Mr. Damien Holdaway M.B. B.S. FRACS (Vasc) FRACS (Gen)

Sub specialty training in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

Mr Damien Holdaway is an Endovascular and Vascular Surgeon with a strong interest in minimally invasive vascular procedures. He has been a surgeon in Geelong for over 13 years and has been involved in over 5000 surgical cases.

As a leader in his field, Mr Holdaway was the first to introduce many leading procedures to the Geelong region:

  • Endovenous laser ablation introduced in 2007.
  • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) for treatment of varicose veins.
  • Radio Frequency Ablation for treatment of varicose veins.
  • Endovascular stent grafting for Aortic Dissection. Begun in conjunction with the cardiothoracic surgeons in Geelong.
  • Fenestrated and branched stent graft for complicated aortic aneurysms involving arteries supplying the gut and kidneys.
  • New Peripheral Vascular Disease Endovascular techniques such as retrograde access, the use of re-entry devices and vessel closure methods which allow patients to sit up immediately post procedure.
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvest for FEM POP bypass grafting, reducing the size, pain and risk of wound complications.
  • Femoral Vein Fistulas and Snuff Box Fistulas for people with renal failure who need dialysis.
  • Eversion Carotid Endarterectomy, reducing the time of surgery and the need for artificial patches.

Previous professional appointments

  • The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, focusing on open vascular surgery and management of vascular trauma.
  • Box Hill Hospital with the focus on endoluminal aortic stent grafting, carotid stenting and lower leg revascularization.
  • Princess Alexander Hospital, Brisbane, the largest vascular unit in Australia with the focus on major vascular trauma, renal transplantation, dialysis access and open aortic surgery.
  • The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, further renal transplantation, peripheral endovascular interventions and Paediatric vascular surgery.

Other sub specialty training

Alfred Hospital in Cardiothoracic surgery including heart and lung transplantation. Exposure to cardio pulmonary bypass procedures and great vessel exposure in the chest. Preceding this, Mr Holdaway undertook a full fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Breast Surgery at the Alfred including a six month rotation to the UK.

His undergraduate training was through the University of Melbourne where he won the Geoffrey Royal Prize for the top surgical student in final year across all campuses.

Currently operating at the following hospitals:

  • University Hospital Geelong (Barwon Health)
  • St John of God Hospital, Geelong
  • St John of God Hospital, Ballarat
  • Epworth Geelong

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Geelong Vascular Unit, participating in multi disciplinary meetings with the Dept. of Radiology in interventional procedures and dialysis access meetings with the Dept. of Renal Medicine.
  • Member of the Melbourne Vascular Surgical Association
  • Member of the International Society of Vascular Surgeons
  • Member of the Australian Medical Association
  • FRACS
  • Senior lecturer for Deakin University

Professional Qualifications

  • MBBS, University of Melbourne
  • Royal College of Surgeons, General Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Professional Assistants

  • Mr Mayur Krishnaswamy, Vascular Surgeon
  • Mr Michael Condous, General & Vascular Surgeon
  • Mr Cheng- Hon Yap, Cardiothoracic Surgeon