Hepatobiliary & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Welcome to Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

St Vincent’s Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery (Upper GI) unit consists of specialist surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals, all in collaboration to meet our patient's healthcare needs.

Our surgeons have a variety of specialized focus areas; ranging from hernia repair to major resections for cancer patients.
Please see "Referral Information" below, for more details of our unit's offerings.


For more information about Endoscopy, please click here.


Our Team

Mr Simon Banting
Director of Surgery & Head of Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery

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Mr Adrian Fox
Hepatobiliary Surgeon

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Mr Brett Knowles
Hepatobiliary Surgeon

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Mr Michael Hii
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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Ms Salena Ward
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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Ms Mary Ann Johnson
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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Lynn Choong
Research Coordinator


Emily Banting
Clinical Nurse Coordinator 
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Tracey McConnell
Surgical Liaison Nurse

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Referral Information

St Vincent’s Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery welcomes referrals for patients with the following conditions:


  • Gallstone disease
  • Bile duct stones
  • Benign and malignant liver tumours/ lesions
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Liver lesions for assessment
  • Pancreatic tumours / lesions
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Splenic lesions / splenic tumours / splenic cysts
  • Adrenal lesions
  • Patients requiring endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Small bowel tumours such as gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) / carcinoid
  • Intra abdominal masses
  • Retroperitoneal tumours


  • Reflux disease
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Gastric GIST
  • Achalasia
  • Dysphagia
  • Adrenal lesions
  • Zenkers diverticulum
  • Oesophageal diverticulum

General Surgery:

  • Abdominal wall herniae
  • Laparoscopic repair of abdominal wall hernia
  • Groin hernia
  • Patient needing gastroscopy

Advanced Endoscopy:

  • Oesophageal / gastric stents
  • Duodenal stents
  • Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP 

No particular investigations are required prior to appointment. 

Referral Forms and Guidelines

Refer to the Specialist Clinics area

Clinic Times

  • Our outpatient clinics run weekly on Monday afternoon. 2 out of 4 weeks alternate between Hepatobiliary and Upper GI, while the remaining 2 weeks are combined for both subspecialties
  • A registrar clinic is run on Thursday Afternoons for patients recently discharge from the Hospital

    Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Outpatient Clinic
    When: Monday 1.45pm
    Where: Red Clinic, Ground Floor, Daly Wind (Building D)

    Registrar- Ward Discharge Clinic
    When: Thursday 1.00pm
    Where: 6th floor, Daly Wing (Building D)

    For a map of the Fitzroy campus, please click here.


Below we have a variety of resources for our patients to access from home. These range from information about your surgery, to recommendations and advice to optimize your recovery period. 
(NB. for cancer patients: if you require any additional information, talk to your Cancer Nurse Coordinator to provide you with further information, tailored to your needs)

https://www.cancer.org.au/ (for cancer patients who require more information about their condition and treatment)
https://www.pancare.org.au/ (an additional resource for those diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer)
https://pie.med.utoronto.ca/TVASurg/project/pe-whipple/ (for patients undergoing "Whipple's procedure"- pancreaticoduodenectomy) 

Contact Us

Patient Enquiries:    

Tel: (03) 9231 3475


GP Enquiries:

Tel: (03) 9231 2898.
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm, or please leave a message.

Fax referrals: (03) 9231 3489

Cancer Nurse Coordinator:

Tel: (03) 9231 3046
Fax: (03) 9231 2017
Email: emily.banting@SVHA.org.au


Referral Officer: 

Tel: (03) 9231 1256


Health Pathways

HealthPathways Melbourne is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.


Please Note:
This is a public outpatient service. All patients need to be referred to us by a GP. Please see your GP if you believe you would benefit from a referral to this clinic. Many doctors have private consulting suites as well as working in the public hospital system. This is entirely separate from St Vincent’s and our staff do not have any information about the private consulting practices of doctors.