Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam

Summary of Key Achievements

Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam
Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam
  • Consultant Surgeon Upper GI and HPB Unit St Vincent’s Melbourne.
  • Senior Lecturer. University of Melbourne. Department of Surgery St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Surgical Mentor St Vincent’s Hospital 2008, 2010-11
  • SET 1 and HMO Supervisor St Vincent’s General Surgery Training 2011-
  • Faculty Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators. RACS
  • Surgical Clinical Fellow in Upper GI and HPB, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh 2009
  • Hepatobiliary  and Upper GI Fellow, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne 2007
  • Upper GI and HPB Fellow. Box Hill Hospital. Melbourne. 2006.



Educational Institutions

 Sydney University Medical School

 Sydney Grammar School

Maitland  High School


Tertiary Education

Sydney University Medical School

  • E Trenchard Miller Memorial Scholarship
  • James Aitken Scholarship


  •  Surgeon Upper GI and HPB Unit  St Vincent’s
  •  Senior Lecturer Department of Surgery St Vincent’s
  •  SET 1 Supervisor St Vincent’s
  •  Surgeon Angliss Hospital


  • Faculty Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators. RACS.
  • CLEAR( Critical Literature Evaluation and Research) Course Instructor 2010-. RACS.
  • Convenor/Chairman:  Inaugural St Vincent’s Surgical Forum 2012. Aikenhead Conference Centre. St Vincent’s Hospital.
  • Surgery as a Career. Panel Session for 2013 Interns. Education Centre. St Vincent’s.
  • Coordinator Trial Part II FRACS Exam . St Vincent’s  2010,  2011 and 2012.
  • Shortlisted for the “Best Supervisor/Teacher-Consultant” by St Vincent’s 2011 Interns.
  • Surgical Mentor ,St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne 2008. 2010-11
  • Part 2 Exam Technique : Part 2 Exam Course. Victorian Board in General Surgery. March 2011. RACS Spring St Melbourne.
  • Melbourne Uni Surgical Student’s Society Suture Workshop. Education Centre. St Vincent’s Hospital

Further Degree

  •  Diploma in Clinical Education. University of Edinburgh 2011.

Papers , Publications and  Presentations

( a selection of some of the  many papers and presentations that Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam has undertaken)

  • A Novel Endoscopic Technique in Revisional Surgery for Complications of High Gastric Reduction Rajasagaram N, Tokhi A, Thiruchelvam D Banting S.Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Poster Presentation ANZGOSA/OSSANZ 2015.
  • Magnetic Surgical Instruments for Robotic Abdominal Surgery. Leong F, Garbin N, Di Natali C, Mohammadi A, Thiruchelvam D, Oetomo D, Valdastri P. IEEE Rev Biomed Eng. 2016 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print]
  • S Flatman, J Darby, P McKelvie, P Stanley, D Thiruchelvam. A Case of Massive Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage. ANZ J Surg March 2010.
  • Torsion of the Gallbladder. D Reilly, G Kalogeropolous, D Thiruchelvam. Journal of Surgical Case Reports. JSCR 2011; 3: 5
  • Torsion of the gallbladder: a systematic review Daniel J. Reilly, George Kalogeropoulos1, Dhan Thiruchelvam HPB Vol 14, Issue 10 pages 669–672, October 2012
  • A Framework for Emergency Surgery in Victorian Public Health Services. Department of Health publication. Co author.  2012.
  • A.Newey,  D.Thiruchelvam, R. Davies.  Isolated occlusion due to Cystic Adventitial Disease of the Popliteal artery- Ultrasound diagnosis.  Journal Of ASUM ( Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine) May 7 2004.
  • Poster Presentation RACS ACS 2012 KL Malaysia. Cavernous Haemangioma of the Adrenal. J.McKenzie, D Thiruchelvam
  • Surgery for Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumours. Peter Mac Colorectal Meeting Sofitel. March 24th 2011.
  • RACS ASC 2010 Perth.  Cholecystostomy: When, Where and How?  Presentation in HPB section
  • S Flatman, J Darby, P McKelvie, P Stanley, D Thiruchelvam. A Case of Massive Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage: An Important Consideration in Travellers, Poster Presentation. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Annual Scientific Congress, 5-9th May 2009, Brisbane
  • Atypical Reflux and the indications for surgery. Epworth Barrett’s and Reflux Symposium. Park Hyatt . 23/3/2012.
  • Human Gallbladder Cells used in the treatment of Diabetes. Peter Ryan Prize Meeting St Vincent’s Melbounre. 12/11/2011.
  • Free Paper Presentation. ASC 2010 Perth. Comparing CT and EUS in Oesophageal cancer. S Flatman, D Thiruchelvam, R Chen and R Cade. May 2010 Perth
  • Endoscopic Management of post cholecystectomy biliary fistula. M. Hii, R Cade, D Thiruchelvam, S Banting.  20/11/10. Peter Ryan Surgical Prize Meeting. Education Centre St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Human Gallbladder-derived islet progenitors for cell replacement therapy in diabetes.  Dr Anand Hardikar ( Bernie O’Brien Institute) , D Thiruchelvam ( St V). Peter Ryan Surgical Prize Meeting. Education Centre St Vincent’s Hospital. 20/11/10
  • O’Brien, R., Thiruchelvam, D. Fox, A. Van Dijk, J. (2008) Using live video links to operating theatres as a teaching tool for undergraduate medical students. Peer reviewed short presentation. 13 National Prevocational Medical Education Forum, November 9 – 12, 2008, Hobart, Australia


  • Live Surgery Education Project. St Vincent’s Health.  The use of live broadcast surgery with Surgeon facilitation as an educational tool for Medical Students. 2008


  • ESWG: Emergency Surgery Working Group of DHS  Victoria. General Surgery Representative from RACS. 2009-2010
  • Regional Subcomittee for Board in General Surgery 2011

Membership of Surgical  Organisations