Professor Benjamin Thomson


Ben is the Head of the Department of General Surgical Specialties at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Director of the Upper GI Tumour Stream for The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Women’s Hospital. He is an Honorary Clinical Professor at The University of Melbourne and an examiner in General Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Ben also holds the Chair-Elect for the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE).

Originally a medical graduate of Melbourne University, Ben trained at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and was awarded his fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001. He then completed further specialist training in Hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He completed a Doctor of Medical Science at The University of Melbourne in 2013. As a published author, Ben has many cited research papers and is a sought-after speaker at local, national and international meetings.

Ben consults in private practice and currently holds public hospital appointments at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His approach to patient care is led by genuine compassion, care and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome.

Honors and Awards

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal – Samoa – October 2014
Certificate of Outstanding Service – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – May 2014


  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Biliary Surgery
  • ERCP
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Diagnostic & Interventional Endoscopy
  • Neuroendocrine Tumours
  • General Surgery

Victorian Department of Health

  • Chief Surgical Advisor (Appointed April 2022)

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

  • Director of Surgical Services
  • Head of General Surgical Specialties
  • RMH Victorian Medical Assistance Team (VMAT)
  • Consultant Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB), Trauma & General Surgeon

The University of Melbourne

  • Honorary Clinical Professor

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

  • Consultant HPB and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon

Melbourne Private Hospital

  • HPB & General Surgeon

Contact Details

PA: Mandy Anderson
Phone: 03 9914 9175
Fax: 03 9002 0120

P.O. Box 374
Kew East, 3102

Main Rooms

Suite 34, Level 4
Private Medical Centre
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Royal Parade, Parkville 3052

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