Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus has completed an Army career spanning over 20 years, working with both the Regular Army and the Reserve. She has served in a number of roles; as a staff officer, commander and clinician. Her operational experience includes deployments in Cambodia, Bougainville and Afghanistan. She was promoted to Colonel in 2008. Her military service was recognised with the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List.

Associate Professor Neuhaus remains actively involved in Veterans health issues and holds a number of advisory and Board roles. She has a strong interest in the strategic implications of operational health care and is widely published on issues of strategic and Defence health. Associate Professor Neuhaus has completed a PhD in laparoscopic tumour surgery, holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery and is appointed to the Court of Examiners. She is appointed as Clinical Associate Professor to the Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide, and is actively engaged in teaching and research. She has published widely, served as a reviewer and editor and written multiple book chapters, journal articles and a book ‘Radiology in Surgical Practice’.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide


  • 2003 
    Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Fellowship in General Surgery
  • 2000 
    University of Adelaide, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1989 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


  • 2011
    Battlefield euthanasia — courageous compassion or war crime?, Medical Journal of Australia 2011; 194: 307–309
  • 2011
    Personal reflections on health, leadership and the Specialist Service Officer, Australian Defence Force Journal 2011 (in press)
  • 2010
    Private Military Companies in the Operational Health Care Environment: Pragmatism or Peril?, Australian Defence Force Journal 2010:182;1625
  • 2010
    Australian Experience with Frozen Blood Products on Military Operations., Medical Journal of Australia 2010;192:203205
  • 2009
    Simulation training for ADF surgical and intensive care teams: a pilot study., ADF Health Journal 2009
  • 2008
    Adaptive Campaigning – Implications for Operational Health Support, Australian Army Journal 2008;5(3).
  • 2007
    Medical Aspects of Complex Operations: Challenges of military health support to civilian populations, Australian Defence Force Journal 2007,172; 56‐ 72
  • 2006
    Surgical Audit on Military Operations – an evolving necessity., ADF Health Journal. 2006;7 (1): 29‐32
  • 2006
    Terrorism and blast explosions: lessons for the Australian surgical community., Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2006;76(7):637‐44
  • 2004
    Damage Control Laparotomy in the Australian Military, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 2004;74:18‐12
  • 2004
    PostVietnam – Three Decades of Australian Military Surgery., ADF Health 2004;5:16‐21
  • 2001
    Military Medical Ethics: Issues for 21st Century Operations, Australian Defence Force Journal, 2001;151: 49‐58

Research Areas

  • Medical Ethics (220106)
  • Surgery (110323)
  • Defence Studies (160604)


Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)