Surgery at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

We know that there are occasions when you want to ring us to ask us a question and understand that it can be difficult to know who best to call. The following list to help you to direct your enquiry to the right member of the General Paediatric Surgery team. 

If your child is acutely unwell, please seek medical attention from your family doctor (GP), local emergency department, Health Direct (https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/, 1800 022 222), or call an ambulance (dial 000).


Otherwise, contact details for the department of general paediatric surgery are:

The Department of General Surgery at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, provides comprehensive surgical services for babies and children.

This includes elective surgery, acute care surgery in hours and after hours, and emergency inpatient consultations and outpatient clinics.

Our surgeons work collaboratively to ensure the highest level of expert care is delivered to patients and their families.

Surgical services

We perform all general paediatric surgery (with an emphasis on keyhole surgery), emergency surgery, oncological surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, trauma, colorectal surgery, vascular anomalies, urology, thoracic surgery, burns management.

The co-location of SCH with the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) and Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH) on the Randwick Campus allows active collaboration to provide highly-specialised tertiary and quaternary surgical services, including:

  • antenatal and postnatal care of complex neonates
  • tracheal reconstruction and other airway surgery
  • thoracic surgery including chest wall reconstruction
  • vascular surgery
  • renal transplant surgery
  • adolescent surgical care and complex paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.

The collaboration with POWH provides an excellent framework for the transition of surgical care to adult services.

Our surgeons also play crucial roles in other multidisciplinary services including Kids Cancer Centre, OA-TOF Clinic, Complex Airway Reconstruction and Aero-digestive Service, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Platypus Clinic (Neonatal Surgical Bowel Clinic), Neonatal Lung Clinic and the Vascular Birthmarks Clinic. 

As a teaching hospital, we are focused on ensuring high quality paediatric surgical care is available for generations to come. Our surgeons are actively involved in teaching and supervising medical students, training future paediatric surgeons and undertaking collaborative research.

The department provides elective surgery, acute care surgery in hours and after hours, emergency inpatient consultations and outpatient clinics.

General surgeons see patients in a number of hospital coordinated clinics, these include:

Referrals and appointments

Referrals

All children coming to the clinic require a referral from your General Practitioner or Paediatrician.

Please address your referral to one of our general surgeons listed below.

General surgeons

Download the Referral Form

Appointments

Once you have your referral and would like to make an appointment, you can either:

Once we have received your referral, we'll organise an appointment for you and send a confirmation letter. 

Coming to a clinic appointment?

When you make an appointment with us, please let us know about any particular needs you or your child may have so we can do our best to meet them.

On the day of the clinic, your child will be seen by a member of the surgical team, which could include residents, medical students, fellows and/or a specialist nurse.

We’ll talk with you, and if appropriate, your child, about why you have come to the clinic, and we’ll ask you some questions to get the full picture. The doctor will probably need to examine your child.

You are welcome to be there during the examination, although if you would prefer not to be (for example, if your child is a bit older and wants some privacy) another member of the team or one of the nurses will be there with the doctor while your child is examined. 

Some children don't want to be examined which is perfectly understandable. We use positive techniques to encourage them to cooperate, and you can help with that. We will do our best not to upset your child (or you!). If you have any concerns, please let us know.

Sometimes a diagnosis can be made with a clinical assessment only. Sometimes we need more information from tests. These may include blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds or other scans. If any tests are needed, we will organise these and afterwards, we’ll get you to come back to the clinic so we can review the results. 

Once we have a diagnosis, we will plan how to best manage things with you. Depending on the problem, follow up visits or referral to another specialist may be recommended. Sometimes, your family doctor can continue management. 

If your child needs an operation, we’ll thoroughly explain the procedure and can use diagrams and picture if needed. We want to share the decision-making with you, so please feel free to ask any questions or ask if something isn’t clear. We’ll also talk about the operation with your child if appropriate, in ways they can understand. We don’t want to frighten your child, but it’s important to be honest and explain things in their terms. We will reassure them about any questions they have. 

You will need to sign a consent form for the operation and to fill in a questionnaire about your child’s general health. This helps our team prepare and make sure your child receives the right care when they are admitted. 

Based on NSW Health policy, operations are prioritised according to urgency in three categories: to be done within 30 days; 90 days; or 360 days. The doctor will explain which category your child's operation is in.

We’ll send you a letter to confirm your child's position on the waiting list. If you are concerned about the timeline, or if your child's condition changes while waiting for the operation date, please contact the department to arrange a review.

Is your child having an operation?

Before your child’s operation

We’ll send you information on what time to come to the hospital and fasting instructions (anyone having an operation needs an empty stomach to make the anaesthetic as safe as possible).

If you have not received these instructions, please phone 9382 1447 before 3pm on the day before the operation.

When you arrive for surgery

You will meet the administration staff who will sort out the paperwork. You will then be seen by a nurse, a doctor from your treating team and a doctor from the anaesthetic team.

We’ll put identification bands on your child’s wrist or ankle. We might draw an arrow on their skin to ensure the correct side is operated on. You and your child will have a chance to ask any questions you have. Write them down before you come so you don’t forget any!

After that, we’ll take you to the theatres and all the paperwork will be rechecked in the holding bay. There will be more people helping to look after your child and you usually have to wait a bit longer.

The anaesthetist will tell you if it is appropriate for you to come to the theatre with the child or whether you will say goodbye in the waiting area.

Then we’ll tell you where the waiting room is and what to expect when your child wakes up from their procedure. Please keep your mobile phone switched on while your child is away from you.

Meet our surgical team

Dr Susan Adams

Susan Adams is a Senior Staff Specialist General Paediatric Surgeon, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Injury Division at The George Institute, and a conjoint Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at University of NSW. 

She trained in paediatric surgery in Sydney before undertaking a fellowship in Liverpool in the UK. While actively involved across the specialty, Susan has clinical interests in trauma, vascular anomalies, and neonatal surgery, including neonatal colorectal anomalies and their associated long-term follow up.

Susan founded and leads the multidisciplinary Vascular Birthmarks Clinic and is a member of the Neonatal Surgery Long term follow-up clinic for children with neonatal colorectal conditions like Hirschsprung’s disease and anorectal malformations.

Susan’s research interests include trauma management, injury prevention and vascular malformations. Collaborative research with the Injury Division at The George Institute includes work on off-road vehicle trauma, falls in the very young, and injury management. She is a member of the NSW Child Death Review Team and has a longstanding involvement with Kidsafe NSW, an affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide.

Make an appointment with Dr Susan Adams

To make an appointment with Dr Adams, you will need a referral from your general practitioner (which lasts 12 months) or a medical specialist (which lasts 3 months).

Send the referral by Fax 9382 1895 or email this referral to the relevant address below.  

Once an appointment date has been allocated, you will receive a letter outlining all the details regarding date and time. 

  • If you have other enquiries for Dr Adams, please call 9382 1776.

Dr Bruce Currie

Dr Bruce Currie is the Head of Department of Paediatric Surgery at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

He trained in Australia and overseas, in general, and cardiothoracic surgery, and is a senior paediatric surgeon in NSW and one of Australia’s most experienced paediatric thoracic surgeons.

Dr Currie, or Bruce The Magnificent (BTM), as he prefers to be called, has expertise in tracheal reconstruction, aortopexy, correction of chest wall abnormalities and the management of congenital lung lesions, as well as General Paediatric Surgery.

Aside from his clinical and administrative duties at the hospital, he spends much time passing on his skills to the more junior members of the department, surgical trainees and medical students. 

Make an appointment with Dr Bruce Currie

To make an appointment with Dr Currie, you will need a referral from your general practitioner (which lasts 12 months) or a medical specialist (which lasts 3 months).

Send the referral to the outpatient's department by:

Once an appointment date has been allocated, you will receive a letter outlining all the details regarding the date and time.

Dr Anthony Dilley

Dr Dilley is a visiting medical officer, paediatric surgeon, MBBS FRACS (General and Paediatric Surgery) who undertook his general surgical training at St George Hospital and went on to complete his paediatric surgical training at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick. After two years at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, he commenced paediatric surgical practice back home in Sydney in 2000.

Dr Anthony Dilley consults at Gymea and Randwick and has Public Hospital appointments at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick, St George Hospital at Kogarah, Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick, and Sutherland Hospital at Caringbah. He regularly performs procedures privately at President Private Hospital at Kirrawee and Sydney Surgical Centre at Randwick.

Dr Dilley also has privileges at Prince of Wales Private Hospital and Kareena Private Hospital. As well as general paediatric surgical procedures under general anaesthetic.

Dr Dilley also performs newborn circumcision and tongue tie release for newborns, with local anaesthetic, in his office.

Dr Dilley has a particular passion for the provision of paediatric surgical care in the St George District and Sutherland Shire. Apart from his four years of paediatric surgical training, he has been a part of St George Hospital since his student days in 1984. Since 1993 he has been resident in Sutherland Shire and his main consultation site is in Gymea.

Having comprehensive training as a trauma surgeon, he completed 12 years of service with the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 2019 and his involvement included active service overseas.

Anthony has a longstanding interest in surgical education and is active with teaching activities with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has a particular interest in communication skills and conflict management and is in the process of completing a Master’s degree in this field.

Make an appointment with Dr Anthony Dilley

Make an appointment online with Dr Dilley by accessing his personal website.

Dr Guy Henry

Dr Henry is a specialist Paediatric Surgeon and visiting medical officer, MBBS, FRACS (General and Paediatric Surgery), who has been practising in Sydney for over 22 years. He is based at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick, and also consults and operates in the Sutherland Shire and on the Northern Beaches.

He is committed to providing quality paediatric surgical care in a safe and easy way for patients and their families. He is also committed to providing a fast and efficient paediatric surgical service to the medical community and can be readily contacted for advice or consultations.

His surgical interests include general paediatric surgery (including circumcision), hypospadias, minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery) for both the abdomen and chest, gastroesophageal reflux surgery, oncological surgery and antenatal consultations for foetal malformations.

Raised in Sydney, Dr Henry did his undergraduate degree at the University of NSW and trained at a number of hospitals including Prince of Wales Hospital, Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children Camperdown, New Children's Hospital Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. He obtained his general (adult) surgical fellowship in 1994. He undertook a Paediatric Trauma Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC and obtained his Paediatric Surgical Fellowship in 1996

Dr Henry is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and is very involved in the activities of the college having served on the NSW State Committee for 8 years. He has recently finished after 11 years as an Examiner in Paediatric Surgery. He is presently on the Board of Paediatric Surgery, RACS. He is also a member (and President) of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association. He is a keen teacher, involved with teaching junior doctors, undergraduate students as well as nursing and other staff.

Make an appointment with Dr Guy Henry

Make an appointment online with Dr Henry by accessing his personal website.

Dr Ashish Jiwane

Dr Ashish Jiwane is a Staff Specialist Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist. His early medical education was in India, coming first in the class of 1993. He subsequently trained in General Surgery and Paediatric Surgery at Mumbai University, before relocating to Australia.  

Dr Jiwane obtained his Australasian fellowship in paediatric surgery in 2010 after training at Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, followed by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Further training included an observership at Boston and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals, and a Robotic surgery Fellowship in Chicago. He is a conjoint senior lecturer at University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney.

Dr Jiwane is part of multidisciplinary teams that provide comprehensive surgical and urological care to children. His area of interests includes key-hole surgery in neonates and children, complex congenital colorectal and urological problems including exstrophy bladder, and complex hypospadias. He works closely with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease programme at SCH, Randwick.

Dr Jiwane is member of local, national and international paediatric surgical, urological, endoscopic and oncological societies. He has published over 45 articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals, chapters in surgical texts and regularly reviews articles for publication in international journals.

As well as Sydney Children’s Hospital, he provides paediatric surgical services in South West Sydney through Campbelltown public and private hospital and is appointed at Prince of Wales Private Hospital.

Dr Jiwane is part of a team providing paediatric and urological surgery and teaching in the Asia Pacific, under the auspices of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Monash International. He is passionate about the welfare of doctors in training, and medical professionals through his work in ASMOF and AMA NSW.

Make an appointment with Dr Ashish Jiwane

To make a general surgery appointment with Dr Jiwane, you will need a referral from your general practitioner (which lasts 12 months) or a medical specialist (which lasts 3 months).

  • Send the referral to the outpatients department by Fax: 9382-1461 or email: Schn-sch-opd@health.nsw.gov.au
  • For urology referrals, please fax to:  9382 1787

Once an appointment date has been allocated, you will receive a letter outlining all the details regarding date and time. 

Dr Carolyn Russell

Dr Russell is a visiting medical officer, PAEDIATRIC SURGEON, BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons) FRACS (Paediatric Surgery) and general paediatric surgeon who trained at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne prior to completing her training at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.

Following a fellowship year in Sydney, Dr Russell spent time travelling in Europe, meeting with prominent surgeons to learn techniques in her areas of interest, chest wall surgery and thoracic surgery.

Carolyn also performs newborn circumcision and newborn tongue-tie release in her offices at Randwick and Gymea.

Dr Russell consults in Gymea, Randwick and Liverpool and operates privately at President Private Hospital in Kirrawee, Sydney Surgical Centre in Randwick and Sydney Southwest Private Hospital in Liverpool.

Carolyn has public hospital appointments at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Camperdown and Liverpool Hospital in Liverpool. She operates regularly at these public hospitals and has public outpatients clinics at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Your GP can send a referral to these outpatient departments to be put on the clinic waiting list.

Dr Russell is a member of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Australian & New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons (ANZAPS), Chest Wall International Group (CWIG) and is a supervisor of paediatric surgical training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Carolyn has a special interest in the education of trainee surgeons and is the supervisor of trainees in the early stages of surgical training.

Make an appointment with Dr Carolyn Russell

Make an appointment online with Dr Russell at the Sydney Children's Surgery website.

Dr Vincent Varjavandi

Dr Varjanvandi has been a full-time staff specialist paediatric surgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital since 2002. He trained at Flinders University in South Australia, graduating in 1992, then commenced paediatric surgical training at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

He trained in adult general surgery with the Alfred Hospital Group in Melbourne and then completed paediatric surgical training in NSW at Westmead Hospital.

He spent a year in Boston at the New England Medical Centre as the international laparoscopic fellow before returning to Sydney Children’s Hospital.

He provides a full range of paediatric surgical services – inguinoscrotal, abdominal (including laparoscopy), thoracic (thoracoscopy) and oncology. 

Vincent also consults privately in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

Make an appointment with Dr Vincent Varjavandi

Make an appointment with Dr Varjavandi by accessing his personal website 

Dr Dylan Wanaguru 

Dylan is a general paediatric surgeon with sub-specialty interests in surgical oncology and thoracic surgery. After training in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland he was awarded his Fellowship in Paediatric Surgery in 2015. He then travelled overseas in 2016-2018 to complete further sub-specialty Fellowships at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom and Red Cross War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dylan has a broad paediatric surgical practice, with particular interests in paediatric solid tumours, thoracic conditions including congenital lung lesions, neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy). He is a member of the multidisciplinary OA-TOF Clinic at Sydney Children’s Hospital for children born with oesophageal atresia.

Aside from his clinical duties, he is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at the UNSW. He dedicates his time to teaching students and junior doctors and also helping senior paediatric surgical trainees prepare for their final fellowship exams. He also has multiple research projects currently in progress.

Make an appointment with Dr Dylan Wanaguru

To make an appointment with Dr Wanaguru, you will need a referral from your general practitioner (which lasts 12 months) or a medical specialist (which lasts 3 months).

Send the referral to the outpatient's department by:

Once an appointment date has been allocated, you will receive a letter outlining all the details regarding date and time. 

Dr Camille Wu 

Dr Camille Wu is a Staff Specialist General Paediatric Surgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and Conjoint Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW. After training in Sydney and Brisbane, Camille was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Paediatric Surgery in 2012.

Camille is the founder and clinical lead of the multidisciplinary Neonatal Surgical Bowel service which provides long-term follow-up for children born with Hirschsprung Disease and Anorectal Malformations.

Camille also runs the Burn Clinic at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, which is affiliated with the Burns Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and provides multidisciplinary burn care for children who have sustained minor burns or dermal injuries. She loves collaborating in multidisciplinary teams to provide holistic care for patients and their families.

Camille is passionate about the education and welfare of junior doctors. She is the Surgical Training Supervisor for Paediatric Surgical Trainees at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and is Supervisor for undergraduate medical students from UNSW.

Make an appointment with Dr Camille Wu

To make an appointment with Dr Wu, you will need a referral from your general practitioner (which lasts 12 months) or a medical specialist (which lasts 3 months).

Send your referral by fax to 9382 1895 or email to the relevant address.

Once an appointment date has been allocated, you will receive a letter outlining all the details regarding date and time. 

Fellows, Registrars and JMOs

The department of General Surgery is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as a training post in paediatric surgery.

Along with three trainees accredited by the College, we also have positions for registrars still deciding on a career direction or wishing to gain experience in the field. Senior Resident Medical Officers with aspirations for a career in surgery or paediatrics also gain valuable experience from working in the General Paediatric Surgery team. Fellowships in Urology and General Paediatric Surgery provide vital experience for qualified paediatric surgeons transitioning to independent practice.

These two positions may be filled by new locally or internationally trained paediatric surgeons.

Wherever they are in their career path, our junior staff are supported by Camille Wu and Carolyn Russell as supervisors, as well as by the Chief Resident Office at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Positions are advertised on an annual basis by the NSW Ministry of Health https://nswjmo.erecruit.com.au/

Administrative and support staff

Fenella Brisley and Ellen Forder provide administrative support and care coordination assistance for patients seeing staff specialist surgeons. They work closely with the surgeons and clinical nurse specialists and consultants to help ensure your child receives timely care. Ellen and Fenella are the best first port of call for referrals and enquiries. 

Call the administrative and support staff if you have questions about practical issues around an outpatient clinic appointment, such as transport and interpreters. They can re-send appointment letters and information if you have not received them. They cannot answer clinical queries about your child’s health or their planned operation or procedure, however, they can pass on a message to the relevant staff caring for your child regarding any queries.

You can also contact the Outpatients for appointment queries on 9382-0032 or 93821470.

  • Call Fenella Brisley on 9382-1776
  • Call Ellen Forder on 9382-1784

Research

The Department of Paediatric Surgery at Sydney Children’s hospital focuses on

  • Translational research aimed at improving systems and patient care.
  • The development and conduct of prospective clinical trials, where possible undertaken collaboratively across the SCHN and across multiple other centres.
  • Trauma management and injury prevention. In this area, we have forged a strong collaboration with the George Institute of Global Health.
  • Research into vascular anomalies – collaborating across disciplines and across SCHN, including clinical trials and development of new molecular-based therapies.

Big Data Studies

Supporting student research through the University of New South Wales.

Rigorous clinical research informs best practice in paediatric surgical management, ensuring improved evidence-based care. As well as having an impact on the management of acute conditions (e.g. our pyloric feeding randomised controlled trial has led us to a  liberation our post-operative feeding restrictions) we believe that rigorous development of evidence-based management for chronic conditions such as vascular anomalies and neonatal bowel conditions will improve quality of life and resource use for these patients.

Our collaborative injury prevention research uses the public health model and includes evaluation to assess the effectiveness and sustainability of any intervention or program.  An example of the impact of our trampoline work is the establishment of an Australian Standard encompassing Trampoline Parks.