July 17, 2024 11:06 am | Morwell, Victoria 3840

Dr Jun Dai

Jun Dai completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Western Sydney University in 2013. He then completed a Master of Clinical Epidemiology at University of Newcastle in 2017. He completed his internship, residency, basic physician training, and advanced training in various teaching hospitals in Sydney.

In 2022, he moved to Victoria to take up various leadership roles at Sale Hospital. He expanded geriatric services at Sale hospital by submitting a business plan for a residential outreach service that was well received by the executive team and resulted in funding for an extra 0.5 FTE geriatrician position. He expanded rehab services at Sale by working the multidisciplinary team to trial a ‘rehab at home’ model of care. He grew stroke services at Sale by successfully applying for the BUILDS project to expand there. He also revived the rapid access TIA clinic and facilitated weekly joint sessions with a telehealth stroke neurologist to discuss complex cases. Sale Hospital received the World Stroke Organization Gold Status Award in 2022.

Jun is now a Geriatrician at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

In his free time, Jun continues to assist rural and remote communities through outreach clinics and telehealth. Jun is also passionate about research and has peer reviewed publications on ‘falls prevention’, ‘RACF outreach services’, ‘dementia’, and ‘telemedicine’. Some works have been presented at national conferences and acknowledged with professional society awards.

Dr Zaal Meher-Homji

Dr Zaal Meher-Homji graduated with honours from The University of Melbourne and completed postgraduate Physician training in Infectious Diseases at Austin and Alfred Health.

Moving to Gippsland with his family in 2021, Zaal works as an Infectious Diseases physician at Latrobe Regional Health with an interest in Prosthetic Joint Infections, Diabetic foot infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship.

In addition he is active in the Hospital in the Home, High Risk Foot Clinics and General Medical services at LRH.

Dr Tanja Bohl

Tanja has lived and worked in Gippsland most of her life. Currently Tanja focuses her work in the area of vulvovaginal disease. A consultant dermatologist by training Tanja has pursued her interest in this aspect of women’s health for decades. She has worked and was instrumental in the development of Vulvar Disorders Clinics at the Royal Womens Hospital, Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic and Skin and cancer Foundation (now Skin Health Institute).

Currently she is the Clinical Lead of the Vulval clinic at the Jean Hailes Foundation Medical Centre in Clayton. Tanja is the current President of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD) and has served as President of the Australian New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS) of which she is a founding member and has served both societies in various roles. These societies are multidisciplinary organizations dedicated to research, education, and clinical care of vulvovaginal disease.

Tanja remains passionate about improving health care access and literacy for all women. She is actively engaged in teaching at all levels of health care providers and is delighted that circumstances have enabled her to continue to work in this field. She is enjoying consulting at Maryvale Private Hospital every Wednesday in addition to her work at Clayton and Warragul. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and published.

Tanja also serves as an Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Womens Dermatology and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease.

Dr Jasper Sung

Dr Jasper Sung is a consultant Endocrinologist dedicated to providing patient-centred and evidence-based care.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne and has since worked in several states across Australia in both metropolitan and regional settings.

He completed his Endocrinology training at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and Eastern Health in Melbourne. He currently has public affiliations with Eastern Health and West Gippsland Hospital (Warragul).

Dr Sung’s research on diabetes and its complications have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national endocrine meetings.

Other than English, Dr Sung is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Dr Saifulla Syed

Mr Saifulla Syed is a General, Breast Surgeon and Endoscopist with board certified training from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Following his General Surgery training, Mr Syed subspecialised in Breast Oncoplastic Surgery by completing a Breast Fellowship at Canberra.

In addition to being a GESA certified colonoscopist, Mr Syed is a member of Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand and Australian Society of Breast Diseases.

Mr Syed specialises in breast disease (management of breast cancer, benign breast conditions, nipple discharge, fibroadenoma, breast pain).

Mr Syed other clinical interests include gastroscopy and colonoscopy, and general surgery (including carpal tunnel release, vasectomy, lumps and bumps, skin cancers, ingrown toenail, varicose veins).

Besides clinical work, Mr Syed is passionate about teaching and training junior doctors.

He is a member of Academy of Surgical Educators at the College of Surgeons and is involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and junior doctors.

Mr. Syed has recently commenced private consulting at Gippsland Specialist Clinic and operating at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Mr Ponnaren Pak

Ponnaren (Pon) Pak is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian Orthopaedic Association.

He is a medical graduate from the University of Melbourne and completed advanced orthopaedic training in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Mr Pak has undertaken fellowship in training in shoulder & elbow surgery, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

He prides himself on utilising up to date surgical techniques including minimally invasive surgery with the benefit of optimised outcomes and early recovery.

Mr Pak is happy to manage TAC and Workcover patients. He is an accredited orthopaedic assessor for TAC and Workcover.

Mr Pak has a particular interest in shoulder, elbow and wrist surgery and utilises all arthroscopic shoulder reconstructions for rotator cuff surgery, labral repair surgery and adhesive capsulitis. Mr Pak also specialises in shoulder arthroplasty including anatomical and reverse shoulder replacement arthroplasty procedures.

Dr Dorothy Wang

Dr Dorothy Wang received her Bachelor of Biomedicine degree from the University of Melbourne in 2013. She then pursued a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017.

Dr Wang has a wide variety of experience in both public and private dentistry and performs procedures under general anaesthetic for anxious, special needs and paediatric patients.

Dr Wang is also part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and strives to provide excellent dental care to remote Victorian towns.

Dr Sarah Azer

Dr. Sarah Azer is a robotic and urological surgeon trained in Victoria.

Dr Azer studied a combined Medicine and Law degree at Monash University. She completed her surgical residency at St Vincent’s Hospital before being accepted to the Urology training program. In 2019 she was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons.

Dr Azer then undertook a year-long robotic pelvic oncology fellowship in the United Kingdom under the guidance of two Top 10 robotic surgeons Mr Edward Rowe and Mr Anthony Koupparis. These surgeons have experience in over 1000 robotic cases. Dr. Azer specialises in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms, incontinence, stones, and Uro-Oncology.

Sarah also has a particular interest in kidney, prostate and bladder cancer. Dr Azer ensures that her approach is always patient-centric. Dr Azer listens to her patients and provides them with evidence based information to allow them to make the best decisions for their health.

Sarah welcomes phone calls from doctors at any time to provide guidance and advice.

Specialty Interests

  • Kidney, Prostate and Bladder Cancers
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Stone surgery
  • Urodynamics
  • Incontinence
  • Transperineal prostate biopsies

Profile – Dr Sarah Azer (Urology)

Dr Gwendolyn Huang

Gwendolyn graduated from the Bachelor of Dental Surgery with a concurrent Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science (Dentistry) at the University of Adelaide in 2010, and completed her specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry (University of Adelaide) in 2015. Gwendolyn was also inducted as a Fellow in General Dental Practice with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2015. Gwendolyn completed her advanced specialist training at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, and was subsequently appointed as a Paediatric Dental Consultant in 2017, until she moved back home to Melbourne in 2020 to take up a position at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Gwendolyn enjoys all aspects of Paediatric Dentistry, although she has special interests in treating anxious children and children with special and medical needs. Whilst embracing the array of paediatric dentistry, Gwendolyn understands the importance of offering quality dental care to children and prides herself on this.
Gwendolyn has been a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD) South Australian and Northern Territory Branch, and is serving on the ANZSPD Victorian Branch committee. Gwendolyn has volunteered in the central Andes Mountains of Peru and central Australia. She is looking forward to her next trip to the Northern Territory with the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Gwendolyn is a specialist paediatric dentist who loves seeing children of all ages and children with diverse needs. She loves getting to know her patients and listening to their stories. Gwendolyn’s goal, through the services she provides, is to help children build the foundation they need to maintain healthy and happy smiles as they grow up.

Mr RuWei Xu

Ruwei completed his general surgical training at Monash Health through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016. To consolidate his surgical experience, he worked as the General Surgical Fellow at Ballarat Base Hospital for 12 months in 2017. He has been appointed to be a General Surgeon in Latrobe Regional Hospital in 2018.

Ruwei has broad general surgical experiences in gastrointestinal, breast, thyroid and abdominal wall hernia procedures. He acquired advanced laparoscopic skills in major abdominal wall hernias, gallbladder and colon cancers. He also performs minor surgical procedures for treatment of skin cancers, vasectomy, carpal tunnel syndrome and varicose veins.

Ruwei also has significant basic and clinical research experience. His interest in research led to his completion of a Master’s degree from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Monash Medical Centre, Monash University respectively. His current research interest is in the surgical management of abdominal wall hernias.

• All abdominal wall hernias (open and laparoscopic approaches)

• Biliary surgery: cholecystectomy, common bile duct extraction of stones and stenting

• Gastrointestinal tract surgery:appendicectomy, small and large bowel resection for cancer and benign conditions

• Thyroid surgery: hemi- and total thyroidectomies

• Breast: benign and malignant conditions

• Vascular:

– Varicose veins

– Major (AKA, BKA) and minor toe

amputations for trauma or diabetics

– Chemotherapy port insertion

• Minor procedures:

– Limbs: Carpal tunnel release, trigger

finger, Dupuytren’s contracture, ingrown toe nail

– Urology: vasectomy, circumcision

– Skin and superficial tumours: skin cancers (with skin graft), foreign bodies, and lipomas

– Biopsies: lymph node, temporal artery and skin biopsy

– Anal and perianal conditions: abscess, haemorrhoid and fissure

• Endoscopy: gastroscopy and colonoscopy

• Emergency general and trauma surgery (laparotomy, bowel resections, repair of perforated viscus, Hartmann’s, splenectomy etc)

Dr Ahmed Nagla

Dr Nagla began his career as a GP in Melbourne and undertook palliative care training at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Barwon Health, Alfred Health and Mercy Palliative Care after identifying a need to upskill to respond to the needs of his local community.

Dr Ahmed Nagla has only called Gippsland home for a short time but he is already making strides in his position as a specialist palliative care physician with the Gippsland Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Service (GRPCCS) based at Latrobe Regional Hospital, with credentialing rights at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Profile – Dr Ahmed Nagla (Palliative Care)

Mr Adrian DeAngelis

Mr Adrian DeAngelis qualified in Dentistry with Honours in 2005 from the University of Melbourne before commencing his specialist training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Melbourne in 2010. During this time Adrian obtained a further Postgraduate Diploma in Maxillofacial Surgery (2010) and Medical Degree (2012) from the University of Melbourne before gaining his specialist qualification and Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2018. Between 2018-2020 Adrian undertook additional advanced training in Head & Neck Cancer Surgery at St Georges Hospital in London and the Royal Derby Hospital sponsored through the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh as well as completing a Masters thesis in Oncology with the University of Melbourne.

During his training Adrian has lectured and demonstrated in maxillofacial surgery at the University of Melbourne, published 10 articles in the scientific literature primarily in the fields of trauma and head & neck oncology and has presented his research at both national and international meetings of the speciality. Adrian has obtained 9 awards for research and academic excellence including the prestigious Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship award in 2004.

In additional to head & neck cancer and pathology, Adrian’s specialist interests include corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting and implantology as well as dentoalveolar and wisdom teeth surgery.

Anand Makwana

Anand is a highly experienced family dentist with over 17 years experience. In 2013 Dr Makwana arrived in Australia from England and has worked in regional Victoria (Swan Hill) and Melbourne before making his home in Warragul. Anand was born in London, England and trained at the University of Leeds (2003) before completing a Masters degree from the University of Birmingham in 2013. He was due to teach at the University of Birmingham but decided to move down under to the sunshine instead. Great decision Anand!

Anand is a brilliant all-rounder. He’s a skilled general practitioner providing all aspects of dental care for his patients including traditional braces, Invisalign braces and fast-track braces. He also has a special interest in treating nervous patients. He has worked at a specialist sedation clinic in England where he exclusively treated phobic patients. If you’re a bit nervy about dental visits, book in with Anand. We guarantee he will put you at ease and work with you to provide the treatment you need. Anand also provides braces for both children and adults using all the latest techniques and technology.

One of Anand’s greatest skills is that he can explain technical dental procedures in really simple English. In fact, he promises to only use non-jargon when you visit him! Anand is focused on providing your dental healthcare for life and looks forward to seeing you.

Outside of work Anand is an adventure traveller; he’s ridden his motorbike to the North Cape and driven a vintage London taxi from London to Turkey. Anand and his partner Belinda (Brauman) are just good old-fashioned outdoorsy people – and when they’re not travelling around the world they love cycling, hiking, and spending their time sightseeing around beautiful Gippsland.

Dr Chere McCamley

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Ms Chere McCamley

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Breast & General Surgeon

Chere is an Australian trained Surgeon who has a long-term commitment to providing specialist General and Breast Surgery services to regional Australians.

Chere obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University in 2007 and trained in General Surgery at Monash Health. Chere was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in General Surgery in 2018.

Chere has completed an Emergency and General Surgery Fellowship in Regional Victoria. During this Fellowship she was a Deakin University lecturer, steering committee member for the Sepsis Collaboration and commenced a Masters of Breast Surgery. In 2019 she commenced Breast Cancer subspecialty training (BreastSurgANZ) at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital.

Chere is involved in clinic research and is currently a principle investigator for a clinical trial in Magseed localisation for Breast Cancer Surgery, intern supervisor for Breast Surgery Services and works as a Consultant Surgeon at West Gippsland Hospital & operated at Maryvale Private Hospital. Chere is GESA accredited.

Chere provides specialisation in breast, general and emergency surgery to the local Gippsland community.

In her spare time, she enjoys her cattle farm with her young family in Neerim South.

Mr Paul Strauss

Paul is a General Surgeon with a particular interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, breast surgery and other aspects of general surgery including laparoscopic, cholecystectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy and laparoscopic incisional and groin hernia repairs.

All referrals should be faxed to Strauss Medical Centre on 5143 2744 or call 5143 2366.

Mr Radha Nair

Consultant Surgeon

Mr Nair studied Medicine in India and then attained surgical fellowship from both India and UK. He
then worked as a consultant surgeon in India and then in Dubai, UAE.
After moving to New Zealand where he worked for 8 years he moved to Northern Territory and
worked as a senior consultant in Alice Springs for 7 years attaining fellowship from Australasian
College of Surgeons. Radha is now the Head of Unit of surgery at CGHS, Sale from 2019.

Mr Nair has a broad spectrum of surgical expertise in thyroid, breast, laparoscopic surgeries, skin
lesions including flaps and grafts, paediatric and adult circumcision, correction of undescended
testis, varicose vein surgery, hernia surgery, gall bladder removal, hand surgeries like ganglion
removal, carpel tunnel release, dupuytrens contracture release, haemorrhoidectomy-open and
stapled, fissure and fistula surgeries.

Radha is a teacher and guide for gastroscopy and colonoscopy and performs all interventions
including, polyp removal, banding of haemorrhoids, arrest of GI bleeds, endovariceal banding, PEG
tube insertion etc.

Radha is a GESA member and supervisor for trainees.
He is a member of Academy of Surgical Educator of RACS, Member of Surgical Oncology of
RACS, mentor for surgical trainees of RACS. He is also credentialed for Gippsland Breast Unit and
an active participant of GRICS ( multidisciplinary team for cancers)
He has many other memberships and credentials.

For all appointments

Ph: (03) 5143 8944

Fax: (03) 5143 8945

All appointments are in the Sale Consulting Suites


Profile – Mr Radha Nair (General Surgery)

Dr Daini Ong

Dr Dai Ni Ong is an Ophthalmologist with a special interest in cataract surgery and macular degeneration. She offers medical consultation and surgery for a wide range of general ophthalmic conditions.

She operates in surgery centres with the latest equipment and caring staff. Dr Ong regularly attends conferences to keep up to date with the latest innovations in cataract surgery.

Dr Ong is also a retinal specialist. She has performed over a thousand of anti-VEGF injections for macular degeneration and other retinal diseases. She has helped many patients to improve and maintain their vision.

Dr Ong graduated with honours from Monash University Medical School, Melbourne. She then worked at The Austin Hospital, Melbourne where she received “The Best Hospital Medical Officer Teacher Award”.

After completing her ophthalmology training at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, she moved to the UK for further training in medical retina and uveitis conditions at the prestigious Moorfields Hospital, London. She undertook further training in glaucoma and oculoplastics at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Other fellowship training included cataract surgery at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.

Consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
member of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
member of European Society of Cataract & Refractive surgeon
member of Australian Society of Ophthalmologists
member of Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists

All patient appointments are at

146 Princess Highway Traralgon 3844

Ph: (03) 5176 994

Fax: (03) 5176 4997


Mr David Owen


David Owen is an Australian trained orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip, knee and shoulder surgery.

He went to school in Gippsland, studied Engineering and Science at The University of Melbourne and then completed Medicine at Australian National University. Following his orthopaedic surgical training, he completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma. He is completing a PhD in orthopaedics on wrist surgery.

David is interested how technological applications in surgery can improve patient outcomes and has completed training in robotic assisted joint replacement. He also performs hip replacement with the anterior approach.

David is keenly interested in research and has also published a number of scientific papers in orthopaedics and continues to be involved in teaching doctors and medical students.

David lives in Gippsland with his wife and young children and is keenly interested in sport particularly mountain biking skiing,  kayaking, nature and the environment.

Please send all referrals to Gippsland Orthopaedics


Dr Tim Coughlan

BA (HONS) Cantab, MBBS sydney, FRACP Nephrologist/Consultant Physician

Dr Tim Coughlan is a Nephrologist/Consultant Physician and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) based at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

He obtained his medical degree Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney followed by Advanced Trainee in Nephrology at Alfred Health, Monash Health and Eastern Health. His Locum Consultancy work has taken him to various locations, Mildura Base Hospital (Vic), Broken Hill Based Hospital (NSW), Grafton Based Hospital (NSW), Mercy Community Hospital (TAS), Southeast Regional Hospital (NSW), Launceston General Hospital (TAS). Tim currently holds an active VMO Position at Maryvale Private Hospital.


Dr Trung Quach

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MBBS FRACP (Nephrology)

Dr Trung Quach is an experienced Consultant Nephrologist with multiple practice locations across Melbourne and Gippsland. He visits Maryvale Private Hospital as a VMO Nephrologist and is also involved in the after hours VMO on call roster.

After graduating in Medicine from the University of Western Australia, he subsequently undertook his specialist physician training at the Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He attained his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Nephrology) in 2011.

His main areas of specialisation include the management of hypertension, proteinuria, chronic kidney disease, kidney stones, dialysis and renal transplantation.

He has public hospital appointments at Monash Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital, where he consults in general nephrology, dialysis and renal transplant clinics. He also has private practices in Warragul, Maribyrnong and Springvale and is happy to be contacted at any time for advice or referrals.

Dr Sarmistha (Sami) Choudhuri

Dr Choudhuri is a consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with extensive experience in this field of medicine spanning almost twenty years. This experience is enriched by working in the UK, India, UAE and different tertiary hospitals of Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. She has also thoroughly enjoyed caring for women in the North West of regional Tasmania while working as a private Obstetrician & Gynaecologist for three years.

Apart from gaining training in the UK, Dr Choudhuri worked as a Fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine in tertiary Westmead Hospital of Sydney for a year and in Gynaecology Oncology in Sunshine Hospital. She took a leadership role in running an out-patient hysteroscopy unit in Royal Hobart Hospital.

Various Gynaecological conditions managed by Dr Choudhuri include menstrual disorders, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS, contraceptive issues, chronic pelvic pain, vulvo-vaginal disorders, prolapse and urinary incontinence, cervical screening abnormalities. She offers abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies, pelvic floor repair surgeries, sacrospinous fixation and TVT for SUI inselected patients. She is experienced in laparoscopic surgeries of various Gynaecological conditions including management of ovarian cyst, ectopic pregnancy, AFS stage III endometriosis, infertility.

Dr Choudhuri loves to visit different places around the world and learn different languages. She also enjoys gardening and is a regular visitor/ member at the sale community garden.

Profile – Dr Sami Choudhuri (Gynaecology)

Dr Derk Pol

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Dr Pol completed his post graduate medical degree locally at Monash University in Churchill. He completed his basic physician training at Monash Health, he then went on to complete his advanced training in cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and MonashHeart. Derk is currently completing an additional fellowship in interventional cardiology at MonashHeart. Derk has an interest in general cardiology, acute coronary syndrome and hopes to one day provide an acute cardiac service for myocardial infarctions for regional patients, at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Dr Pol has published peer reviewed research in both Australian and international journals in addition to presenting his work at national cardiology conferences.

Dr Pol practices at Maryvale Private Hospital, Latrobe Regional Hospital and MonashHeart – Monash Medical Centre.

Derk in his spare time likes to stay fit and active with running and cycling. He previously played for Yallourn North Football Club as an unexceptional ruckman. He also considers himself a bit of a “car”diologist and on the weekends can be found tinkering in the shed, on anything with a motor.


Mr Trung Pham

MBBS (Melbourne), FRACS (Urology)

Mr. Trung Pham graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Medical School in 1991. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons and a Member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2001.

Mr Pham had his general surgical and urological training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre from 1992 to 2000. In 2001 he undertook a year of clinical and laboratory prostate cancer research at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane and he was an Associate Lecturer at The University of Queensland Medical School. The following year he was awarded with both The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons Foundation Travelling Scholarship and The Urological Society of Australia  New Zealand Travelling Fellowship enabling him to spend time at the Institute of Urology in London UK.

Mr Pham has been a consultant urologist/urological surgeon at Monash Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital since 2002. He also has been in private practice in the South East Victoria. He has expertise in comprehensive prostate cancer diagnosis and management, Holmium laser surgery for benign prostatic enlargement and minimally invasive treatments for renal stone disease including laser flexible ureteropyeloscopy, lithotripsy and percutaneous surgery. He is one of the most experienced Prostate Laser surgeons in Australia with an extensive experience in the procedure of Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (HoLEP). He has been doing HoLEP since 2003. HoLEP is now becoming the gold standard in the surgical treatment for bladder outflow obstruction due to benign prostatic enlargement.

Mr Pham consults and operates at The Valley Private -Mulgrave, St John of God – Berwick and Maryvale Private – Morwell.

General Urology with Special Interests:

  • Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (HoLEP), Minimal Invasive Treatments for Renal Stone Disease
  • Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Management: Transperineal Prostate Biopsy , Prostate Brachytherapy, Radical Prostatectomy
  • Non-scalpel Vasectomy, Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal

Mr Shekib Shahbaz

Mr Shekib Shahbaz accepts all patients requiring urological management. He is actively involved in teaching, research and ongoing personal professional development. Shekib is widely travelled and lived in numerous countries. His compassionate approach and cultural awareness sees him well liked by patients of all ages and backgrounds.

Mr. Shahbaz provides a complete urology service with the highest quality of care.

His main areas of interest are:

  • Management of Urological Stone Disease
    (medical, laser, ESWL, PCNL)
  • Laparoscopy
    (nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, adrenal)
  • Open oncological surgery
    (prostate, kidney, testicular, bladder, ureter, adrenal)
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Voiding difficulties and BPH
    (medical, TURP, laser, prostate surgery and uro-lift)
  • Penile prosthesis and incontinence surgery management

Profile – Mr Shekib Shahbaz (Urology)

Dr Anthony Boers

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Class 1A Honours, Monash University.
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).

Dr Anthony Boers loves the beauty of Gippsland and has a passion to support and care for Gippslanders. He lives with his family in Latrobe Valley and has worked in the region for over 15 years. Dr Boers established his Private Rheumatology Practice at Maryvale Private Hospital and extends his rheumatology health care to East Gippsland with clinic visits to Lakes Entrance and Orbost.

Dr Boers is a General Physician & Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Maryvale Private Hospital and Latrobe Regional Hospital. He has a keen interest in providing training and support to medical students and physicians in training at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Dr Barton Jennings

My name is Barton and I am a specialist in Lung Disease and Sleep Disorders.

I am inspired to help as many people as possible maximize their quality of life through achieving healthy lungs and sound sleep. At school and university, I always had a desire to help other people. Breathing and good quality sleep can sometimes be taken for granted but when there is a problem it causes significant distress. I now feel so grateful to be able to help people who may have disease affecting their lungs, breathing and sleep.

I live in Melbourne with my wife, Leah. We were married in Metung, Victoria which remains a special place to us. We have two terrific young boys who keep us busy and highly entertained. I love sport and am a keen tennis player and golfer. I also love to watch cricket and footy at the MCG and barrack for the Demons.

I am the Director of Lung Cancer and Bronchoscopy at Monash Health and chair the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meeting.

I have special interest and expertise in the investigation of lung lesions and the management of patients with lung cancer. I perform bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) at Monash, Cabrini and Epworth Hospitals.

I graduated from Medicine at Monash University in 2002. My specialist training was completed at Monash Medical Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital. During my training I took time to gain further experience in cardiology research in Oxford, UK. Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians was gained in 2010. In 2011, I completed a clinical fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology and Lung Cancer management at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. I completed my Masters of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney in 2012 and am active in clinical research.


Dr Tim Cheung


Dr Timothy Cheung is a respiratory and sleep disorders specialist. He has experience in the diagnosis and management of a broad range of lung and sleep conditions including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, lung nodules, and sleep apnoea.

Tim completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours prior to embarking on his medical career. After graduating from medical school at the University of Queensland, he went on to complete specialist training in Respiratory and Sleep medicine at the Monash Health and Eastern Health. Tim underwent a further year of training as a Clinical Academic Fellow to further his expertise in the area of Sleep Medicine. His areas of interests are in the multi-disciplinary care of patients with chronic lung disease. Tim has a public appointment at Monash Health as a Respiratory Specialist and is accredited at the Cabrini, Epworth, Healthscope & Maryvale private hospital networks.

Mr Raminder Dhillon

Dr Raminder Dhillon graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand and went on to specialise in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery where he trained in NZ and Melbourne. He currently holds positions as a consultant specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Austin Hospital, Monash Health and Eastern Health in Melbourne and is involved in training and supervising trainee plastic surgeons.

Raminder was a recipient of the Australian and NZ Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS/NZAPS) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Award and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Foundation for Surgery Research Scholarship. He completed a Microsurgery Research Fellowship in 2010 at The Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

His main areas of interest is in reconstructive surgery and microsurgery, especially in the field of head and neck surgery and hand surgery and a major part of his practice involves reconstructive work with surgeons and specialists from other specialties such as ENT, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Dermatology to treat complex problems. Raminder’s passion is to restore form and function by performing plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, hand and body and he is actively involved in volunteer plastic surgery through Interplast.

He founded Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Melbourne (PRSM), a private practice that specialises in various aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery as well as cosmetic surgery and non-surgical rejuvenation in collaboration with the other plastic surgeons listed in the practice. At PRSM we aim to offer the best possible care in treating various problems with surgeons in the practice who have subspecialty interest in different areas of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Raminder consults and operates at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Dr Asmita Mankeshwar

Dr Asmita Mankeshwar is working as a Paediatrician at Latrobe regional hospital and Maryvale Private Hospital on a weekly basis.

Asmita completed substantial part of her training in Victoria with her main areas of interest with newborns, allergy, developmental, rehabilitation issues, diabetes and general Paediatrics.

Asmita is involved in teaching at various levels from undergraduate to advanced trainees. Her areas of focus are simulation training, medical education and regional workforce sustainability. Timely, efficient and high-quality care is her goal. Asmita enjoys a close working relationship with primary care providers while family centred care is at the heart her clinical practice.

Dr Emily Kotschet

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Dr Emily Kotschet is a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist with extensive knowledge in the management of arrhythmias, and heart failure devices.

Emily completed her cardiology training at the Alfred, then Monash Heart, then finished her Electrophysiology Fellowship in Canada. She returned to Monash Heart, and established the AF ablation program, including Australia’s first nurse led AF clinic, as well as first in man trials using new AF ablation technologies. She started the cardiac genetics service at Monash, to manage the growing area of inherited heart disease.

Emily has introduced many new pacemaker technologies and defibrillating devices to Australia, including the Micra leadless pacemaker, and subcutaneous defibrillator, and novel extravascular ICD.
Emily works at several private hospitals, including St John of God, Berwick, Mulgrave Private Hospital, Cabrini hospital and Holmesglen Private Hospital, Moorabbin. She also provides cardiac services in rural Victoria visiting Alexandra and Morwell.

Emily’s interests include atrial fibrillation management including catheter ablation, device implantation for heart failure (pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation devices and subcutaneous devices) and inherited arrhythmias such as Long QT syndrome.

Emily spends time away from work with her husband and 3 gorgeous girls, and enjoys running marathons around the world to keep fit.

Mr Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 30 years experience. He has been working in Gippsland since 1994, operating at Maryvale Private Hospital, Latrobe Regional, and West Gippsland Hospitals, and more recently, Central Gippsland Hospital. He has a practice which treats both adult and paediatric patients for elective and trauma surgeries. His interests include complex hip, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle procedures.

He graduated from Monash University with Honours in 1983, completing his residency at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne. His orthopaedic training was undertaken at The Royal Melbourne, Royal Hobart, Box Hill and The Austin Hosptials. He completed  fellowships in foot and ankle surgery in Baltimore, USA in 1992, and at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Ohio, USA in 1993. Mr Thomas continues to expand his knowledge by regularly attending conferences, both domestically and internationally. He also visits the operating rooms of renown surgeons from around the world, including the  USA, Northern Ireland, and France.

Mr Thomas has recently completed nine years on the Board of Examiners in Orthopaedics, which involves examining trainee doctors to become fully qualified surgeons under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is passionate in teaching junior doctors, and won the 2019 award for outstanding teaching, given by the Victorian branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Mr Thomas is trained in the Navio robotics-assisted total knee replacement offered at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Personal interests include family, marathon running, travel, reading and cooking. He also loves his pet dog, Sebastian.

Mr Ilan Freedman

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Mr Ilan Freedman is a Melbourne and International Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Direct Anterior Minimally-Invasive Hip Replacement and Patient-Specific 3D-printed Instrument (PSI) Partial and Total Knee Replacement.
Mr Freedman trained as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Australia and then received a prestigious scholarship from the European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology to undertake fellowship training at Clinique du Sport in Paris, France with leading international hip surgeon, Dr Frederic Laude.

Mr Freedman also completed a second international fellowship at the internationally renowned Hip Preservation Unit in Warwick, UK where he was involved in the treatment of professional athletes, such as English Premier League footballers and Olympic Athletes.

Mr Freedman is pleased to be the first surgeon to bring Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement to the Gippsland area. Mr Freedman consults at Maryvale Private, in Warragul and in Melbourne.

Mr Ben Brooker

Mr Ben Brooker is a Gippsland local, having grown up in Warragul; he completed his schooling in Warragul and Drouin prior to undertaking medical training at The University of Melbourne. He graduated in 2005 with the combined degree of Bachelor and Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci).

Ben completed specialist Orthopaedic training in Victoria and Tasmania, receiving his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015.  He then went on to travel to Canada to undertake further specialist training in primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery at the QEII Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In 2016, Ben and his family returned to Gippsland, settled in Yarragon, and commenced work at Gipppsland Orthopaedic Group.

In addition to his clinical practice, Ben holds a keen interest in teaching. He is the Director of Training at the Latrobe Regional Hospital for the Australian Orthopaedic Association, and is responsible for the education and supervision of Orthopaedic Registrars in their training positions. Ben’s educational interests extend to doctors-in-training; he also conducts tutorials for medical students on rotation from Monash University. Ben has also completed a number of research projects through his training and career, has presented at national and international conferences and published his research in peer reviewed international journals.

Ben has a special interest in primary and revision hip and knee surgery, sports injuries and ACL reconstructions. He holds public appointments at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon, West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul, and at Gippsland Southern Health Service in Leongatha. His private practice is conducted at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Mr Ben Brooker holds a Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and is a Member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time in his vegetable garden, on the tractor and playing with his children.

Mr Joseph Gunn

Mr Joseph Gunn is a Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon with degrees in both medicine and dentistry, and extensive further clinical training in surgery. He enjoys all aspects of his chosen specialty and is dedicated to providing excellent care to his patients.

Mr Gunn enjoys practicing the full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery.  This includes dentoalveolar surgery (removal of teeth, including wisdom teeth, placement of implants and bone grafts) and management of patients with facial trauma, as well as treating pathology of the mouth and jaws. He is particularly passionate about corrective jaw surgery for patients with the wide range of conditions that benefit from orthognathic surgery.

He is the Head of Maxillofacial Surgery at StVincents’ Hospital in Melbourne and holds appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Austin Hospital. In addition Mr Gunn has a private  practice based in Melbourne and offering a number of consulting locations.  He is involved in the supervision and training of surgical trainees, and medical and dental students.  Mr Gunn is a member of both the International and Australian Associations of Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons, and of the Australian Dental Association.

Joseph Gunn’s Oral & Maxillofacial surgical training began with the completion of his Medical degree in 1999. He went on to complete Basic Surgical Training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and enter Advanced Training in General Surgery. He obtained valuable experience as a surgical registrar in a number of surgical disciplines. These included Trauma, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, and Plastic surgery. He subsequently completed his dental degree, graduating with honors, from the University of Melbourne.  This was followed by Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial surgery training involving positions in major hospitals throughout Victoria and Tasmania, to successfully complete his Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

After a brief period as a Consultant surgeon in Melbourne, Joseph secured a position as a Clinical Fellow and travelled to the UK to complete 12 months at the Oxford University Hospitals. During this time he gained further experience, particularly in the fields of corrective jaw surgery for facial deformity, including cleft lip and palate, Head & Neck oncology and surgery of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Outside of surgery Joseph is a keen alpine skier and enjoys mountain biking, following the varied fortunes of the Western Bulldogs in the AFL and spending time with his young family.

Dr Suheb Ahmed

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Dr Suheb Ahmed is an ‘Eye Surgeon’ or ophthalmologist who completed his undergraduate and specialist training from Scotland. At Maryvale Private Hospital he specialises in Cataract surgery, Pterygium and Glaucoma management.  He offers the latest in cataract surgery techniques and the latest in intraocular lenses. He is a high volume surgeon and his safety record is exceptional.

He also offers the latest in minimally invasive glaucoma procedures (MIGS) and was the first in Gippsland to offer it. Maryvale Hospital was the first and currently the only hospital in Gippsland where you can have MIGS procedures. This is part of the commitment of MPH to offer the best and latest treatments to local patients without needing to travel far.

Dr Ahmed offers to suitable patients:

  • No needle anaesthesia if required
  • No Pain – Numbing anaesthetic drops
  • No Sutures – Keyhole surgery
  • In addition, sedation is available from a specialist anaesthetist so there really is no need to worry.

Dr Ahmed is committed to public service and is the head of department at Northern Health, a major health provider in Melbourne. He is passionate about improving access to care both in Australia and in the developing world. He has introduced and expanded numerous services around Victoria and is working on projects further afield.

He is committed to the service of his Gippsland patients consulting and operating at Maryvale Private Hospital as well as offering public surgery at Neerim Health and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

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Dr Anuradha Sarkar

Dr Anuradha (Anu) Sarkar completed her MBBS in 1984 with Honours in Gynaecology & Obstetrics.  Then pursued a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Irish Republic where completed her Diploma and proceeded to do Specialist Training in this Specialty and completed a FRCOG in 1998. Anu’s training encompassed various positions in Ireland and U.K where she worked several years to gain more experience.

Anu then emigrated to Australia in 2002 and worked at Monash and attained the FRANZCOG in 2004 from the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist’s.

Anu has been employed as a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist since 2005 in Gippsland providing services to Bairnsdale Regional Hospital, Central Gippsland Health and is consulting and operating at Maryvale Private Hospital.


Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery-MBBS

Diploma in Obstetrics- Royal College of Physicians Ireland

Fellow of Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists- FRCOG ( Lond)

Fellow of Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists- FRANZCOG

Professional Affiliations:

Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Fellow of Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Senior Lecturer- Monash Rural School

Member- Australian Endoscopic Gynaecological Society


Member- Urogynaecological Society of Australiasia

Member – Australian Colposcopic Society

Member- Australian Menopause Society

Dr Haider Najjar

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Dr Haider Najjar is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist who graduated in Medicine in 1992. He completed Obstetrics and Gynaecology training at Monash Medical Centre, where he also went on to complete a Fellowship in advanced Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive surgery. During his time training at Monash, he received the Young Scientists Award from the International Menopause Society for his research in Premature Menopause. Dr Najjar was also awarded the Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Gynaecology Endoscopic Society for his work conducting laparoscopic training workshops for registrars.

Dr Najjar’s particular niche of clinical interest is Fertility Surgery and complex laparoscopic procedures, especially those utilising single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and also robotic surgery. He is the pioneer of SILS procedures in Australia and internationally. Patients can be confident that they will benefit from the range of improved outcomes including cosmetic appearance with this surgical approach as opposed to conventional surgical procedures.

As a principle Fertility Specialist at Melbourne IVF for over a decade, he understands the complexities of infertility and provides an individualized approach to his care and management for his patients. His major forte of expertise in surgical management of infertility includes advanced laparoscopic surgery and management of endometriosis and fibroids. Dr Najjar has worked in the Monash Health service for over 20 years and been a consultant for the last 15 years. His private practice is based at Mount Waverley, but he also consults from Malvern, Berwick and Maryvale.



Dr Pam Cardoza


Dr Pam Cardoza

Obstetrics and Gynaecology have been Dr Cardoza’s passion for the last 18 years. Following completion of her postgraduate medical education training at the Manipal University in India, continuing at the University of Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the UK and finishing at the Cambridge deanery has given Pam a sound background in the specialty. This was further augmented when she was given opportunity to work with Prof John De Lancey at the Pelvic Floor Research Group, The University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, USA for 12 months. Dr Cardoza’s previous positions was Consultant at Orange Health Services, NSW and clinical lecturer for medical students teaching at Sydney Scholl of Rural Health Orange.

Pam has various interests outside of her work life including practicing meditation, swimming and developing a keen interest in yoga. Pam believes these interests act as a source of relaxation, especially after a long oncall shift and helps her to unwind. Pam also enjoys trying out her hand at making multicultural cuisine. Pam has travelled widely to America, Canada, parts of Europe and Arabian Gulf.

Debbie Riley (Respiratory Scientist)

Debbie Riley is the senior scientist at Gippsland Lung Function. She has had extensive experience in the respiratory field having established and managed respiratory laboratories both in the UK and Australia.

Debbie performs some of the lung function testing for Gippsland Lung Function. She is also responsible for training and supervising  other scientists who perform testing.


Mr David Scott

After graduating from Monash Medical School, Mr David Scott completed advanced surgical training with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Melbourne, and spent one year in England for colorectal and breast surgical training. Upon completion of his formal training Mr. Scott became a Consultant General Surgeon, and now provides a full range of general surgical and bariatric surgical services in Central, West and South Gippsland.

Mr. Scott has an interest in advanced laparoscopic surgical practice, which was enhanced in the first few years of his consultancy working at Lap Surgery Australia, performing laparoscopic gastric banding and other obesity operations, endoscopic hernia repair and colorectal surgery.

Mr David Scott runs Gippsland Bariatric Services and is currently providing a general surgical service at Maryvale Private Hospital.

Mr Scott is a Gippsland based General Surgeon with an interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, he runs the main Gippsland Bariatric Services office from his consulting rooms at 150 Princes Highway, Traralgon, where all appointments to see Mr. Scott are made. Mr. Scott is the only surgeon performing Sleeve Gastrectomy in Gippsland. Referrals are accepted not only locally but state-wide and from interstate.

To discuss costs related to Sleeve Gastrectomy you can ask to speak to Mr Scott’s Secretary. Mr Scott treats privately insured patients and self funded patients for these bariatric procedures.

Services offered at Maryvale

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy Reflux Surgery
  • Gastroscopy/Colonoscopy
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Skin Lesions/Local Flap Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery/Carpal Tunnel

Mr Anamitra Sarkar

MBBS, MS (Gen Surgery) FRCS (Edin), FRACS

Mr Anamitra Sarkar completed his MBBS with honours in 1981 and then attained his Master’s Degree in Surgery. Following this he gained higher surgical training in the UK and Ireland and becam a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Anamitra worked in general surgery in UK and Ireland gaining further surgical experience and training for the next ten years.

Anamitra emigrated to Australis in 2001 and attained the FRACS from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Australia. He has been employed as a Consultant Surgeon and has worked in Gippsland and Melbourne for the past twenty years both public and private hospital.

Anamitra’s training with over thirty years of surgical experience has enabled him to obtain a wide exposure to every aspect of general surgery and it’s related subspecialties. This experience has been gained in India as well as the UK, Ireland and Australia. In addition to the extensive experience he has had in gastrointestinal surgery, he has also had training in biliary, endocrine, vascular, paediatric and urological surgery. In addition he has extensive experience in endoscopy and performs a high volume of colonoscopy and gastroscopies along with polypectomies and procedure for colorectal and gastric haemorrhage. Below are some of the surgical operations Anamitra routinely performs in his regular workload.


Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine Surgery, Endoscopy, General Surgery & Vascular.

Mr Neil Jayasuriya

MBBS (Hons), MS, MRCS (UK),

Dip in Surgical Education (Uni Melb), FRACS

Neil is an Australian trained General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Surgical Endoscopist.

He was trained in Metropolitan University Tertiary Care facilities like Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mater Adult, Gold Coast Hospital, and Regional hospitals in Sunshine coast and Wide bay in Queensland and in Sri Lanka. He has an interest in general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies, rural surgery with an inclination on GI diseases in particular colonic, Melanoma and skin cancer.

Neil is an accredited endoscopist and has been re-certified with Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) for colonoscopy.

He is a member of General Surgeons of Australia (GSA), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Royal college of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEdin),

He  has dual training  and had been trained in university Surgical units in  Sri Lanka  and   is a board certified as a specialist  in general surgery.  He is a member of College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka (CSSL).

He has an ongoing interest in Surgical Education.
He caters mainly for:

  • Symptomatic gall stone disease
  • Abdominal wall hernia
  • Colonic cancers
  • Emergency General Surgery
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy
  • Melanomas and skin cancers
  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Minor surgical procedures

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Mr Adrian Aitken

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Mr Aitken is a General Surgeon consulting in Latrobe Valley and operating at Maryvale Private Hospital on a regular basis as well as the flexibility to do procedures under local anaesthetic such as carpal tunnel decompression either at Maryvale Private Hospital and his consulting rooms in Sale.

Endoscopy referrals are most welcome, Mr Aitken is GESA certified and reports are given to patient and letter issued the same day of procedure for patients.

Mr Aitken usually sees referred patients within a few days or if the condition is urgent, patient can be seen on the same day if necessary.



A/Prof Chris Mills

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Gastroenterologist, Interventional Endoscopist and General Physician

Chris is a Gastroenterologist, Interventional Endoscopist and Specialist General Physician, holding Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). Originally from Victoria, and with a strong desire to serve rural communities, Chris provides world-class medical expertise to Gippslanders, close to home.

After completing medicine in South Australia, Chris returned home to complete specialist training with Monash Health, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Warragul Hospital, Bendigo Hospital and The Austin, before completing sub-specialty endoscopic training at The Northern and the world-renown Victorian Liver Transplant and Australasian Intestinal Transplant Services based at The Austin. Chris has been extensively trained by world-leaders in interventional endoscopic techniques.

Chris offers general gastroenterology and endoscopy services, including gastroscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy (Pill Cam), however has a special interest and sub-specialty training in endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS).

Chris maintains an active general medical and extensive gastroenterology practice and will see all referrals, including patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Functional Gut Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Liver Disorders and a vast array of general medical problems, including patients referred that require inpatient management at Warragul Hospital, Neerim South Hospital and Maryvale Private Hospital.

Chris strongly believes in offering patients a comprehensive and multidisciplinary specialist service. He strongly advocates for complete patient care that can be best achieved through collaboration with surgeons, physicians and allied health professionals working together in a cohesive single group.

Chris maintains an active teaching appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine with The University of Melbourne and Monash University, having published more than 25 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. During his spare time, Chris enjoys tending to his 80-acre beef cattle farm in Neerim South, with his partner, young son and baby daughter.

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Dr Amir Safe

Dr Amir Safe FRCP, FRACP, MD (Bristol)

Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist

Dr Safe is a broadly skilled specialist gastroenterologist and physician.

Dr Safe trained initially in the United Kingdom and also holds a doctorate in Medicine.

Dr Safe provides specialist gastroenterology services including diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

He has special interests in colorectal cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s colitis and also capsule endoscopy.

Dr Julian Rong

Julian lives and breathes the local area. He is passionate about improving the disparity of specialist care between metro and rural communities. He is a keen learner and educator. He enjoys gardening and the outdoors. And he does a bit of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Julian is a Fellow of Royal Australian College of Physicians

Member Gastroenterological Society of Australia and Recertified Endoscopist

Adjunct Lecturer Monash University


Dr Laura Selkrig

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Laura is a Non-Interventional Cardiologist and partner of Gippsland Cardiology Services. Laura holds public appointments at The Alfred and Latrobe Regional Hospital. In addition to general cardiology, she has a special interest in valvular heart disease and heart failure. Having grown up in regional Victoria and undertook her medical training in Gippsland has been important to her professionally and personally to work regionally. Laura graduated from medical school in 2012 and was recognised for her academic achievement with presentation of the AMA Award. Laura completed basic Physician training at The Alfred and was fortunate enough to receive the Alfred Health Integrity Award in 2014. Laura completed specialist training and undertook an Echocardiography Fellowship at The Alfred.

Laura is excited to be able to provide a local echocardiography service in the Gippsland region including stress echocardiography and transoesphageal echocardiography.            




Dr David McMahon

David is a true local Gippslander based at Rosedale Family Dental since its opening in 2016. David has over 35 years of clinical experience in the area including previously owning his own successful dental practice in Traralgon. David originally completed his dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 1982. David has a focus on education and improving oral health. David and his team have been operating under general anesthetic for dental treatments at Maryvale Private hospital for many years.

David is a keen musician with the guitar being his instrument of choice. He also is a keen parachutist. As a resident of East Gippsland, David has a farming mind and a rural background.