Doctorate of Medicine (Melbourne University)
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Monash University)
Areas of Interest
I have an interest in all aspects of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the advanced endoscopic management of gastrointestinal conditions, including interventional gastroscopy and colonoscopy, Bravo capsule pH studies, capsule endoscopy (PillCam) and balloon enteroscopy.
I have been consulting privately as a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Epworth Hospital, Richmond, since 1996. I also hold a public appointment as a Visiting Medical Specialist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where I do outpatient clinics and endoscopy sessions, teaching registrars the skills needed to provide a quality service.
I studied medicine at Monash University and undertook specialist training and a higher degree at the Austin Hospital. Research at the Austin included seminal work related to acid-suppressing medicine and the healing of peptic ulcers and oesophagitis.
Further advanced training was undertaken at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK. There I was involved in studies examining gastrointestinal injury and medicines, as well as alternative therapies and their mechanism of action in inflammatory bowel disease.
Returning to Australia in 1987, I initially had an appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre. There I continued clinical research in the management of acid-related diseases and laboratory research into therapeutics for inflammatory bowel disease. I also helped establish the Liver Transplant Unit in South Australia. Additionally I was lead developer of medical software for endoscopic reporting, which has improved the standard of patient care and been used worldwide.
Whilst at Flinders I co-authored with two British colleagues a medical textbook titled 'Drugs for the Gut' which examines the therapeutic treatment of gastrointestinal and liver conditions.
In 1994 I took up the position of Director of Gastroenterology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Returning to Melbourne in 1996 I have had a role as Director of Gastroenterology at Dandenong Hospital and Acting-Director at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
I have continued to be actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of medical students, trainees and senior doctors. I have had active involvement with the Gastroenterology Society of Australia, working for many years on both the educational and the endoscopy committees, and being a lead conference organizer and participant. I also have on ongoing role as the Secretary of the Melbourne Gut Club which through regular educational meetings aims to foster communication and research between hospitals to improve patient care.