Staff Profiles

Staff Profile List

Director of Gastroenterology

Associate Professor Sally Bell

MBBS, MD, FRACP

Sally is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, and is the Director of Gastroenterology at Monash Health. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics, performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy, and supervises registrar training and clinical research.

Sally graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1989. She undertook gastroenterology training at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals and subsequently completed Doctorate of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, University of Melbourne, in Molecular virology. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in IBD at St Mark’s Hospital, London.

Sally specialises in inflammatory bowel disease with a special interest in pregnancy and IBD, viral hepatitis, chronic liver disease and clinical nutrition. She has been a mentor to basic physician and advanced trainees as well as junior colleagues and is committed to teaching and excellence in practice.

Sally’s current research interests include the epidemiology of IBD and hepatocellular carcinoma, and pregnancy and IBD. She has published in many major peer reviewed journals. Sally was head of the Specialist Training Committee in Gastroenterology (RACP) for 10 years, and has served as a board member of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia and as a committee member of IBD Australia. She is a current member of the Melbourne Liver Group executive and the Melbourne HCC study group MESH.

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Deputy Director

Associate Professor Anouk Dev

BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Anouk Dev is the Deputy Director of Gastroenterology at Monash Health and Associate Professor in the school of clinical sciences at Monash University. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Anouk completed gastroenterology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peninsula Health and Monash Medical Centre. She then undertook a clinical PhD at Monash University in the field of Hepatitis C, and returned to Monash Health to establish community liver clinics providing tertiary level care in Springvale and Cranbourne. She was awarded the Gastroenterology Society of Australia travelling scholarship in 2003 and attended Duke University North Carolina for post- doctoral studies.

She participates in research activities including leading clinical trials in viral hepatitis and Hepatocellular carcinoma, supervising PhD students, and is active in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. She is also a college accredited supervisor of advanced trainees in gastroenterology and is committed to excellence in clinical practice. She has published widely in international peer reviewed journals.

Anouk is an executive member of the Melbourne Liver group (MLG), a founding member of the MLG liver cancer consortium and serves on national guideline committees for hepatitis B and C and liver cancer.

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Dr Malcolm Barnes

MBBS, FRACP

Dr Malcolm Barnes is a Gastroenterologist at Monash Health. He specialises in interventional endoscopy including gastroscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP, and manages ward patients.

Malcolm completed his specialty training at Monash Medical Centre and interventional endoscopy training in Edinburgh and Brisbane. He supervises the endoscopy fellow in training and the Nurse Endoscopist program at Monash Health.

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Dr Ian Bejer

MBBS, FRACP

Ian Bejer is a gastroenterologist at Monash Health. He graduated in medicine from Monash University and completed his specialty training at Prince Henry’s Hospital Melbourne.

Ian performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy at Monash Health.

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Dr Ray Boyapati

MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACP

Ray Boyapati is a gastroenterologist at Monash Health. He specialises in inflammatory bowel disease and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Ray completed his medical degree at Monash University and specialty training at Monash Health and the Austin Hospital. He undertook further clinical training in IBD at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and also completed a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include investigating the role of mitochondrial damage-associated molecular patterns in IBD and de-escalation of therapy and the role of biomarkers to personalise therapy in IBD.

Ray is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and is co-chair of the Clinical Skills committee at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ray has a variety of roles within GESA (Gastroenterological Society of Australia) including sitting on the FAR (Finance, Audit and Risk) Committee and co-chair of Young GESA.

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Dr Chris Desmond

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Chris Desmond is a Gastroenterologist at Monash Health with particular interest in endoscopic ultrasound. He attends ward patients, outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound.

Chris completed physician and specialist gastroenterology training at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, prior to undertaking an advanced endoscopic fellowship at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He then completed an endoscopic ultrasound fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA. Chris was also awarded an NHMRC Research Scholarship to support basic scientific research through Monash University, Melbourne.

drchrisdesmond.com.au

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Dr David Devonshire

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

David Devonshire is a gastroenterologist at Monash Health specialising in interventional endoscopy including ERCP, Cholangioscopy and interventional luminal endoscopy for the detection and treatment of neoplasia and benign disease in adults and children. He also manages in patients.

He is a Monash University graduate, who completed advanced Gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre before further specialisation in an Interventional Endoscopy Fellowship at the Digestive Disease Centre, Medical University of South Carolina under the stewardship of Professor Peter Cotton and Professor Rob Hawes.

David is passionate about teaching endoscopy and general gastroenterology. He frequently lead teams of doctors and nurses to deliver endoscopy services in developing countries. He enjoys interactive live endoscopy and has participated in workshops in Australia and abroad.

www.monashgastro.com.au

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Dr Rimma Goldberg

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Dr Rimma Goldberg is a consultant Gastroenterologist at Monash Health. She attends ward patients, outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. She has experience managing all aspects of inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and general clinical gastroenterology. Rimma is also active in research and has established early phase clinical trials for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Monash Health

She graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed Gastroenterology Training at St Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Health. She then undertook an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust hospital in London and completed a PhD at King’s College London where she worked on developing novel cell based therapies for Crohn’s Disease.

www.monashgastro.com.au

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Dr Simon Hew

MBBS, FRACP

Simon Hew is a gastroenterologist with a special interest in interventional endoscopy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Surgery/Bachelor of Medicine as well as a Bachelor of Medical Science from Monash University in 2008, both with honours. Simon completed his advanced gastroenterology training at Launceston Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Austin Hospital and at Monash Health. He subsequently undertook a local fellowship subspecialising in interventional endoscopy, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and complex polypectomy.

In 2019-2020, he completed a further interventional fellowship at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, working under the mentorship of Profs. Lawrence Hookey and Robert Bechara, where he gained an interest in image enhanced and third-space endoscopy.

 

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Dr Alexander Hodge

BSc, MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP

Dr Alex Hodge is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Monash Health where he attends gastroenterology and hepatology clinics, performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy, manages ward patients and runs specialised fatty liver and FibroScan® clinics. He hails from Vancouver Canada and has resided in Australia since 2000. He worked as a molecular biologist in Canada before he commenced medicine at The University of Sydney where he graduated with honours. He completed his gastroenterology specialist training in Canberra and Melbourne at The Alfred Hospital. In early 2015, he completed his PhD at Monash University focusing on human amniotic epithelial cell therapy for chronic liver diseases and lifestyle modification (intermittent fasting) for fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome.

He was awarded the inaugural Monash University Clinical School Early Career Practitioner Fellowship in 2015 – 2017 to continue his research in the field of fibrosis and fatty liver disease. He is the principal investigator on multiple therapeutic clinical trials for fatty liver disease and primary biliary cholangitis. Dr Hodge’s clinical expertise includes the management of gastrointestinal diseases and obesity however he has a special interest in diseases of the liver, in particular, fatty liver disease.

www.moashgastro.com.au

 

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Dr Darcy Holt

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Darcy Holt is a gastroenterologist and clinical nutrition consultant at Monash Health. He manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He graduated in medicine from Melbourne University. He completed specialty training at Peninsula Health and Monash Health before gaining a PhD. His research interests include nutrition and inflammatory bowel disease.

www.gihealth.com.au

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Dr Suong Le

MBBS, MClinResMeth, MBA, PhD, FRACP

Suong Le is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Monash Health. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Suong graduated in medicine from Monash University and completed her gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre and The Austin Hospital. She subsequently completed a PhD at Monash University, examining  innate immunity in hepatitis B. She is involved in undergraduate and post graduate teaching and mentoring medical students and junior doctors in research methodology and statistics.

Suong is also the project director for the Virtual Care project, a digital ecosystem for chronic disease management. Virtual Care will deliver digitally-enhanced high quality care for all Australians affected by chronic diseases by dismantling mobility, transport, financial and geographical barriers to equitable care. Virtual Care will be developed by a world-first consortium of patients, providers (Monash Health and Alfred Health), payers, industry partners and transdisciplinary researchers from Monash University.

The Virtual Care project was awarded $500,000 by the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund. Dr Suong Le has also been awarded the Early Career Practitioner Fellowship for 2019 by the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

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Dr Gauri Mishra

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Gauri Mishra is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Monash Health. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy and Fibroscan . Gauri has a special interest in liver cancer, liver fibrosis and advanced liver disease.

Gauri completed her medical degree at the University of Tasmania and specialty training at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Monash Health. She is currently completing a PhD evaluating outcomes in the management of liver cancer.

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Associate Professor Gregory Moore

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP

Greg Moore is Head of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in the department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Monash Health and Associate Professor in the school of clinical sciences at Monash University. He attends ward patients, outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Greg graduated in medicine with honours from Monash University and completed Gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre and St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He then undertook a basic science PhD at the University of Melbourne, and returned to establish the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Unit at Monash Medical Centre in 2007 where he oversees a multi-disciplinary IBD clinic providing tertiary referral services to the South East of Melbourne and country Victoria.

Greg is a mentor to advanced trainees, participates in research activities including leading clinical trials, supervising PhD and BMedSci students, and is active in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals.

He is a Board member and Chair of the Medical and Scientific Committee of Crohn’s and Colitis Australia.

www.monashgastro.com.au

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Dr Debbie Nathan

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Dr Debbie Nathan is a consultant gastroenterologist with interests in liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and bowel cancer screening. She performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy and fibroscan and attends outpatient clinics at Monash Health. Debbie also provides a gastroenterology consultant service at Kingston Hospital.

Debbie graduated from Monash University with honours in 1997, and went on to complete her Gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre. She then undertook an Inflammatory Bowel Disease fellowship at Box Hill Hospital. She has publications in several gastroenterology journals.

www.monashgastro.com.au

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Dr Fiona Nicholson

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Fiona Nicholson is a consultant gastroenterologist at Monash Health. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. She also provides a gastroenterology consultative service to the Monash Health Cancer Genetics program.

Fiona graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne and completed her gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre. She went on to complete a PhD at Monash University, examining  colon cancer prevention. She currently serves as a councillor on the board of the Gut Foundation.

www.malvernhillconsulting.com.au

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Associate Professor Stephen Pianko

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP

Stephen is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist and the head of clinical trials at Monash Health. He manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Stephen graduated from Monash University with honors. He undertook gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre and the Austin Hospital and subsequently completed a PhD at Monash University. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in hepatology and clinical trials at Scripps Clinic in San Diego.

Stephen specializes in viral hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and therapeutic endoscopy. He is a mentor to advanced trainees and junior colleagues and is committed to teaching and excellence in practice.
He is principal Investigator in several liver clinical trials and has published in major peer reviewed journals. Stephen is a board member of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia.

www.caulfieldendoscopy.com.au

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Dr Lani Prideaux

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP

Dr Lani Prideaux is a consultant Gastroenterologist. She specialises in inflammatory bowel disease, bowel cancer screening, and irritable bowel syndrome. She attends ward patients, outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy at Monash Health.

Lani graduated from The University of Melbourne with honours and undertook her specialist Gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital. She received an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship and completed a PhD in inflammatory bowel disease at St Vincents Hospital Melbourne. Her thesis investigated the gut microbiota within and between Hong Kong and Australia, in Asians and Caucasians. She underwent further training at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. She is involved in inflammatory bowel disease clinical trials at Monash Health.

Lani has published widely in national and international peer reviewed journals and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.

victoriangastroenterology.com.au

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Dr Dilip Ratnam

BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Dr Dilip Ratnam is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist. He is head of quality in the department of gastroenterology at Monash Health. Dilip attends ward patients, outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He has particular expertise and interest in diseases of the liver including viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

Dilip has a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University in Adelaide, SA. He undertook his Internal medicine and Gastroenterology training at The Alfred Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospitals and also a year of specialist training in the UK at the Royal Free Hospital, in London. Dilip also completed a Ph. D at Monash University in the field of innate immunity in hepatitis B infection. He is actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and is a mentor to advanced trainees in Gastroenterology.

yarragastroenterology.com.au

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Dr Marcus Robertson

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Marcus Robertson is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Monash Health. He manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy and Fibroscan . Marcus has a special interest in liver fibrosis and advanced liver disease.

Marcus completed his medical degree at Monash University and specialty training at Monash Health and the Austin Hospital. He undertook further clinical training in Hepatology in Edinburgh and is also currently completing a PhD in liver fibrosis.

Marcus is involved in undergraduate and post graduate teaching and is a mentor and supervisor to physician trainees and advanced trainees in Gastroenterology. He is also the clinical lead Gastroenterologist at Dandenong Hospital.

gastromedicine.com.au

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Dr Ferry Rusli

MBBS, FRACP

Dr Ferry Rusli is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist. He attends outpatient clinics and performs endoscopy  at Monash Health.  Ferry graduated in medicine from Monash University and completed specialist training in gastroenterology at Monash Medical Centre. He was awarded a travelling fellowship to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to pursue further training in hepatology. His clinical interests include viral hepatitis and liver disease.

Ferry was raised in Jakarta and Singapore and speaks Mandarin and Indonesian. He is committed to providing holistic care and educating patients about prevention.

gihealth.com.au

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Dr David Rubinstein

MBBS, FRACP

David Rubinstein is a gastroenterologist at Monash Health. He manages ward patients and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

David is committed to teaching and is a trainer of Gastroenterology registrars in the NETI program.

digestivehealth.com.au

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Dr Edward Shelton

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Edward Shelton is a gastroenterologist who attends ward patients, clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy at Monash Health. He specialises in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is involved in clinical trials and establishing the intestinal ultrasound program at Monash Health.

Ed graduated in medicine with honours from Monash University. He completed his specialist training at the Austin Hospital and Monash Health before completing a Luminal and Inflammatory Bowel Disease fellowship at Monash Health. He then undertook an advanced IBD Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he held a position as a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard University. His researcch interests include biologic therapies in IBD.

Ed is passionate about teaching and lectures undergraduate students at Monash University and Melbourne University. He is currently part of the Australian IBD scientific programming national committee.

yarragastroenterology.com.au

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Professor William Sievert

MD, FRACP

Dr. William Sievert is Program Director, Specialty Medicine at Monash Health and a Professor in the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. He is Director of Clinical Research at Monash Health and is a past President of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and past director of the Gastroenterology Department at Monash Health.

He trained in medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Texas Health Science Centre in Houston, Texas. Professor Sievert directs an active research program in liver disease comprising physician-scientists, clinical research nurses, biomedical scientists and research students. The Clinical Research Unit has been active for many years in international and national studies of therapy for viral hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma and more recently non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The clinical research programs are integrated with the provision of care for a large population of patients with chronic liver disease. Dr. Sievert also directs a basic research laboratory investigating mechanisms of inflammatory liver injury and hepatic fibrogenesis, with a translational focus on the development of antifibrotic agents for advanced liver disease including stem cell-based therapies.

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Dr Catherine Sorrell

MBBS, FRACP

Catherine is a gastroenterologist at Monash Health. She manages ward patients, attends outpatient clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

Catherine earned a degree in medicine from Monash University. She completed specialty training at Monash Medical Centre and an endoscopic fellowship at Dandenong Hospital.

gihealth.com.au

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Dr Michael Swan

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Dr Michael Swan is a consultant Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist. He is the Director of Endoscopy at Monash Health. Michael has extensive training in all fields of gastroenterology with expertise in therapeutic endoscopy, screening and early treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and pancreaticobiliary conditions.

Michael graduated in medicine with honours from Monash University . He completed his physician training and gastroenterology training at Monash Health and Geelong hospitals. Following specialist accreditation, Michael undertook three further fellowship years in clinical endoscopy at Monash Health, Westmead Hospital (Sydney) and St Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada).

Michael has published research articles on clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy and continues to be actively involved in research at Monash Health and currently supervises an interventional endoscopy fellow. He is on the editorial board of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, as well as a regular reviewer for other gastroenterology journals.

victoriangastroenterology.com.au

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Dr Shireen Tabatabai

MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Shireen Tabatabai is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. She attends clinics and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy. She has an interest in liver disease and is involved in therapeutic clinical trials in liver disease.

Shireen graduated in medicine with honours from Monash University .She completed her internship, physician training and gastroenterology training at Monash Medical Centre.

monashgastro.com.au

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