Research Staff

Professor Michael Cox


Professor of Surgery MB, MS, FRACS

Recent achievements:
Establishment of the Acute Surgical Unit at Nepean Hospital, a novel model for the acute surgical care of patients presenting with acute general surgical problems.
Nepean Hospital was the second hospital in NSW to develop such a unit, with approximately 25 hospitals following in our footsteps.
This has included a number of publications in national and international journals.

Overseeing the expansion of surgical services at Nepean Hospital with the opening of six new operating theatres and two new surgical wards and outpatient clinics.

Clinical Interests:

  • Simple and complex gallstone disease, including common bile duct stones.
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
  • Hernia surgery.
  • Acute pancreatitis.
  • Acute general surgery.

Professional involvement:

  • Head, Discipline of Surgery, Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney
  • President, General Surgeons Australia
  • Recently retired from RACS Court of Examiners in General Surgery
  • Member of the RACS Board of General Surgery
  • Clinical Director of Surgery, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
  • Member of NSW Surgical Services Taskforce
  • Teaching – Overseeing surgical teaching at Nepean Hospital
  • Administration of the largest Independent Learning Activity within University of Sydney
  • Establishment and maintenance of the Summer Vacation Surgical Program
  • Oversight and teaching of the Stage 3 Surgical Program
  • Director Whiteley-Martin Research Unit
  • University Officer of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation

Research Output:

The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit in 2012 published 47 publications and had over 50 presentations at national and international meetings by its various researchers.

Contact: Associate Professor Guy Eslick on Email


Professor Michael Cox
Professor of Surgery

Phone:+61 2 4734 2608
Fax:+61 2 4734 3432

Nepean Hospital
PO Box 63
NSW 2751 Australia

Professor Mohamed Khadra


B Med, Grad Dip Comp, M Ed, PhD, FAICD, FRACS

Professor Mohamed Khadra is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney and a consultant urologist at Nepean Hospital and the Nepean Private Hospital. He is also Head of Department of Urology at Nepean Hospital. Professor Khadra has had a varied and successful career to date, working as a leader in education and medicine internationally and in Australia.

He has been the principal researcher in over $27 million in grants during the last 10 years and has won several research prizes as well as accolades including the Alumni Medal of the University of Newcastle, the Noel Newton Medal for Surgical Research and the Alban gee Prize for research in urology.

Apart from his publications in esteemed scientific and education journals, he has published an impressionistic memoir about his life as a surgeon and his patients, “Making the Cut” and more recently, “The Patient”, which outlines one man’s journey through the health system.


Professor Mohamed Khadra
Professor of Surgery

Phone:+61 2 4734 2608
Fax:+61 2 4734 3432

Professor Guy Eslick

guy eslick

Guy is Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and co-director of The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit where there is a strong emphasis on evidence-based surgery, surgical oncology and cancer epidemiology.

Research Interests:

  • Aetiology of cancer

    Oesophageal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal diseases and symptoms
  • Surgical outcomes and surgical evidence
  • Meta-analysis and systematic reviews

We currently have 3 MBBS (Hons), 10 MPhil by research degree and 37 MBBS students doing independent research projects. There are also 13 surgical trainees completing research projects as part of their surgical training. To date this year we have presented 14 abstracts at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Conference in Auckland in May and 15 abstracts at the International Surgical Week in Helsinki in August. Students have published 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the past 12 months.

We welcome all research ideas from any prospective students, please come and discuss your potential projects with us.


Professor Guy Eslick
Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, The Whiteley-Martin Research Unit Discipline of Surgery

Phone:+61-2-4734 1373
Fax:+61-2-4734 3432

Dr Senarath Edirimanne


BMBS(Honours)Flinders, FRACS
Senior Lecturer Surgery, Nepean Clinical School

Dr. Senarath Edirimanne is a senior lecturer in discipline of surgery, Sydney Medical School Nepean. He is a breast (oncoplastic) and endocrine surgeon also involved in the care of acute general surgical patients.

Dr.Edirimanne has been co-supervising Honours, Masters, MPhil and MD research students who have in the past successfully completed their post graduate degrees, presented in national and international conferences and published in peer review journals.”
His Research interests are in both Clinical Research, and Basic and Translational research.

Research Interests:

Clinical Research:
  • Breast cancer, thyroid cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, parathyroid disease, adrenal disease and acute general surgical conditions

Basic and Translational Research:

  • Evidence Based Breast, Endocrine and Emergency Surgery - Systematic reviews and Meta-analyses - In collaboration with Associate Professor Guy Eslick from the Whitely- Martin Research Centre, Nepean Clinical School
  • Genetics and Pathogenesis of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease and Opthamology- In collaboration with Professor Jack wall and Dr. Hooshang Lahooti, Endocrine Basic Science Research Group, Nepean Clinical School; Also in collaboration with Associate Professor John Walsh, University of Western Australia
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism and frailty syndrome- In collaboration with Prof. Gustavo Duque
  • Role of P2X7 in immunity and inflammation in Breast Cancer- In Collaboration with Associate Professor Stephen Fuller- Haematology Research Group- Nepean Clinical School

Dr Jinman Kim


Dr Kim was appointed as the Director of the Nepean Telehealth Technology Centre (NTTC) - multi-disciplinary centre established to innovate in Telehealth technologies via partnership between the Nepean Hospital and the institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BMET), University of Sydney. Nepean Hospital received a $2 million dollar grant over 4 years to implement Telehealth.

The objective of the NTTC is to develop, evaluate and implement best practice Telehealth Technology in the Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) and surrounding areas of Mid and Western New South Wales (including Blue Mountains Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Springwood Hospital and Hawkesbury Hospital). We aim to allow access to equal quality of healthcare to all patients, regardless of their geographical location.

Research Interests:

1. Telehealth
2. Teleproctoring
3. Remote Monitoring
4. Mobile Technology
5.Medical Visualisation;


Dr Jinman Kim
Senior Lecturer | School of Information Technologies
Director, Nepean Telehealth Technology Centre (NTTC), Sydney Medical School, Nepean
Phone: +61 2 9036 9708
Fax: +61 2 9351 3838