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About A/Prof Carlo Pulitano

A/Prof Carlo Pulitano, Surgeon,  Inner west,

Dr Pulitano is an Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Transplant Surgeon in Sydney and holds clinical appointments at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.  He has broad clinical interests and expertise in liver, gallbladder, and pancreas surgery as well as hernia surgery and endoscopy.  He uses minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches when possible.


Dr Pulitano is a clinical academic and is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, the Director of RPA Translation Center for Organ Assessment, Repair, and Optimization (COARO), and the Director of Center for Advanced Research in Liver Pancreas and Biliary Surgery (CARLS).

In addition to English, Dr Pulitano speaks fluent Italian.

Dr Pulitano completed an MD degree in Milan where he graduated with Honours. He undertook 6 years of surgical training in Milan (Hospital San Raffaele), Paris (Hospital Beacon), and Edinburgh (Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh) before obtaining his General Surgical Fellowship in 2010.

After completing his general surgical training, Dr Pulitano undertook a clinical fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then completed a PhD at University of Sydney on the complex microcirculation of the liver.  After obtaining his PhD, Dr Pulitano sought more in-depth training in complex surgery, which led him to undertake a second fellowship in Hepatobiliary and Transplantation surgery at the prestigious Toronto General Hospital in Canada.  Following his fellowship in Toronto, he was appointed as a consultant surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of  Sydney.

Dr Pulitano has broad clinical interests. Oncologically, he specialises in both primary and secondary liver tumours, stomach, pancreatic and biliary/gallbladder tumours.  He also performs an extensive range of non-cancer related operations for conditions such as gallstone disease and hernias.  

Dr Pulitano is an avid researcher having published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in the area of liver and pancreas cancers as well as transplantation. His academic output to date has resulted in a number of significant novel findings in the field of transplantation and liver cancers.  Dr Pulitano has received more than 20 awards for his research, including recently being the recipient of the John Mitchel Crouch fellowship in 2022, the most prestigious research award of the Royal College of Surgeons.  Dr Pulitano is the Director of RPA translational centre for organ assessment, repair, and optimization and the liver transplant oncology program at RPA.

To read more about Dr Pulitano’s research, click here

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Professional appointments

Professional appointments

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant Surgeon in Upper Gastrointestinal and Transplantation Surgery, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

  • Consultant Surgeon at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

  • Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at East Sydney Private Hospital

  • Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at The Mater Hospital


Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor in Surgery, University of Sydney

  • Director of RPA Translational Center for Organ Assessment, Repair, and Optimization (COARO)

  • Director of Center for Advanced Research in Liver Pancreas and Biliary Surgery (CARLS)

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Sabrina Jose

Practice​ Manager

Sabrina was welcomed to my team in December 2021. Prior to this, Sabrina worked at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Hospital, as the Clinics Team Leader in the outpatient department. She is passionate about helping people throughout their medical journey with compassion and kindness. Sabrina is committed to ensure smooth running of the practice with a focus on high standard patient care.



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