Sydney Cardiothoracic Surgeons


A/Prof Brian McCaughan


  • General Thoracic Surgery


  • 1975 MBBS (Hons 1 Univeristy Medal) University of Sydney,Australia
  • 1982 Fellow, Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
  • 1981 Visiting Lecturer, University of Hong Kong
  • 1982-3 Heart Foundation Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, USA
  • 1983-4 Thoracic Surgical Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, NY USA
  • 1992-4 Chairman, NSW State Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons
  • 1989-95 Director, Surgical Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Australia
  • 1996-2003 Area Director, Cardiovascular Services, Central Sydney Area Health Service, Austraila
  • 1997- Member, New South Wales Ministerial Advisory Committee on Quality in Health Care, Australia
  • 2000-04, NSW Medical Board, 1999-2004 Member


  • Surgical Oncology
  • Carcinoma of the Lung
  • Mesothelioma
  • Thymomas
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Carcinoma of the Oesophagus
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Health Care Policy and Administration

Dr Matthew Bayfield

Medical Degree: University of Sydney, 1984

Surgical Qualifications:

  • FRACS (General Surgery) 1992
  • FRACS (Cardiothoracic Surgery) 1995
  • Diploma of Cardiovascular Surgery (University of Virginia) 1995

Hospital Appointments: Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Strathfield Private Hospital. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - VMO. Concord Repatriation General Hospital - VMO. Dr Matthew Bayfield is an extremely experienced cardiothoracic surgeon with a broad range of skills and special interests within his field. These include:

Coronary artery surgery: Dr Bayfield is one of Australia's busiest coronary surgeons; with particular focus on minimal access incisions, and use of in-situ bilateral internal mammary artery grafts for enhanced longevity of the benefit of coronary revascularization.

Aortic root and arch surgery: Dr Bayfield has been performing aortic root and arch surgery since 1995, when he completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the University of Virginia in the USA. His focus is on o minimal access incisions, short cardiopulmonary bypass times, and for arch surgery antegrade cerebral perfusion with cerebral oxygen saturation monitoring.

Surgery for emphysema / CAL: Dr Bayfield was trained in open lung reduction surgery whilst doing a fellowship at the University of Virginia in 1995. Since that time he has developed thoracoscopic techniques for the procedure, and since 2003 been an implanter of endobronchial valves as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. With over 100 endobronchial valve case experience, and long term follow-up of these patients, he is one of Australia's most experienced endobronchial valve proceduralist.

Correction of pectus defects: Dr Bayfield has a special interest in correction of both pectus and carinatum defects, with techniques including implantation of Nuss bar under video-assisted control, and open radical sternochondroplasty.Lung cancer surgery: Dr Bayfield has been in surgical partnershio with Professor Brian McCaughan since 1996, and was trained by him as a registrar. Prof McCaughan is Australia's most experienced and prolific lung cancer surgeon, has published widely on many aspects of its treatment, and has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to health in respect to his work on malignant mesothelioma.

Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation: Dr Bayfield was trained in device implantation as a young surgeon in the 1980's and has developed skills to ensure that a device can be safely and reliably implanted even in the most difficult case with minimal risk. He was trained in cardiac resynchronzation therapy techniques at the introduction of that technology. He has regular pacemaker and defibrillator implantation lists at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital, and Concord Hospital.

Surgical treatment for ischaemic cardiomyopathy: Dr Bayfield trained in heart and lung transplantation whilst at the University of Virginia. With this skill base he has been able to develop a multi-faceted approach to treat patients whose hearts have been damaged by coronary artery disease (heart attack). These therapies include coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair, and implantation of CRT defibrillators.

Dr Nick Hendel

Nick has retired from surgery but now provides a Medico-Legal reporting service.


  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • General Thoracic

Surgery Background:

  • 1973 Sydney University (M.B., B.S.)
  • 1980 F.R.A.C.S.


  • Databases and computing in surgery
  • Endobroncial Laser Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Aortic root surgery
  • Flying and aerobatics