Prof Leigh Delbridge
- Endocrine Surgery
- Head & Neck
- General Surgery
Areas of Interest
- Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
Mater Hospital, North Sydney, NSW
Professor Leigh Delbridge is Australia’s most experienced surgeon in thyroid-related conditions. He continues to advance surgical techniques and has particular interest in understanding how the disease occurs and developing minimally invasive treatments.Professor Leigh Delbridge is a vastly experienced parathyroid and thyroid surgeon and has been head of the University of Sydney’s endocrine surgical unit (the largest in Australia) for over 20 years. He has performed more than 10,000 parathyroid and thyroid operations with over 500 such procedures undertaken each year.
Leigh’s clinical practice is confined solely to thyroid and parathyroid surgery and his research interests include the epidemiology of thyroid and parathyroid neoplasia, as well as the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Graduating from Sydney University with a BScMed and an MBBS he completed his surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital with a research fellowship at The Middlesex Hospital (UK). He joined the discipline of surgery at the Sydney University as a lecturer in 1984. Leigh was appointed associate professor in 1989 and professor of surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1994.
He is currently the president of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES), council member of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AsAES) and founding council member and scientific coordinator for Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons (AES). Leigh remains an emeritus professor of surgery at Sydney University.
Committed to pioneering research, he performed the first minimally invasive parathyroidectomy in Australia using endoscopic techniques which was published by the British Journal of Surgery. Leigh has published over 300 papers on parathyroid, thyroid and related topics in peer reviewed journals.
Affiliations & Memberships
- Professor of Surgery, University of Sydney
- Academic Head of Surgery, Northern Clinical School
- Australia and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons
- Chairman of the Section of Endocrine Surgery Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
- Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons