Westmead Hospital

Location: Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Darcy Road, Westmead, NSW

Westmead Hospital serves a population of 900,000 with a 975 bed capacity. The Unit performs ~28 simultaneous Kidney Pancreas Transplants per year and is the largest Pancreas Transplant unit in Australasia. The surgical trainers on staff include Prof Henry Pleass, Dr Lawrence Yuen and and a further consultant due to commence mid 2020, who all hold FRACS in General Surgery qualifications.

The operating lists include a live donor nephrectomy list and live donor kidney transplant list each week, as well as at least two vascular access lists each week, and surgical cases on General Surgery operating lists at least three days each week. The PFET Trainee on this unit may also participate in the General Surgical on call roster if they so wish.

The Unit covers deceased organ donation alternate weeks for the State of NSW, for Kidney, Pancreas and Liver retrieval, including split Liver retrieval. The Unit is able to provide sufficient numbers to meet the training requirements of the PFET Program in Transplantation Surgery.

The PFET Trainee will attend two Consultant supervised outpatient clinics per week and two Consultant ward rounds per week with teaching as a minimum


Prof Henry Pleass FRACS
E: henry.pleass@sydney.ed.au
T: 02 9845 6409 or Switchboard 02 9845 5555

Transplant Post:

1 x Kidney and Pancreas post

Organ details:

Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation

Transplant and donor numbers per year:

25-30 SPK Tx per year, 120 Tx’s in total in 2019. Over 70 deceased donor procedures per year (144 total for NSW in 2019)

Opportunities on the Unit:

The Westmead transplant service is an excellent, very well regarded transplant service that has senior and highly motivated clinicians devoted to providing high class training in transplantation, in a multidisciplinary way.

Laparoscopic Live donor nephrectomy, vascular access and General surgery are all well taught, in addition to the deceased donor surgery including split Liver retrieval (n=11 in 2019) and Transplant surgery.