A-J completed his undergraduate medical degree at Sydney University in 1989. The bulk of his residency and surgical training was carried out at Westmead Hospital in Sydney between 1990 and 2000. A-J also undertook post fellowship training in Breast and Thyroid and endocrine surgery at Westmead Hospital Sydney. He has worked as a consultant surgeon in both public hospital and private practice since 2001.
His most keen interest is that of thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He has had a heavy involvement in the landscape of African thyroid surgery and has acted as an international medical consultant for Mercy Ships, and now directs the Mercy Ships thyroid clinic. He has gained extensive experience and has particular interest in the management of massive goitre and also the pre-operative and surgical management of severe and uncontrolled Graves’ disease.
The second main arm and clinical interest relates to all aspects of Breast Oncology Surgery. Professor A-J has an extensive experience in the field of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery including breast reconstruction and breast reduction techniques. He has worked as a VMO Surgeon consultant with ACT Breast Screen since 2004 and has a busy practice in breast oncology.
A-J has also been involved with the Australian National University Medical School since its inception in 2004 and was appointed to the position of Associate Professor of Surgery in the clinical school in 2014. He has also been a supervisor of surgical training on the NSW Board of General Surgery between 2007 and 2017.
His research interests include the causation of massive goitre in Africa, management of thyroid disease in West Africa and is he also involved in the ACT / South Eastern NSW Breast Cancer Treatment project.
Assoc Professor A-J Collins consults and operates in Canberra at the National Capital Private Hospital in Garran, ACT. He also consults and operates from the new South East Regional Hospital on the outskirts of Bega, NSW where he is the Director of Surgery.