Dr. Bessell is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in General Surgery with a well established record of accomplishment in basic and clinical research , including a doctoral degree (MD) which was awarded by the University of Adelaide in May 1996 for his 3 years of full time study culminating in acceptance of his thesis “The Development, Validation and Analysis of New Endosurgical Procedures in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery”.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Surgery having graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987 with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), and was awarded the Ruth Heighway Prize for Obstetrics in 1985.
Dr. Bessell undertook his Internship and Basic Surgical Training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia. Thereafter he entered the Advanced Surgical Training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, training at all major teaching hospitals in South Australia.
In 1998 he was appointed chief resident in surgery, Lyell McEwin Health Service, South Australia, and Visiting General Surgeon, Pt. Augusta Hospital & Pt. Pirie Regional Health Service, South Australia.
During 1999, he moved from Adelaide to undertake 12 months of sub-specialty post-fellowship training in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Princess Alexandra and Mater Private Hospitals in Brisbane.
During the year 2000, he worked as a specialist in Hepato-Biliary Pancreatic Surgery within the quaternary referral unit of the Leicester General Hospital U.K.
In 2001, he returned to Adelaide to take up a position as a Consultant in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Lyell McEwin Health Service and Flinders Medical Centre, with admitting rights to a number of Adelaide's prominent private hospitals.
Dr. Bessell has over 40 published medical articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed international surgical journals, and has presented innumerable papers and research topics at national and international surgical meetings and conferences.