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Laparoscopic & Hepatobiliary Surgeon
Newtown & Wollstonecraft

About Dr. Michael Crawford

Clinical Associate Professor Michael Crawford

Medical School:

  • University of NSW


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery M.B.B.S., (1992)

Post Graduate:

    • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1999
    • Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) U.Syd 2005
  • 1992-1998, Internship through Registrar Training, – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • 1999, Fellow in Upper GIT Surgery/ “Chief Surgical Resident” – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • 2000, Staff Specialist Transplant Surgeon – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • 2001-2002, Fellow in Transplant Surgery – Hospital of Uni Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA)
  • June 2002, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Consultant Surgeon
  • VMO The Mater Hospital, Crows Nest
  • February 2007-present Head Liver Transplant Surgery Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • VMO Lifehouse, Camperdown


  • The NSW Medical Board. AHPRA MED0001158264
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Speciality: General Surgery

  • Hepatobiliary (Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder and Bile duct) Surgery
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery

Professional Memberships:

  • International Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
  • ANZ Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (ANZHPBA) Founding Executive Member
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS)
  • Obesity Surgery Society of ANZ (OSSANZ)
  • ANZ Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG)
  • Transplant society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Liver and Intestinal Transplant Advisory Committee Member
  • International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS) Founding Member

Current Appointments (Public Hospital):

  • Departments of Upper GIT Surgery and Transplant Surgery (Head Transplant Surgery) Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown NSW

Private Hospital Visiting Rights:

  • The Mater Hospital (Crows Nest) NSW
  • Lifehouse (Camperdown) NSW

Particular interests are:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgery of the Liver, Pancreas and Bile duct
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery

Dr Crawford is extensively trained and delivers first class care and techniques to patients with a variety of surgical needs.

Dr Crawford runs an ethical surgical practice, selecting treatments (or not) based on evidence and what is best for the individual patient. He enjoys educating patients well about their condition and therapeutic options to assist with decision making.  This website provides resources: with patient information PDFs authored by himself and links to his educational videos which have proved very useful for patients.  “It is great when patients arrive having already viewed a video or a patient information sheet on their condition.”  He finds the videos particularly useful for patients whose English is not strong, as they are able to go through the information presented at their own pace.

General Surgery: Dr Crawford performs common General Surgical Operations such as Hernia and Gallbladder surgery. Dr Crawford is an expert in the laparoscopic (key-hole) management of these and other general surgical conditions.

Hepatobiliary Surgery: Much of Dr Crawford’s focus has been Mastery of complex hepatobiliary surgery. Dr Crawford led the Liver Transplant Surgery team at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital since 2007. He has fostered the training of surgeons in HPB surgery. He is a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association. He has convened meetings for the ANZHPBA. Dr Crawford is a member of the International Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary Association. Dr Crawford attends and presents at international and national conferences on Liver, Pancreatic and Biliary Surgical issues. Dr Crawford has been an early adopter of laparoscopic techniques applied to pancreatic and liver surgery, and is a founding member of the International Liver Surgical Society (ILLS).

Bariatric Surgery: Dr Crawford has substantial experience and expertise in Obesity Surgery. He began with gastric band surgery in 2005, he offers Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass (‘Mini’ and Roux en Y) and revisional surgery. Some patients are better with or prefer Gastric Bypass surgery, each procedure is tailored to the patient and their particular needs.

Laparoscopic Surgery: Dr Crawford has matured in his surgical practice alongside the development of laparoscopic surgery for various indications, making him an expert in many procedures laparoscopically. Dr Crawford routinely performs many operations with “key-hole” surgery. His laparoscopic operations include: Gallbladder and biliary surgery, inguinal and incisional herniae, distal pancreatectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, bariatric surgery and most liver resections. Dr Crawford has recently begun to use robotic surgery for complex cases to avoid open surgery, allowing a key-hole approach. Key-hole surgery means less pain and risks of wound complications such as infection, bleeding and hernia formation.

Research and Teaching:

Dr Crawford has an interest in teaching at all levels. In particular teaching advanced surgical techniques to surgical trainees and post-graduate fellows. He is the Chair of the Royal Prince Alfred Transplant Institute, overseeing the activities of the RPATI Laboratory where he supervises PhD Students. This and other work has led to a substantial publication list.