Biography

Mr Siven Seevanayagam is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Austin Health, Victoria. He is also a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St John of God Geelong, Epworth Eastern and Epworth Richmond Hospitals.

Siven completed his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery graduating with Honours from Monash University Medical School, before commencing his basic surgical training at the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre. After completing his General Surgery and Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery training, Siven obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He was the only surgeon to have been appointed to both Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Departments at Austin Health following his training.

Mr Seevanayagam is well know for his experience and expertise in complex adult cardiac and thoracic procedures. In cardiac surgery, he regularly performs total arterial revascularization in coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve repairs and replacements, aortic surgery, and thoracoscopic epicardial ablation for atrial fibrillation. In thoracic surgery, he has a special interest in extended pulmonary resections and lung sparing complex bronchoplastic and vascular sleeve resections, thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, and airway lasers and stenting.

He introduced endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy (EBUS) in Victoria, which is now standard of care for thoracic oncology patients. Additionally, he is fully accredited for robotic assisted thoracic surgery at the Epworth Hospitals and St John of God Geelong, which uses the Da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive thoracic surgery. 

Mr Seevanayagam has strong research interests in health informatics and the use of analytic techniques in linked large datasets in the healthcare sector. He is on the Board of Studies Cardiothoracic Surgeon and a Supervisor of Training at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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