Career & Qualifications

Dr Aseervatham completed his medical training at the University of Queensland School of Medicine in 1991.  Two years later he gained entry into the General Surgical Training Program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  After completing his training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, he spent 2 years in the United Kingdom gaining specialised skills in HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Surgery and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Dr Aseervatham obtained his first consultant surgeon post at Nambour General Hospital in 2001, and has been part of the Sunshine Coast Health community ever since.  He became Director of General Surgery in 2002, and then Director of Surgical Services, for the Hospital and Health Service, in 2005.  During his 16 years in a leadership role, he is proudest of 2 achievements amongst several – the creating of a collaborative multidisciplinary patient-focussed culture, and a significant clinical contribution to the planning and creation of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

As a clinician, Dr Aseervatham focuses on using evidence-based practice to obtain the best possible outcomes for his patients.  He understands the need for technical excellence as a surgeon, and the equally important psychosocial aspects of the therapeutic doctor-patient relationship.


  • MBBS   University of Queensland 1991
  • FRACS  Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1999


  • Consultant Surgeon, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service 2001-present
  • Director of General Surgery, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service 2002-2017
  • Director of Surgical Services, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service 2005-2018

Key Contributions to healthcare on the Sunshine Coast

  • Development of HPB/Upper GI Unit in a regional centre
  • Established first surgical-oncology Multidisciplinary meetings in the health service
  • Commenced Queensland’s first Acute Surgical Unit at Nambour General Hospital
  • One of the 8 key clinicians (affectionately known as the G8 by the Director General and Health Minister of the day) advising the health service on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project
  • Chair of the Clinical Readiness Advisory Group, special committee advising the CEO on the safe commissioning and transition to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital


  • HH Barney Moy Medal (Individual Excellence) – SCHHS 2009
  • Australia Day Award – SCHHS 2005
  • Queensland Health Award – Delivering Healthcare Category – as part of the SCUH program team 2017