Dr Shih-Ern Yao

I am a gynaecological surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria who specialises in complex gynaecological conditions, and in particular, the management, treatment and prevention of gynaecological cancers and dysplasia (abnormal pre-cancerous cells).

Born and bred in Perth, Western Australia, I studied medicine at the University of Western Australia where I graduated with honours in 2005 and spent a number of years gaining experience in a wide variety of different specialities before committing myself to specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology.

After four years of general obstetrics and gynaecology training at King Edward Memorial Hospital, I moved to Melbourne, in pursuit of furthering my training in advanced gynaecological surgery. In 2015, a year after my relocation, I accepted the Gynaeoncology fellow position at Monash Health and gained fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) the year after.

Over the next six years, my intensive surgical training in the subspeciality of gynaecological oncology took me from Melbourne to Brisbane, Queensland and onto London, UK where I completed clinical surgical fellowships with the Queensland Centre for Gynaecologic Cancer and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. My wide skill set encompasses all facets of women’s cancer surgery, with particular proficiency in advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques.

In addition to my private practice, my public consultant position at Monash Health allows me the privilege to further my passions of surgical education and clinical training through the training of junior medical staff, general RANZCOG trainees and gynaecologic oncology fellows. I also hold an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University and am involved with subspecialty governance at RANZCOG.

I have published and presented research in journals and conferences on a national and international level and have ongoing involvement with research projects through Monash Health and its affiliate universities.

Away from work, I can be found trying to keep fit on tennis courts and in gyms around Richmond to counter my weakness for the great food and baked goods Melbourne has to offer!

Dr Shih-Ern Yao

Gynaecological Surgeon
MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG, GradCertPallCare, CGO