Dr Michael France is an Australian and Internationally trained general surgeon. He specialises in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the abdomen and gastrointestinal tract. His specialty interest is Obesity Surgery.
He was born and educated in New Zealand, completing his medical degree in Auckland New Zealand winning the Sir Carrick Robertson Prize for the highest overall marks in surgery.
He completed his basic surgical training in New Zealand before carrying out his formal general surgical training in Adelaide South Australia, and obtaining his Fellowship from the Royal Australaisan College of Surgeons in 2003.
During his training he spent 3 years as a research fellow under Professor Glyn Jamieson and Professor David Watson studying various aspects of upper gastrointestinal surgery in the Department of Surgery, Adelaide University.
In 2004 Michael moved to the USA where he completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and gastrointestinal surgery at the University of North Carolina. He was one of the first Australasian surgeons to be formally trained in laparoscopic gastric bypass for morbid obesity. During his fellowship Michael continued to develop his expertise in upper gastrointestinal surgery as well as being formally trained in laparoscopic colorectal surgery including minimally invasive approaches to inflammatory bowel disease.
Michael's fellowship addressed all areas of laparoscopic surgery including diseases of the biliary tract, inguinal and incisional hernias and laparoscopic approaches to diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands and pancreas.
In 2005 Michael returned to Australia to take up a position as a consultant surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia. He has continued to develop his laparoscopic expertise including the laparoscopic diagnosis of lympho-proliferative disorders such as lymphoma.
Our Practice is based at Ashford Hospital, with around 220 to 260 cases being performed there each year. Basing our practice in one location increases the local experience in the hospital at all levels including the surgical and ward staff. This has been shown to dramatically improve outcomes and reduce complication rates.