Overview

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer supports the bowel cancer research activities at Cabrini which is committed to clincal research and education.

The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery (CMUDS) includes a team of specialist colorectal surgeons and research scientists committed to performing high quality clinical and translational bowel cancer research with an emphasis on answering clinically important questions that can be translated into better quality patient care and outcomes.

“Cabrini treats more patients with bowel cancer than any other private or public hospital in Victoria, so we are uniquely placed to be at the forefront of vital clinical research into Australia’s second leading cancer killer.

Funds raised through Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer are crucial to allowing us to conduct this research which improves the health outcomes of our patients and the community.”

Associate Professor Paul J. McMurrick

Frölich-West Chair of Surgery
Head, Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery

 

Our History

The Chair of Surgery at Cabrini Hospital was established in 1998 as a joint venture between Cabrini Institute and Monash University. It was the first of its kind in the Victorian private medical sector and one of the first in Australia. The chair was endowed as the Fröhlich West Chair of Surgery in 2004.

In 2013, the team appointed a full-time non-clinical colorectal Research Fellow: a first for any private hospital in Australia.  This role purely focuses on research - primarily driving clinical and translational research projects related to bowel cancer at Cabrini.  The Research Fellow will be the conduit for translating the research from the laboratory to the bedside into new patient treatments. 

Key Achievements

The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery's research program focuses on answering clinically important questions that can be translated into better quality patient care and outcomes.

Significant highlights include:

  • Implementation of a coloroectal surgery database (2010)
  • Expansion and roll out of the colorectal surgery database to a bi-national database in conjunction with CCANZ (2013)
  • Establishment and leadership of the Colorectal Tumour Stream Group (a multi-faceted Monash University laboratory and Cabrini hospital collaboration).