The Avenue Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Mr Ramez Bassari FRACS

Mr. Ramez Bassari is a General Surgeon, with interests in Bariatric (weight loss) and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery.  He is also GESA-accredited to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Mr. Bassari completed his medical degree in 2004 at the University of Auckland. This was followed by specialist surgical training (FRACS) which he completed in 2012. He pursued further training in the fields of Bariatric/Metabolic and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery for the next 4 years.  This included 2 years through the competitive ANZGOSA training scheme.

03 9429 1002

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery, Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Dr Melissa Beitner MBBS(Hons), BMedSc(Hons), GDipSurgAnat, MS, MD, FASMBS, FRACS

Dr. Beitner is a General Surgeon with an interest in Bariatrics and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Beitner provides quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to patients for the surgical management of obesity, hiatus hernia, reflux, gallbladder disease and other general surgical conditions.

03) 8548 0384

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Dr Ingra Bringmann. MSC MD (HONS) FRACS; AFRACMA; MBA STUDENT AT MBS

Bariatrics offers treatment for those who are overweight. This may include a programme of diet and nutrition, exercise, behaviour modification, lifestyle changes and appropriate medications. Bariatric surgery (obesity surgery or weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese (severely overweight).

03 9397 2223

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery, Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Professor Wendy Brown MBBS(hons) PhD FRACS FACS

Professor Wendy Brown was the first woman to be appointed Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery in 2015. She is also the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and Clinical Lead for the National Bariatric Surgery Registry and the Victorian Upper GI Cancer Registry.

03 8652 0373

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Mr Paul Burton MBBS (Hons), FRACS, PhD

Paul is an Upper GI surgeon who has an interest in surgery of the stomach and esophagus, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery. Paul was trained in Melbourne and subsequently Cambridge, United Kingdom. In addition to his surgical training, Paul has completed a Ph.D. relating to upper GI surgical interventions. This research has led to major changes in the understanding of various Upper GI surgical operations, incorporated the development of several new diagnostic tests, and has resulted in improved patient education. He received doctoral thesis excellence awards from Monash University for this work.

(03) 8573 0071

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Dr Lara Freeman MBBS (Hons) FRACS

Dr. Lara Freeman is a specialist Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon with extensive experience in the most current minimally invasive techniques for both General Surgery and Bariatric (weight loss). She has completed an Upper GI and Bariatric Fellowship at the Austin Hospital - an Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgical Association training institution. Dr. Freeman also received the 2010 Young Investigators Award for outstanding research at the Australian National Bariatric Meeting.

0380606694

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery, Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Dr Joseph Kong MBChB, FRACS, MS (Hons), PhD

Dr Joseph Cherng Huei Kong is General Surgeon with an interest in all colorectal conditions including haemorrhoid, perianal disease (fissure, fistula and abscess), pilonidal sinus, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse, colorectal cancer (primary and recurrent), small bowel cancer, appendiceal cancer and peritoneal cancers. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2006 from University of Auckland and completed his surgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He became a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2015.

03 9500 2795

SERVICES

General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Mr Charles Leinkram MBBS FRACS

Mr Charles Leinkram is a General surgeon who has an interest in hernia repair and abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck). In 2002, Charles joined the Melbourne Hernia Clinic, Australia’s first hernia clinic which has now treated over 20,000 patients. Today, he is the principal surgeon at the clinic, performing around 400 hernia operations each year.

03 9525 9077

SERVICES

General Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Mr Damien Loh FRACS, MBBS

Mr. Damien Loh is an Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon, specializing in surgery for disorders of the stomach and oesophagus and an interest in weight loss surgery. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne and gained his Fellowship in General Surgery in 2012. He subsequently undertook a further three years of training in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery at various specialist centers around Australia. He currently works as an Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at The Alfred and a General Surgeon at The Northern Hospita

(03) 9088 2155

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Telehealth available

03 9397 2223

SERVICES

General Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Mr Andrew Packiyanathan MBBS FRACS

Mr. Andrew Packiyanathan is a general and upper gastrointestinal surgeon with an interest in bariatric (weight loss) surgery.  He also has an interest in upper GI endoscopy and has experience in therapeutic endoscopic procedures.

(03) 9088 2155

SERVICES

General Surgery, Bariatric - Obesity Surgery, Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Telehealth available

Mr Stewart Skinner MBBS

Mr Stewart Skinner's main area of interest is gastrointestinal surgery.  He undertook postgraduate training in colorectal surgery at The Royal London and St Marks Hospitals in London between 1995-1997.  Mr Skinner has been a member of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery since 1998 and has been performing the Lap-Band procedure since that time.  He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of Surgery at Alfred Hospital.

03 9805 1500

SERVICES

General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Mr SAAM TOURANI MD, PHD, FRACS, CCPU

Mr Saam Tourani is a Melbourne-based specialist general surgeon, withan interest in breast and endocrine surgery. Interests • Breast surgery: including advanced oncoplastic techniques, breast reconstruction (autologous and implantbased), breast reduction, breast lift, lipomodelling, correction of gynaecomastia • Endocrine surgery: Thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal • General Surgery: elective and emergency • Endoscopy: adult gastroscopy and colonoscopy • Point of care ultrasound: breast and endocrine With his compassionate approach, Saam strives to provide outstanding care and patient experience. He is accessible and happy to be contacted for advice or urgent referrals on his Mobile. He also speaks fluent Persian (Farsi). Affiliations:

03 9088 4288

SERVICES

General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Endocrine Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available

Dr Nicole Winter FRACS MBBS(Hons) BmedSci

Dr. Nicole Winter is a General Surgeon with an interest in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatrics. She also works as a consultant at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Nicole has a interest in a patient-centered approach to the treatment of oesophageal and gastric cancer, hiatus hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery, and bariatric surgery. Nicole is also passionate about the education and training of junior doctors and improving the surgical training experience.

(03) 8692 1190

SERVICES

Bariatric - Obesity Surgery, General Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital, Masada Private Hospital

Website available

Mr Ray Yong MBBS FRACS

Mr. Ray Yong is a General Surgeon with an interest in Breast, Thyroid and Parathyroid.  He aims to see all new patients within days of a referral and all new consultations are not hurried and are at least 20 minutes in length.

03 9908 2998

SERVICES

General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Endocrine Surgery

LOCATIONS

The Avenue Hospital

Website available