Dr. Salena WardOesophago-Gastric, Bariatric and General Surgeon

Dr. Salena Ward

Dr. Salena Ward is an Oesophago-Gastric, Bariatric and General Surgeon who consults in Box Hill, Bundoora and Lilydale. She can perform general abdominal operations but has had specialised training and experience with surgery particularly of the stomach and the oesophagus. She has a specific interest in investigation and treatment of patients with cancer of the stomach and oesophagus. She believes in a thorough consultation about your particular condition and situation in order to provide the best treatment.

Salena provides the following services:

Many of the above operations can be performed by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) if appropriate.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy, Melbourne University Private, 2003
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), General Surgery, 2009
  • Specialist Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne, 2009-2011
  • Specialist Fellowship in Oesophago-Gastric Surgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2011-2012



Ward SM, Mobsby CJ, Wilkinson S. Capsule endoscopy: a surgical perspective. ANZ J Surg. 2008 Jan-Feb;78(1-2):28-33

Huang JG, Lim W, Ward SM, McLaughlin SJ. Education and Imaging. Hepatobiliary and pancreatic: splenic autotransplantation. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Jul;23(7 Pt 1):1662

Pilgrim CH, Satgunaseelan L, Ward SM, Evans PM. Gallbladder carcinoma as a long-term complication of cholecystojejunostomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2009 Dec; 13(12):2330-2

Local Presentations

  • Annual Scientific Meeting, Tasmanian State Committee, RACS. Oct 2005
  • Ward SM, Mobsby CJ, Wilkinson S. “Capsule Endoscopy: The Tasmanian General Surgical Experience.” Oral Presentation
  • Annual Scientific Meeting, Victorian State Committee, RACS. Nov 2006
  • Ward SM. “Operative Assessment: Is it appendicitis or not?” Poster display.
  • Annual Courses in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Austin Health & The University of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia. Sep 2008
  • “Choledocholithiasis post bile duct reconstruction.” Case presentation
  • ANGZOSA/ANHPBA Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand. Sep 2010
  • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function post Oesophagetomy, Gastrectomy and Pancreato-duodenectomy.” Oral presentation

Overseas Presentations:

  • Annual Scientific Congress, RACS, Hong Kong. May 2008
  • Ward SM, McLaughlin S. “Colonscopy: Do Surgeons Do It Better?” Oral presentation
  • European Pancreatic Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. June 2010
  • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function post Oesophagectomy, Gastrectomy and pancreato-duodenectomy. Oral poster presentation + electronic poster display
  • European Pancreatic Conference, Magdeburg, Germany. June 2011
  • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function measured post Major Upper Gastrointestinal Resections.” Oral Presentation
  • DDF / AUGIS Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, June 2012
  • Ward S, Mackay S, Cade R, Hassen S, Banting S, Gibson P. “Pancreatic Exocrine Function after Major Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery tested with a Carbon 13 Mixed Triglyceride Breath Test.” Poster Display

Higher Degree:

  • Master of Surgery completed May 2013 with Monash University
    Title: Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency Post Gastrectomy, Oesophagectomy and Panceato-duodenectomy

Current Research Interests:

  • Contributing to a randomised controlled trial: Oral pancreatic enzyme supplementation vs placebo in patients post oesophagectomy, gastrectomy and pancreato-duodenectomy
  • Co-supervisor for research projects performed by other members of the Eastern Health Research Group


  • Teaching of medical students, junior doctors and training surgical registrars
  • Assistant instructor RACS Statistics for Surgeons Workshop
  • Assistant instructor RACS Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course
  • Co-ordinator of Upper GI medical students training in Oxford Hospitals, UK

Public Hospital Appointments

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Eastern Health, Box Hill and Maroondah Hospitals, Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • RACS - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • ANZGOSA - Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association
  • ANZHPBA - Australia and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • OSSANZ - Obesity Surgery Society of Australian and New Zealand
  • ACMAV - Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria
  • ASAM - Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
  • GSA - General Surgeons Australia

Private Consulting & Operating Locations

Dr Salena Ward

Mailing address:

Suite 301, Level 3
100 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne,
Victoria, 3002
Email: sward@mgos.com.au

After hours message service
03 8652 1958