MBBS, MPH, MPhil Surgical Education, FRACS, CSSANZ
After completing General Surgical training in South-West Sydney, Dr Smigielski underwent further specialist Colorectal training through the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) in general and advanced Colorectal Surgery. Completing fellowships at the Western Hospital in Melbourne and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Dr Smigielski performs surgeries in elective and emergency simple and advanced conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus and pelvic floor including bowel cancer, IBD, haemorrhoids and fistula management as well as endoscopy.
Dr Smigielski is passionate about Surgical Education having completed a Master of Philosophy in laparoscopic surgical education as well as peer reviewed publications and is involved in teaching at all levels from medical students to advanced surgical trainees, and has been a member of multiple General Surgeons Australia (GSA) working parties.
In addition, Dr Smigielski has an interest in Public Health and has undertaken a Master degree in Public Health and has been involved at many hospital and area level committees dedicated to improving health outcomes of patients.
Education, Qualifications and Affiliations
Accredited Colonoscopic Endoscopist with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia 2021
Completed ANZTBCRS accredited advanced colorectal fellowship 2021
Admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (General Surgery) 2019
Master of Philosophy - Development of an expert-based training tool for decision making in Laparoscopic Appendicectomy Surgery. Western Sydney University 2020-2022
Master of Public Health – Monash University 2017-2019
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – University of New South Wales 2005-2010
2022 – Combined Sydney Colorectal & Spring meeting organizing committee
2022 – GSA SET selection and interview working party member
2020 – Melbourne University Clinical tutor
2019-2020 – ASMOF DIT representative
2019 – ANZTBCRS Research Fellow
2017-2018 – Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Western Sydney University
2017-2018 – Faculty - Graduate Diploma of Essential Surgical Skills (GDESS), Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) Centre for Education and Workforce Training (CEWD)
2017 – South Western Institute for Robotics and Automation in Healthcare (SWIRAH) fellow
2017-218 – Combined UNSW/WSU Teaching and Research Committee member. Representing the Academic Health Sciences Partnership
2017-2019 – Prevocational Assessment Review Committee member - monitoring the progress JMOs at Liverpool Hospital, Creating and monitoring performance management plans and providing appropriate mentoring.
Publications Presentations and Grants
Pelvic exenteration with high sacrectomy and reconstruction with 3D-printed prosthesis for recurrent sacral chordoma Steven R. Paredes, Michelle Smigielski, Paul D. Stalley, Peter J. Lee. July 2022. ANZ Journal of Surgery
Validation and reliability testing of a rating scale for objective assessment of performance in laparoscopic appendicectomy surgery. Pramudith Sirimanna, Praveen Ravindran,Michelle Smigielski, Marc A Gladman,Vasi Naganathan. June 2022. ANZ Journal of Surgery.
Robotic extra-sphincteric pelvic floor excision: A Video Vignette. Michelle Smigielski,Kheng-Seong Ng,Peter Lee. Nov 2021. Colorectal disease
Operative difficulty grading scale for laparoscopic appendicectomy: A novel tool: Oral Presentation. Associations of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Congress. May 2021.. M Smigielski. O Dent. A Giles. S Mackenzie
Clinical significance of appendiceal diverticulum: a significant marker for appendiceal neoplasia in Australian patients Chan, D. L., Lim, C., Bakhtiar, M., Smigelski, M., Yeh, D., & Ravindran, P. (2018).. International journal of colorectal disease, 1-6.
Johnson & Johnson Teaching Grant awarded towards Lectureship in Surgery at Western Sydney University, Liverpool Hospital Clinical School, 2017
A comparison of existing and novel 3D printed aortic replica for use in surgical simulation and education. Podium presentation: Association of Standardised Patient Educators Conference, Kansas Missouri. June 17-21 2018. M Smigielski , Famakinwa, T, Mackenzie, S.
Assessing Biomechanical Properties and Development of a 3D Printed “Aorta” for use in Surgical Education. Pathway for Future Use. : Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase, Sydney , Australia. June 6-7 2018. Michelle Smigielski ME, Famakinwa, T, Mackenzie, S.
Application of Deep Learning techniques to Surgical Tissue Recognition: Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase, Sydney , Australia. June 6-7 2018. Ravindran P. Wang M, Smigielski M, Sirimana P, Bokey L.
I acknowledge the Dharawal people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work, and pay my respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Elders both past, present and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.