Associate Professor Douglas Fenton-Lee





General Surgery


Gastrointestinal, General Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Cancer surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Obesity surgery


Associate Professor Doug Fenton-Lee, a seventh-generation Tasmanian, graduated from the University of Tasmania and completed his post graduate surgical training at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. He received his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1990. Post Fellowship he undertook further advanced surgical training with Professor Tim Cook and Professor Clem Imrie at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK. He was involved in research in surgical management of acute severe pancreatitis and spent a year performing laboratory-based research on the immunohistochemistry of gastric cancer. Following this he spent a year with Dr John Smith, a pioneer of laparoscopic surgery in the UK , where he applied his advanced laparoscopic skills performing complex surgery. On returning to Sydney in 1994 he had positions at The St George Hospital, The Sutherland Hospital and then St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospital Sydney. He holds appointments as a Visiting Medical Officer in the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Unit of St Vincent’s Public and Private, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Notre Dame and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Surgery at The University of New South Wales.

As an Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon he performs a wide variety of operations on the oesophagus, stomach, gall bladder and biliary tract, liver, pancreas and abdominal wall. In addition to his work in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Doug performs laparoscopic hernia repairs, endoscopy including endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s oesophagus, colonoscopy and ERCP. He was an early adopter of the total extra-peritoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repair and has performed over 3000 of these procedures. He has been performing bariatric (obesity) surgery since 1998 and offers Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band placement or Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy according to individual requirements.

He has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has active research interests in cancer surgery and gastro-oesophageal reflux in lung transplant recipients. He is involved in surgical training, has extensive surgical committee experience and is a member of many professional bodies.


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