PROF Peter Choong

PROF Peter Choong




  •  Prof. Peter Choong is the Sir Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery, and Head of Department of Surgery University of Melbourne at St. Vincent’s hospital Melbourne. Prof. Choong is also the Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Prof. Choong is recent past-President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

    He completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1984 and gained his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1991. In 1994, Prof Choong was conferred a Doctor of Medicine (MD) for his basic science research examining the molecular regulation of osteoblast differentiation. Prof Choong completed post-Fellowship training in orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA and the University Hospital in Lund Sweden before returning to St. Vincent’s hospital Melbourne in 1996 as the inaugural Professor and Director of Orthopaedics.

    Prof. Choong’s research which has been supported by recurrent grant funding (NHMRC, ARC, RACS, AOA, Cancer Australia) focuses on 3 areas, that underpin his clinical programmes, namely improving outcomes of arthritis surgery, studying the molecular regulation of bone tumours and advanced limb reconstruction. Prof Choong is widely published with over 290 peer reviewed articles (Google H score 55) in these areas.

    Prof. Choong leads an active joint replacement programme at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne that undertakes almost 900 procedures a year and which the Victorian State Government has designated a State Wide Centre for joint replacement. This programme was the first in Victoria of its kind and was the driver for the development of the St. Vincent’s joint replacement registry. Information from this registry underpins research that explores patient, prosthetic, procedural and operator factors   


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 Society of Limb Salvage Surgery. 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


Investigator on


Education and training

  • FAAHMS, 2015
  • FAOrthA, 1996
  • MD, University of Melbourne 1993
  • FRACS, 1992
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • SVHA Award for Excellence & Reputation, 2105
  • Jepson Lecturer, Surgical Research Society, 2015
  • Melbourne Award, 2015
  • CSIRO Award, 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

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