Our Members

Dr Nic Balis

Dr Nic Balis

Qualifications
MBBS at the University of Melbourne in 1986 Qualified F.A.N.Z.C.A in 1998

Profile
To come

Dr Nic Balis

MBBS, FANZCA
Dr John Berg

Dr John Berg

Qualifications
MBBS FRCA FANZCA

Profile

I have been in private anaesthetic practice for over twenty years. After graduating in medicine from Sydney University, I spent four years studying Anaesthetics in London at the Westminster Hospital. I did further training at St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne. I was in mixed public and private practice for many years and and I am now solely in private practice. My practice is varied and includes anaesthesia for oral, orthopaedic, vascular, endoscopic and urological surgery. I joined the Grey Street Anaesthetic Group in 1992 and I am a past chairman of the group. I regularly attend anaesthetic education meetings in Melbourne, interstate and overseas.

I am a member/fellow of : Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Royal College of Anaesthetists Australian Society of Anaesthetists Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland International Anaesthetic Research Society I am registered with the Australian Medical Board and have professional liability insurance with inVivo. My special interests include optimizing patient welfare in the ambulatory surgery setting. This includes minimizing anxiety, nausea and vomiting, and maintaining pain relief in patients who go home on the day of surgery.

Dr John Berg

MBBS FRCA FANZCA
Dr Jacob Boon

Dr Jacob Boon

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA

Profile

Following completing my 6 year MBBS qualification as a doctor at University of Melbourne in 1975 (in which I ranked 2nd out of over 200 students) which included 3 years of clinical training I did 2 further years rotating through general medical and surgical positions at Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s and Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospitals.

I then commenced another 4 years of specialty training as an Anaesthetist at Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, Royal Women’s and St Vincent’s Hospitals in Melbourne. During my anaesthetic training I was awarded the Renton Prize (top candidate in Australasia) in the First Part Anaesthetic Specialist examination and completed my anaesthetic training at the age of28, receiving Consultant Specialist recognition in January 1981, becoming a Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FFARACS).

I then worked for 12 months as an Instructor in Anaesthesia at Harvard University in Boston following which I returned to Australia. Australian anaesthesia in general has the best statistics for safety worldwide and Australian Anaesthetic Training is widely recognized as the highest quality possible (for example our training is far longer and more rigorous than that of U.S. Anaesthetists.

Since that time I have held appointments at various times at public Hospitals including Alfred, Austin, St Vincent’s and still currently hold Consultant Anaesthetist positions at Royal Melbourne and Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospitals, at which I participate in training new Anaesthetists. However a substantial part of my working week is in Private Anaesthetic Practice in various private hospitals in Melbourne.

In 1992 the peak training and qualifying body, The Faculty of Anaesthetists of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons changed its name to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and so my qualification was reissued as Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA).

I regularly attend Anaesthetic educational conferences and practical workshops as well as reading widely on the latest developments in the fast evolving world of modern Anaesthesia and have continuously met all requirements for continuing training, education and recertification of The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Although my practice is extremely broad I have a special interest and specific additional expertise in Anaesthesia for Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat surgery as well as Orthopaedic surgery. I pride myself in particular in caring empathically for all my patients including children and the elderly for whom the stress of preparing for and undergoing a surgical event cannot be underestimated.

Dr Jacob Boon

MBBS FANZCA
Dr Andrew Braun

Dr Andrew Braun

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA DIPLOMA OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS

Professional History
Dr Andrew Braun graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2000 and completed his training in anaesthesia in 2009 with a Research Fellowship at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Although Dr Braun’s scope of anaesthetic practice remains broad, he has particular expertise in anaesthesia for ophthalmic surgery, maxillofacial and dental procedures, and anaesthesia for general surgery. Dr Braun’s public appointments include The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, and Dandenong Hospital.

Dr Andrew Braun has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and has a special interest in qualitative research, biomedical ethics, and informed consent for anaesthesia. Several publications may be downloaded for viewing below:

Dr Andrew Braun

MBBS FANZCA Dip. Clinical Hypnosis
Dr Emily Dickson

Dr Emily Dickson

Qualifications
BSci/LLB (Monash University), B Medicine (University of Newcastle), FANZCA

Professional History
Areas of Specialisation I regularly anaesthetise in a wide range of surgical specialities including anaesthesia for: Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, ENT surgery Ophthalmic surgery Paediatric surgery in children over 1 yr, Maxillofacial surgery, Orthopaedic and Trauma surgery, Neurosurgery and Spinal surgery, Vascular, Breast, General, Endocrine and Bariatric surgery, Obstetric, Gynaecological and Urological surgery Radiological and Cardiological intervention anaesthesia, Endoscopic and Day surgery.

Background

I obtained my undergraduate medical degree in 2004 and commenced my specialist anaesthesia training at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. I completed my training at The Austin Hospital in 2012, undertaking a challenging and exciting Fellowship there. I also completed a one year subspecialty fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2013. >My current public appointments include Visiting Medical Officer rights at Eastern Health, the Royal Dental Hospital of Victoria and Manning Base Rural Referral Hospital. I participate in, and am up to date with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Continuing Professional Development program to ensure I maintain and improve my clinical and professional skills.

Memberships/Fellow

Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists

Associated Interests

Family – my four boys including “the husband”, two beautiful boys under 2 and our 4yr old Golden Retriever ‘Astro’, Photography, Travel, Linguistics, Food, wine and cocktails

Dr Emily Dickson

BSci/LLB, B Medicine, FANZCA
Dr Duncan Forbes

Dr Duncan Forbes

Qualifications
FFACS IRE

Profile
Dr Duncan Forbes has been in private anaesthetic practice for over 25 years. After graduating in medicine from Sydney university in 1978, I undertook training in anaesthesia in Sheffield UK before completing my training at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne.

I have been in mixed public and private practice since becoming a specialist in anaesthesia.

I’ve held appointments at various Public hospitals and still currently hold a visiting sessional anaesthetic post at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

My private practice is varied and includes anaesthesia for Ophthalmic, ENT, Endoscopic and Urological surgery.

I joined the Grey Street Anaesthetic group in 1988 and have held a position on the executive as treasurer for many years.

I regularly attended anaesthetic educational meetings in Melbourne, Inter State and Overseas and participate in the Australian and New Zealand college of Anaesthetists continuing professional development programme.

I’m a member of – Australian Society of Anaesthetists – Association of Anaesthetists of Great Brittan and Ireland – Australian Medical Association

Dr Duncan Forbes

FFACS IRE
Dr Irving Green

Dr Irving Green

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA

Profile
I gained my medical degree from the University of NSW in 1977. My anaesthetic training was undertaken in the Melbourne Northern Suburbs Training Scheme including the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Mercy Maternity Hospital. I gained my FFARACS in 1983. This was moved to FANZCA in 1992. I have a mixed private and public practice. I am a visiting anaesthetist at Austin Health and Eastern Health. I have a wide range of interests within anaesthesia. My initial practice included thoracic and paediatric anaesthesia for many years. Now my main areas of practice involve vascular, urology, general, orthopaedics and ophthalmology. I am a participant in the College of Anaesthesia’s continuing professional development programme and current with all their requirements. I regularly attend anaesthetic education meetings in Melbourne, interstate and overseas. I am a past chairman of this anaesthetic group.

Dr Irving Green

MBBS FANZCA
Dr Frank Hofmann

Dr Frank Hofmann

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA FREA

Profile
I completed my basic medical degree at Sydney University and then spent the following years as resident medical officer at Newcastle Hospital, Canberra Hospital and The Blue Mountains Hospital as well as gaining experience in General Practice.

My formal anaesthesia training began in London at Whipps Cross Hospital and then at the London Hospital, where I gained my specialist qualifications (FRCA). Following my return to Australia I worked as a Senior Registrar at the Prince Alfred and Wesmead Hospitals and obtained my Australian specialist qualification (FANZCA) .

In 1985 I moved to Melbourne and have worked at the Dandenong Hospital and at numerous private hospitals in the Melbourne area. I have a special interest in ENT, Vascular and Maxillo-Facial surgery.

I regularly attend continuing medical education meetings and participated in the American Society of Anaesthesiologist annual meeting in 2010.

For the last 5 years I have travelled anually to Vietnam to perform voluntary work in Ho Chi Minh city.

My outside interests include guitar playing, golf and hiking.

Dr Frank Hofmann

MBBS FANZCA FREA
Dr Jenny King

Dr Jenny King

Dr Jenny King

Qualifications
MB BS, DA (London), FANZCA.

Profile
I gained my medical degree from Monash University. I am a Melbourne trained specialist anaesthetist and have been practising for over 25 years having worked at many Melbourne public hospitals during my training, which included some time in Suffolk, England. My fellowship year was spent at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. I have 3 longstanding public hospital appointments – Western Health, Alfred Health and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and also work at various Melbourne private hospitals and attend a rural region several times a month.

I have a wide and varied anaesthetic practice including ophthalmology, surgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, ENT, ECT, urology, general surgery, endoscopy, dental surgery and vascular surgery.
I am a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), and participate in their Continuing Professional Development program. I regularly attend state, national and international educational meetings and workshops. I am also an active member of the ASA and AMA. I am the recently retired chair of the Victorian ASA and I have an interest in welfare of anaesthetists.
My aim is to make your anaesthetic procedure a pleasant non-stressful experience, with good post-operative pain relief. I have worked with many of my surgeons for many years and we have good rapport. I have 3 adult children and have outside interests in travel, reading, photography, music and cooking.

Dr Jenny King

MB BS, DA (London), FANZCA.
Dr Eric Knauf

Dr Eric Knauf

Dr Eric Knauf

Qualifications
Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australia, 2011
Arztliche Prufung, University of Cologne, Germany, 2000

Profile
To come

Dr Eric Knauf

MBBS MD FANZCA
Dr Bryan Lashansky

Dr Bryan Lashansky

Dr Bryan Lashansky

Qualifications
MBBCH( WITS), DA(SA),FFA(SA)

SPECIALIST ANAESTHETIST
Dr Bryan Lashansky has been working as a specialist anaesthetist for the last 28 years.

He is currently a senior anaesthetist in full time private practice in Melbourne since 2015. He qualified from the University of Witwatersrand and received his specialist training from the College of Medicine in South Africa in 1989. He worked extensively in the field of anaesthetics in South Africa before joining the anaesthetic department of The Royal Melbourne Hospital as a senior consultant in 1998, initially on a full time basis and then continued as a part time senior consultant. At present, he holds an honorarium position at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He has experience in all areas of anaesthesia; his areas of interest include vascular anaesthesia, neuro-anaesthesia, orthopaedic anaesthesia, geriatric anaesthesia, sleep apnoea and the teaching of students, nursing staff and registrars.

He is also currently an active member of multiple Epworth Hospital committees, including: the Critical Care Committee, the Anaesthetic Advisory Committee, and the Theatre Committee. He is also a member of the Grey Street Anaesthetic Group and the Australian and American Society of Anaesthetists. He has lectured at national congresses on vascular anaesthesia and cosmetic and reconstructive anaesthesia. He also attends multiple meetings and congresses on a regular basis, both locally and internationally, to keep up to date with best evidence based practice.

If you have any questions about your anaesthetic before or after your procedure, please contact Dr Lashansky on (03) 9417 3200

Dr Bryan Lashansky

MBBCH( WITS), DA(SA),FFA(SA)
Dr Jin Li

Dr Jin Li

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA (OBSTETRICS)

Professional History
Dr Jin Li is a specialist anaesthetist, with supra-specialisation in obstetric anaesthesia. He has 13 years of experience as a doctor in surgery, emergency and anaesthesia prior to obtaining specialist qualifications. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, and a member of the Obstetric Anaesthesia Special Interest Group. He was schooled at the University of Melbourne, and trained within the Royal Melbourne Hospital network, with rotations to many major Melbourne metropolitan hospitals, including the Austin Hospital, Petermac Cancer Centre, Western Health and Monash Medical Centre. Currently, he is a Visiting Medical Officer with credentials to practice at most major private hospitals throughout Melbourne. He regularly anaesthetises for most surgical specialities, including obstetrics and gynaecology, urology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, ear nose and throat surgery, plastics and neurosurgery.

Dr Jin Li

MBBS FANZCA (OBSTETRICS)
Dr Annie Poon

Dr Annie Poon

Dr Annie Poon

Qualifications
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2006
Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australia, 2016

Professional History
To come

Dr Annie Poon

MBBS FANZCA ANZCA
Dr Vaughan Raleigh

Dr Vaughan Raleigh

Qualifications
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, Australia, 2002
Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australia, 2011

Professional History
To come

Dr Vaughan Raleigh

MBBS FANZCA
Dr Dayalan Ramasamy

Dr Dayalan Ramasamy

Qualifications
MBBch, MRCP(UK),DA,DCH,FANZCA, Postgraduate Diploma in Ultrasound (University of Melbourne)

Professional History
I qualified in Medicine in the UK in 1984 and started training in General Medicine including completing the MRCP in 1987. I started Anaesthesia training in 1988 in Nottingham and continued in Hobart and Melbourne through the Alfred ,Royal Womens, Royal Childrens and Royal Hobart Hospitals. I completed Anaesthesia training in 2000. I am in part private practice but also have public appointments at the Royal Womens, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear and Box Hill Hospitals which allows me to have a broad range of practice. I have a special interest in Anaesthesia for Obstetric, Urological, Eye/ ENT , Upper Gastrointestinal and Liver Surgery. I also have a special interest in the use of Ultrasound for regional anaesthesia and Echocardiography and in anaesthesia for patients with difficult airways. I take part in the ANZCA continuing medical education program and I am involved in teaching anaesthetic trainees.

Dr Dayalan Ramasamy

MBBch, MRCP(UK),DA,DCH,FANZCA
Dr Tom Rawdanowicz

Dr Tom Rawdanowicz

Qualifications
FANZCA MAICD

Professional History
To come

Dr Tom Rawdanowicz

FANZCA MAICD
Dr Paul Rozental

Dr Paul Rozental

Qualifications
FANZCA MAICD

Professional History
Dr. Paul Rozental studied medicine at University of Melbourne, and did residency at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), continuing in ICU and anaesthetics at RMH. He began formal anaesthetic training at Westminster Hospital London, spending some time also as a Registrar at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Upon returning to Australia he worked at The Royal Women's Hospital and Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and at RMH and The Alfred Hospital.

Over many years he has been a visiting Anaesthetics Consultant at many hospitals including St. Vincent's, Austin, Prince Henry’s (where he was supervisor of training), and Western Hospital, the latter attachment he continues to this day.

He did research into muscle relaxant drugs and blood rheology, and formerly lectured at the Australasian College of Anaesthetics on anaesthesia for vascular surgery.

He is registered as a consultant at a wide range of private hospitals throughout Melbourne, including the St Vincent’s group, the Ramsay Group, the Healthscope Group, and many others.

Dr. Rozental has had a special interest in anaesthesia for vascular surgery, plastic surgery, urological surgery, and orthopaedic surgery, among others.

He particularly enjoys the practice of anaesthesia as it relates to the sciences of physiology and pharmacology. He also values greatly the supportive role he holds in the patient’s transition through the stressful period of surgery. His philosophy is based on Hypnos the Greek god of sleep (with a winged head); a calm and gentle god, he helps humans in need, and due to their sleep, is responsible for half of their lives.

In his personal time Dr Paul enjoys painting portraits and running.

Dr Paul Rozental

FANZCA MAICD
Dr Sharanjeet Sidhu

Dr Sharanjeet Sidhu

Qualifications
FANZCA MBChB (Glasgow)

Professional History
To come

Dr Sharanjeet Sidhu

FANZCA MBChB (Glasgow)
Dr Alan Strunin

Dr Alan Strunin

Qualifications
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University, Australia, 1969

Professional History
To come

Dr Alan Strunin

MBBS
Dr Dennis Teh

Dr Dennis Teh

Dr Dennis Teh

Qualifications
To come

Profile
To come

Dr Dennis Teh

To come
Dr Karlo Testen

Dr Karlo Testen

Qualifications
MBBS, FANZCA, FRCA, DipObs RANZCOG

Professional History
I am a specialist anaesthetic practitioner, having spent 8 years in training in both the UK and Australia, gaining the Fellowship of The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (FANZCA) as well as Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthesia (FRCA).

In my anaesthetic training I have gained a wide exposure to all facets of anaesthesia for adults and children as well as wide experience in Intensive Care Medicine

I gained my medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Adelaide in the mid 1980′s and in my junior doctor years worked in Alice Springs for 2 years gaining a wide exposure to the whole of medical practice and subsequently gaining the Diploma in Obstetrics from the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Dip.Obs. RANZCOG)

Now I am in a mixture of private and public practice in Melbourne, Victoria. My public appointments are as a VMO at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, as a VMO at Northern Health and as a VMO at The Royal Dental Hospital in Carlton. In my private practice I am a member of the Gray Street Anaesthetic Group and I am accredited at many private hospitals here in Melbourne.

Given my experience I deal with both adults and children above 1 year of age and have interests in anaesthesia for children and adults, anaesthesia for orthopaedics and trauma, regional anaesthesia, anaesthesia for ENT and dental/facial surgery, anaesthesia for ophthalmic surgery, anaesthesia for vascular surgery and the use of technology in anaesthesia.

Dr Karlo Testen

MBBS, FANZCA, FRCA, DipObs RANZCOG
Dr Shu Ying Lai

Dr Shu Ying Lai

Dr Shu Ying Lai

Qualifications
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Profile
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Dr Shu Ying Lai

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