, P. R., O'Brien, P. E. & Brown, W. A., 1 May 2018, In : Obesity Surgery. 28, 5, p. 1351-1362 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effect of Body Mass Index, Metabolic Health and Adipose Tissue Inflammation on the Severity of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Bariatric Surgical Patients: a Prospective Study

Ooi, G. J., Burton, P. R., Bayliss, J., Raajendiran, A., Earnest, A., Laurie, C., Kemp, W. W., McLean, C. A., Roberts, S. K., Watt, M. J. & Brown, W. A., 18 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Obesity Surgery. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evaluating feasibility and accuracy of non-invasive tests for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in severe and morbid obesity

Ooi, G. J., Earnest, A., Kemp, W. W., Burton, P. R., Laurie, C., Majeed, A., Johnson, N., McLean, C., Roberts, S. K. & Brown, W. A., 30 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Obesity. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Indications and efficacy of endoscopic vacuum-assisted closure therapy for upper gastrointestinal perforations

Ooi, G., Burton, P., Packiyanathan, A., Loh, D., Chen, R., Shaw, K., Brown, W. & Nottle, P., Apr 2018, In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 88, 4, p. E257-E263 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Contribution to conference

OSSANZ Conference-Darwin

Wendy Brown (Speaker)
11 Apr 201213 Apr 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference