With outstanding results from his undergraduate degree, Travis received an offer to do medicine and surgery at ANU and a scholarship to do a PhD at VU; he accepted the former to pursue his passion.
"I had a couple of dinners that were organised by the College of Health and Biomedicine and I remember sitting at the table with a few of my supervisors. Dr Alan Hayes sat with my late grandmother and I was so happy seeing how proud she was sitting there at the dinner."
Providing sad news to families can sometimes hit close to home, presenting a considerable challenge surgeons. Travis recalls speaking to families in preparation for end-of-life arrangements and experiencing emotions from his own grandmother's death. Being a surgeon requires objectivity, a cool head and the right temperament. Travis' personal experiences help provide the right balance to do, or say, what must sometimes be done, or said.
Travis is undergoing further training for specialisation in HPB surgery.
"I’ve also been cancer free now for 16 years. After 10 years, in medicine, you’re thought of as cured. Even though it was difficult at the time, I reflect on it fondly as I was able to learn about myself and it's spurred me on to do bigger and better things."
From his days in anatomy class at St Albans Campus to completing over 800 surgeries to date, Travis urges his fellow alumni to
"aim the bar high, and just go for your dream".