Professor Marc Gladman

Professor of Colorectal Surgery
Surgery, Concord Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9767 6928

Website Sydney Colorectal + Pelvic Floor Centre
SCoPe Centre
Academic Colorectal Unit

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Biographical details

Marc A Gladman MBBS DRCOG DFFP MRCOG MRCS PhD FRCS (UK) FRACS is Professor of Colorectal Surgery at Sydney Medical School and Director of the Enteric Neuroscience & Gastrointestinal Research Group, Anzac Research Institute, University of Sydney. His abiding research interest is the understanding of bowel function in health and disease and the application of such knowledge to improve patient care. In 2012, he established the Academic Colorectal Unit, a collaboration of expert gastrointestinal surgeons and physicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians and gastrointestinal scientists, physiologists and neuroscientists. He currently holds leadership positions in several organizations, including the Surgical Services and Unwarranted Clinical Variation Taskforces of the Agency for Clinical Innovation. He is the Convenor of the Developing a Career in Academic Surgery course of the RACS and has served in advisory roles for the National Health Performance Agency, the Cancer Institute of NSW and Cancer Australia.

Research interests

The key themes of pioneering research within the Academic Colorectal Unit are:

1. Health Services:state-wide, population-based studies to explore variation in outcomes following major colorectal surgery;

2. Clinical Science:advanced, state-of-the-art physiological measurement of gastrointestinal function to accurately define phenotypic variation in pelvic floor and functional gastrointestinal disorders;

3. Translational Basic Science:enteric neuroscience research to determine the molecular, electrophysiological and neuropathophysiological basis of gastrointestinal conditions;

4. Education: development and validation of proficiency-based training curricula in general and colorectal surgery.

Each year more than 230 million major operations are performed worldwide, one for every 25 people in the world. Diseases of the bowel are among the commonest in the population, with bowel cancer being the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia and the second biggest cancer killer. Further, bowel problems such as constipation and incontinence are one of the most frequent reasons why people visit doctors, with approximately 1 in 10 people suffering with each of these problems. Despite these staggering statistics, very little is known about how the bowel works in healthy individuals and what goes wrong in diseases and disorders such as cancer and constipation. More importantly, it is unclear how many operations are performed for bowel problems in Australia each year and what results are achieved following surgery.

Teaching and supervision

Professor Gladman currently supervises 3 PhD, 2 MPhil and 4 Masters of Surgery students. He is actively involved in the education of SMP students and postgraduate surgical and research students. His teaching interests focus on technology-enhanced learning and the application of science to simulation, education and research on surgical training. He developed, designed and has delivered the highly successful Surgical Masterclass at the Concord Clinical School since 2012. He is the academic coordinator for 3 Masters of Surgery units at the University:

SURG5001: Practical research Methods for Surgeons I

SURG5003: Practical research Methods for Surgeons II

SURG5031: Surgical Skills & Practical Professionalism

He has authored 10 textbooks, including the highly acclaimed “Examination Surgery: A Guide to Passing the FRACS in General Surgery” and “Clinical Cases and OSCEs in Surgery”, which has won recognition at the British Medical Association international book awards.

International links

Sweden

(Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Nobel Institute, Karolinska Institute ) Adipose tissue mass regulation in lean and obese individuals

United States

(Center for Health Outcomes & Policy, University of Michigan, USA) Exploration of Variation in Outcomes following Colorectal Surgery

Selected grants

2012

  • Karl Storz Endoscopy Gladman; Gladman M; Karl Storz Endoscopy/Research Donation.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Young, C., Gladman, M. (2013). Examination Surgery: A guide to passing the fellowship examination in general surgery. Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Book Chapters

  • Gladman, M., Williams, N. (2015). Vertical reduction rectoplasty for idiopathic megarectum. In P Ronan OConnell, Robert D. Madoff, Michael Solomon (Eds.), Operative Surgery of the Colon, Rectum and Anus, (pp. 665-672). CRC Press.

Journals

  • Ng, K., Nassar, N., Hamd, K., Nagarajah, A., Gladman, M. (2015). Prevalence of functional bowel disorders and faecal incontinence: an Australian primary care survey. Colorectal Disease, 17(2), 150-159. [More Information]
  • Palit, S., Bhan, C., Lunniss, P., Boyle, D., Gladman, M., Knowles, C., Scott, S. (2014). Evacuation proctography: A reappraisal of normal variability. Colorectal Disease, 16(7), 538-546. [More Information]
  • Wright, D., Ng, K., Keshava, A., Gladman, M. (2013). An unusual cause of large bowel obstruction. Colorectal Disease, 15(1), e60-e61. [More Information]
  • Ng, K., Stewart, P., Gladman, M. (2013). Uncommon site for a common lesion. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(1-2), 88-89. [More Information]

2015

  • Ng, K., Nassar, N., Hamd, K., Nagarajah, A., Gladman, M. (2015). Prevalence of functional bowel disorders and faecal incontinence: an Australian primary care survey. Colorectal Disease, 17(2), 150-159. [More Information]
  • Gladman, M., Williams, N. (2015). Vertical reduction rectoplasty for idiopathic megarectum. In P Ronan OConnell, Robert D. Madoff, Michael Solomon (Eds.), Operative Surgery of the Colon, Rectum and Anus, (pp. 665-672). CRC Press.

2014

  • Palit, S., Bhan, C., Lunniss, P., Boyle, D., Gladman, M., Knowles, C., Scott, S. (2014). Evacuation proctography: A reappraisal of normal variability. Colorectal Disease, 16(7), 538-546. [More Information]

2013

  • Wright, D., Ng, K., Keshava, A., Gladman, M. (2013). An unusual cause of large bowel obstruction. Colorectal Disease, 15(1), e60-e61. [More Information]
  • Young, C., Gladman, M. (2013). Examination Surgery: A guide to passing the fellowship examination in general surgery. Australia: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Ng, K., Stewart, P., Gladman, M. (2013). Uncommon site for a common lesion. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(1-2), 88-89. [More Information]

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