Prof Alexander Heriot Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Australia

Professor Alexander Heriot is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and is the Director of Cancer Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and Director of the Lower GI Tumour stream at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He qualified from Cambridge University and completed general surgery training in the UK. He has undertaken colorectal fellowships at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, St Mark’s Hospital, London, and the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He completed a research doctorate at the University of London on rectal cancer and an MBA at Melbourne Business School.
He has a clinical focus on lower gastrointestinal oncology and has developed the Pelvic Exenteration service and the Peritoneal disease service at Peter Mac. He also has a focus on minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer with a particular interest in the development, application, and teaching of robotic colorectal surgery. He runs a robotic colorectal surgical program across Peter MacCallum and Epworth Hospitals.
He runs a translational research program on lower gastrointestinal oncology with a focus on personalised therapy.
Professor Heriot is a Clinical Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch fellowship by RACS for 2016. He was previously Chairman of the Research Support Committee for the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and is Chairman of the Australasian Training Board in Colorectal Surgery (TBCRS). He was Chairman of the Binational Colorectal Cancer Audit (2013-2019).
He has published over 340 peer reviewed papers, multiple book chapters and 1 book. He is on the editorial advisory board for Disease of the Colon and Rectum, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and Colorectal Cancer. He runs a translational research program focusing on lower gastrointestinal oncology and has raised over $10 million in grants and is currently/has supervised 31 surgeons undertaking higher degrees.