Marc A Gladman is Professor of Colorectal Surgery and Head of the Academic Colorectal Unit at Sydney Medical School – Concord, University of Sydney and Director of the Enteric Neuroscience & Gastrointestinal Research Group, Anzac Research Institute. His abiding research interest is the understanding of bowel function in health and disease with its application to improve patient care. His research program also focuses on measuring and improving surgical outcomes in NSW. Professor Gladman is the co-convener of the “Developing a career and Skills in Academic Surgery” course of the RACS and currently holds leadership positions including, committee member of the Section of Academic Surgery and the Surgical Services and Unwarranted Clinical Variation Taskforces of the ACI, NSW Health. He has served in advisory roles for the National Health Performance Agency, the Cancer Institute of NSW, Cancer Australia and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.