Professor Thomas J Hugh

Professor Tom Hugh is an Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon based at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital

He specialises in the treatment of patients with gallstones, liver tumours, and abdominal wall and groin hernias.

He is the Chair of Surgery at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, based at Royal North Shore Hospital.

He is the founder and Director of the Surgical, Education, Research and Training (SERT) Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital He is passionate about high-quality, evidence-based clinical care and the training of future surgeons. He undertakes both clinical and laboratory research and currently supervises several PhD and Masters students.
He was a co-founder of the RNSH Clinical Skills Centre, currently located within the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, in the Kolling Building, RNSH. ( He has organised and taught many open and laparoscopic skills courses over the past 20 years.

His clinical interests include quality outcomes for patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole surgery for gallstones), short stay inguinal and femoral hernia repair using the Pain Buster analgesia system, and short-term and long-term outcomes after liver resection.

He undertakes both open and laparoscopic ventral and incisional hernia repair.

Professor Hugh established the Data Analysis and Surgical Outcomes (DASO) unit at RNSH in 2016 and he is passionate about clinical audit and surgical outcomes research. To this end he keeps detailed clinical outcomes data on his patients following operative intervention, and this provides accurate information about the most likely post-operative course for patients.

Professor Hugh has co-authored >120 peer-reviewed publications and his current higher degree research areas include:

  • Molecular biomarkers in malignant liver tumours
  • The economic impact of treatment of colorectal liver metastases
  • Variations in clinical practice in hernia surgery

Member Organisations

The Tom Reeve
Academic Surgical Clinic

Professor Hugh sees all outpatients in the Tom Reeve Academic Surgical Clinic located on the Ground floor / North, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards

The Tom Reeve Academic Clinic is a collaborative initiative between the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), the University of Sydney and the RNSH SERT Institute.
The Tom Reeve Academic Clinic is named in honour of Tom Reeve, the inaugural Professor of Surgery RNSH and a previous President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.