Mr Stephen Farrell


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  • Endocrine Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Adrenal Surgery

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy, VIC

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital

Level 4, Suite B45, 55
Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065

T: (03) 8415 1655

F: (03) 9419 1644



Stephen is one of Australia's leading Endocrine Surgeons. Over more than 20 years as a specialist, he has a vast experience of all aspects of endocrine surgery and has performed more than 4500 thyroid operations and more than 1800 parathyroid operations.

When possible, he performs minimally invasive or "Keyhole" parathyroid surgery and thyroid surgery, and laparoscopic or retroperitoneoscopic ("Keyhole") adrenal surgery. 

Stephen performs ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsies, when appropriate, in his office. He will organise other investigations to clarify the diagnosis and plan the most appropriate management, whether that is observation, medical treatment or surgery.

When surgery is the best treatment, he will perform: 

Parathyroid surgery for:

  • Parathyroid Adenoma 
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid Cancer
Thyroid surgery for:
  • Thyroid Nodule 
  • Multinodular Goitre
  • Graves' Disease
  • Thyroid Cancer 
Neck Dissection for Thyroid cancer involving Lymph nodes

Removal of Branchial and Thyroglossal cysts

Adrenal surgery for:
  • Adrenal Tumour
  • Conn's Syndrome 
  • Adrenal Cushing's Syndrome
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Paraganglioma
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
And Pancreatic surgery for:
  • Islet Cell Tumour
  • Insulinoma

He has published many peer reviewed articles and two Chapters: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and other Familial Endocrine Tumour Syndromes. Stephen Farrell and Charles Proye. In: Endocrine Surgery. Schwartz, Pertsemlidis and Gagner (Eds). Marcel Dekker. New York 2004. p583-612.
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia. In Endocrine Surgery. Pertsemlidis, Inabnet and Gagner (Eds). CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL 2017. Pages 529-558.

Recently he co-authored the following important guidelines for Primary Hyperparathyroidism:

Primary hyperparathyroidism in adults (Part II) surgical management and postoperative follow-up: Position statement of the Endocrine Society of Australia, The Australian & New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons, and The Australian & New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society19 December 2021

Stephen co-authored a narrative article in the MJA: Thyroid nodules: diagnosis and management. Rosemary Wong, Stephen Farrell and Mathis Grossmann. Med J Aust 2018; 209 (2): 92-98. 

He trains surgical registrars and fellows who will be the next generation of Endocrine surgeons.

Better and fairer care. Always.

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