Director of Surgical Research; Director of Surgical Research Network (SRN), Co-Director of Applied Surgery and Metabolism Laboratory (ASML) and Surgical Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SCORE), Principle Investigator Pancreas Research Group; Associate Investigator Maurice Wilkins Centre of Biodiscovery
Professor Windsor completed a degree in biochemistry and physiology in Otago before undertaking his medical and general surgical training in Auckland. During his training he completed a doctorate on the influence of malnutrition on peri-operative risk under the supervision of Professor Graham Hill. After becoming a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, he furthered his clinical interests at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh under the guidance of Sir David Carter. It was during this time that he developed a particular interest in acute pancreatitis, pancreatic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery and ERCP. Professor John Windsor now holds a personal chair in Surgery at the University of Auckland, and is Director of Surgical Research. He founded the Pancreas Research Group (1992), Surgical Skills Centre (1993), HPB/UGI Unit (1994), Surgical Research Network (2007) which now encompasses the Applied Surgery and Metabolism Laboratory (2010) and the Surgical Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (2012). Special surgical interests include the management of acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and gastro-oesophageal reflux and malignancy. Awarded the Butland Distinguished Medical Science Award (1997), Butland Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (2009), Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (2009) from the University of Auckland and elected as an Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association (2012). Recently appointed chair of the National HBP/Upper GI Tumour Stream. Currently Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery and Pancreatology. In the RACS he was involved in the development of the CLEAR, Surgeons as Teachers and the DCAS courses. Currently on the Board of the Academy Surgical Educators and Chairman of the Section of Academic Surgery in the RACS, through which he actively promote academic surgery as a career. He is co-founder and a director of the start-up SIMTICS Ltd that has developed the ‘Integrated Cognitive Simulator’ for procedural and surgical skills training. He completed a 4 year term as Secretary General of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association in 2012.
His primary research is in the pathophysiology and clinical management of acute pancreatitis. Themes include the role of toxic mesenteric lymph in the promotion of multiple organ failure, the investigation of specific mitochondrial therapies to restore cellular bioenergetics, the mapping and modulation of gastric electrical activity and the development of medical devices.
Selected recent research publications
- Gregory O’Grady, Timothy R. Angeli, Peng Du, Chris Lahr, Wim JEP Lammers, John A. Windsor, Gianrico Farrugia, Thomas L. Abell, Leo K. Cheng, Andrew J. Pullan. Abnormal initiation and conduction of slow wave activity in gastroparesis defined by high-resolution electrical mapping. Gastroenterology 2012 (accepted)
- Freeman M, Werner J, van Santvoort HC, Baron TH, Besselink MG, Windsor JA, Horvath KD, Vege SS. Interventions for necrotizing pancreatitis: summary of a multidisciplinary consensus conference. Pancreas 2012 (accepted)
- Haydock M, Mittal A, Petrov M, Windsor JA. Fluid therapy in acute pancreatitis – anybody’s guess. Annals of Surgery 2012 (accepted)
- Sanjay P, Takaori K, Govil S, Shrikhande SV, Windsor JA. Artery first approaches to pancreatoduodenectomy. British Journal of Surgery 2012; 99: 1027-1035.
- Ly J, Mittal A, Windsor JA. Systematic review and meta-analysis of cutting diathermy versus scalpel for skin incision. British Journal of Surgery 2012; 99 (5): 613-620.
- Windsor JA. Infected pancreatic necrosis: drain first, but do it better. Leading article. HPB 2011;13:367-368.
- O’Grady G, Peng D, Cheng LK, Egjubi JU, Lammers WJEP, Windsor JA, Pullan AJ. The origin and propogation of human gastric slow wave activity defined by high-resolution mapping. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010;299:G585–G592.
- Mittal A, Middleditch M, Ruggiero K, Loveday B, Windsor JA, Phillips AJP. The proteome of mesenteric lymph in health, acute pancreatitis and shock: implications for clinical trials. Pancreas 2010;39(8):1334-1334.
- Loveday BP, Oosthuizen GV, Diener BS, Windsor JA. A randomized trial evaluating a cognitive simulator for laparoscopic appendectomy. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2010 80(9):588-594.
- Petrov MS, Shanbhag S, Chakraborty M, Phillips AR, Windsor JA. Organ failure and infection of pancreatic necrosis as determinants of mortality in patients with acute pancreatitis. Gastroenterology 2010;139:813-820.
- Dare AJ, Phillips ARJ, Hickey AJR, Mittal A, Loveday B, Thompson N, Windsor JA. A systematic review of experimental treatments for mitochondrial dysfunction in sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Free Radical Research and Biology 2009;47(11):1517-25.
Recent postgraduate students
Dr. Anthony Phillips (PhD)
Dr. Richard Flint (PhD)
Dr. Rita Yassi (PhD)
Dr. Michelle Locke (MD)
Dr Nicholas Evenett (MD)
Dr. Benjamin Loveday (PhD)
Mr. Stefan Marks (PhD)
Dr. Anubhav Mittal (PhD)
Dr. Gregory O'Grady (PhD)
Dr. Max Petrov (PhD)
Dr. Catherine Yang (PhD)
Dr. Satya Shanbhag (PhD)
Dr. Mandira Chakraborty (PhD)
Dr. Rakesh Premkumar (PhD)
Dr. Luke Phang (PhD)
Dr. Nishanthi Gurusinghe (PhD)
Dr. Lisa Brown (PhD)