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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

Eight Cardiothoracic Surgeons and five 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 7700

Senior Staff

A/Prof James Tatoulis Cardiology Department Head/ Director 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
Mr Alistair Royse Cardiothoracic Surgeon 9342 2142
Mr Phillip Antippa Cardiothoracic Surgeon 9342 8545
Dr Silvana Marasco Cardiothoracic Surgeon 9342 4243, 9342 7378 Rooms
Dr Victoria Atkinson Cardiothoracic Surgeon  9342 7863, 9342 7378 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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