Dr Hasitha Balasuriya is a colorectal surgeon who moved to Newcastle with his family in 2022. He graduated from the University of Western Sydney and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2019 and is a Member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. He trained at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals in Sydney as well as rural and regional hospitals in NSW. He gained further exposure to colorectal surgery, undertaking sub-specialised fellowships in Edinburgh, UK (laparoscopic colorectal surgery, advanced endoscopy, trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery), Sir Charles Gairdner, WA (CSSANZ fellowship, sarcoma, organ preservation) and Concord, NSW (laparoscopic and open colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease surgery).
Dr Balasuriya is a keen teacher, researcher, and patient advocate, and prides himself on his technical expertise and bedside manner. He has public VMO appointments at John Hunter and Belmont Hospitals, and private appointments at a number of private hospitals in Newcastle.
In his spare time, you can find Hasi running, swimming, or teaching his toddlers the art of leg spin.