We’d like to acknowledge and thank the following contributors who’ve kindly provided their time and expertise in reviewing the Preparing for hospital resource.


Dr Yoland Antill

Dip AppSci, BMed, FRACP, MD

Yoland Antill is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She works at Cabrini Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Frankston Hospitals as a Medical Oncologist and Cancer Genetics specialist. She’s a member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, the Australian Gynaecological Oncology Group, the Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She’s also a current invited member of the ANZBCTG Supportive Care Subcommittee and the ANZGOG's Endometrial Cancer working party.

Dr Wael Barr


Wael Barr is an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Dr Cameron John Bell


Cameron John Bell is a gastroenterologist and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Dr Katherine Benson


Dr Katherine Benson is a consultant endocrinologist with over 15 years’ experience in specialist private practice as well as hospital practice.  

She graduated from The University of Sydney with first class honours in 1994. Katherine completed physician’s training at Concord Hospital and was a visiting medical officer there until 2020. She also has appointments at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital and The Mater Hospital Sydney. She contributes to rural health and visits the Orange Specialist Centre regularly.  

Prof Christophe Berney


Chris Berney is a general surgeon, specialising in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He performs endocrine surgery (thyroid gland, parathyroid gland) and endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopies and colonoscopies, and has appointments at the Prince of Wales Private, Waratah Private and Bankstown Hospitals. He’s also Supervisor of Surgical Education & Training for General Surgery and Conjoint Professor with the University of NSW.

Dr Andrew Booker 


Dr Andrew Booker graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1996 and began his training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1999. After completing his membership training, Andrew established his private practice in 2005 at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Both aspects of this specialty are important to Andrew: from the great joy of guiding families through pregnancy and birth to the respectful care required through various gynaecological issues.

Dr Peter Brady


Peter Brady has been a consultant surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital for 25 years. He was previously Chairman of the Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Senior Examiner for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. His special interests include Aortic Surgery and Endovascular Stenting; Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement and Cardiac Pacing (Bi-Ventricular Defibrillators).

Dr Alex Brown

Alex Brown is a UK trained and European Board certified oncoplastic breast surgeon. He worked at several British oncoplastic units during his higher surgical training before undertaking his BreastSurgANZ fellowship at Westmead Breast Cancer Institute. He completed the University of East Anglia’s Mastership program in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, achieving distinction for his dissertation on patient reported outcomes after fat grafting.

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder  

MBBS (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRACP 

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) investigator fellow and a professor in the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. 

Other roles include coordinating editor of Cochrane musculoskeletal, back and neck founding member and chair executive committee, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network. 

Dr Ana Budak

Ana Budak is a specialist general surgeon at the department of surgical oncology and abdominal malignancies at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia. She trained in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Meir Medical Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel and has work experience in the UK and USA.

Dr Michael Mar Fan


Dr Michael Mar Fan is a Colorectal and General surgeon experienced in the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions, all areas of colorectal surgery, management of proctological conditions, and general surgical assessments. He is certified as a Colonoscopist with GESA.

Dr Samantha Davidson 


Dr Samantha Davidson is a consultant dermatologist experienced in both adult and paediatric dermatology services. Currently in private practice, she has expertise in skin cancer surveillance, inflammatory skin conditions and medical dermatology.  

Dr Davidson has trained and worked at several major hospitals in Brisbane, including Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Mater Hospital Brisbane and Queensland Institute of Dermatology located in Greenslopes Private Hospital. She has also spent time training at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Ireland. She is published in international dermatology journals, regularly speaks at dermatology conferences and is now the director of Gold Coast Dermatology Clinic. 

Associate Professor Anand Ganesan


Associate Professor Anand Ganesan is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Flinders Medical Centre. Dr Ganesan’s philosophical approach to cardiology is one of holistic care, aiming to help patients make positive incremental changes at each visit to improve their cardiovascular health. 

He leads a research group at the Flinders University School of Medicine, whose primary focus is on developing and applying new cardiac technologies to clinical practice for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the treatment of atrial fibrillation. 

Dr Gary Gordon

Gary Gordon is a specialist in Transthoracic, Exercise Stress and Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography. He works in the echo laboratories at Epworth Eastern and Knox Private Hospitals and has directed the echocardiography laboratories in both Auckland and Box Hill hospitals. Since 2003, he’s been the Director of the Heart Failure Clinic at Box Hill Hospital. He also held the Clinical Directorship at Auckland Hospital for 10 years.

Prof Stephen Graves


Stephen Graves is an orthopaedic surgeon. He’s been the Director of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry since it was established in 1999. He’s also Professor of Arthroplasty at Flinders University and has a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Oxford in bone biology. He’s presented and published extensively on the outcomes of joint replacement surgery and basic musculoskeletal biology.

Professor John Grigg


Professor John Grigg is head of the discipline of ophthalmology at The University of Sydney and consultant ophthalmologist Sydney Eye Hospital and The Children’s Hospital Westmead. The discipline of ophthalmology oversees all ophthalmic teaching and research at The University of Sydney including the Save Sight Institute, which has grown to be a leading ophthalmic research institute in Australia. 

Professor Grigg completed his vocational ophthalmology training on the Sydney Eye Hospital program. He completed further subspeciality clinical training fellowships in glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology and visual electrophysiology in Australia and the UK. 

Prof Ian Harris

AM, MBBS, Mmed (Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA, FAHMS

Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW. He’s also Director, Whitlam Orthopaedic Research Centre, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research; Scientific Secretary, AOA (Australian Orthopaedic Association); Deputy Director, AOA NJRR (National Joint Replacement Registry) Chair, ACORN (Arthroplasty Clinical Outcomes Registry); Co-chair, ANZHFR (ANZ Hip Fracture Registry).

Dr Javier Aranda-Hernández


Javier Aranda-Hernández is a gastroenterologist with special focus on therapeutic and interventional endoscopy. He’s currently an advanced therapeutic endoscopist in Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León (Spain), participates in the resident training program system and is involved in investigation and research programs.

Dr Mohammad Mozaffor Hosain


Mohammad Mozaffor Hosain is a specialist registrar in plastic surgery at Countess of Chester Hospital (UK). He was previously with the plastic surgery unit at Pinderfields General Hospital (UK). He’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.

Professor Thomas Hugh  


Professor Tom Hugh is the chair of surgery at the Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney. He is an upper gastrointestinal surgeon based at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and North Shore Private Hospital, Sydney. His clinical interests include the management of benign and malignant liver tumours, gallstone disease, and repair of groin and complex abdominal wall hernias. He has a long-standing interest in clinical audit and has been the instigator and driver of several ongoing prospective clinical databases in the Northern Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical unit at RNSH. 

A/Prof Peter Illingworth


Peter Illingworth is Medical Director of IVFAustralia. His qualifications include an accredited sub-speciality in infertility and he’s a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London. Peter is a Royal College examiner in the Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr Joseph Ischia


Joseph Ischia is a surgical uro-oncologist skilled in general urology, and specialising in the management of urological cancers. He’s also involved in urological research in prostate, bladder and kidney cancer with a research position at University of Melbourne.

Dr Alejandra Izurieta


Alejandra Izurieta is a fertility specialist. She’s a conjoint lecturer and examiner at UNSW. She holds a fellowship from RANZCOG and is involved in one of the first female obstetric groups in eastern Sydney.

A/Prof Yeo Seng Jin


Yeo Seng Jin is Senior Consultant & Director, Adult Reconstruction Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital.

Prof Valluvan Jeevanandam


Valluvan Jeevanandam is Professor of Surgery, Chief Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery University of Chicago Medicine. He’s a world-renowned surgeon, having started high risk and cardiac assist programs in places including China, India, the Middle East and South America.

Associate Professor Larry Kalish

MBBS (Hons I), MS MMed (Clin Epi), FRACS 

A/Prof Larry Kalish is an adult and paediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon with subspecialty interests in rhinology, allergy, voice and snoring. He is the director of the Sydney Sinus & Allergy Centre, the head of department of Concord Hospital ENT department, which is a tertiary referral centre for advanced rhinology and anterior skull base surgery.  Dr Kalish is a clinical associate professor at The University of Sydney and is involved in several research projects with numerous publications and presentations at international meetings.

Dr Phillip Katelaris 


Dr Phillip Katelaris is a senior consultant urological surgeon with over 35 years’ experience in the field of urology. Dr Katelaris trained in Australia with post fellowship training in Germany.  

Dr Katelaris has special expertise and experience in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, robotic prostate surgery as well as the diagnosis and management of erectile and bladder dysfunction. He is an expert urological prosthetic surgeon. 

Dr Soujanya Kaup


Soujanya Kaup conducts research in Ophthalmology with special interest in phacoemulsification, glaucoma and cornea at the Department of Ophthalmology, Yenepoya (Deemed-to-be) University (India). She was recently chosen for the prestigious Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance Early Career fellowship.

Mr Christian Kenfield


Christian Kenfield is a Melbourne-based Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal surgeon with a strong interest in both cancer and trauma surgery. His interests include surgery of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach, surgery for GORD (gastric reflux), and Bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Dr Kent Kuswanto


Kent Kuswanto is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist in Melbourne, Australia. He specialises in minimally invasive gynaecology surgery and cares for women with normal and high risk pregnancy.

Dr Joost Lameijer

MSc, BSc

Joost Lameijer is a registrar at Cathrina Hospital (Netherlands). He’s authored papers on sepsis, cardiac enzymes, knee arthroplasty complications, and mamography.

Dr Cosimo Alex Leo


Cosimo Alex Leo is a Trust Specialist Registrar in the Physiology & Neuromodulation Department at St Mark's Hospital (UK).

Assoc Prof Richard Lewandowski 


Prof Richard Lewandowski is a well-respected and experienced Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with special interest in craniomaxillofacial surgery, treatment and management of skin cancer, and surgery following facial trauma. Currently he serves as Director of Surgical Specialties at Mater Adults Hospital, and also consults at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital.
Prof Lewandowski has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented extensively as Invited Speaker at surgical conferences and meetings both nationally, and internationally.

A/Prof Rhea Liang


A/Prof Rhea Liang is a general and breast surgeon at Robina Hospital, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and a member of the Clinical Council. She is also the surgical discipline lead and clinical sub-dean at the Bond University Medical School. She is a surgical educator, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) course director and the immediate past chair of the RACS Operating with Respect Education Committee. 

Dr Philip Lockie 

MB BS, MPhil, FRCSI (Gen Surg), FRACS 

Dr Philip Lockie is an experienced Australian and UK-trained upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgeon who specialises in minimally invasive surgery of the abdomen and gastrointestinal tract. He has a particular interest in weight loss surgery. For the last 15 years, he and his multidisciplinary team have offered a comprehensive range of surgical weight loss procedures. He also undertakes both laparoscopic and robotic hernia surgery. Dr Lockie is also qualified in upper and lower endoscopy.  

Dr Andrew Luck


Andrew Luck is a colorectal surgeon at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and in private practice in Adelaide. He’s been heavily involved with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and is the immediate past President of the CSSANZ and Chairman of the CSSANZ Foundation. He sits on the South Australian Board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the South Australian State Surgical Taskforce. 

Prof Finlay Macrae


Finlay Macrae is Principal Fellow and  Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Head of Colorectal Medicine and Genetics, The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He’s a member of the Australian Cancer Network's committee and a Councillor for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, responsible for Professional Affairs.

He’s also Chair of the Hereditary Bowel Cancer Group of The Cancer Council of Victoria, currently Secretary to the International Society of Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, a member of Steering Committee of the US National Institutes of Health Colon Cancer Family Register, and International vice chairman of the CAPP organization for randomised controlled trials of prevention in HNPCC gene carriers.

Dr Greg Malham


Greg Malham is a spinal surgeon and neurosurgeon based in Melbourne. He’s a consultant neurosurgeon at Epworth, Richmond and an ex-Executive Member of the Spine Society of Australasia. He previously held a senior lecturer position at Monash University and co-founded the Alfred Spine Service.

Dr Cindy Mak

MB.BS (Hons)

Cindy Mak is the Head of Department of Breast Surgery at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. She’s a Visiting Medical Officer at BreastScreen NSW, The Sydney Breast Clinic, a member of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease, the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group, the Australian Medical Association and is an honorary scientific officer at The Garvan Institute. She also sits on the oncoplastic subcommittee of Breast SurgANZ, a committee dedicated to supporting breast surgeons with an oncoplastic surgery interest.

Craig A McPherson


Craig A McPherson is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr Max Mongelli


Max Mongelli is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based in Sydney. He’s a Fellow of both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His research interests include clinical applications of computer modelling, biostatistics and evidence-based medicine.

A/Prof Declan Murphy


Declan Murphy is consultant urologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Director of Outcomes Research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He’s also Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Dr Mohamed Wael Mustafa

MBBS, MD Audiology

Mohamed Wael Mustafa is Professor of Otorhinolaryngology & Audiovestibular Medicine in Qena Faculty of Medicine, South Valley University (Egypt).

Associate Professor Paul Myers 


Assoc Prof Paul Myers is an experienced vascular, endovascular and laser surgeon dealing with surgical management and treatment of all arterial and venous conditions. He’s had extensive training in general and vascular surgery and has been a world leader in endovascular techniques. He also has wide experience in general surgical conditions, and all forms of trauma and trauma surgery. 

Dr Anil Nair 

BMed, FRACS (Ortho), FAOrthA, CIME 

Dr Anil Nair is a fellowship spinal surgeon. Dr Nair serves as spinal surgeon at the Mater Hospital North Sydney and Hurstville Private Hospital. Dr Nair’s clinical practice encompasses all aspects of spinal surgery in particularly complex spinal surgery and revision spinal surgery, non-operative management of spinal conditions and interventional pain modalities. 

Dr Nair has many patients from all over NSW and Australia. He’s actively involved in spinal research, training spinal surgeons in minimally invasive techniques and spinal implant development. 

Dr Nikolaos Patelis

MD, MSc, PhD

Nikolaos Patelis is a Vascular Surgeon Consultant, Laiko General University Hospital (Greece).

Dr Stuart Philip

MBChB FRACS (Urology)

Dr Stuart Philip graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in Otago, New Zealand in 1996. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Urology) in 2006 after training in both New Zealand and Australia. He undertook a Fellowship specialising in Renal Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane in 2007. He has specialist training in laparoscopy and minimally invasive renal surgery. He is Chair of the Board of Urology, and is a member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand he also has international membership of both the American and European Urological Associations.

Dr Poovamma


Dr Poovamma is a Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon in the Breast Unit and Women's oncology at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and the Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi Speciality Hospital, Bangalore, (India). She’s the first graduate of the RGUHS program for the Fellowship in Breast Diseases, and is a member of Breast Surgery International, International Society of Surgery and The Association of Breast Surgeons of India.

Dr Raoul Pope


Raoul Pope, a consultant neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, is the Head of Department of Neurosurgery at the Mater Private Hospital. He’s a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society

Dr Christopher Price


Dr Christopher Price is a well-respected and experienced Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Dr Price provides Obstetric care and a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options. He specialises in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and holds a level 5-6 Laparoscopic Surgery accreditation, Endometriosis management, Total and Sub-Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Continence surgery.

Dr Mark Ridhalgh 


Dr Mark Ridhalgh is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in knee and shoulder conditions. He also has a focus on arthritis surgery and prevention programs for knees and shoulder injuries. 

Dr Andrea Riha 


Dr Andrea Riha is a consultant cardiologist who primarily specialises in vascular medicine. She has a particular interest in deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and vasculitis, as well as peripheral vascular disease.  

Further to completing medical training at The University of Queensland, Dr Riha undertook postgraduate fellowship training in cardiology in Queensland and then subspecialty training in vascular medicine at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. Dr Riha currently works in private practice solely in her subspecialty as a consultant vascular physician at The Wesley Hospital Brisbane.  

Dr Jo Rimmer


Joanne Rimmer is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Monash Health in Melbourne, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Monash University. She’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and an active member of the British and European Rhinologic Societies and Facial Plastic Surgery UK.

Dr Nadja Gircis Satyro

Nadja Gircis Satyro is a Resident Physician in Urology Bremen Area, Germany.

Prof Julian Smith


Julian Smith is the Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Monash Health, Head of Monash University’s Department of Surgery (School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health) and Deputy Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. He’s one of Australia’s leading academic surgeons, having more than 300 publications and $7 million in grants covering a spectrum of cardiothoracic, general and specialist surgical domains.

Prof David Sonnabend


David Sonnabend is Professor of Orthopaedic and Traumatic Surgery at the University of Sydney. His clinical interests relate to shoulder surgery and arthritis, and he’s published 14 book chapters, 60 refereed articles and 26 abstracts. He has given 43 international and 70 national invited presentations and over 110 presentations at other meetings in this field.

Professor Richard de Steiger

MBBS, FRACS, Dip. Biomechanics

Richard de Steiger is the Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery, The University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute. He’s President Elect of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries and is the Deputy Director of the AOA – National Joint Replacement Registry.

Dr Peter van Wijngaarden


Peter van Wijngaarden is a Principal Investigator at CERA and a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. His research at CERA focuses on 3 broad areas: harnessing the power of endogenous stem cells for regeneration in multiple sclerosis, interactions between neurons and glial cells in eye disease, and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr Ang Chay You


Ang Chay You is Senior Resident Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Singhealth.

Dr Jose L Zamorano


Jose L Zamorano is a Professor of Medicine at the University Alcala de Henares (Spain), and the Chief of Cardiology at the University Hospital Ramón y Cajal. He has a broad range of research interests including heart failure, ischemic heart disease, cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular imaging modalities. He’s published over 340 articles in peer-reviewed journals.