Former surgeon Jayant Patel will stand trial in Queensland for the grievous bodily harm of a patient in 2004.
Patel, who has pleaded not guilty and has been granted bail, was not in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday for the review of his case.
It is alleged he unnecessarily removed the colon of patient Ian Vowles, 65, while a director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital.
Prosecutors will claim Mr Vowles' bowel showed no sign of cancer when the surgeon decided to operate, causing ongoing health complications to the patient.
The defence team will apply to poll prospective jurors for potential bias against Patel, who has been subject to significant publicity since his arrest in 2008.
The judge set September 23 for the hearing, which will run for up to 15 days.