Colorectal Surgeon


Mr Malcolm Steel completed medical studies at The University of Melbourne.

His basic and advanced surgical training was at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He then undertook colorectal surgery fellowships at Box Hill Hospital in 2000 and The Cleveland Clinic, USA, in 2001/2.

Upon returning to Melbourne in 2002, Mr Steel joined Mr Woods and Mr Chen in private practice.
Mr Steel’s practice is based at Epworth Eastern Hospital, where he has consulting rooms and also operates and performs colonoscopies.

Additional consulting, colonoscopy and minor procedures are performed at Glen Iris Private hospital. Public appointments are at Box Hill Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Mr Steel’s areas of surgical interest are:

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Open colorectal surgery for cancer of the colon and rectum
  • Colonoscopy including advanced interventions
  • TEMS (Trans anal endoscopic microsurgery)
  • Complex anorectal surgery


  • Cancer of the colon and rectum
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Benign tumours of colon and rectum
  • Colorectal cancer screening and surveillance
  • Extended resections for advanced gynaecological malignancy ( in combination with gynaecological oncologist )
  • Paediatric colorectal surgery (in combination with paediatric surgeon)
  • Radiation proctitis and enteritis


An, V. Wei, M Chandra, R and Steel, M. Investigation and Management of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 7, 2018 July.

Bird T; Michael M; Bressel M; Chu J; Chander S; Cooray P; McKendrick J; Jefford M; Heriot A; Steel M; Leong T; Ngan S. FOLFOX and intensified split-course chemoradiation as initial treatment for rectal cancer with synchronous metastases. Acta Oncologica. 1-7, 2017 Mar.

Jamnagerwalla M; Tay R; Steel M; Keck J; Jones I; Faragher I; Gibbs P; Wong R. Impact of Surgical Complications Following Resection of Locally Advanced Rectal Adenocarcinoma on Adjuvant Chemotherapy Delivery and Survival Outcomes Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. 59(10):916-24, 2016 Oct.

Tay RY; Jamnagerwalla M; Steel M; Wong HL; McKendrick JJ; Faragher I; Kosmider S; Hastie I; Desai J; Tacey M; Gibbs P; Wong R. Survival Impact of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Resected Locally Advanced Rectal Adenocarcinoma. Clin Colorectal Cancer. , 2016 Oct.

Tie J; Wang Y; Tomasetti C; Li L; Springer S; Kinde I; Silliman N; Tacey M; Wong HL; Christie M; Kosmider S; Skinner I; Wong R; Steel M; Tran B; Desai J; Jones I; Haydon A; Hayes T; Price TJ; Strausberg RL; Diaz LA Jr; Papadopoulos N; Kinzler KW; Vogelstein B; Gibbs P. Circulating tumor DNA analysis detects minimal residual disease and predicts recurrence in patients with stage II colon cancer. Science Translational Medicine. 8(346):346ra92, 2016 Jul .

Sammour T; Hayes IP; Jones IT; Steel MC; Faragher I; Gibbs P. Impact of anastomotic leak on recurrence and survival after colorectal cancer surgery: a BioGrid Australia analysis. ANZ J Surg. , 2016 Jun.

Ananda S; Wong H; Faragher I; Jones IT; Steel M; Kosmider S; Desai J; Tie J; Field K; Wong R; Tran B; Bae S; Gibbs P. Survival impact of the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Internal Medicine Journal. 46(2):166-71, 2016 Feb.

Sammour T; Jones IT; Gibbs P; Chandra R; Steel MC; Shedda SM; Croxford M; Faragher I; Hayes IP; Hastie IA. Comparing oncological outcomes of laparoscopic versus open surgery for colon cancer: Analysis of a large prospective clinical database. Journal of Surgical Oncology. 111(7):891-8, 2015 Jun.

Wong H; Boolell V ;Kosminder S; Field K; Wong R; Shapiro J; Cooray P; Hayes I; Faragher I; Steel M and Gibbs P. Impact of primary tumour stage on survival following resection of metachronous liver and / or lung metastases in colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 33 (15). 2015 May.

Michael M; Chander S; McKendrick J; MacKay JR; Steel M; Hicks R; Heriot A; Leong T; Cooray P; Jefford M; Zalcberg J; Bressel M; McClure B; Ngan SY. Phase II trial evaluating the feasibility of interdigitating folfox with chemoradiotherapy in locally advanced and metastatic rectal cancer. British Journal of Cancer. 111(10):1924-31, 2014 Nov 11.

Bae S; Asadi M; Jones I; McLaughlin S; Bui A; Steel M; Tie J; Gibbs P. Second primary colorectal cancer in the era of prevalent screening and imaging. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 83(12):963-7, 2013 Dec.

Ananda SS, McLaughlin SJ, Chen F, Hayes IP, Hunter AA, Skinner IJ, Steel MC, Jones IT, Hastie IA, Rieger NA, Shedda S, Compston DJ, Gibbs P. Initial Impact of Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Med J Aust. 2009 Oct 5;191(7):378-81.

Lee J, Chen F, Steel M, Keck J, Mackay J. Perforated rectal cancer associated with neoadjuvant radiotherapy: report of four cases. Dis Colon Rectum. 2006 Oct;49(10):1629-32.

Steel M. Colonic diverticular disease. Aust Fam Physician. 2004 Dec;33(12):983-6.

Kiran RP, Delaney CP, Senagore AJ, Steel M, Garafalo T, Fazio VW. Outcomes and prediction of hospital readmission after intestinal surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2004 Jun;198(6):877-83.

Steel M, Wu S. Late stomal complications. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2002; 15(3): 199-208

Steel MC, Woods R, Mackay JM, Chen F. The extent of mesorectal invasion is a prognostic indicator in T3 rectal cancer. ANZ J Surg. 2002 Jul;72(7):483-7.

Steel M, Danne P, Jones I. Colon Trauma: The Royal Melbourne Hospital Experience. ANZ J Surg. 2002 May;72(5):357-9.

Steel MC, Jones IT, Webb D. Appendicovesical fistula arising from an appendiceal diverticulum and suspected on barium enema. ANZ J Surg. 2001 Dec;71(12):769-70.


Cancer in Crohns Disease.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Meeting
Cleveland Clinic, 2001

Turnbull Cutait Procedure.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Meeting
Cleveland Clinic, 2001

Anastomotic stricture after anterior proctosigmoidectomy: Incidence, management and functional outcome. Podium presentation.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery Annual Meeting
Chicago, June, 2002

Anastomotic stricture after anterior proctosigmoidectomy: Incidence, management and functional outcome. Podium presentation.
Tripartite Colorectal Meeting
Melbourne, 2002

The extent of mesorectal invasion is a prognostic indicator in T3 rectal cancer.
Free paper presentation. RACS Annual scientific congress.
Canberra. 2001.

Pre operative combined modality therapy does not impair short term sphincter function. Free paper presentation.
RACS Annual scientific congress.
Canberra. 2001.

Abdominal Wall Lift for Cholecystectomy.
Scientific Poster. RACS. ASC.
Sydney 1998.

Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistulae. 2 year results.
Presented Ballarat Base Hospital
Ballarat 1998.

Gastrointestinal Effects of NSAIDS.
Registrars Meeting 1996.

Management of Major Burns.
RACS Registrar Training Session 1998.

Adjuvant Therapy for Oesophageal Carcinoma.
Gastroenterology Meeting
RMH 1998.

Overview of Hernias.
Registrar Training Session
RMH 1998.

Burns Management.
Trauma Meeting
RMH 1998.

Malignant Melanoma.
Surgical Forum
Ballarat Base Hospital 1997.

Gastroesophageal Reflux – Investigation and Management.
Surgical Forum
Ballarat Base Hospital 1997.

Abdominal Compartment Syndrome.
Trauma Meeting
RMH 1997.

Castleman’s Disease – Case Report and Literature Review.
Ballarat Base Hospital.

Liver and Pancreatic Trauma.
Surgical Meeting 1996.

Colorectal Resections – Audit of 2 years.
Horsham CME Meeting 1995.

Adjuvant Therapy for Colon and Rectal Cancer.
Horsham CME Meeting 1995.

Small Bowel Strictures.
Horsham CME Meeting 1995.

Gastrointestinal Duplications.
Surgical Pathology Meeting
Royal Childrens Hospital 1993

Tunica Vaginalis Abscess.
Surgical Pathology Meeting
Royal Childrens Hospital 1993