Dr Pillinger studied at the University of Sheffield from 1988 to 1994 and was then appointed as an Advanced Trainee in General Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney from 1999 to 2002. His Post Fellowship training was as Clinical Fellow in Colon and Rectal Surgery at The Academic Surgical Unit, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, UK from 2003 to 2005, only the second Fellow to be appointed for two years at Castle Hill, one of the premier Colon and Rectal Surgery Units in the UK. Dr Pillinger is a Consultant Colon and Rectal Surgeon, having commenced consultant practice in 2005. The major focus of his practice is benign and malignant colorectal pathology, and has particular expertise in minimally invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery and TAMIS procedures, diagnostic and interventional colonoscopy. He has trained in Robotic surgery in the US and South Korea. Dr Pillinger is a full member of the Colorectal Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Pillinger was also a professional cricketer from 1992 – 1995, and his other interests include travel, photography, golf, AFL, rugby and snowboarding.
Dr Pillinger’s research interests include Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic Colon and Rectal Surgery, Diathermy Smoke and Surgical Safety.