I am a conscientious and skilled surgeon who thinks holistically and cares for the whole person. My surgical practice is unique, incorporating my ability to think outside the box - you benefit from my clinical and technical skill as well as my personal warmth, compassion and belief in the strength within each of us. Health problems, even 'small' ones, are stressful and impact on your wellbeing. I aim to minimise the impact for you and your loved ones while offering you evidence-based, excellent surgical care. As a female surgeon, I offer that intangible extra dimension.
I completed my medical degree (MBChB) in 1996, studying at the University of Otago in New Zealand. I then undertook general surgical training, with my Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) completed in 2006. My specialist colorectal training commenced as a Colorectal Fellow in London, followed by two years with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ), working in Perth and Melbourne.
Following my training, I have worked in the public system as a Colorectal and General Surgeon, also holding the Academic Position of Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne since 2014. I am passionate about making sure the system serves all well and consider it a priority to dedicate time to perform research and teach, passing the lessons I have learnt to the next generation.
I am also committed to making a difference on a larger scale, working with the Australian Health Commission on Clinical Care Standards and the NHMRC leading a team updating National Clinical Guidelines. I have recently completed a Masters in Public Health through Monash University. On a smaller scale, my world revolves around my 6 year old daughter who keeps me 'real' as only a child can do.