Colorectal Surgery Section Visitors

Professor Ian Bissett


Ian Bissett is Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Auckland and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Auckland and completed his FRACS in 1987 and then worked as a general surgeon in  Pokhara,  Nepal  until  1997. He  then  undertook  his  MD  research  in  the  anatomy and radiology of rectal cancer. In 2001 he spent a year in the Colorectal Unit in Concord Hospital in  Sydney, then returned to his present position. He served as President of the Coloectal Surgical Society of Australia and NZ from 2011-2013 and is  the chair of the National Bowel Cancer Working Group and the adult clinical director of the  National Intestinal Failure Service in New Zealand. His particular interests include rectal cancer,  the assessment and management of defaecatory disorders, gut motility and Global Surgery. He has  over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and 5 book chapters published. He continues to visit Nepal on a yearly basis to perform outreach surgical clinics and teach. He is married to Johanna and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Professor Susan Galandiuk

Louisville, USA

Dr Susan Galandiuk is Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, USA; she is also Director of the Price Institute of  Surgical Research and of the Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr Galandiuk is a native of New York State and attended medical school in Wuerzburg, Germany. Her general surgical training was at the
Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Colorectal Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She is  a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Southern  Surgical Association. Dr Galandiuk has served as Honorary Professor of Translational Surgical  Research at Queen Mary University. She is an Honorary Fellow of the German Surgical Society and a past president of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons. Dr Galandiuk is the author of numerous  peer-reviewed research and clinical publications, book chapters, and  books;  and  currently serves on the Editorial  Boardsof Annals of Surgery, Surgery, The American Journal of Surgery and Surgical Infections. She is Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ professional journal, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. Dr Galandiuk’s primary clinical interests are in inflammatory bowel disease and advanced  and recurrent rectal cancer. Her basic research focuses upon the dev lopment of biomarkers for the  early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Mr Paul Rooney

Liverpool, UK

Paul S. Rooney is a consultant colorectal surgeon working at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a major teaching and research hospital located in England. Mr Rooney has 30 years in practice and a vast expertise in Rectal cancer treatment, Inflammatory Bowel  Disease, Ileoanal Pouch Surgery. He leads on surgical treatment for intestinal failure and advanced pelvic cancer. He graduated from The University  of Sheffeild in 1984 and obtained a higher degree  (DM) in 1993 from Nottingham in the field of cancer prevention. He completed fellowships at Mount  Sinai Hospital in Toronto 1994 and was lecturer in surgery at Nottingham University 1994-96. Mr Rooney served as Colorectal Lead Chair of Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks in Cheshire. He maintains a professional society membership with The Association of Coloproctology of  Great Britain and Ir land and is chair of the Clinical Governance Board of that organisation.