Mr Benjamin Keong is a consultant upper gastrointestinal, bariatric and
He graduated with an MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 2003.
He completed his residency and general surgical training at the Austin
Ben completed his surgical training and was admitted as a Fellow of
the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2012. He then
undertook 4 years of post-fellowship training at Box Hill Hospital and
St George Hospital, Sydney. For two of those years he was selected
as a trainee on the highly competitive post-fellowship national Upper
GI training program run by the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and
Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA).
During his training he gained experience in management of benign
and malignant gastric, oesophageal and pancreatic conditions. His
year of fellowship at St George Hospital, which performs the highestvolume
of bariatric procedures in Australia and is the only accredited
Bariatric Centre of Excellence in the country, gave him invaluable
experience in all aspects of bariatric surgery, including management of
its potentially-serious complications. He is experienced in elective and
emergency general surgery, and is GESA-accredited for endoscopy.
Ben has a keen interest in junior medical staff teaching and has
been involved with medical student and registrar teaching at Eastern
Health. He is a faculty member of the ASSET course for the College
of Surgeons. He has presented research on topics including common
bile duct stone management, and manometry in post-bariatric
Ben holds a strong belief in collaborating with patients to allow
them to make the best decision for themselves. He also believes
that involving the patient’s GP as a core part of the team will help to
achieve the best possible long-term outcomes for patients, and is
happy to be contacted at any time for advice.