Dr Christine Cuthbertson



Cris is a general surgeon with particular interests in laparoscopic and emergency surgery.  She intends to practise a broad scope of general surgery including breast, endocrine and colorectal surgery.  She also plans to continue her academic surgical interest, focussed both on surgical education and primary clinical research.



PhD – University of Melbourne, 2011 “Hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of severe acute pancreatitis”
FRACS – Royal Australian College of Surgeons, 2014
MBBS (Hons) – Monash University, 1999


General Surgical Fellow, The Northern Hospital. 
Elective focus: Upper GI, Endocrine and Breast Surgery
General Surgery SET Trainee (SET2-5)
The Northern Hospital
Bendigo Health
Aug-Feb 2012
The Austin Hospital
PhD Candidate, Austin Hospital Department of Surgery
General Surgery Trainee (AST1) – The Austin Hospital
Non-accredited surgical registrar – Monash Medical Centre
Hospital Medical Officer (BST1-2) – Box Hill Hospital


Book Chapter: “Practical Surgical Skills” in Basic Surgical Skills Edn 2
Hyperbaric oxygen improves capillary morphology in severe acute pancreatitis Pancreas. 2008 Jan;36(1):70-5.
Hyperbaric oxygen reduces severity and improves survival in acute pancreatitis Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2007 Aug;11(8):1008-15.
Review of experimental animal models of acute pancreatitis HPB 2006;8:264-286.  Co-authors: Ms K. Su, Prof. C. Christophi.
Disturbances of the microcirculation in acute pancreatitis Br J Surg. 2006 May;93(5):518-30..  Co-author: Prof. C. Christophi. 
Potential effects of hyperbaric oxygen in acute pancreatitis ANZ J Surg. 2006 Jul;76(7):625-30..  Co-author: Prof. C. Christophi.

Research Experience

PhD with University of Melbourne – focused on an animal model of severe acute pancreatitis.  Varied laboratory techniques and analysis techniques.
Feb 2005-Aug 2010

 Teaching Experience

Operative and Clinical supervision of SET Trainees
2014 - present
Instructor: RACS Care of the Critically ill Surgical Patient
2012- present
Lecturer, Monash University
Medical student ward teaching (formal and informal)
2000 - present

Professional Development

RACS: Definitive Surgical Trauma Course
RACS CCrISP Instructors Course
RACS: Management of Surgical Emergencies Course
University of Melbourne: Statistics for Research Workers
RACS: Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course
RACS: Early Management of Severe Trauma Course
RACS: Basic Surgical Skills Course

Affiliations/Memberships/Continuing Medical Education

RACS Women in Surgery Committee 2004 – 2006
Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Meeting Delegate 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012
General Surgeons Association Scientific Meeting Delegate 2011, 2012
RACS Australian Scientific Congress Delegate 2004, 2006, 2014
ANZ Microvasculature Society Annual Scientific Conference Delegate (Presenting) 2005
ANZHPB Conference Delegate (Presenting) 2011
Victorian RACS State Conference Delegate 2002,2004


Professor C Christophi
Professor of Surgery
University of Melbourne Department of Surgery
Austin Health
Department of Surgery
Level 8, Lance-Townsend Building
Studley Rd, Heidelberg


03 9496 5468
Mr. Neil Strugnell
Director of Surgery
The Northern Hospital
185 Cooper St
Epping VIC 3076


03 8405 2084
Mr. David Bird
Surgeon, Northern Health Surgical Unit 1
The Northern Hospital
185 Cooper St
Epping VIC 3076


03 8405 8034
Ms. Adele Burgess
Head of Unit, Austin Health Colorectal Surgery Unit
Suite 3, 195 Thompson Rd
Bulleen VIC 3105


03 9852 0014
Associate Professor Vijay Muralidharan
Head of SET Training, Austin Health
Department of Surgery
Lvl8 Lance Townsend Building
Studley Rd
Heidelberg VIC 3084


03 9496 5468
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