Dr John Garvey

General Surgeon

BSc (Med), MBBS, D.Phil (Oxon), FRACS, FACS, CIME


Dr John Garvey is a General and Diagnostic Surgeon with 30 years experience in a wide range of surgical procedures including hernia repairs, vasectomy, groin reconstruction, breast and gastrointestinal surgery. He is renowned for his work in chronic groin pain and surgery for groin disruption in elite athletes and has treated many sportsmen, including professional footballers from the English Premier League and Socceroos. He also has special expertise in digestive tract endoscopy for ulcers and cancer, and is certified in colonoscopy and gastroscopy with GESA.

After graduating from the University of New South Wales, Dr Garvey worked and trained at St Vincent’s Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals in Sydney, and at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK. He commenced his basic surgical research training in the Nuffield Department of Surgery in the University of Oxford (Balliol College).

Additionally, Dr Garvey is skilled in the provision of medico-legal assessments and reports and holds accreditation in the assessment of permanent impairment with SIRA WorkCover NSW and NSW Motor Accident, as well as NSW Personal Injury Commission. He is also an Approved Medical Specialist for WorkCover Tasmania, and is CIME accredited with ABIME.

Qualifications, accreditations and awards

  • Bachelor of Science. (Med) HONS. CLASS 1
  • Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, University of New South Wales
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME), American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME)
  • NSW Motor Accident SIRA – Authorised Health Practitioner
  • WorkCover NSW SIRA – Permanent Impairment Assessor
  • NSW Personal Injury Commission, Motor Accident Medical Assessor
  • NSW Personal Injury Commission, Workers Compensation Medical Assessor
  • WorkCover Tasmania – Approved Medical Specialist
  • AMA 4th Edition
  • AMA 5th Edition

Special areas of expertise

  • Groin pain/ surgery
  • Hernia repairs
  • Vasectomy
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Medico-legal assessments

Current positions

  • Private Practice
  • Visiting Medical Officer,
    – Sydney Private Hospital
    – Sydney Central Day Surgery
  • Consultant General Surgeon, ASSESS Medical Group

Professional associations


  • The Surgical Research Society (SRS)
  • American Hernia Society (AHS)
  • European Hernia Society (EHS)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • The Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • Breast Surgeon of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ)

Consulting area

  • NSW