Dr Michael Cooper's Biography
Cooper graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and completed his
internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His early
specialist training was undertaken at King George V Hospital, where he
gained his membership of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists in 1991. He received the Chenhall Award from the
University of Sydney enabling him to work for two years as a clinical
research fellow in endoscopic surgery in England and France. This time
was spent at the Royal Free Hospital in London and Clermont Ferrand,
France. Several months were then spent visiting the most advanced
endoscopic surgical units in the USA. On returning to Australia, he
took up a position as lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology,
University of New South Wales with clinical duties at Liverpool
Hospital. In 1996 he was appointed Head of Endoscopic Surgery at King
George V Hospital and in 1997 became a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney University. He was
the Secretary of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society from
1999 to 2003. He was accredited with Sydney IVF in 2004.
His major interest and research
focus is on the treatment and management of endometriosis for both pain
and infertility. He uses excisional surgery to deal with complex cases
and has had significant experience with severe disease including bowel
He is involved in the training
of medical students and junior doctors in specialist training and runs
the endoscopic division of the gynaecological service at King George V
Hospital. He initiated one of the early endoscopic training centres for
gynaecologists in Australia at Liverpool Hospital and expects up to 90%
of all gynaecological procedures will soon be performed with new
minimal access techniques allowing patients to return home within 24 to
Dr Cooper has been the author of
over 35 articles and book chapters published both in Australia and
internationally and has spoken widely within Australia and overseas. He
has been an invited surgeon to several hospitals in Australia and Asia
and is a visiting Associate Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University,
Guanghzou, China and a medical consultant to the Guangdong Maternal and
Child Care Hospital, Guangdong, China.
He has been an advisor to the
World Health Organisation on research and training in gynaecological
endoscopic surgery. He has performed over 1800 advanced laparoscopic
procedures including excision of endometriosis, hysterectomy,
colposuspension, pelvic floor reconstruction and lymph node dissection.
Currently less than 5% of his operations require an abdominal incision.
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Dr Geoffrey Reid's Biography
Dr Reid is a gynaecologist in practice in Central Sydney, South West
Sydney and the Southern Highlands of NSW. He is the Director of
Gynaecological Endoscopy at Liverpool Hospital, and has appointments at
St Lukes Hospital - Potts Point, Sydney Southwest Hospital -Liverpool,
Southern Highlands Private Hospital - Bowral, John James Memorial
Hospital - Canberra and The Wesley Hospital - Brisbane.
Dr Reid graduated from Monash
University in 1975, and then spent 4 years working with the Royal
Australian Air Force. He completed specialist training in Obstetrics
and Gynaecology in Melbourne before spending three years in the UK, the
last two as Clinical Lecturer with the University of Manchester.
Upon return to Australia, he
spent 10 years in obstetrical and gynaecological practice in the
Riverina, gaining wide experience in general gynaecology. His interest
in minimally invasive surgery then bought him to Sydney to head a
department of Endoscopic Surgery at Liverpool Hospital.
His major interest is the
treatment of women with endometriosis. More recently he has returned to
manage patients requiring Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF), a
service that many women with endometriosis require. He is accredited to
provide these services in association with Sydney IVF.
Dr Reid is involved in training
of doctors at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a
lecturer at the University of NSW and is frequently involved in
educational activities both within Australia and overseas. He has been
an invited lecturer and surgeon in many Asian countries including
China, India, Singapore and Malaysia.
Dr Reid is an executive
committee member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society, a
member of the World Endometriosis Society, a member of the American
Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists and a member of the
International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has presented
over 100 papers at various Society meetings and is widely published
especially in the field of laparoscopy and endometriosis.
Dr Reid is married to Dr Hilary
F Joyce, a gynaecologist with an interest in endocrinology and
menopausal medicine. He has one daughter, Frances, aged 16, who is
interested in the study of languages, the theatre and fire-fighting!
She also knows quite a lot about endometriosis.
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Surgical Experience and Complications
following table includes all major procedures since 1995. Some minor
procedures have been omitted. Since the database has been running Dr
Cooper has performed about 98% of operations without a large abdominal
||Radical Excision of Endometriosis
|Major laparoscopic complications#**
of Dr Cooper's patients are referred from other gynaecologists and
require procedures such as bowel surgery. These patients are at higher
surgical risk than uncomplicated patients.
He is happy to discuss his complication profile and provide further information.
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are participating in a drug trial to investigate the effectiveness of a
single dose of a drug in people with confirmed endometriosis. Please contact us with your expressions of interest or fill out the form (?in the contact us) to register
To investigate the clinical and quality of life outcomes for the surgical treatment of endometriosis:
- Studying the relationship between endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome
- Quality of life following surgery for advanced endometriosis including bowel involvement
- Fertility and endometrisois
- Ovarian Function after endometriosis surgery
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