Education and Experience

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, General Surgery, FRACS (2009)
  • Master of Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, MS (2010)
  • Bachelor or Medicine and Surgery with Honours, MBBS(Hons) (2000)

 

Post-Fellowship Training

  • 2010 AES Endocrine Surgery Fellowship
    • Hornsby Hospital and University of Sydney Endocrine Surgical Unit
  • 2009 Clinical Research Fellow, University of Sydney Endocrine Surgical Unit
  • Master of Surgery (Endocrine Surgery), University of Sydney
    • High Distinction awarded in all coursework subjects
    • Dissertation
      • BRAFV600E Mutation in Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Impact on Disease Outcomes and the Need for Re-operative Surgery in an Australian Context

Chris has extensive experience in endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery), breast surgery (including the management of benign breast disease and breast cancer) and general surgery.

 

Public Hospital Appointments

  • John Hunter Hospital
  • Belmont Hospital
  • Supervisor of Surgical Training (General Surgery, Newcastle Rotation)

 

Private Hospital Appointments

  • Lake Macquarie Private Hospital
  • Lingard Private Hospital

 

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons
  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand
  • ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group
  • General Surgeons Australia
  • Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Gastroenterological Society of Australia, Recognition of Training in Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy

 

Publications

  1. Shen X, Zhu G, Liu R, Viola D, Elisei R, fugazzola L, Colombo C, Jarzab B, Czarniecka A, Lam A, Mian C, Vianello F, Yip L, Riesco-Eizaguirre G, Santisteban P, O’Neill C, Sywah M, Clifton-Bligh R, Bendlova B, Sykorova B, Xing M. Patient Age-Associated Mortality Risk is Differentiated by BRAF V600E Status in Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Feb 2018. 10;36(5):438-445.
  2. Huang Y, Qu S, Zhu G, Wang F, Liu R, Shen X, Viola D, Elisei R, Puxeddu E, Fugazzola L, Colombo C, Jarzab B, Czarniecka A, Lam AK, Mian C, Vianello F, Yip L, Riesco-Eizaguirre G, Santisteban P, O’Neill CJ, Xing M, Sywak MS, Clifton-Bligh R, Bendlova B, Sýkorová V. BRAF V600E Mutation-Assisted Risk Stratification of Solitary Intrathyroidal Papillary Thyroid Cancer for Precision Treatment. J Natl Cancer 2017 Nov 18. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djx227. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Bullock M, Ren Y, O’Neill CJ, Gill AJ, Aniss A, Sywak MS, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Learoyd D, de Vathaire F, Robinson BG, Clifton-Bligh RJ. TERT Promoter Mutations are a Major Indicator of Recurrence and Death due to Papillary Thyroid Carcinomas. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2016 Aug;85(2):283-90.
  4. Shi X, Liu R, Basolo F, Giannini R, Shen X, Teng D, Guan H, Shan Z, Teng W, Musholt TJ, Al-Kuraya K, Fugazzola L, Colombo C, Kebebew E, Jarzab B, Czarniecka A, Bendlova B, Sykorova V, Sobrinho-Simoes M, Soares P, Shong YK, Kim TY, Cheng S, Asa SL, Viola D, Elisei R, Yip L, Mian C, Vianello F, Wang Y, Zhao S, Oler G, Cerutti JM, Puxeddu E, Qu S, Wei Q, Xu H, O’Neill CJ, Sywak MS, Clifton-Bligh R, Lam AK, Riesco-Eizaguirre G, Santisteban P, Yu H, Tallini G, Holt EH, Vasko V, Xing M. Differential Clinicopathology Risk and Prognosis of Major Papillary Thyroid Cancer Variants. Nov 2015; 101(1):264-274.
  5. Chou A, Fraser S, Toon CW, Clarkson A, Sioson L, Farzin M, Cussigh C, Aniss A, O’Neill CJ, Watson N, Clifton-Bligh RJ, Learoyd DL, Robinson BG, Selinger C, Delbridge LW, Sidhu SB, O’Tool S, Sywak MS, Gill AJ. A detailed Clinicopathologic Study of ALK-translocated Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. American Journal of Surgical Pathology. May 2015; 39(5): 652-659.
  6. Xing M, Azahrani AS, Carson KA Shong YK, Kim TY, Viola D, Elisei R, Bendlova B, Yip L, Mian C, Vianelllo F, Tuttle RM, Robenshtok E, Fagin JA, Puxeddu E, Fugazzola L, Czarniecka A, Jarzab B, O’Neill CJ, Swyak MS, Lam AK, Riesco-Eizaguirre G, Santisteban P, Nakayama H, Clifton-Bligh R, Tallini G, Holt EH, Sykorova V. Association Between BRAF V600E Mutation and Recurrence of Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Jan 2015; 33(1):42-50.
  7. Xing M, Alzahrani AS, Carson KA, Viola D, Elisei R, Bendlova B, Yip L, Mian C Wianello F, Tuttle RM, Robenshtok E, Fagin JA, Puxeddu E, fugazzola L, Czarniecka A, Jarzab B, O’Neill CJ, Sywak MS, Lam AK, Riesco-Eizaguirre G, Santisteban P, Nakayama H, Tufano RP, Pai SI, Zeiger MA, Westra WH, Clark DP, Clifton-Bligh R, Sidransky D, Landenson PW, Sykorova V. Association between BRAF V600E Mutation and Mortality in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Apr 2013; 309(14):1493-1501.
  8. O’Neill CJ, Coorough N, Lee JC, Clements J, Delbridge LW, Sippel R, Sywak MS, Chen H, Sidhu SB. Disease Outcomes and nodal recurrence in patients with papillary thyroid cancer and lateral neck nodal metastases. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Apr 2014; 84(4):240-244.
  9. Bullock M, O’Neill CJ, Chou A, Clarkson A, Dodds T, Toon C, Sywak M, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Robinson BG, Learoyd DL, Capper D, von Deimling A, Clifton-Blight RJ, Gill AJ. Utilisation of MAB for BRAFV600E detection in papillary thyroid carcinoma. Endocrine Related Cancer. Nov 2012; 19(6):779-784.
  10. Bullock M, Duncan, EL, O’Neill CJ, Tacon L, Sywak MS, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Learoyd D, Robinson BG, Ludgate M, Clifton-Bligh RJ. Association of FOXE1 Polyalanine Repeat Region with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Sept 2012; 97:E1814-1819.
  11. Prichard RS, O’Neill CJ, Ouchareck JJ, Colinda YH, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. A Prospective Study of Heart Rate Variability in Endocrine Surgery: Surgical Training increases Consultant’s Mental Strain. Journal of Surgical Education. Jul 2012; 69(4):453-458.
  12. O’Neill CJ, Oucharek J, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB. Standard and Emerging Therapies for Metastatic Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Feb 2010; 15:146-156.
  13. O’Neill CJ, Bullock M, Chou A, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Robinson BG, Gill A, Learoyd DL, Clifton-Bligh R, Sywak MS. BRAFV600E Mutation is Associated with an Increased Risk of Nodal Recurrence Requiring Re-operative Surgery in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Surgery. Dec 2010; 148(6):1139-1146.
  14. O’Neill CJ, Vaughan L, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Management of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma Should be Individualised Based on Degree of Capsular and Vascular Invasion. European Journal of Surgical Oncology. Feb 2011; 37(2):181-185.
  15. Vasica G, O’Neill CJ, Sidhu SB, Sywak MS, Reeve TS, Delbridge LW. Re-operative surgery for bilateral multinodular goitre in the era of total thyroidectomy. British Journal of Surgery. May 2012; 99(5): 688-692.
  16. Oucharek J, O’Neill CJ, Suliburk JW, Sywak MS, Delbridge LW, Sidhu SB. Durability of Minimally Invasive Parathryoidectomy in Young Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Annals of Surgical Oncology. May 2011; 18(5):1290-1292.
  17. Brown SJ, O’Neill CJ, Suliburk JW, Sidhu SB, Sywak MS, Gill A, Robinson B, Delbridge LW. Parathyroid Carcinoma: Increasing Incidence and Changing Presentation. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Jul/Aug 2011; 81(7-8):528-532.
  18. O’Neill CJ, Spence A, Logan B, Suliburk JW, Soon PS, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB, Sywak MS. Adrenal Incidentalomas: Risk of Adrenocortical Carcinoma and Clinical Outcomes. Journal of Surgical Oncology. Oct 2010; 102(5):450-453.
  19. Prichard RS, O’Neill CJ, Ouchareck J, Sippel RS, Delbridge LW, Sidhu SB, Chen H. Is Focused Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy Appropriate for Patients with Familial Primary Hyperparathyroidism? Annals of Surgical Oncology. Apr 2012; 19(4): 1264-1268.
  20. O’Neill CJ, Sidhu SB. Salivary Gland Disorders. How to Treat: Australian Doctor. Jan 2011;19-26.
  21. O’Neill CJ, Sidhu SB. Thyroid Cancer Update. Medical Observer. Apr 22, 2011:
  22. Prichard RS, O’Neill CJ, O’Hara J, Atmore BB, Hassall M. Pseudoangiomatous Stromal Hyperplasia of the Breast: An unusual pathology necessitating bilateral mastectomy during pregnancy. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Apr 2011; 81(4):304-305.
  23. O’Neill CJ, Chang LY, Suliburk JW, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Sutureless Thyroidectomy: Surgical Technique. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Jul/Aug 2011; 81(7-8):515-518.
  24. Chang LY, O’Neill CJ, Suliburk JS, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Sutureless Technology provides a Safe and Cost Effective Alternative to Conventional Techniques in Total Thyroidectomy. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Jul/Aug 2011; 81(7-8):510-514.
  25. O’Neill CJ, Chan C, Symons J, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Gill A, Sywak M. Parathyroid Cancer Encountered after Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy: Further Surgery may not be Required. World Journal of Surgery. Jan 2011; 35(1):147-153.
  26. O’Neill CJ, Gan J. Ischaemic colitis in an ironman triathlete: a case report and review of the literature. Surgical Practice. May 2008; 12(2):71-72.
  27. O’Neill CJ, Gillies DM, Gani J. Cholecdocholithiasis: Overdiagnosed Endoscopically and Undertreated Laparoscopically. ANZ Journal of Surgery. June 2008; 78(6):487-491.

 

Verbal Presentations

  1. O’Neill CJ, Coorough N, Lee JC, Clements J, Delbridge LW, Sippel R, Sywak MS, Chen H, Sidhu SB. Disease Outcomes and Nodal Recurrence in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer and Lateral Neck Nodal Metastases. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Kuala Lumpur 7-10 May 2012.
  2. O’Neill CJ, Bullock M, Chou A, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Robinson BG, Gill A, Learoyd DL, Clifton-Bligh R, Sywak MS. BRAFV600E Mutation in Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Long-term Disease Outcomes in an Australian Cohort. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Perth 4-7 May 2010.

          Awarded Tom Reeve prize for best paper by a trainee/fellow in endocrine surgery

  1. O’Neill CJ, Oucharek J, Suliburk JW, Sywak MS, Delbridge LW, Sidhu SB. Durability of Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy in Young Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Perth 4-7 May 2010.
  2. Thompson JJ, O’Neill CJ, Suliburk JW, Sidhu SB, Sywak MS, Delbridge LW. Cervical and Thoracic Resection of Mediastinal Parathyroids: Selection of Operative Approach based on Pre-operative Imaging Modalities. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Perth 4-7 May 2010.
  3. O’Neill CJ, Bullock M, Chou A, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Robinson BG, Gill A, Learoyd DL, Clifton-Bligh R, Sywak MS. BRAFV600E Mutation is Associated with an Increased Risk of Nodal Recurrence Requiring Re-operative Surgery in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 18-20 April 2010.
  4. O’Neill CJ, Bullock M, Chou A, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Robinson BG, Gill A, Learoyd DL, Clifton-Bligh R, Sywak MS. BRAFV600E Mutation is Associated with Poorer Outcomes in Papillary Thyroid Cancer. John Lowenthal Scientific Meeting, University of Sydney, 5 December 2009.
  5. O’Neill CJ, Spence A, Logan B, Suliburk J, Sidhu S, Sywak M. Adrenal Incidentaloma: Histopathological Correlation and Risk of Malignancy. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Brisbane, 6-9 May 2009.
  6. O’Neill CJ, Gillies DM, Gani J. Common Bile Duct Stones: A Review of Management. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Christchurch, 7-11 May 2007.
  7. O’Neill CJ, Gillies DM, Gani J. Common Bile Duct Stones: A Review of Management. Annual Scientific Meeting, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Manchester, 18-20 April 2007.

 

Poster Presentations

  1. Blefari NDA, O’Neill CJ. The Impact of TNM/AJCC 8th Edition Staging and ATA Recurrence Risk Stratification in Patients with Thyroid Cancer. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Sydney, 8-11 May 2018.
  2. O’Neill CJ, Chan C, Symons J, Learoyd DL, Gill AF, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Parathyroid Cancer Encountered after Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy: Further Radical Surgery may not be Required. Society of Surgical Oncology, St Louis MO. USA. 3-7 March 2010.
  3. O’Neill CJ, Vaughan L, Learoyd DL, Sidhu SB, Delbridge LW, Sywak MS. Management of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma should be Individualized Based on the Degree of Capsular and Vascular Invasion. Society of Surgical Oncology, St Louis MO, USA. 3-7 March 2010.
  4. O’Neill CJ, Cox SA. Pancreatitis Secondary to Herpes Zoster: A New Clinical Entity with Treatment Implications. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress, Sydney, 15-19 May 2006. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 76(Supp1):A31.
  5. O’Neill CJ, Costello AJ, Kearsley J, Clarke D, Agarwal D. Laparoscopic Nephrectomy: A Technique in Evolution. Annual Scientific Meeting Urological Society of Australasia, Melbourne 13-17 February 2005. British Journal of Urology. 95(Supp1):20-21.