The Mayne Academy of Surgery encompasses teaching and research activities with the aim of keeping students and researchers at the forefront of surgical practice. The Head of the Mayne Academy is Professor Mark Smithers.


The Discipline of Surgery teaches in hospitals affiliated with UQ Medicine's Clinical Schools. This includes teaching at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital; the Princess Alexandra Hospital; Greenslopes Private Hospital; The Mater Hospital; QEII; The Prince Charles Hospital; Redcliffe and Caboolture Hospitals; Ipswich Hospital; Rural Clinical School at Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Hospitals; and at our overseas clinical school at The Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Teaching Activities

The Discipline of Surgery teaches students about surgical diseases, how they present clinically, how they are investigated, and the principles of management. Teaching covers the spectrum of surgical pathology including gastrointestinal surgery, breast and endocrine surgery, burns and trauma, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, vascular surgery, orthopaedics, ear nose and throat, head and neck surgery, and ophthalmology.

Research Activities

Our academic staff are involved in the supervision of Research Higher Degree (PhD and MPhil) students. Study topics range from pure laboratory science to fully clinical studies.

Research interests in the Discipline of Surgery are broadly based on:

Away Placements

Surgical Specialties 

As you may be aware, Surgical Specialties (Orthopaedics & Ophthalmology) and Critical Care (Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Unit) are not placements in themselves, but a series of two and three week placements within the Advanced Hospital Practice Semester (depicted below).

Students will be provided with the opportunity to undertake their Emergency/Orthpaedics and Anaesthetics/Opthamology/Intensive Care placements at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to availability). Further details can be found here.

In addition to these, there is also one pre-approved Emergency/Orthopaedics placement at Queen’s University in Canada for each of the six placement blocks in Year 4. This is open to all students, however priority will be given to students who can demonstrate an intention to practice medicine in North America. Further details will be provided by the Faculty prior to applications opening.


Professor Mark Smithers
Head, Discipline of Surgery 
Phone: +61 7 3176 5306
Address: Room 917, 9th Floor, Health Sciences Building, RBWH, Herston QLD 4029