About

E Ong Profile photoMr Eugene Ong is a specialist colorectal surgeon who has undergone extensive training in the field of Colorectal Surgery. He has worked in the leading colorectal centres of the world alongside recognised pioneers and experts in colorectal surgery. He is especially skilled in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic (“Key-hole”), single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery (colonoscopy) and Trans-anal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMs) and is now considered an expert in the field. He has  published and presented papers on minimally invasive surgery, has been a member of faculty on courses of minimally invasive surgery both in Australia and internationally and has trained numerous other surgeons in the technique.

He is involved in teaching and research and has a number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences as well as being an invited speaker. He is also a reviewer for the journal Colorectal Diseases, is a full member of the CSSANZ and appointed to the International Continence Society working group on terminology for anorectal dysfunction. See his full list of qualifications below.

Mr Ong treats the full spectrum of colorectal disease but has particular expertise in the management of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis), functional and pelvic-floor disorders (incontinence, constipation and rectal prolapse) and endometriosis involving the colorectal. He is Director of Pelvic Floor Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Head Convenor of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Surgical Symposium which runs bi-annually.

Mr Ong is dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients and has a patient centred, friendly approach. He and the team will work together with the patient and referring doctors to ensure the very best outcomes are met.

He is appointed as a consultant colorectal surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital and Austin Health. He sees private patients in Fitzroy and Mt Waverley. For more information on consulting and operating locations, please click here.

Find out more about Mr Eugene Ong’s qualifications:

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

Medical Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) 2000 University of Melbourne
Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy 2003 Melbourne University Private
FRACS 2008 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Professional Memberships

Member CSSANZ
Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Technical Qualifications

Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy) 2009 Conjoint Committee, GESA
Console Operator for Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robot system 2011
Joint Advisory Group on gastrointestinal endoscopy (JAG) 2012 in Colonoscopy

Clinical Fellowships

Mr Eugene Ong has been accepted to, and completed some of the most competitive and prestigious colorectal fellowships internationally. The Royal Brisbane Hospital fellowship is internationally renowned as a world leader in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio is recognised as one of the most prestigious colorectal fellowships in the USA and is consistently ranked in the top hospitals in colorectal surgery. It is especially well known for being at the forefront of managing complex inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), familial cancer disorders, as well as being pioneers in minimally invasive surgery. The colorectal unit at Oxford is also well known for it’s management of inflammatory bowel disease, but more recently, has been at the forefront of management of pelvic floor disorders (constipation, incontinence, obstructed defaecation and prolapse) and have been pioneers in a novel operation for the management of these conditions (laparoscopic ventral rectopexy). Click on the links to find out more about the fellowships undertaken.

Western Health 2008
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 2009-2010
Cleveland Clinic, Ohio 2010-2011
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust 2011-2012

Professional Development

Australian Gastrointestinal Week 2013 – Invited Speaker
CSSANZ Spring CME 2013 – Invited Speaker
Supervisors and Trainers for Surgical Education and Training (SAT SET) course 2013
The Oxford Pelvic Floor Centre Masterclass 2012
ACPGBI Annual Conference, Dublin 2012 – Presenter
RACS ASC 2004-2009, 2012
Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robotic console operator course 2011
Cleveland Clinic SILS and Robotic course 2011 – Faculty
Cleveland Clinic Minimally invasive colorectal surgery course 2011 – Faculty
Tripartite Colorectal Meeting, Cairns 2011 – Presenter
DDW 2011
Turnbull Colorectal Symposium 2011
International Symposium on Colorectal Surgery 2011
Cleveland Clinic Florida TEMS course 2011
Cleveland Clinic Florida Endo-anal and endo-rectal ultrasound course 2011
CSSANZ Journal Club 2008-2009
Programming SNS – A Hands On Approach 2009
The Victor W. Fazio Meeting – “Controversies in Colorectal Surgery”2009
AGW 2009
Brisbane Gastroenterology Journal Club 2009
Queensland Cancer Council Update on Colorectal Cancer 2009
CSSANZ TBCRS Fellow’s Weekend 2008, 2009
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgical Course (C4LapCR) 2009 – Faculty
Laparoscopic Colorectal Workshop 2008 Werribee Veterinary Hospital
Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery Course 2008 Surgery Australia
Melbourne Trauma Journal Club 2008
Johnson and Johnson Laparoscopic workshop 2006 Werribee Veterinary Hospital
Colorectal Spring CME Meeting 2007-2008
Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Course 2005
The Critical Literature Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) Workshop 2005
Basic Surgical Skills Course 2002
Early Management in Severe Trauma (EMST) Course 2002

Research and Teaching

Invited Speaker/Guest Lecturer

Recent advances in the surgical management of colorectal cancer. Australian Gastrointestinal Week 2013.
Basic Laparoscopy Workshop. Austin Hospital, RACS, 2013.
Surgical management of Crohn’s fistula-in-ano. RANZCR Monthly Scientific Meeting, May 2013.
Surgical Site Infection in colorectal Surgery. CSSANZ CME, July 2013
Postgraduate Pelvic Floor physiotherapy lecture series.
The medical and surgical management of constipation and faecal incontinence.
University of Melbourne, 2013. Post-graduate course in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.

Peer-reviewed publications

“Current state of laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery in Australasia” Authors: Ong EJ, Stevenson AR. Published: ANZ J Surg. 2011 Apr;81(4):281-6. Podium Presentation: Tripartite Conference, Cairns 2011

“Current practice in preoperative therapy and surgical management of locally advanced rectal cancer: A bi-national survey” Authors: Ooi K, Frizelle F, Ong E, Faragher I. Published: Colorectal Dis. 2011 Sep 7.

“Synchronous Merkel cell and squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal in a HIV-positive patient: a case report” Authors: Ong, E., Wang, L., Darby, J. Accepted for publication: Colorectal Disease. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2012.02983.x
Submitted for publication

“Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy is an effective treatment for solitary rectal ulcer syndrome” Authors: Evans, C., Ong, E., Jones, O., Cunningham, C., Lindsey, I

Peer-reviewed presentations

“Current state of laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery in Australasia.” Authors: Ong, E.*, Stevenson, A. Podium Presentation: Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2011

“Anaerobic threshold does not predict surgical mortality or complications following elective colorectal surgery in the modern surgical age.” Authors: Ong, E.*, French, C., Gibbs, P., Faragher, I. Podium Presentation: RACS ASC 2012

“Laparoscopic ventral rectopexy improves quality of life in patients with obstructed defaecation from internal rectal prolapse.” Authors: Ong, E.*, Hompes, R., Jones, O., Cunningham, C., Lindsey, I. Podium Presentation: RACS ASC 2012

“Routine cardiopulmonary exercise testing is not necessary prior to elective colorectal cancer surgery.” Authors: IG Faragher, EJS Ong, P. Gibbs. E-posters of distinction and mini-podium: ASGBI Liverpool 2010. *presenter

Poster Presentations at peer-reviewed conferences.

“Which constipation-scoring instrument provides the most reliable endpoints for the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor disorders?” Authors: Ong, E., Findlay, J., Adusumilli, S., Hompes, R., Jones, O., Cunningham, C., Lindsey, I. Poster Presentation: RACS ASC 2012

“Transversus Abdominis Plane block decreases pain, ileus, opioid use and length of stay following laparoscopic high anterior resection compared to epidural or patient controlled analgesia alone.” Authors: Ong, E., Ris, F., Crabtree, N., Jones, O., Cunningham, C., Lindsey, I. Poster Presentation: RACS ASC 2012

Non-Colorectal Peer-reviewed Research

“The Effectiveness of CT versus PET scan in detecting liver metastases in high risk malignant melanoma” Authors: EJS Ong, CS Foley, JB Spillane, G McArthur, D Speakman, MA Henderson Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Published as abstract: ANZ Journal of Surgery 2005; Volume 75 Issue s1, Page A81 Presented: Poster, Perth ASC 2005

“A Review of the Outcomes of Investigation of Complex Cystic Breast Lesions in a Tertiary Referral Centre” Authors: CS Foley, EJS Ong, L Castles, E Bevington Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Australia. Published as abstract: ANZ Journal of Surgery 2005; Volume 75 Issue s1, Page A33 Presented: Poster, Perth ASC 2005

“Ipsilateral predominance of breast cancer related pleural effusions: A justification for pursuit of the internal mammary nodes?” Authors: EJS Ong, CS Foley, J O’Brien. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Published as abstract: ANZ Journal of Surgery 2005; Volume 75 Issue s1, Page A33 Presented: Poster, Perth ASC 2005

Prizes and Distinctions

Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Scholarship 2010

Epworth HealthCare – Cleveland Clinic Scholarship 2009

Dean’s Honours list 1997

Dean’s Honours list 1995