Dr John Lumley

John Lumley graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984 with first class honours in Medicine. He trained in general surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and completed the Australasian postfellowship colorectal training course in 1994. John has been fortunate to be involved with the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery since 1991. He remains involved with defining the techniques and indications for laparoscopic colorectal surgery for cancer. Other colorectal interests include functional disorders such as rectal prolapse, obstructive defaecation and faecal incontinence. 

John is a co-director of Colorectal Diagnostics in Brisbane, and performs colonoscopy, endorectal ultrasound, pudendal nerve studies and anorectal manometry.

He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a member of both the Colorectal Surgery Society of Australasia (CSSA) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). He has previously served on the GESA council and currently serves on the executive of the Section of Colorectal Surgery and on the council of the CSSA 


Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson

Andrew completed his post-fellowship training in Colorectal surgery at Royal Brisbane and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals in the mid 1990’s. It was during this training, particularly under the guidance of Prof. Russell Stitz, that he began routinely using minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy and TEMS for treatment of a variety of colorectal pathologies. Andrew is now Head of the Colorectal Surgery department at Royal Brisbane, as well as Associate Professor of Colorectal surgery at University of Queensland.

Along with the team in Brisbane, Andrew has conducted over 100 workshops on minimally invasive techniques, and is Chairman-Elect for the CSSANZ Training Board of Colorectal Surgery. Prof. Stevenson began using robotics and assessing its utility in colorectal surgery in 2009. He performed the first reported robotic male pelvic exenteration in the Southern Hemisphere and in combination with colleagues in Korea, published as the first case series. He more recently began using transanal TME late 2013 for benign and malignant rectal resections, and visited Prof. Antonio Lacy in 2014 to further his knowledge of the technique. Andrew recently participated in a select international consensus forum into the development of new minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of rectal prolapse (laparoscopic ventral rectopexy), as well as participated in the recent international consensus on transanal TME for rectal cancer.

Member of both the Australian and American Societies of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, as well as European Society Coloproctoloogy and Executive Member of the Queensland Clinical Oncology Group for the Queensland Cancer Foundation. 


Associate Professor David Clark

David Clark was born in Brisbane and trained in surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.  He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1999.  Further training in colorectal surgery was undertaken in the United Kingdom in Gloucester, Cheltenham, London, and the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  Whilst in Scotland, he undertook further examination and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal  College of Surgeons at Edinburgh in January 2002.

David returned to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2002 and took up a post as Senior Lecturer in the University of Queensland.  His private practice is based at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside.

At the RBWH he developed an interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  He has presented internationally and published on the unit's outcomes regarding laparoscopic total colectomy for refractory acute severe colitis.  His other interests include laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer and rectal prolapse.

A/Prof Clark is a member of the following organizations:

  • Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland

  • Gastroenterological Society of Australasia

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • Medical Advisory Committee of the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

  • Secretary Surgical Staff Association, RBWH



Professor Russell Stitz

Russell Stitz is a Senior Surgeon in the Colorectal Unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. After completing his surgical training at that Hospital, he extended his experience in the United Kingdom where he trained in Colorectal Surgery at St Mark's Hospital, London. In 2001, he returned to the Hospital as the Sir Alan Parks Visiting Professor. He has been Chairman of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a Past President of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australasia. He is also an Honorary Member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He has been a pioneer in the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery and has published and presented on many aspects of colorectal disease.

He has been on the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1998 and chaired the Professional Development and Standards Board for three years. In May 2005, he assumed the role of President of the College.

In 2002/2003, he was President of the AMA in Queensland and has served on the Board of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. From 1988-1992, he was Chairman of the Medical Staff Association at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He has had a long career in the Army Reserve holding the rank of Colonel in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

He has a major interest in training particularly in advanced laparoscopic surgery and has additional research interests in inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal carcinoma and complex anal fistulae.