I am one of very few obstetricians in Australia who specializes in caring for the highest risk pregnancies, known as a perinatologist or maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist. I am Head of Perinatal Services at Monash Health, where I lead the high-risk pregnancy program for Victoria's largest maternity service. This includes mothers with severe health problems, babies with abnormalities or growth problems, multiple pregnancies and babies requiring in utero fetal therapy and surgery.
In my private practice, I offer private care to women with a high-risk pregnancy, whether that is due to your health or your baby's, women who have experienced complications in their previous pregnancies, required fertility treatments or for non-pregnant women who wish to develop a plan for future pregnancies.
Of course, I also delight in caring for healthy mothers and babies - my philosophy of pregnancy care is the same, to support you with the highest level of expert care available internationally, to care for you into motherhood with your new baby.
It is incredible to think that your body and your baby already knows exactly what to do and how to do it even though you may think you know nothing! Finding your inner voice and trust in yourself is the key. To do this, you must feel supported and listened to. You will need support during your pregnancy as your baby grows bigger and your body changes. You will need support during the physical challenges of childbirth and of course, support in motherhood, as your bond with your new baby intensifies and your world begins to change. My philosophy is to be there, supporting you with the highest level of expert care available internationally, caring for you into motherhood with your new baby.
I graduated from Monash University Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery with Honours (MBBS (Hons.)), before undertaking my residency in internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, palliative care and paediatrics at Monash Medical Centre, in Melbourne. I then obtained my fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) through six years of specialist training at Monash Medical Centre. I then completed a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) titled "Novel fetal therapy," supervised by Professor Euan Wallace at Monash University. Here, over four years I developed and pioneered stem cell therapy from the placenta to treat lung disease in babies born very preterm. My thesis received first prize from the Monash Institute of Medical Research and culminated in the President's Award at the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), the premier international women's health scientific meeting in the USA. My research has and continues to be published in numerous prestigious international and national medical journals.
After the completion of my PhD thesis, I was awarded the highly prestigious Australian Government NHMRC Hamilton Fairley Fellowship for four years. This grant sponsored my family and I to travel to the Fetal Therapy Centre at KU Leuven, Belgium, to learn the latest in fetal surgery (key-hole and open surgery to the baby while still in the womb) and research under Professor Jan Deprest, one of the world's leading fetal medicine experts. I was then fortunate to be invited to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, where I completed formalized subspecialty training in maternal fetal medicine certification from the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto fellowship is considered one of the most prestigious and competitive high-risk training fellowships internationally, where I especially trained under Professors Greg Ryan and John Kingdom. Since returning to Australia as Head of Perinatal Services, I continue my research in perinatology with my international friends through my senior research and teaching position at Monash University at the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Australia's largest perinatal research centre. I am also a Certified Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine (CMFM) by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
My private practice is a very small boutique practice that I designed to offer you personal, highly expert care whether you or your baby (or babies!) are considered at the highest risk or are perfectly well. I practice in an environment that is positive, friendly, and sensitive to your feelings and focused on you. Please note that I intentionally keep my practice very small given my commitments at Monash Health as Head of Perinatal Services and Monash University. This, however, allows me to know my private patients and their family very well.