Using the taTME approach for rectal cancer surgery

A/Prof Andrew Stevenson

Head of the Colorectal Surgery department, Royal Brisbane Hospital


Andrew completed his post-fellowship training in Colorectal surgery at Royal Brisbane and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals in the mid 1990’s. It was during this training, particularly under the guidance of Prof. Russell Stitz, that he began routinely using minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy and TEMS for treatment of a variety of colorectal pathologies. Andrew is now Head of the Colorectal Surgery department at Royal Brisbane, as well as Associate Professor of Colorectal surgery at University of Queensland.

Along with the team in Brisbane, Andrew has conducted over 100 workshops on minimally invasive techniques, and is Chairman-Elect for the CSSANZ Training Board of Colorectal Surgery. Prof. Stevenson began using robotics and assessing its utility in colorectal surgery in 2009. He performed the first reported robotic male pelvic exenteration in the Southern Hemisphere and in combination with colleagues in Korea, published as the first case series. He more recently began using transanal TME late 2013 for benign and malignant rectal resections, and visited Prof. Antonio Lacy in 2014 to further his knowledge of the technique. Andrew recently participated in a select international consensus forum into the development of new minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of rectal prolapse (laparoscopic ventral rectopexy), as well as participated in the recent international consensus on transanal TME for rectal cancer.

Member of both the Australian and American Societies of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, as well as European Society Coloproctoloogy and Executive Member of the Queensland Clinical Oncology Group for the Queensland Cancer Foundation.