PROF Peter Choong

PROF Peter Choong


  • Advanced Biofabrication and Manufacturing FOR 0903, 0910, 0912 (3D printing, additive manufacturing, live cell printing)
  • Bionic limbs for limb salvage surgery FOR 1106, 1112, 1103 (Robotics)
  • Outcomes research in Orthopaedics FOR 1103, 1106 (Joint replacement surgery)
  • Outcomes research in bone and soft tissue tumours FOR 1112, 1103, 1106 (sarcoma, bone cancer,)
  • Robotics in surgery FOR 1106, 1103 (Surgical technique)
  • Tissue Engineering in orthopaedics FOR 1103, 1106, 0903, 0910 ( Cartilage, Muscle, Nerve)



  • Professor Peter Choong, a distinguished surgical leader who has dedicated his career to improving treatments for musculoskeletal diseases including cancer, is the Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery, and Head of the Department of Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

    Professor Choong is the Director of Orthopaedics, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne and has almost 30 years’ experience in research, teaching and medical leadership.

    A graduate of the University of Melbourne in 1984, Professor Choong has practised in the discipline of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Oncology in Australia, Sweden, and the USA. He trained in Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Alfred Hospital and Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne under the auspices of the Australian Orthopaedic Association Orthopaedic Training Programme. Under the surgeon scientist programme, he completed his doctorate with the supervision of Prof. T Jack Martin at the St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research before joining the staff of the Lund University Hospital, Sweden as a Fellow in Orthopaedic Oncology where he continued his research of sarcoma. Later he joined the staff of Mayo Clinic, Rochester , USA, as a Special Fellow in Orthopaedic oncology. Professor Choong was appointed the inaugural Professor and Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1996. In 2009, he was appointed the Sir Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Head of the Department of Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has also been Assistant Dean of the Faculty and Academic Centre Chair (Eastern Hill Campus) from 2010 to 2012.

    In 1997-2002, Professor Choong was Programme Director of Surgery and Surgical Services, St. Vincent’s Hospital before being appointed Chief Medical Officer of St. Vincent’s t’s Hospital (20   


Member of

  • St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee. Committee Member 2016 -
  • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. Fellow 2015 -
  • Hallmark Materials Research Initiative Steering Committee, UoM. Steering Committee Member 2015 -
  • Centre for Health Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, UoM. Member 2014 -
  • Commonwealth Department of Health, Aging and Community Services. Panel on the use of PET in Sarcoma and Glioma, Medical Services Advisory Committee 2009 -
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association. Director, Education and Training 2008 -
  • Board of Australian Orthopaedic Association. Executive 2008 -
  • Board of Australian Sarcoma Study Group. Member 2008 -
  • Orthopaedic Services Committee - Australian Orthopaedic Association. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association. Board Member 2004 -
  • International Skeletal Society. Honorary Secretary 2003 -
  • International Society of Limb Salvage Surgery. Board Member 2001 -
  • Asio-Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumour Society. Board Member 1999 -
  • Australian Sarcoma Group. Member 1997 -
  • Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Chair 2008 - 2011


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • MAICD, Australian Institute of Company Directors 2017
  • MD, University of Melbourne 1993
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • SVHA Award for Excellence & Reputation, 2105
  • NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, 2019
  • NHMRC Research Excellence Award, 2019
  • NHMRC Award for Research Excellence, 2018
  • Unknown, 2017
  • Jepson Lecturer, Surgical Research Society, 2015
  • Melbourne Award, 2015
  • CSIRO Award, 2015
  • Not in List, 2015
  • AOA Research Excellence Award, 2015
  • Mayo Clinic Mark Coventry Visiting Professor, 2015
  • RACS John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship, 2008
  • Chinese University Hong Kong Visiting Professor, 2008
  • Paul Harris Fellow for Services to the community in the field of Cancer Surgery, Rotary International, 2007
  • Inaugural Award For Leadership by the AOA, 2005
  • Sam Sciacca Foundation Fellowship, 2005
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Award for Compassion, 2004
  • Mayo Clinic Ivins Visiting Professor, 2003
  • AOA Ambassadorial Fellow, 1996
  • Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, 1996
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 1991


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research programme focuses on robotic surgery, tissue engineering of cartilage, implant manufacturing technology and outcomes research into total joint replacement surgery. I am interested in improving surgical outcomes after orthopaedic surgery through developing cost-effective, evidence-based, safe and satisfying treatment strategies.