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Originally from Austria, where he graduated in 1994 at the Medical University of Vienna, Dr Puhalla completed his specialist exam in 2002. He undertook further training in bariatric, hepato-pancreatic- biliary and upper gastrointestinal surgery in high volume centres under the guidance of international opinion leaders in Austria and Texas.

During that time, he also completed a PhD in liver cancer, followed by an appointment as a Consultant Surgeon at the University Hospital in Vienna.

In 2008, Dr Puhalla commenced as a General Surgeon at the Gold Coast Hospital.

Dr Puhalla is dedicated to achieve the best possible results for his patients. He regularly travels overseas to further his education and training and stay up to date with the latest surgical techniques.

Staying in close contact with one of the world’s leading bariatric surgical experts

Prof Dr Harald Puhalla: “When I was the surgical fellow in the bariatric and upper gastrointestinal unit at the University Hospital in Vienna I heavily enjoyed working with the young Head of the department Prof Dr Gerhard Prager. His innovative surgical skills, combined with his ability of analytic thinking and people skills made the years in his unit an extraordinary experience for me. Gerhard took me through numerous straight forward but also highly complex operations in his meticulous way which always had minimal patient risk but best possible outcome in mind. Now more than 15 years later despite living on different continents we are able to maintain a very close friendship.”
Dr Harald Puhalla and Dr Gerhard Prager

Prof Dr Gerhard Prager MD PhD: “Having worked with Harald for a long time has been an absolute pleasure. He has always been a very dedicated surgeon, meticulous in his operations and excellent in his patient care. It was sad to see a friend going overseas but despite our both busy schedules and being thousands of kilometres apart our friendship has continued.”

Prof Dr Gerhard Prager MD PhD. is the director of the very well respected and recognized, Bariatric and metabolic unit, Medical University Vienna, President IFSO – EC (International Federation of Surgery for Obesity – European Chapter), published more than 100 scientific articles.

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