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Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department is the largest in Victoria and second largest in Australia. The Department has use of three operating rooms, up to 10 post-operative Intensive Care beds, and a 20 bed Ward.

The Department provides consultative and operative services on an elective and emergency basis for patients requiring advanced cardiac, and thoracic surgical care.

Operative procedures undertaken include:

  • Coronary bypass surgery, including total arterial grafting and off-pump surgery
  • Cardiac valve repair and replacement
  • Reconstruction and replacement of the thoracic aorta, including the arch
  • Electrophysiology surgery for life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Correction of congenital cardiac abnormalities in adults

Thoracic Surgery encompasses exploratory and diagnostic procedures, many through minimally invasive techniques. These include:

  • Lung and oesophageal tumours
  • Management of thoracic trauma

Cardiothoracic surgeons and registrars provide 24 hour emergency cover and availability.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Royal Melbourne Hospital - City Campus
2nd Floor, Main Building
Grattan Street, Parkville 3050
Victoria, Australia

Telephone 9342 7863
Facsimile 9342 8863

Senior Staff

Prof James Tatoulis

Head / Director Cardiothoracic Surgery Department

9342 7542, 9348 1383 Rooms

Mr Peter Skillington

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 8525, 9347 0106 Rooms

Mr John Goldblatt

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 8524, 9347 5935 Rooms

Mr Robin Brown

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 8952, 9347 9077 Rooms

Prof Alistair Royse

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 2142, 9035 4759 Rooms

Mr Phillip Antippa

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 8545

Mr Simon Moten

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 8585, 9429 4055 Rooms

Mr Stephen Barnett

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 7000, 9419 2477 Rooms

Mr Marco Larobina

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 7000, 9421 0140 Rooms

Mr Michael O'Keefe

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

9342 7000, 9988 7795 Rooms

GP Referrals

For Cardiac Clinic outpatient appointments, fax requests/referral letters to Central Appointments on 9342 4234, or mail them to Central Appointments, 1 South, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, 3050.


For advice and urgent referrals, fax information to the Referrals Registrar in the department or to one of the Cardiologists directly (9347 2808).

For patient transfer from country hospitals, phone the Cardiology Liaison Nurse on 9342 7434 or the hospital switchboard on 9342 7000 and page (7434). After hours, phone the Coronary Care Unit on 9342 7302.


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