SHIFT IT | Episode 16

Episode 16: The Evolution of Bariatric Surgery with Professor Wendy Brown

Welcome to the SHIFT IT podcast, with our host Glennis Winnet. Join Glennis as she introduces Professor Wendy Brown, an Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon. The pair discuss the evolution of bariatric surgery, the barriers that limit patients from receiving the treatment, and Wendy’s contribution to creating a registry for the surgery.

Follow Glennis as we discover Wendy’s journey from being one of the few women training surgery in 1995 to becoming the Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery at Alfred Health, the Director of the Oesophago-Gastric and Bariatric Unit Alfred Hospital as well as Clinical Director of the ANZ Bariatric Surgery Registry and Clinical Lead of the Victorian State Upper GI Cancer Registry.

With a sub-specialty interest in oesophago-gastric cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease and bariatric surgery, Wedny provides expertise to improve efficiency and effectiveness of surgery treatments. Wendy details the developments of bariatric surgery over time becoming more effective and safer for bariatric patients – who often are present greater risk when operating.

Wendy continues to dedicate herself to researching and educating healthcare professionals on the health benefits from weight loss, physiology of upper GI procedures, optimal service delivery models for bariatric surgery and registry science.

Her passion has helped many patients over the years and continues to revolutionise the healthcare industry. The Professor is inspired and motivated by the improvement in patients’ health post-surgery. Listen in as Wendy explores an in depth overview of the bariatric surgery process and the benefits it provides to patients.