Dr. Koroush Haghighi

Dr. Koroush HaghighiDr. Koroush Haghighi

Dr Koroush Haghighi is a recognised hepatopancreatobiliary and transplant surgeon. A consultant specialist at Prince of Wales and St Vincent’s public and private hospitals in Sydney, he has completed training and fellowships in Australia, the UK and the USA to become one of the most prominent practitioners in his field.

His exceptional clinical expertise is paralleled by his unwavering commitment to patient outcomes. Passionate about the complexity of hepatopancreatobiliary medicine, Dr Haghighi is known for delivering personalised, accessible and highly responsive care that reflects his desire to help patients return to their everyday lives.

He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Adelaide (1994), and completed his basic surgical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (1994-96) and advanced surgical training at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney (1997-2002). He was subsequently awarded the Paul McMaster Fellowship in HPB & Liver Transplantation from the Australian and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association (2004-5) which he undertook at the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s Hospitals in the UK. He has also completed an Abdominal Multiorgan Transplantation Fellowship from the Mayo Clinic Rochester in the USA (2005-6).

Today, Dr Haghighi performs 150 major pancreatic and liver surgeries every year, and has completed more than 1200 over the course of his career. He performs both venous and arterial resections for complete tumour removal, and uses NanoKnife and microwave techniques as adjunct techniques. He also uses NanoKnife to treat locally advanced pancreatic cancers that can’t be resected.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr Haghighi is a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Among his many professional accreditations, he is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Australian, international, American and European associations of hepatopancreatobiliary surgeons.

SURGICAL TRAINING

  • ABDOMINAL MULTIORGAN TRANSPLANTATION FELLOWSHIP

    2005- 2006
    Department of Multiorgan Abdominal Transplantation,
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN, USA

    HPB, LIVER & INTESTINAL TRANSPLANTATION FELLOWSHIP

    2004 - 2005
    HPB & Liver Transplant Department 
    University Hospital of Birmingham
    Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    2005 - 2005
     
    Liver & Intestinal Transplant Unit
    Birmingham Children’s Hospital 
    Birmingham, United Kingdom

    GENERAL SURGICAL TRAINING

    Advanced General Surgical Training

    1999- 2002:
    FRACS Part II
    Sydney, Australia

    Basic Surgical Training

    1995-1998:
    FRACS Part I
    Sydney, Australia

    Internship

    1994
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    Sydney, Australia

    Sub-Internship USA

    1993-1994
    UCSF Medical Center-
    Cardiology 4 weeks
    General Surgery 4 weeks
     

MEMBERSHIPS

    • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
    • Australia and New Zealand Assocaition of Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery
    • Australian Association of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeons
    • International Association of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeons
    • American Association of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeons
    • European Association of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgeons
    • Australian Transplant Society
    • General Surgeons Australia
    • European Society of Organ Transplantation
    • European Society of Transplant Surgeons
    • European Society of Liver and Intestinal Transplantation
    • Upper GI Society of NSW
    • International College of Surgeons
    • The Transplantation Society
    • American Society of Transplantation
    • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    • Mayo Alumni

Invited Speaker

  • Pancreatic resection at the limits. High end resection with cutting edge technology.

    • SUGSS, Sydney, Australia
    • 2 December 2017

     

    Session chair

    • Annual Scientific Congress: RACS
      Sydney Convention Centre
      7-11 May 2017

     

    Surgery for chronic pancreatitis

    • Annual Scientific Congress: RACS
      Sydney Convention Centre
      7-11 May 2017

     

    Pancreatic cancer at POWH

    • Grand Rounds
      Prince of Wales Hospital
      12 April 2017

     

    Chairman of congress & Session Chair: Optimal management of pancreatic cystic neoplasm

    • Joint congress of the 6th Biennial Congress A-PHPBA
      & 29th meeting JSHBPS
      Yokohama, Japan
      7-10 June 2016

     

    Defining Borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic cancer

    • Australasian Pancreatic Club Annual meeting 2016
      Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
      12-13 November 2016

     

    Vascular Techniques in Pancreatic Surgery

    • SUGSS, Sydney
      6 December 2014

     

    Multidisciplinary Team: Liver Surgeon Expert

    • AGITG, Sydney
      25-26 July 2014

     

    Liver Metastasis from breast cancer-What to do?

    • Secondary Breast Cancer-Workshop
      17-18 June, Sydney, 2014

     

    Management of colorectal metastasis

    • Round table meeting
      Sydney Oncological Group
      30 October 2012

     

    Chairman of Sirtex Educational Meeting

    • Sydney, NSW, Australia
      9 October 2012

     

    Session Chair AGITG: Resectable or unresectable liver mets

    • Sydney, NSW, Australia
      7 Sep 2012

     

    Session Chair AGITG: New Trials

    • Sydney, NSW, Australia
      8 Sep 2012

     

    Borderline Pancreatic cancers for resection

    • Wollongong Oncology Group
      Nov 2011

     

    Session Chair AGITG: New Trials

    • Sydney, NSW, Australia
      Sep 2010

     

    Laparoscopic Donor technique; Ideal Technique

    • Debate Controversies In Transplant Surgery
      Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
      Sydney, NSW, Australia
      10 November 2007

     

    Ideal Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Metastasis to Liver

    • Department Oncology, Wollongong Hospital
      28 November 2007

     

    Chairman of the Procedural Section

    • St George Liver Oncology Group
      Sydney, NSW, Australia
      October 2003

     

Publications

  • Gandy RC, Haghighi K. Centralising care for patients with pancreatic cancer: a hybrid model approach. The Medical journal of Australia 2017; 206(1): 21-2.

    Gandy RC, Bergamin PA, Haghighi KS. Hepatic resection of non-colorectal non-endocrine liver metastases. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2017; 87(10): 810-4.

    Gandy RC, Stavrakis T, Haghighi KS. Short‐and long‐term outcomes of elderly patients undergoing liver resection for colorectal liver metastasis. ANZ journal of surgery 2016.

    Gandy RC, Barbour AP, Samra J, et al. Refining the care of patients with pancreatic cancer: the AGITG Pancreatic Cancer Workshop consensus. The Medical journal of Australia 2016; 204(11): 419-22.

    De Sousa SM, Haghighi KS, Qiu MR, Greenfield JR, Chen DL. Synchronous nesidioblastosis, endocrine microadenoma, and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasia in a man presenting with hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. Pancreas 2016; 45(1): 154-9.

    Chandrasegaram MD, Goldstein D, Simes J, et al. Meta-analysis of radical resection rates and margin assessment in pancreatic cancer. British Journal of Surgery 2015; 102(12): 1459-72.

    Barbour A, O'Rourke N, Chandrasegaram MD, et al. A multicenter, phase II trial of preoperative gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel for resectable pancreas cancer: The AGITG GAP study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2015; 33(15_suppl): 4115-.

    Smith RC, Creighton N, Lord RV, et al. Survival, mortality and morbidity outcomes after oesophagogastric cancer surgery in New South Wales, 2001-2008. Med J Aust 2014; 200(7): 408-13.

    Mackie FE, Kennedy SE, Rosenberg AR, Kainer G, Frawley JE, Haghighi KS. Safety and Adequacy of Percutaneous Biopsies in Pediatric Orthotopic Kidney Transplantation. International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine 2012; 3(1): 26-31.

    Gupte GL, Haghighi KS, Sharif K, et al. Surgical complications after intestinal transplantation in infants and children—UK experience. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2010; 45(7): 1473-8.

    Haghighi KS, Glenn D, Gruenberger T, Morris DL. Extending the limits for curative liver resections by portal vein embolization. International Surgery 2009; 94(1): 43-7.

    Parasyn AD, Truskett PG, Bennett M, et al. Acute-care surgical service: a change in culture. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2009; 79(1-2): 12-8.

    20. Kuzinkovas V, Haghighi K, Singhal R, Andrews NJ. Paraduodenal hernia: a rare cause of abdominal pain. Canadian Journal of Surgery 2008; 51(6): E127-E8.

    Woon WWL, Haghighi KS, Zuckermann RS, Morris DL. Liver resection and cryotherapy for metastatic melanoma. International surgery 2008; 93(5):247-7.

    Hobson ML, Johari AS, Woon W, Haghighi KS. Mesenteric Panniculitis causing ischaemic bowel – A case report. International surgery 2008; 93(4): 238-40.

    John AR, Haghighi KS, Phillippe T, Esmat E, Bramhall SR. Is raised CA 19-9 diagnostic for Cholangiocarcinoma in patients with no history of sclerosing Cholangitis. Digestive Surgery 2006; 23(5-6): 319-24.

    Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Gupte G, et al. Is Serum Gentamicin Level a Good Predictor of Graft Injury in Intestinal Transplantation? Transplantation Proceedings 2006; 38(6): 1733-4.

    Haghighi KS, Steinke K, Hazratwala K, Kam PCA, Daniel S, Morris DL. Controlled Study of Inline Radiofrequency Coagulation-Assisted Partial

    Nephrectomy in Sheep. Journal of Surgical Research 2006; 133(2): 215-8.

    Morris D, Haghighi K, King J, Daniel S. In-Line Multielectrode Radiofrequency Ablation: A new technique to minimise blood loss in hepatic parenchymal transection. Annals of Surgical Oncology; 2005: Springer 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013 USA; 2005. p. S77-S.

    Haghighi KS, Wang F, King J, Daniel S, Morris DL. In-line radiofrequency ablation to minimize blood loss in hepatic parenchymal transection. The American Journal of Surgery 2005; 190(1): 43-7.

    Haghighi KS, Steinke K, Hazratwala K, Kam PCA, Daniel S, Morris DL. Controlled Study of In-Line Ovine Spleen Transection Assisted by Radiofrequency Ablation. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 2005; 58(4): 841-4.

    Steinke K, Haghighi KS, Wulf S, Morris DL. Effect of vessel diameter on the creation of ovine lung radiofrequency lesions in vivo: Preliminary results. Journal of Surgical Research 2005; 124(1): 85-91.

    Haghighi KS, Steinke K, Hazratwala K, Kam PCA, Daniel S, Morris DL. Controlled study of Inline radiofrequency ablation (ILRFA) assisted transection of ovine liver. Journal of Surgical Research 2005; 123(1): 139-43.

    Haghighi KS, Woon WWL, Akhter J, et al. A new source of hepatocytes for transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings 2004; 36(8): 2466-8.

    Glasson R, Haghighi KS, Richardson G. Chicken bone perforation of a sigmoid diverticulum. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2002; 72(6): 448-9.

    Teoh W-C, Haghighi KS, Morris DL. Aggressive multimodality treatment for primary malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2001; 71(11): 683-5.

    Haghighi KS, Ng H, Merrett N. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Of A Bifid Gall Bladder With Two Separate Cystic Ducts. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2000; 70(8): 621-2.

    Chaplin JM, O’Brien CJ, McNeil EB, Haghighi K. Application of Prognostic Scoring Systems in Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1999; 69(9): 625-8.

    Chui AKK, Haghighi K, Painter D, et al. Donor fatty (steatotic) liver allografts in orthotopic liver transplantation. Transplantation Proceedings 1998; 30(7): 3286-7.

    Chui AKK, Jayasundera MV, Haghighi KS, et al. Octreotide Scintigraphy: A Prerequisite for Liver Transplantation for Metastatic Gastrinoma. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1998; 68(6): 458-60.

    O'Brien CJ, Lee KK, Stern HS, et al. Evaluation of 250 Free-Flap Reconstructions After Resection of Tumours of the Head and Neck. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1998; 68(10): 698-701.

    Wallington M, Mendis S, Premawardhana U, Sanders P, Shahsavar-Haghighi K. Local control and survival in spinal cord compression from lymphoma and myeloma. Radiotherapy and Oncology 1997; 42(1): 43-7.

ORAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

    • A modified pancreaticogastrotomy technique to lower risk of pancreatic anastomotic leaks. Eugenia C Ip, Andrew Ling, Hugh Giddings, Koroush S Haghighi. Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Singapore, 6th May 2014
    • Improving Outcomes in Paediatric Orthotopic Renal Transplantation. Christopher Mulligan, Rachel Kirby, Eugenia Ip, Sean Kennedy, Elizabeth Craig, Fiona Mackie, Andrew Rosenberg, Gad Kainer, John Frawley, Koroush S Haghighi. Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Singapore, 6th May 2014
    • Comparable morbidity, mortality and patient long-term survival can be achieved in patients with colorectal liver metastases undergoing 2 stage or downstaging liver resections to patients undergoing routine resections. Eugenia C Ip, Paul A Bergamin, Jasmine X Wong, David Goldstein, Eva Segelov, Morteza Aghmesheh, Koroush S Haghighi. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Pre-operative chemotherapy administered in recommended doses does not increase morbidity and mortality rates in liver resections. Wong XJ, Bergamin AP, Ip E, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Safety and Adequecy of Percutaneous Biopsies in Paediatric Orthotopic Kidney transplantation. EC IP,RE Kirby, E Craig, FE Mackie, SE Kennedy, AR Rosenberg, G Kainer, JE Frawley, KS Haghighi. Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Perth, May 2010
    • Paediatric Orthotopic Renal Transplantation at The Sydney Children’s Hospital. RE Kirby, EC IP, E Craig, FE Mackie, SE Kennedy, AR Rosenberg, G Kainer, JE Frawley, KS Haghighi. Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Perth, May 2010
    • Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Live Donor Nephrectomy: The Prince of Wales Experience. J Chang, D Wanaguru, W Woon, M Glasel, KS Haghighi Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress.Brisbane, May 2009
    • Surgical Complications of Intestinal Transplantation. KS Haghighi, K Sharif, DF Mirza, AD Mayer, JVille de Goyet, C Lloyd, G Gupte, PJ McKiernan, U Baumann, IDM van Mourik, DA Kelly, SV Beath, AJW Millar World Transplant congress, July 22-27, 2006, Boston, USA.
    • Techniques for reduced blood loss, transection time and bile leak rate during liver resection in a multinational study. DL Morris, KS Haghighi, F Chu, W Lindermann, G Pistorius, MK Schilling, T Yan, R Zuckerman, J Machi, S Daniel. 2006 Annual Meeting American Hepato-Pancreat-Biliary Association. March 9-12, 2006, Eden ROC resort, Miami Beach, Florida
    • Bridging liver transplantation in pediatric intestinal failure – A Bridge Too Far? D Carroll, D Mirza, AD Mayer, KS Haghighi, K Sharif, AJW Millar. European Liver Transplant Association Winter Meeting. April 16-20th 2005.Obergurgul Tyrol, Austria.
    • Inline Multielectrode Radiofrequency Ablation: A new technique to minimize blood loss in hepatic parenchyma transaction. Morris DL, Haghighi KS, King J, Daniel S. Congress of the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. April 14 -17th, Fort Lauderale, Florida, USA.
    • Inline radiofrequency ablation – A new technique for solid organ transaction. Haghighi KS. Department of Surgery, St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW. St George Liver Oncology Group. October 2003, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
    • Hepatocyte transplantation from livers resected for cancer. Haghighi KS Department of Surgery, St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW St George Liver Oncology Group. October 2003, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
    • A new source of Hepatocytes for transplantation. Haghighi KS, Morris DL, Riordan S. Department of Surgery, St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation. September 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    • A new source of hepatocytes for transplantation. Haghighi KS, Akhter J, Sowter S, Riordan S, Liu L, Morris DL. Department of Surgery, St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress May 2003. Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    • The use of donor fatty liver in orthotopic liver transplantation. Haghighi KS, Chui A, Painter D, Mc Caughan G, Verran D, Sheil AGR. Registrars’ Papers Day, November 1996. Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
    • Donor fatty (steatotic) liver allografts in orthotopic liver transplantation. Chui A, Haghighi KS, Mears DC, Painter D, Jayasundera M, Hall G, Verran DJ, McCaughan GW, Sheil AGR. The Asian Society of Transplantation, Fifth Congress December 4 - 7 1997. Manila, Philippines.

POSTER RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

    • Short term outcomes for medium-volume pancreaticoduodenectomy surgeons can be equivalent to high volume centres, when performed concurrently with an overall high volume of complex HPB cases. Links DJR, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Varico-caval Shunt Procedure. Preda TC, Danta, M, Haghighi KS. IHPBA. Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Extended hepatectomies can be performed with minimal morbidity and mortality. Eugenia Ip, Paul Bergamin, Jasmine Wong, Stavarkis T, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Liver resections can be safely performed in the elderly. Wong XJ, Bergamin AP, Ip E, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Liver resection for metastasis other than colorectal, hepatocellular, cholangiocarcinoma/gallbladder and neuroendocrine tumours are controversial: a study of survival and benefits. Bergamin P, Ip E, Wong J, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Curative treatment of oligometastatic liver and lung disease from anal squamous cell carcinoma: a case series. Hesselberg G, Thompson S, Goldstein D, Truskett P, Haghighi KS. IHPBA, Korea, 21-28 March 2014.
    • Synchronous diaphragmatic excision during liver resection is safe and feasible. Bergamin P, Chang J, Links DJR, Stavrakis T, Haghighi KS. Fourth Biennial Congress of the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Shanghai, China, March 2013
    • Liver resections can be performed safely in the elderly. Wong JX, Ip EC, Stavrakis T, Haghighi KS. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2012
    • Extended hepatectomies can be performed with minimal morbidity and mortality. Ip EC, Wong JX, Woon WW, Stavrakis T, Haghighi KS. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2012
    • Safety and Adequecy of Percutaneous Biopsies in Paediatric Orthotopic Kidney transplantation. EC IP,RE Kirby, E Craig, FE Mackie, SE Kennedy, AR Rosenberg, G Kainer, JE Frawley, KS Haghighi. International Transplantation Society Conference. Vancouver, Canada, August 2010
    • Paediatric Orthotopic Renal Transplantation at The Sydney Children’s Hospital. Ip EC, Kirby RE, Craig E, Mackie FE, Kennedy SE, Rosenberg AR, Kainer G, Frawley JE, Haghighi KS. International Transplantation Society Conference. Vancouver, Canada, August 2010
    • Surgery for Recurrent Hepatocellular Carcinoma after Liver Transplantation May Prolong Patient Survival. Haghighi KS, Heimbach JK, Poterucha JJ, Mennon NKV, Gores GJ, Rosen CB. World Transplant congress, July 22-27, 2006, Boston, USA.
    • Is raised CA 19-9 diagnostic for Cholangiocarcinoma in patients with no history of sclerosing Cholangitis. John AR, Haghighi KS, Phillippe T, Esmat E, Bramhall SR. 8th World Congress on Gastro Intestinal Cancer. 28th June-1st July 2006, Barcelona, Spain.
    • Is Serum Gentamicin level a good predictor of graft injury in intestinal Transplantation? Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Gupte G, Mirza DF, Mayer AD, Carroll D, Lloyd C, Kelly DA, Beath SV, Millar AJW. International Pediatric Transplant Association, 3rd World Congress. August 6-9 2005, Innsbruck, Austria.
    • Surgical Complications of Intestinal Transplantation. Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Gupte G, Mirza DF, Mayer AD, Carroll D, Lloyd C, Kelly DA, Beath SV, Millar AJW. International Pediatric Transplant Association, 3rd World Congress. August 6-9 2005, Innsbruck, Austria.
    • Is Serum Gentamicin level a good predictor of graft injury in intestinal Transplantation? Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Gupte G, Mirza DF, Mayer AD, Carroll D, Lloyd C, Kelly DA, Beath SV, Millar AJW. 9th International Small Bowel Transplantation Symposium. June 30th to July 2nd 2005. Brussels- Belgium.
    • Surgical Complications of Intestinal Transplantation. Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Gupte G, Mirza DF, Mayer AD, Carroll D, Lloyd C, Kelly DA, Beath SV, Millar AJW. 9th International Small Bowel Transplantation Symposium. June 30th to July 2nd 2005.Brussels-Belgium.
    • Can we fix it? A complicated case of liver re-transplantation. Carroll D, Mirza D, Mayer AD, Haghighi KS, Sharif K, Millar AJW. European Liver Transplant Association Winter Meeting. April 16-20th 2005.Obergurgul Tyrol, Austria.
    • Blood Transfusion in Organ Donors may increase the incidence of acute rejection in liver transplantation. Haghighi KS, Orug T, Mirza DF, Stell DA, Mayer AD, Buckels JA, Bramhall SR. 20th International Congress of the Transplantation Society, September 5-10, 2004, Vienna, Austria.