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Professor Julian Smith is Head of Monash Universitys Department of Surgery (Monash Medical Centre), Deputy Head of the Southern Clinical School and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Southern Health.
He graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1981. His early post-graduate years were spent at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from where he obtained a Master of Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne and the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery. His Australian training in cardiothoracic surgery was carried out at the Royal Melbourne, Alfred and Royal Children's Hospitals. After obtaining the FRACS in Cardiothoracic Surgery, he spent time at Stanford University in the USA and then Papworth Hospital in the UK for further training particularly in the field of transplantation. In early 1995, he returned to the Alfred Hospital as a cardiothoracic surgeon and Deputy Head of the Heart and Lung Transplant Service, positions he held until September 2001.
Professor Smith has broad basic and clinical research experience in general and cardiothoracic surgery including organ transplantation and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Specific academic and research expertise (and contributions) include: Development of the Heartport system of minimally invasive cardiac surgery using a combination of thoracoscopic techniques and small incisions (Redwood City, CA, USA). He Participated in pioneering work on circulatory support devices including: The first bridge to cardiac transplantation with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in Australia, The first implant of a wearable LVAD in the USA (Stanford University),The first implant of a LVAD as a permanent alternative to cardiac transplantation (Cambridge, UK). Establishment of an internationally recognised program of lung volume reduction surgery at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. The largest program in Australia and one of the largest in the world. First in Australia to report results of cardiac surgery outcomes using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database. His international experience includes various programs, contributions and participation in different countries for diverse fields of study. His research interests reflect in his wide range of publications in various national and international journals.
Current research endeavours include: Cardiothoracic surgery education, Cardiac surgery without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, New devices in artificial heart technology, The evaluation of outcomes in cardiothoracic surgery especially with respect to new technologies such as microsurgery, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, Inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass.
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