I'm a colorectal surgeon: ask me anything

It’s kind of embarrassing, isn’t it—thinking and talking about your bowels? It’s kind of gross, actually. But what if I told you that we are slowly discovering that your bowel is not just plumbing. It is much, MUCH more. We don’t know everything yet, but we do know that your bowel contains an entire living ecosystem, with its own BRAIN, that independently controls everything about you: your mood, appetite, weight, and happiness in general! I have dedicated my career to studying the bowel and treating bowel disorders. In this talk, I will take you through what makes your bowel so incredibly special, explore its intricate nervous system and explain the living network of bacteria that are essential to it’s survival. Finally, we will discuss how to look after your bowel’s health and what to do when thing go wrong.


Dr Tarik Sammour is a colorectal surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2012. Following this, he undertook two years of accredited post-fellowship training in colorectal surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital as part of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) accredited training program. He then travelled to the United States and spent an additional fellowship year at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston training specifically in robotic colorectal surgery and advanced colorectal surgical oncology under the mentorship of leading surgeons in the field.

6:30pm @Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Road, NORWOOD 5067

Also speaking at this location at 8:30pm is Zac Rogers.