A/PROF Mehrdad Nikfarjam

A/PROF Mehrdad Nikfarjam


  • Advanced Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgery (Borderline resectable cancer, Ablative therapies)
  • Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery (Laparoscopic pancreatectomy, Whipples, Distal pancreatectomy, Pancreaticoduodenctomy)
  • Minimally Invasive Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgery (Pancreas cancer, liver cancer, biliary cancer)



  • My training has been within the field of general surgery, with specialization in Advanced liver, pancreas and biliary surgery. I received my board certification in surgery in Australia (F.R.A.C.S)  after which I continued with further training the USA  in Liver, Pancreas and Foregut Surgery and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery. This included Clinical surgery at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania followed by Clinical Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition time was spent undertaking clinical pancreatic research  at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. I have a particular interest in liver and pancreatic cancer, including treatment of locally advanced or borderline resectable cancer. I also have a strong interest in re-operative liver and pancreatic surgery and advanced laparoscopic pancreas and liver surgery. I am one of the few surgeons in Australia who performs laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (Laparoscopic Whipple’s Procedure). My basic research interests are in the areas of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and colorectal liver metastases. I am currently an Associate Professor on the HPB / Transplant unit at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital. I am the current president of the Australasian Panceatic Club (www.pancreas.org.au.au) and founder of the not for profit organisation, Panacare Foundation (www.pancare.org.au). I have private practice privelages at several hospitals, including  Warringal, Epworth, Knox and Jowhn Fawlkner hospitals. Patients can be seen privately through my Heidelberg office on Phone Number (03) 9458 5100 or Fax (03) 9458 5199. Alternatively patient enquiries or referrals for managment of liver, pancreas or biliary problems can also be made through ema



Member of

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. ASGE Member 2008 -
  • American Hepato Pancreatico-Biliary. AHPB Member 2007 -
  • American pancreatic association. APA Member 2007 -
  • Association of Academic Surgery. AAS Member 2007 -
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Fellow 2007 -
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. SAGES Member 2007 -
  • International Hepato pancreaticobiliary. IHPBA Member 2006 -
  • Pancreas Club. Pancreas Club Member 2006 -
  • Society for surgery of the Alimentary tract. SSAT Member 2006 -
  • Gastroenterological Society of Australia. GESA Member 2002 -


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Education and training

  • MD, Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine 2007
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • MBBS (Hons), Monash University 1997

Awards and honors

  • Travelling Fellowship, American Pancreatic Association, 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2007
  • RC Bennett Research Medal, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2004
  • Austhos Travelling Research Fellowship, Austin Hospital and Ludwig Institute, 2004
  • Sir Edward Hughes Memorial Research Award, Monash University, 2004
  • Surgery and Anaesthetic research prize, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Surgeon Scientist Scholarship, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2002
  • DS Rosengarten Award, Monash University, 2002
  • Prince Henry's Prize in Surgery, Monash Univeristy, 1997
  • First Class Honours, Monash University, 1997
  • Sigma Award, Monash University, 1997



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Nikfarjam currently supervises PhD and Honours students for basic research projects relating to pancreatic cancer. Overseas self-funded students will be considered for supervision based on academic record.