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Dr Brian Draganic

BMed BMSc(Hons) FRACS

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Assoc. Prof. Stephen Smith

MBBS BSc FRACS MS PhD

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Dr Peter Pockney

DM MBBS BSc FRCS (Gen Surg) FRACS

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Dr Brendan McManus

BSc(Med) MBBS FRACS MMIS

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Dr Brian Draganic

Dr Brian Draganic is a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Newcastle and head of the Colorectal Surgical Department at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle Australia.

He graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1990 and completed general surgical training in the Hunter area before completing his Australian Colorectal Fellowship years at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, and gaining further experience in the UK before commencing consultant practice.

He established the endoluminal ultrasound and anorectal physiology services at John Hunter Hospital and the Hunter Area Biofeedback Service on commencing consultant practice in the area and maintains a clinical, teaching and research role in the management of defecatory disorders along with a busy colorectal practice.

Assoc. Prof. Stephen Smith

Assoc. Prof. Stephen Smith graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1993. He completed general surgical training in 2001, including a year at Adenbrookes, Cambridge UK. He completed Colorectal CSSANZ Fellowship in 2003 with stints at RPA, Sydney and Royal Melbourne and Western, Melbourne. He completed Masters of Surgery in 2005 at Sydney University. He is currently a VMO Colorectal surgeon with appointments at John Hunter Hospital and the University of Newcastle, with a particular interest in enhanced recovery in colorectal surgery.

Dr Peter Pockney

Dr Peter Pockney trained in medicine at the University College London and completed general surgical training in the UK. He has since gone on to complete specialist colorectal training in the UK and Australia.

Peter holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Newcastle in the School of Medicine and Public Health. He currently practices at the John Hunter, Belmont and Newcastle Private hospitals.

Dr Brendan McManus

Dr Brendan McManus is the newest surgeon to the practice having started in 2016. He graduated from the University of NSW in 2005 prior to completing his general surgical training through the Princess Alexandra Hospital in QLD. He then underwent two years of colorectal fellowship training at the John Hunter Hospital and at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. During 2015 he completed his Masters in Minimally Invasive Surgery through the University of Adelaide.

Brendan’s interests lie in minimally invasive colorectal surgery and pelvic floor disorders. He is interested in the teaching of medical students and surgical trainees and is the current chair of the Newcastle Journal Club.

He currently holds a VMO position at the John Hunter and Belmont Hospitals and operates privately from Newcastle Private and Lingard Private Hospitals.

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