We currently have around 40 medical specialists who provide superior training to other medical professionals at CTEC. Below is a list of the current CTEC Convenors.
Clinical Associate Professor Hairul Ahmad
Clinical Associate Professor Ahmad is a graduate of Monash Medical School in Victoria, Australia. He is an Australian fellow in:
Emergency Medicine – with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
General Surgery – with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Associate Professor Ahmad has also completed sub speciality training in:
Upper Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Surgery – with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with further training in England.
Endoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic) – with the Gastroenterology Society of Australia (GESA).
He is intensively involved with surgical education in the Medical School, The University of Western Australia (UWA) as a Clinical Associate Professor. He has designed, convened and instructed in a number of CTEC’s laparoscopic surgery courses for junior doctors and surgeons-in-training; as well as involved in teaching final year medical students. Associate Professor Ahmad is interested in the role of AI and mobile devices in surgical education, as well as non-technical skills in surgical education.
Associate Professor Ahmad has completed his Master In Surgery programme in the topic of Laparoscopic Surgical Courses at The University of Western Australia.
Dr Harmeet Aneja
Dr Harmeet Aneja is a specialist anaesthetist with a keen interest in Regional Anaesthesia based in Perth. He has completed a provisional fellowship in regional anaesthesia at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth in 2008 and the Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound from Melbourne University. In addition to regularly convening Australian Regional Anaesthesia and Cadaveric Ultrasound Seminars (ARACUS) at CTEC UWA, Dr Aneja has lectured and held workshops at various national and international conferences, including yearly ANZCA and ASA meetings. He is a faculty member for University of Melbourne point of care courses, Australian Symposium on Ultrasound and Regional Anaesthesia (ASURA) and the Sydney Ultrasound & Regional Anaesthesia Cadaveric Workshop (SURAC), Hands on Regional Anaesthesia Workshops at Royal Perth Hospital, Regional Anaesthesia Cadaver Course Singapore & Cadaveric Advanced Airway Workshop (CAAW) Singapore. His current interests include developing models of teaching advanced ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and fiberoptic airway techniques on cadavers. He is also a member of Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) & European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA).
In addition to his appointment at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital he has a busy private practice at Hollywood Private Hospital. His regular lists include Major Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma, Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgery, Major Upper GI Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Neuro-Interventional Procedures & Emergency Surgery.
Dr Aneja is a Specialist Anaesthetist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital.
Associate Professor Mo Ballal
Associate Professor Mo Ballal is a highly trained Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric surgeon, having completed his training under some of the world’s leaders in both General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery. Associate Professor Ballal embarked on his journey to become a surgeon at the prestigious Hacettepe School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. Having completed his medical degree in 1997, he was offered the opportunity to train as a general surgeon in Liverpool – UK, in the highly competitive and world-renowned general surgery program. Associate Professor Ballal successfully completed his general surgery training and was admitted to the United Kingdom’s governing body as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons – Edinburgh in 2009.
Following his qualification in General Surgery, he further enhanced his skills by relocating to Perth, Western Australia to complete additional surgical training in the field of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery with Professor David Fletcher, and his team including Mr Krishna Epari and Mr Alan Thomas. Associate Professor Ballal completed this intensive training in 2012 and was subsequently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) as a specialist in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Due to highly specialised skills, Associate Professor Ballal was offered the opportunity to join the Fremantle Hospital Upper GI Unit as a consultant surgeon and continues to hold this position today at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, Western Australia.
He combines his love for learning by maintaining his public appointment, conducting research in conjunction with universities and honing and teaching future general surgeons their skills. He combines this with his private practice at Upper GI West, located in the Wexford Medical Centre, Murdoch, Western Australia.
Associate Professor Ballal is fluent in Turkish, Arabic and English.
- Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery ANZGOSA
- Australia and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association Inc ANZHPBA
- The International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
- Asian-Pacific Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (A-PHPBA)
- The International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE)
- Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS)
- International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO)
- British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
- Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
- European Association of Endoscopic Surgery
CURRENT APPOINTMENTS (PUBLIC HOSPITAL)
- Associate Professor – School of Surgery, University of Western Australia, Perth (2011 – Present)
- Consultant Upper GI/HPB and General Surgeon – Fremantle and Kaleeya Hospitals (2011 – 2015)
- Consultant Upper GI/HPB and General Surgeon – Fiona Stanley Hospital (2015 – Present)
PRIVATE HOSPITAL (VISITING RIGHTS)
- SJOG Hospital, Murdoch
Dr Baljeet Basra
Dr Baljeet Basra is a Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia and is the Convenor of CTEC's 2023 Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills and Anastomotic Techniques Workshop.
Professor Krishna Boddu
Professor Krishna Boddu is currently working as senior consultant in the Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Australia. He holds administrative position as Director of Regional Anaesthesia. He is also an adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology of McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Sciences at Houston, Texas, USA
The Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, recognized his talent in teaching early in his career and awarded him Golden Apple Seed award for Excellence in Teaching. He received formal training to be awarded the title of a Teaching Scholar at the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
As a Professor of Anesthesiology & Head of Acute Pain & Regional Anesthesia, Professor Boddu introduced acute pain service with a goal to improve functionality at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. Professor Boddu also worked as Director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston and established the Regional Anesthesia Service and enhanced Acute Pain Service which received national and international recognition. He contributed to the development of electronic databases and electronic medical records for acute pain at University of Washington, Seattle, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Hospitals, Houston, Texas.
In an effort to teach and promote the use of ultrasound and continuous regional anesthesia by insertion of catheters (a superior method for providing regional anesthesia), he developed multi-screen, multi-media hands on regional anesthesia workshop which was received very well by anesthesiologists and soon it became the most popular regional anesthesia workshop. He also introduced the concept of Acute Pain Nurse Expertise at Point of Care by developing Path to Pain Championship program, and trained several hundred nurses. He conducted several pain and regional anaesthesia workshops across the world. He also published original articles in the field of regional anesthesia and acute pain.
In Australia, he introduced regional anaesthesia and acute pain workshops for rural doctors in collaboration with Rural Health West. He was member of several committees in the hospital, and was also on the board of several national and international committees. He was also on editorial board for journals in the field of pain and regional anesthesia.
Throughout his career, Professor Boddu has lectured extensively and taught numerous advanced regional anesthesia and acute pain management courses to residents and faculty, locally, nationally and internationally. Professor Boddu has contributed significantly to clinical care, education, research and administration. The introduction of new structured programs such as acute pain, regional anesthesia service, and development of a multiscreen multi-media ultrasound guided regional anesthesia teaching structure, Path to Pain championship for nurses are some of his significant achievements.
Dr Bojan Bozic
Dr Bojan Bozic is a Perth-based specialist anaesthetist who has an avid interest in regional anaesthesia. Bojan completed a provisional fellowship in regional anaesthesia at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2015 and commenced his public consultant appointment there in 2016. Bojan enjoys teaching registrars and his consultant colleagues different regional blocks, not just for orthopaedic lists but also on general, vascular and breast surgery lists. He has a particular interest in teaching ultrasound-guided paravertebral blocks.
He has a public appointment at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, with regular Orthopaedic lists, and has been a Supervisor of Training for ANZCA Trainees for the past few years. He has also been a regular consultant on the Acute Pain Service since 2016. His regular lists in private practice include major Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery.
Bojan is also a member of the Regional Anaesthesia Special Interest Group and is the Western Australian contributor to the RA SIG Newsletter.
He has co-convened CTEC's Australian Regional Anaesthesia and Cadaveric Ultrasound Seminar (ARACUS) with Dr.Lucy Dempster for the past few years and hopes to do so for more years to come.
Dr Denis Carragher
Dr Carragher has been working in the Perth Hills region for 35 years. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer and is a founder of the Kalamunda Skin Clinic. Dr Carragher performs all aspects of skin cancer surgery including skin grafts and flaps at the dedicated facility in Kalamunda. He has completed several courses in skin cancer diagnosis and management, including the certificate in Skin Cancer through the University of Queensland.
Dr Tim Cooney
Dr Tim Cooney graduated from the University of Queensland with honours. He won several prizes in his undergraduate years including the William Nathaniel Robertson Medal, the H.J. Windsor prize and the Memorial Prize of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Cooney trained in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in Queensland and completed a fellowship in Nose and Sinus surgery with Professor Nick Jones at the University Hospital Nottingham, UK.
Dr Cooney works at Princess Margaret Hospital for children and several other institutions in Perth. His special interests include paediatric otolaryngology, sinus disorders and surgery of the anterior skull base. He is a Platinum Convenor of CTEC's Core Skills: ENT Sinus Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery workshop.
Dr Cooney is a Consultant Specialist in Otorhinolaryngology at:
- Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
- St John of God Hospital Subiaco
- St John of God Hospital Murdoch
- Subiaco Private Hospital
Dr John Croser
Dr John Croser is a retired Orthopaedic surgeon living in Perth. He has previously worked as Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Joondalup Health Campus and Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Royal Perth Hospital. Dr Croser is a Life Member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service having served as a Councillor, Federal representative and President of the Eastern Goldfields Section. He was a member of the working party and inaugural Board of Western Operations.
In retirement Dr Croser has continued a commitment to surgical education at a local, national and international level through the Swiss AO Foundation where he has served as the Australian representative on the Board of Trustees. He has directed and participated in fracture management courses in Australia and Overseas and, as Chairman of the AO Socio-Economic committee and has directed courses on fracture management in developing countries.
Dr Lucy Dempster
Dr Dempster is a Specialist Anaesthetist based in Perth, WA. She has a keen interest in Regional Anaesthesia after completing her regional anaesthesia provisional fellowship at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2018. She went on to commence her public consultant appointment in 2019.
Dr Dempster has presented at various national and regional conferences on regional anaesthesia. She has run workshops for GP anaesthetists and registrars across WA. She enjoys teaching registrars and her consultant colleagues many different new and novel regional blocks. She is a regular anaesthetist with the Acute Pain Service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and enjoys following up on post operative patients and auditing outcomes after regional anaesthesia.
In addition to regular orthopaedic and breast surgery lists, Dr Dempster also has a keen interest in obstetrics, neurosurgery and major sarcoma surgery. Her regular lists in private are sarcoma and orthopaedics.
Dr Dempster feels privileged to be working alongside Dr Bojan Bozic as Co-Convener of the 2020 Australian Regional Anaesthesia and Cadaveric Ultrasound Seminar (ARACUS) at CTEC UWA.
Professor Stephen Dunjey
Professor Stephen Dunjey is a Specialist in Emergency Medicine. Awarded his FACEM in 1991, Professor Dunjey completed his subspecialty training in 2007, earning a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound.
Professor Dunjey has worked at Royal Perth Hospital for almost 30 years. He is a Consultant with the RPH Emergency Department and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. He has also worked as a specialist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and at the King Khaled Hospital in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Professor Dunjey was also a Consultant at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women from 2004-2016.
He has a special interest in the education of current and upcoming health professionals. In 2019 Professor Dunjey's contributions and service to the field of emergency medicine were recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in the areas of education and training.
Professor Dunjey is Co-Convenor of CTEC's Critical Care Procedures Workshop.
Clinical Professor Hooi Ee
Clinical Professor Hooi Ee has been co-convenor of the CTEC Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Workshops since their inception in 2003. He was appointed as a full-time gastroenterologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital since 1998, was Head of Department (2007-2013 and again, 2019 - ) and has been the inaugural Director of Endoscopy since 2015. He was awarded his MBBS (UWA) in 1987, FRACP in gastroenterology in 1993 and PhD (Melbourne) in 1997. He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California San Francisco, with an interest in the molecular mechanisms of differentiation in the pancreas, gastrointestinal tract and cancer prior to his return to Perth.
His major clinical interests are the management of genetic colorectal cancer syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease and functional gastrointestinal disease. He is actively involved with teaching, being the primary supervisor for gastroenterology trainees since 1999 and won a UWA Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduates in 2015. He is a research collaborator on NHMRC-funded projects and interests include colonoscopy quality and utility, colorectal cancer risk stratification, pancreatic cancer therapy and developing a vaccine for coeliac disease.
Professor Ee plays substantial roles in strategic advice for the Department of Health WA by being on the Familial Cancer Committee (since 2002), Clinical Adviser for bowel cancer screening (since 2005), member of the Colorectal Cancer Tumour Collaborative (since 2007), member of the WA Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services Working Group (since 2015) and member of the WA Cancer Services Taskforce (since 2015). He has also co-authored current national guidelines (NHMRC-endorsed) for colorectal cancer screening and colonoscopic surveillance.
Dr Nick Enzor
Dr Nick Enzor is a Consultant Anaesthetist and the Convenor of CTEC's February 2023 JDocs: Emergency Airways workshop.
Dr Rhys Filgate
Dr Filgate was raised and educated in Tasmania. He received his MBBS with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 2007. His internship and residency were completed in NSW prior to being accepted into the surgical training program. He moved to Western Australia in 2010 to complete his general surgical training and was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in early 2015.
Following completion of his general surgical training, Dr Filgate was accepted into the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand post fellowship training program. This prestigious program is recognised internationally for the high quality of its training, and its application process is highly competitive. The program saw him complete two years of post fellowship training in specialist colorectal surgery. The first year he spent at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney where he focused on laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer. His second year was spent at North Shore Hospital, Auckland. This is a high volume tertiary colorectal centre, and is the North Island's referral centre for recurrent and locally advanced rectal cancer, as well as a regional referral centre for pelvic floor conditions.
Dr Filgate offers a comprehensive colorectal and general surgical service. He has specialist interests in minimally invasive colorectal surgery for both cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He has a sub-specialist interest in recurrent or advanced pelvic cancer. He works closely with the multidisciplinary teams at both Sir Charles Gairdner and Hollywood Private Hospitals to ensure cancer patients receive optimum care. He manages all aspects of colorectal surgery including proctology and pelvic floor surgery, as well as management of general surgical conditions including hernias, gallstones and lipomas.
Dr Filgate maintains his commitment to the public hospital system with clinical and teaching roles at Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Hospitals. He provides general surgical cover to King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. He was previously a member of the Western Australian Board in General Surgery with responsibility for registrar training.
Dr Andrew Finlayson
Dr Finlayson graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2002 and went on to complete his internship and resident training at Royal Perth Hospital. He then trained in general surgery, completing his basic and advanced training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons at various hospitals throughout Perth and regional Western Australia.
Dr Finlayson followed his general surgery training with a three year fellowship specialising in colorectal surgery. This started with 12 months at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he has now return as a consultant surgeon. He then completed the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand post fellowship training program. This program is the only recognised colorectal training program in Australia and one of the best colorectal training programs worldwide. Through this program he trained at Royal Melbourne Hospital where he enhanced his laparoscopic skills and learnt techniques such as sacral nerve stimulation. As one of the major trauma hospitals in Victoria, he also gained valuable experience in the management of severe trauma. He also spent 12 months at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, servicing the largest District Health Board throughout the country. As the regional referral centre for recurrent rectal cancer, he gained valuable exposure to complex pelvic surgery.
On return to Perth he has been appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with additional public appointments at Osborne Park Hospital. He also joins the team at Perth Colorectal Surgery with private appointments and operating at Hollywood Private Hospital.
Dr Finlayson has interests in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery of the colon and rectum as well as complex pelvic surgery. He is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer teams of both Hollywood and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals in order to provide a comprehensive approach to cancer care. He also has an interest in surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, perianal disease including fistulas and haemorrhoids, as well as pelvic floor surgery including prolapse repair. Dr Finlayson also offers a comprehensive general surgical service including laparoscopic hernia and gallbladder surgery.
Throughout his medical career, Dr Finlayson has represented his peers at various levels. As a medical student he was heavily involved with the WA Medical Students Society and also coordinated a high school student health promotion program (Dr YES project). He was President of the Royal Perth Hospital Resident Medical Officers' Society and representative on the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of WA and the RPH Clinical Staff Association. Dr Finlayson also represented his fellow trainees on the Board in General Surgery.
He was awarded the status of CTEC Gold Convenor for his contributions to CTEC's training programs in colorectal surgery.
Clinical Associate Professor Stewart Flemming
Stewart Flemming is a hand surgeon working at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. His background, and original training, was in plastic surgery, but towards the end of his training he developed a deep interest in hand surgery and was awarded the British Society of Surgery of the Hand's Pulvertaft hand surgery fellowship. He spent 6 months working with Professor John Stanley, one of the UK’s leading expert on arthroscopy and surgery of the wrist. Thereafter he studied under Harold Kleinert at the internationally renowned Louisville Hand surgery service, Kentucky, USA, where many of the UK’s and Australia’s leading hand surgeons have been trained. On return to the UK he helped to develop the hand surgery service at St Andrew’s Billericay, which was to become one of the largest and busiest centres in the UK.
He migrated to Perth in 2008, following his heart, and worked at the Fremantle hospital and health service. He married Barbara in 2009. He established a weekly hand trauma service (one day a week) to reduce the workload on RPH. When the Fiona Stanley Hospital was opened the service lapsed but its reinstatement was recommended, as part of the Plastic Surgery review of South Metro and, together with Mr Paul Jarrett, he set up a combined plastic / orthopaedic hand trauma day surgery service at Fremantle, unique in WA and one of only a few in Australia.
He has a special interest in Non Technical skills and teaches on the RACS NOn Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) courses, for senior trainees and consultants, and on the RACS Training in Professional Skills (TIPS) courses for trainees. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UWA and teaches on the “Cutting Edge” courses at CTEC, where he has also established a microsurgical training course for nurses. He has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and has made over 100 presentations to learned societies in Europe, USA and Australia. He is undertaking research into “Communicating in the Operating Room” and “Fatigue in Surgeons” with Professor Sharon Parker of UWA’s Business School. In his spare time he walks his dogs, paints, and dances Tango and modern jive with his wife.
Dr Karim Ghanim
Dr Karim Ghanim specialises in breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery. Completing subspecialty fellowship training in New South Wales, he returned to Perth with world-class experience in the latest Breast/Oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Dr Ghanim is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, with extensive training in all fields of General Surgery. He completed his advanced training in General Surgery in Perth in 2008. In 2009, he was appointed as a Breast and General Surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital. He then went for further advanced training in General Surgery at Wollongong Hospital which included Breast/Oncology and Laparoscopic Surgery, melanoma and skin cancer as well as thyroid surgery.
Dr Ghanim dedicated his practice and training to establish a full service to a Breast and Oncology Surgery knowing this focus of minimally invasive surgery will lead to the best outcomes for his patients. This approach extends to sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast and melanoma surgery and laparoscopic surgery. His subspecialty training focused on the latest breast conserving techniques as well as on aesthetic breast surgery.
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Royal Australian College of Surgeons/Surgical Oncology section
- Breast Surgeon of Australia and New Zealand Society
- Academy of Surgical Educators
- Accredited Diagnostic Imaging Service.
Dr David Gillett
Mr David Gillett is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Craniomaxillofacial Surgeon. He specialises in caring for children and adults with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial problems. He is a founding member of the Australian New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons and was the President of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association from 2005 until 2018. Mr Gillett also regularly performs orthognathic surgery in combination with an orthodontist for cleft related malocclusions and other facial asymmetries/disharmonies.
Mr Gillett is committed to the ethical practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr Owen Gray
Dr Owen Gray is a Perth based Anaesthetist and the Convenor of CTEC's December 2021 JDocs: Emergency Airways Workshop.
Dr Rik Hagen
Dr Rik Hagen started medical life as a country GP in Harvey, Western Australia, where he practised for 12 years.
For more than 20 years he has worked as an Emergency Doctor in the Emergency Department of St John of God Hospital at Murdoch. During that time, he has also worked a total of 8 years half time at the Royal Flying Doctor Service based in Perth, and has also been a Clinical Skills Tutor at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.
His main hobby over the years has been motor sport medicine working at a State, National and International level. Dr Hagen has held senior medical positions in Australian Rally Championship events, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, the World Rally Championship and Formula 1. He currently is the FIA World Rally Championship Deputy Medical Delegate for Asia and Oceania.
Professor Jeffrey M Hamdorf AM
Professor Hamdorf graduated from The University of Western Australia’s Medical School and soon after undertook studies contributory to a Doctor of Philosophy in Surgery. He completed surgical training and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1993.
Surgical training was undertaken through Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and Fremantle Hospital. Post Fellowship training in upper gastrointestinal surgery was undertaken at the University of New South Wales with clinical privileges at the Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals.
Academic interests include management of upper gastrointestinal malignancies as well as more recently a prominent interest in surgical education, in particular skills training.
Professor Hamdorf has an active involvement in the affairs of Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS). He has been Director of CTEC since 2010, and is a past Head of the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia. Professor Hamdorf is a Consultant General Surgeon and has designed and lead numerous courses and workshops at CTEC in general and bariatric surgery, including its Core Skills: Advanced Bariatric and Roux-en-Y Laparoscopic Surgery workshop.
In 2019 Professor Hamdorf's significant service to medical education, and to medicine, in the field of bariatric surgery was recognised when he was appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Dr Stephen Hicks
Dr Stephen Hicks worked in several technical and industrial fields before graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Western Australia. He is an adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at UWA, where he teaches laparoscopic and general surgery skills.
Dr Hicks is the Director of a medical contracting and advisory service, maintaining a clinical practice in Bariatric Medicine and professional Surgical Assisting across multiple sub-specialties.
Dr Hicks has accumulated experience in Occupational, Aviation, and Underwater Medicine during his time in the Army Reserve and RAAF. He has completed additional training and education in Space Medicine and Expedition Medicine.
Dr Hicks has been facilitating CTEC courses since 2013.
Dr Joe Hockley
Dr Joe Hockley is a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon with over 10 years of clinical experience in the field. He graduated medicine from the University of Newcastle in 2002 and went on to complete his FRACS – Vascular, from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014. His clinical training included positions at RPA Hospital Sydney, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh and The Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane.
Dr Hockley is currently a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular surgeon and Supervisor of Training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and consults privately at the Hollywood Specialist Centre. He is accredited at Hollywood Private Hospital, St John of God, Subiaco and The Mount Hospitals. He provides the Vascular Surgery service to Perth Children’s Hospital and King Edwards Memorial Hospital.
He has extensive experience and an interest in the minimally invasive (endovascular) treatment of complex aortic and peripheral vascular disease, along with a particular interest in foot ulcers and diabetic feet. He is also very experienced in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet syndrome.
Dr Hockley provides comprehensive care for all venous disorders. He has extensive experience in endovenous and open management of venous disease as well as endovascular management of chronic pelvic venous disease.
He is a member of the State Sarcoma Service based at SCGH and performs most of the major arterial and venous reconstructions for soft-tissue tumours. He also recently completed a mini-fellowship in Paediatric Vascular Surgery at Great Ormond St Hospital, London and works at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hockley is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and heavily involved in vascular research at the Heart Vascular Research Institute at the Harry Perkin’s Institute. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at Curtin University and teaches and examines medical students.
Clinical interests include:
- Foot ulcer / Peripheral Arterial Disease management
- Open and Endovascular
- Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Management
- Open and Endovascular
- Treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome
- Venous disease
- Open and Endovenous
- Renal access surgery
- Extracranial carotid artery disease
Professor Shirley Jansen
Professor Shirley Jansen is Head of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a busy quaternary unit overseeing 900 in-patients per year. She was awarded a PhD in 1999 and The Sustained Overall Clinical Excellence Award from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2016. She has run over 30 government and industry sponsored clinical trials, the majority as PI/site PI. She supervises 6 PhDs and 4 Masters and numerous other projects covering a wide range of vascular pathologies. She is Director of the Heart and Vascular Research Institute, Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute and has led her unit to great success in first in man, pharmacological and device related trials in vascular disease. Her main research interests since PhD are in the clinical management of carotid, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic foot disease and venous leg ulcers, as well as the interface with bioengineering and innovation.
Professor Jansen has wide experience in all aspects of vascular, endovascular surgery, perioperative care and prevention and health outcomes. She has published over 60 research papers and 5 chapters and given over 50 presentations at national and international meetings. She has received 8 travelling fellowships in her career. She is also an inventor, and convenor of 2 national/international vascular surgical training workshops. Professor Jansen is actively engaged in cross-disciplinary collaborations locally and internationally in the areas of imaging, treatment modalities and outcomes for vascular diseases.
In addition, Professor Jansen also holds positions with the following bodies:
- Australian Health Research Alliance, National Wound Care Initiative. WAHTN Project Working Group
- Member of ASSET Faculty Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Advisory Panel, Thrombosis Australia
- International Advisory Panel Diabetic Foot Disease - URGO
Professor Jansen has been awarded the status of CTEC Diamond Convenor in recognition of her long term outstanding contributions to CTEC's training programs in Vascular Surgery.
Dr Robyn Leake
Dr Robyn Leake is a gynaecologist who is the Convenor of CTEC's Cutting Edge: Proceduralist Obstetrics and Gynaecological Skills Workshop, and Co-Convenor of The Anatomy of Complications Workshop, which is held at CTEC several times each year. Dr Leake graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1993 and trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Western Australia and Victoria. She has been involved in The Anatomy of Complications Workshop since its inception in 2000 and became Co-Director in 2014. She practices gynaecology at the Hollywood Medical Centre and at King Edward Memorial Hospital. She is also the visiting gynaecologist to the Northern Goldfields Region.
Professor YC Gary Lee
Professor Lee is a chest physician and professor with 16 years of experience in translational research of pleural diseases, especially pleural malignancies and infection. His pleural program includes a laboratory and a clinical research arm closely integrated with an active tertiary clinical pleural disease service which he directs. This research program is amongst the most active in the field. His work has translated to clinical practice on many occasions and contributed directly to reducing mortality, morbidity and healthcare costs in patient care. Professor Lee was recognised by Cancer Council WA as its 2019 cancer researcher of the year. This recognised the outstanding research of Professor Lee and his team into pleural effusion. He led two multinational clinical trials which resulted in major advancements in pleural medicine and contributed to greatly improved outcomes for patients.
He has published over 200 original and invited papers (H-index 38; total citations >4500), and a grant record of over AUD $16 million. He has delivered 250+ invited lectures on pleural diseases, including at 80+ international conferences in 28 countries. He co-edited the Textbook of Pleural Diseases (three editions), the most comprehensive text in the field, and has served on international pleural guideline panels. He has a strong record in training clinical fellows and postdoctoral scientists.
Professor Lee has worked for 10 years with the leading pleural groups in the USA and UK, during which time he had won a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship (USA), two Young Investigator Awards, two Wellcome Trust (UK) Fellowships and a HEFC (UK) Senior Lecturer Award. His goal is to continue to build on these foundations to foster a comprehensive research program and global research network that focus on understanding the pathogenesis of common pleural diseases and improving patient care.
Professor Yee Leung
In 2011 Professor Yee Leung was appointed the inaugural Professor in Gynaecologic Oncology in Western Australia. He is a Professor with the School of Women’s and Infant’s Health at The University of Western Australia. Professor Leung is the Head of Department of the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Service and Director of Surgical Education at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.
He is actively involved in RANZCOG serving as College Councillor, on the Gynaecologic Oncology Subspecialty Committee as Chair in 2006-2008 and 2012-2014, WA Regional Committee, Examiner for Gynaecologic Oncology, Education Strategy Committee, Education and Assessment Committee, Women's Health Committee, Honours Committee, Continuing Professional Development Committee and Program Director for the WA Gynaecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program.
His research interest includes Gynaecologic Oncology clinical trials, basic and epidemiologic research. He obtained ethical approval to commence a gynaecologic cancer biospecimen bank for the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Service in 2013, and successfully obtained a $1.25 million grant from the Cancer Research Trust for the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Research Initiative.
Professor Leung is an enthusiastic teacher and has a special interest in teaching in the operating room. He was the developer and facilitator of the Multidisciplinary Laparoscopy Group meetings in WA and the Perth Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Masterclass. He actively promotes the “rules” that improve the execution of a surgical skill
Dr Richard J Martin
Dr Richard J Martin began surgical training in 1996 and has two years post fellowship training specifically in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery encompassing all aspects of:
• Breast augmentation
• Breast reduction
• Breast reconstruction including: implants / expanders, Latissimus Dorsi flaps and TRAM flaps
• Breast oncology
• Sentinel node biopsy
Dr Martin also has experience and expertise in treating thyroid and parathyroid diseases, varicose veins, Melanoma, skin cancers and all general surgical conditions. He has specific expertise in Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Splenectomy, Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy and Vascular Access Surgery.
Dr Martin holds several current office bearing positions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, including:
• Post Fellowship Training Committee of BreastSurgANZ
• Professional Development Committee
• Fellowship Services Committee
• WA State CCrISP (Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient) representative
• CCrISP Director and instructor
• Deputy Chair SEC (Skills Education Committee)
• ASSET (Australasian Surgical Skills Education and Training) instructor
Dr Martin is committed to providing the highest level of surgical expertise and care for his patients. He is an active member of the breast section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (BreastSurgANZ) and participates fully in the National Breast Audit. Dr Martin has published and presented both nationally and internationally and is dedicated to the development and progression of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Australia and New Zealand.
Clinical Associate Professor Lingjun Mou
Clinical Associate Professor Linjun Mou is a Consultant Surgeon specialising in Transplant Surgery (liver and kidney), Hepatobiliary Surgery and General Surgery. He is affiliated with the WA Liver and Kidney Surgical Transplant Service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He practices privately at The Liver Centre WA.
Professor Mou was trained at one of the top university hospitals in China. He moved to Perth in 2009 as a transplant fellow. He started his consultant position at SCGH in 2014 and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016. In addition, he obtained a diploma in laparoscopic surgery from the University of Strasbourg in France, as well as a visiting fellowship to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles.)
Professor Mou specialises in liver, gallbladder, spleen, hernia and other general surgeries including benign and malignant liver diseases, complicated liver surgeries and revision of gallbladder surgeries. He performs minimally invasive surgery for most of these cases. He received robotic surgery certification in 2015.
Ms Amanda Nitschke
Ms Amanda Nitschke is a senior Western Australian Theatre Nurse and a Co-Convenor of CTEC's Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills for Theatre Nurses Workshop. Ms Nitschke has a long held interest in nurse education, specialising in microsurgery. The workshop emphasises a team based approach to microsurgical procedures and aims to enhance participant knowledge and skills in setting up for microsurgical procedures and anticipating the procedural requirements of the surgeon.
Dr Tuan V. Pham
Dr Tuan Pham is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship in 2000 and a number of post-graduate Fellowships in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery from 2001-2003.
Currently Dr Pham is in private practice as Medical Director of Perth Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery and Churchill Day Surgery. He is also a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery.
Dr Pham practices a full scope of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Oncology Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery. His primary interest is Rhinoplasty, Facial Rejuvenation Surgery, Facelift, Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty and Skin Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction of the Face and Neck.
Dr Pham is currently the Vice President and due to be President of the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS) in October 2016 and he is a member of the IFFPSS Executive Committee.
He is a Consultant Surgeon at:
Hollywood Private Hospital
St John of God Hospital (Subiaco)
Churchill Day Surgery
Subiaco Private Hospital
Royal Perth Hospital
Fiona Stanley Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor Spiro Raftopoulos
Clinical Associate Professor Spiro Raftopoulos is a gastroenterologist with subspecialty interest in all aspects of interventional endoscopy including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In addition to this he prides himself in the delivery of expert management in all aspects of general gastroenterology, therapeutic endoscopy and high quality colonoscopic services.
His specific interests are patients with Barrett’s Oesophagus with access to the latest endoscopic techniques including endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation, Advanced Colonic Polyps, Achalasia, Pharyngeal Pouches (Zenker’s Diverticulum) and Eosinophilic Oesophagitis including dilation.
Associate Professor Raftopoulos completed his gastroenterology training in Perth. He subsequently undertook fellowship training at the prestigious St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto Canada in interventional endoscopy.
Associate Professor Raftopoulos also has a public appointment at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and an appointment at The University of Western Australia as Clinical Lecturer of Medicine. He is actively involved in multicentre clinical trials including being an active member in the Australian and New Zealand Endoscopy Leaders Forum (ANZELF).
He is currently on a number of national advisory committees including the Cancer Council of Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists and the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association,
Associate Professor Raftopoulos is a CTEC Diamond Convenor of CTEC's Introductory Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Workshop, Endoscopic Management of GI Bleeding Workshops and Endoscopy Nurse Training Workshops.
Dr Jeremy Rawlins
Dr Jeremy Rawlins is a fully qualified and accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeon working in Perth, Western Australia. He has specialist plastic surgery fellowships from the UK (FRCS(Plast)) and Australia (FRACS(Plast)) – both obtained following higher surgical training and examinations in the UK and Australia. He is an AHPRA Specialist Plastic Surgeon and is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He is a full member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS).
Dr Rawlins undertook undergraduate and postgraduate training in plastic surgery in the UK and Australia. Prior to specialist training he was granted Master of Philosophy from the University of Bradford for his research into burn scars. He undertook his specialist plastic surgery training in hospitals throughout Yorkshire, with fellowships in France, the USA and Australia. Dr Rawlins works as a specialist plastic surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, and at private clinics and hospitals across the Perth metro area. He continues to be involved in research and audit, surgical education and burns management training.
He has a busy public and private practice. His specialist interest areas include Plastic Surgery Trauma and Burns – an area of plastic surgery he has been involved in since his undergraduate days); Skin cancer (including Melanoma); Head and neck cancer; Body contouring; Scar improvement; and Cosmetic surgery. Dr Rawlins has a particular interest in reconstructive microsurgery and the use of ‘free flaps’ and ‘perforator flaps’ in his plastic surgery practice.
Dr Rawlins is a Platinum Convenor of CTEC's Core Skills: Plastics Workshop.
Dr J. Carsten Ritter
Carsten Ritter is a specialist vascular surgeon, who holds a consultant position at both Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. Privately he consults in East Fremantle and operates at St. John of God Subiaco and Hollywood Private Hospitals.
He is a senior clinical lecturer at The University of Western Australia, where he also is an examiner and convenor of CTEC's Core Skills: Vascular Surgery Workshop. He continues to have a research interest and regularly publishes research articles in international surgical journals. Has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences and has convened large conferences himself.
Carsten has German roots and looks back on many years of Australian and international experience. He has the specialist qualification as both, a general and vascular surgeon in Germany and is a fellow of the European Board of Vascular Surgery as well as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
After graduating from school in the USA and Germany, he studied medicine at Hamburg University in Germany. There he also obtained a doctorate in human genetics. After his completion of training as a general surgeon in Hamburg he moved to the UK, where he specialised in vascular surgery working for prestigious units in Brighton, The University of South Manchester and King's College, London.
In 2011 he emigrated to Australia, where he took the Australian surgical exam to gain full recognition.
Dr John Rosser Davies
Dr John Rosser Davies is a rural General Practitioner, the Co-Convenor of CTEC's 2022 The Cutting Edge: Practical ED Skills workshop and a long standing faculty member for a number of CTEC's workshops. Dr Davies has been instrumental in many health initiatives in the rural community of Manjimup, Western Australia. In 2017 his contributions to rural WA were honoured with the Rural Health West Award for Above and Beyond - Community First. The Award recognised his contributions to the PROBE initiative to encourage people to support new drivers gaining more experience behind the wheel, the Arch to Arch Fun Run, and the RISK Program to show adolescents the impact of drug and alcohol on driving ability.
Ms Sue Russell
Ms Russell is a CTEC Gold Convenor for her long standing educational contributions as Convenor of CTEC's The Cutting Edge: Practice Nurse Skills Training workshop.
Dr Aroosha Safari
Dr Aroosha Safari is a final year Trainee in General Surgery. She recently successfully completed her Fellowship Examination with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). She plans to further sub-specialise in Breast and Oncoplastic Surgery and will shortly be commencing an exciting Academic Fellowship with OncoRes Medical and Professor Christobel Saunders in this field.
Dr Safari has been heavily involved with clinical education and trainee advocacy throughout her training. She was elected by her peers to serve as the WA Trainee Representative for all nine RACS surgical specialities for a two year term. Thereafter, she was selected by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Training Association (RACSTA) to serve within their executive committee as the Support and Advocacy officer for Australia and New Zealand. During her time with RACSTA she’s been involved with multiple working groups tackling parental leave, flexible training, trainees in financial hardship, women in surgery, indigenous health and the trainee feedback survey which highlights challenges in surgical training.
Dr Safari has pursued roles in medical education since she completed her Medical Degree in 2011 in United Kingdom. This started by securing competitive Clinical Educator roles as a junior doctor with Queen’s University in Belfast and University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. It has continued here in Perth within CTEC as a facilitator and convenor of multiple surgical courses. She also enjoys dedicating her time to her roles as a surgical mentor and an OSCE examiner for UWA.
Dr Safari is passionate about teaching clinical and surgical skills, with the hope of instilling good bedside manner, safe technical skills and holistic clinical decision making. Her desire to mentor and teach is fuelled by the thrill of watching her juniors thrive in all clinical settings, inside and outside of the operating theatre.
Dr Joshua Salim
Dr Salim is an academic surgeon who covers all general surgical conditions and sub specialises in conditions affecting the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. Dr Salim grew up in Perth before completing his general surgical training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Dr Salim then completed further sub-specialist training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, with a focus on minimally invasive surgery and interventional endoscopy. Having trained under international leaders in surgery, Dr Salim looks forward to providing world class surgical care to the Perth community.
Dr Salim holds an academic appointment in the Medical School at The University of Western Australia and clinical appointments at Royal Perth Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital.
Dr Susan Sharpe
Dr Susan Sharpe is an Emergency Medicine consultant and a Clinical Skills teacher at the Medical School at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. She also teaches on the JDocs: Emergency Procedures workshop at CTEC, and in Adult and Paediatric Advanced Life Support courses nationally.
Susan has also served in the Royal Australian Navy as a doctor in the Persian Gulf and at the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit in Western Australia, as well as in humanitarian work in Samoa and Tonga following the tsunami in 2009. As well as medical teaching, she has interests in diving and hyperbaric medicine and disaster medicine.
Dr Mark Strahan
Dr Strahan qualified as a surgeon in 2009. He works in the public health system at Fiona Stanley, Armadale and Bentley hospitals and has private rooms in South Perth. He is Director of Surgery at Bentley Hospital and was involved in the development of the Plastics Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
His fields of expertise are hand surgery, skin cancers and trauma and he spent 12 months in the UK honing these skills.
Dr Strahan is married with three children and enjoys all forms of sport. He rode in the Sun Super Ride to Conquer Cancer in October 2013. He spent the first two weeks in September 2014 in Laos operating on disadvantaged adults and children, funded by the organisation Interplast, and was invited back in 2015.
Clinical Associate Professor Sue Taylor
Clinical Associate Professor Sue Taylor is an experienced general surgeon with a special interest in Hernias and specialises in Bariatric Surgery.
Clinical Associate Professor Sue Taylor trained in Perth at Sir Charles Gairdner, Osborne Park, Royal Perth and Fremantle Hospitals in General Surgery. After gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001, she continued to serve the public hospital system, participating in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision. She went on to complete a post fellowship training at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with the father of laparoscopic surgery in the UK, Sir Professor Alfred Cuschieri.
She brings home broad experience in laparoscopic surgery and also in postgraduate and post-fellowship teaching skills. She established Western Surgical Health at Perth’s Hollywood Hospital with Professor Jeff Hamdorf in 2008 and consults with private and public patients. She has extensive experience with general surgery and has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery, including Hernia repairs, Appendicectomies and in Bariatric Surgery including adjustable Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Hiatus Hernia repairs.
Her position as Head of Department at Osborne Park Hospital Surgical Services has activated other interests, such as sustainability in healthcare and breaking down the barriers between preventative, primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.
In addition to her work in General and Bariatric surgery, she teaches and mentors our medical students, junior medical staff and trainees, both in the hospital system and at UWA, particularly through CTEC and RACS courses.
Dr Anand Trivedi
Dr Anand Trivedi is a Senior Lecturer with CTEC and a Consultant General and Acute Care Surgeon, with extensive experience gained working in various WA public hospitals.
Dr Trivedi arrived in Australia from India in 2008 where he had completed his early medical training. Initially Dr Trivedi worked as a fellow in the Acute Surgical Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth. After finishing two years of post-fellowship training in acute care surgery he also works as a consultant surgeon at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospital Group. He also gained valuable experience at Rockingham Hospital and Bunbury Hospital and also spent time at various WA Country Health Services Hospital as a Consultant Surgeon.
Before commencing General Surgery training, Dr Trivedi spent time in various surgical sub-specialties like Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Neurosurgery as an unaccredited registrar. These specialties helped Dr Trivedi gain invaluable experience adding to his overall expertise as a General Surgeon.
Recently Dr Trivedi helped found Hollywood Urgent General Surgeons (HUGS) at Hollywood Private Hospital to coincide with the opening of Hollywood Private Hospital’s ER department in late 2021.
- Surgical Examiner at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for Clinical Examination, UWA and Notre Dame University
- Recipient of “Excellence in Surgical Teaching” award by General Surgeons Australia (GSA)
- State teaching conveyor of surgical teaching of all surgical trainees in Western Australia
- Member of AusPEN (Australian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) with a special interest in preoperative nutrition of surgical patients
- Member of the ANZ Hernia Society, with a special interest in complex hernia management
- Member of Australia and New Zealand Association for Surgery of Trauma (ANZAST)
Professor Marina Wallace
Professor Marina Wallace is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Perth's Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. Prior to becoming a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon in 2001 in the UK she completed her specialist training at St Mark’s Hospital for Colorectal Diseases in London and was successful in gaining a Master's degree looking at chemoprevention in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, sponsored by the National Institute of Health of USA and the ICRF in London, with the research undertaken at St Mark’s Hospital.
Marina emigrated to Australia in 2007 to take up an academic post at UWA and as a Consultant Colorectal at Fremantle Hospital. She was one of the first colorectal surgeons to operate at Fiona Stanley Hospital before it fully opened in 2015.
Marina is a fully trained laparoscopic surgeon who specialises in the management of complex colorectal conditions including both malignant and benign disease. She has a special interest in family cancer syndromes and runs one of two multidisciplinary clinics for patients with inherited bowel conditions in Western Australia. She is the lead colorectal clinician at FSH and also the chair of the colorectal cancer MDT.
Dr Olga Ward
Dr Ward is a Procedural Surgical GP in Merredin, Westonia, Bruce Rock and Narembeen.
Rural doctors have to maintain skills across a number of areas; including emergency, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, and teaching.
She has been a procedural rural GP since 1994 and was one of the first GPs in Australia to obtain a FARGP in surgery as well as in adult internal medicine. In 2020 Dr Ward was the joint winner of the Australian Medical Association's (WA) Hippocrates Award for her unwavering commitment to the profession of medicine and dedicated service to patients and the broader community.
Clinical Associate Professor Dieter Weber
Clinical Associate Professor Dieter Weber is a Trauma and General Surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital and a CTEC Platinum Convenor. He convenes CTEC's The Cutting Edge: Emergency Procedures workshop.
Dr Sze Ling Wong
Dr Sze Ling Wong is a leading Endocrine Surgeon in Perth, Australia who upholds excellence in personalised patient-centered care.
She is a highly trained and experienced General Surgeon specialising in Endocrine Surgery with specific interests in all aspects of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal procedures. Having completed her training in General Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 2012, Dr Wong then spent 2 years of post-fellowship training in Endocrine Surgery at The Alfred in Melbourne and Royal Perth Hospital in Perth.
Dr Wong has performed thousands of successful surgeries. She is sought after for minimally invasive procedures to treat cancers, including ‘Scarless’ Transoral Thyroidectomy. As a pioneer of Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach surgery in Australia, she has set the benchmark in scarless neck thyroid surgery.
To achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for her patients, Dr Wong therefore devotes time to training, mentoring, leadership, and community roles. She was awarded the 2019 General Surgeons Australia Excellence in Surgical Teaching Award.
Tending to patients at both private and public hospitals, her compassionate team (which includes her secretary and anaesthetist) works closely with each hospital to ensure every patient is well informed and well looked after.
Dr Allen Yeo
Dr Allen Yeo is a long-standing Co-Convenor of CTEC's workshops in General Surgery and Emergency Procedures. He is a Specialist Consultant in Trauma and General Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.