Prof Bob Jones, main picture and above, is a surgeon and Director of Liver Transplant Unit and Prof Peter Angus, above, is a physician and Medical Director of Liver Transplant Unit. Pictured clockwise the expert team in action. Picture: EUGENE HYLAND
The Heidelberg hospital’s liver transplant director and founder has performed hundreds of transplants during the past two decades, but credits the unit’s continuing success to the team of doctors and nurses who work diligently and tirelessly every day.
The Austin is the sole liver transplant site for Victoria, Tasmania and parts of NSW and SA, and one of only four across the country.
Prof Jones made headlines late last year after the team performed the liver transplant on radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch.
Describing the history of the operation, once considered taboo and cruel, the professor attributed technology, drugs and experience to the rising success rates with about 90 per cent of the annual 60 transplants done at the Austin a success.