Professor Julian Smith (2)

Academic appointment details

  • Head, Department of Surgery (Monash Health), Monash University
  • Deputy Head, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash Health, Monash University
  • Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Monash Health
  • Clinical Program Director, Specialty Program, Monash Health

Academic address

Level 5, E Block
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road, Clayton
Victoria Australia 3168

Academic contact details

Phone: +61 3 9594 5500
Fax: +61 3 9594 6045

Summary of qualifications, experience and current interests

Professor Julian Smith MBBS, MS, FRAC, FACS, FCSANZ

Professor Julian Smith is Head of Monash University’s Department of Surgery (Monash Health), Deputy Head of the School of Clinical Sciences and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Monash 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)
  • Participated in pioneering work on circulatory support devices including:
    1. The first bridge to cardiac transplantation with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in Australia
    2. The first implant of a wearable LVAD in the USA (Stanford University)
    3. 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
  • Evaluation of techniques and implementation of virtual reality-based surgical training and pre-operative planning of surgical procedures
  • Establishment and evaluation of surgical techniques and instrumentation for minimally invasive surgery, microsurgery, and robotic-assisted cardiac surgery – the last of which is now being applied clinically by cardiothoracic surgery colleagues at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne
  • First in Australia to use and report the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation.
Professional qualifications

Melbourne University

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery M.B.B.S. 1981
  • Master of Surgery M.S. 1986
  • Master of Surgical Education. 2015

Professional registrations

  • Registered medical practitioner, Australia.

Scientific and professional societies

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
Current appointments
  • Head of Department of Surgery (Monash Health), Monash University
  • Deputy Head, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash Health, Monash University
  • Head of Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Monash Health
  • Clinical Program Director, Specialty Program, Monash Health
  • Member, Senior Medical Staff, Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia
  • Honorary Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Peninsula Health
Awards and honours
  • John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2006
Committee memberships
  • Councilor (generally elected), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Chair, Professional Development and the Academy of Surgical Educators, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Past President, Australasian Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons
  • Member of the International Surgical Group
  • Board Member, Australasian Cardiac Surgery Research Institution Ltd
  • Member, Court of Cardiothoracic Examiners, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member, Expert Witness Panel, Australasian Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons
Research interests

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
Publications

Recent peer reviewed articles in scientific journals

  1. Smith JA. Benefits of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Scholarship Program highlighted. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2016;11:855
  2. Penny-Dimri JC, Cochrane AD, Perry LA, Smith JA. Characterising the Role of Perioperative Erythropoietin for Preventing Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Heart Lung and Circulation. 2016;11: 1067-1076
  3. Li X, Zhong Y, Smith J, Gu C. Non-Fourier based thermal-mechanical tissue damage prediction for thermal ablation. Bioengineered. 2016;1-7
  4. Clark L, Shirinzadeh B, Smith J, Yao B, Fatikow S Development of an end-effector mounted tracking methodology for feedback control of high precision 3-DOF planar motions. IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM . 2016;7576987:1527-1532
  5. Nowell R, Shirinzadeh B, Smith J, Zhong Y. Modelling the indentation force response of non-uniform soft tissue using a recurrent neural network. Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics. 2016;7523655:377-382
  6. Myles PS, Smith JA, Painter T. Aspirin before coronary artery surgery: The authors reply [3]. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;1:91-92
  7. Zhang J, Zhong Y, Smith J, Gu C. A new ChainMail approach for real-time soft tissue simulation. Bioengineered. 2016;4:246-252
  8. Li X, Zhong Y, Subic A, Jazar R, Smith J, Gu C. Prediction of tissue thermal damage. Technology and Health Care. 2016;S625-S629
  9. Cochrane AD, Royse AG, Smith JA. Advance Australasia Fair: A quarter of a century of contributions to cardiothoracic surgical science? Heart Lung and Circulation. 2016;4:309-313
  10. Myles PS, Smith JA, Forbes A, Silbert B, Jayarajah M, Painter T, Cooper DJ, Marasco S, McNeil J, Bussières JS, Wallace S. Stopping vs continuing aspirin before coronary artery surgery. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;8:728-737
  11. Omar N, Zhong Y, Smith J, Gu C. Local deformation for soft tissue simulation. Bioengineered. 2016;5:291-297
  12. Schwalb W, Shirinzadeh B, Smith J. A force-sensing surgical tool with a proximally located force/torque sensor. International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. 2016
  13. Shin J, Zhong Y, Smith J, Gu C. A New Parameter Estimation Method For Online Soft Tissue Characterization. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology. 2016
  14. Bennett I, Smith JA, Faulkner K. Translational research and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Foundation for Surgery. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2016;1-Feb:8-9

 

Recent invited international and national participation

Chen Y, Phillips DJ, Verrier ED, Hedger MP, Smith JA. Functional significance of activin A in cardiopulmonary bypass and myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting, International Surgical Group, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2010

Smith JA. ANZASM reports and their content – how can they be improved from a fellow’s perspective? Paper presented at the Pre ASC ANZASM Workshop, RACS, Brisbane, 2009.

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