​Current Research

- Comparison between transvaginal sonography and magnetic resonance imaging for the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis and prediction of the need for colorectal team involvement.

Ma T, Ellett L, Stone K, Yang N, Esler S, McIlwaine K, Manwaring J, Readman E, Maher P.

- Can Narrowband Imaging Improve the Laparoscopic Identification of Endometriosis

Ma T, Ellett L, McIlwaine K, Manwaring J, Readman E, Maher P.

- Pilot Study to Assess the Role of Mirena Intrauterine Device in the Management of Endometrial Polyps.

Ma T, Ellett L, McIlwaine K, Manwaring J, Maher P, Readman E.



- Ellett L, Villegas R, Beischer A, Ong N, Maher P. Use of a Multimedia Module to Aid the Informed Consent Process in Patients Undergoing Gynecologic Laparoscopy for Pelvic Pain: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIG 2014;21(4);602-611.

- Piessens S, Healey M, Maher P, Tsaltas J, Rombauts L. Can anyone screen for deep infiltrating endometriosis with transvaginal ultrasound? ANZJOG. 2014;54(5):462-468.

- McIlwaine K, Manwaring J, Ellett L, Cameron M, Readman E, Villegas R, Maher P. The effect of patient body mass index on surgical difficulty in gynaecological laparoscopy. ANZJOG. 2014;54(6):564-569.

- McCarthy EA, Jagasia N, Maher P, Robinson M. Ultrasound-guided hysteroscopy to remove a levonorgestrel intrauterine system in early pregnancy. Contraception 2012;86(5):587-90

- Ellett L, Maher P. Forgotten surgical items: lessons for all to learn Gynecol Surg DOI 10.1007/s10397-013-0789-1

- McIlwaine K, Cameron M, Readman E., Manwaring J, Maher P.  The effect of patient body mass index on surgical difficulty  in gynaecological laparoscopy   Gynecol Surg (2011) 8:145–149

- McIlwaine K, Readman E, Cameron M, Maher P Outpatient hysteroscopy: Factors affecting post procedure acceptability in patients attending a tertiary centre. Aust NZJ Obstets Gynaecol 2009; 49:650-652

- Cameron M, Maher P. Barrier solutions or solid barriers in prevention of post operative  adhesions. The Fallopian Tube. Eds Allahbadia G, Saridogan E, Djahanbakhch O, Ansham Ltd, India 2009.

- Manwaring JM, Readman E, Maher PJ.  The effect of heated humidified carbon dioxide on postoperative pain, core temperature, and recovery times in patients having laparoscopic surgery: a randomized controlled trial. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2008;15(2):161-5

- Davey, A. Maher P. Surgical Adhesions: A Timely update, a Great challenge for the Future.  J Minim Invasive Surg. 14:15-22, 2007

- Readman E, Maher PJ. Pain relief and outpatient hysteroscopy: a literature review. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2004;11(3):315-9. Review

- Readman E. Maher PJ. Ugoni AM. Gordon S. Intraperitoneal ropivacaine and a gas drain: effects on postoperative pain in laparoscopic surgery. Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. 11(4):486-91, 2004 Nov

- Ong N, Maher P. Endosalpingiosis, a Recognised Condition, Case report and Literature review.  Gynecol Surg. 1:11-14, 2004. Maher P. Surgical Management of Fibroids. O & G 6:198-200, 2004

- Maher P. Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis – Associated Pain.  Proceedings, Post Graduate Course 11 – Challenges and Strategies for Endometriosis as a Lifetime Disease. Amer Assoc Gynecol Laparosc 41-51,2004

- Maher P. Surgical Treatment Endometriosis of non-reproductive organs: When and how…..Is Surgical treatment always the Best first approach?  Proceedings, Post Graduate Course 11 – Challenges and Strategies for Endometriosis as a Lifetime Disease. Amer Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 52-64,2004

- Varol N, Maher P, Healey M, Woods R, Wood C, Hill D , Lolatgis, N, Tsaltas J. Rectal Surgery for Endometriosis – Should We Be Aggressive? J Amer Assoc Gynecol Laparosc 10;182-1,2003

- Readman E. Maher PJ. Pain mapping, awake laparoscopy and chronic pelvic pain. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 43(4):324-5, 2003



The Mercy Hospital Endosurgery unit has a working relationship with the colorectal unit at the Austin Hospital. This enables us to look after women with deep infiltrating endometriosis involving the bowel.

The surgeons we work closely with include:


Mr Richard Brouwer, FRACS

Richard did his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne graduating in 1994. He did his Internship and general surgical training at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and received his fellowship in General Surgery in 2005. He then undertook the CSSANZ training program in colorectal surgery, doing Fellowship years at the Austin, St. Vincent's, Auckland Hospital and Castle Hill Hospital, Yorkshire, UK. As well as his private practice, he is an honorary lecturer at the University of Melbourne and is appointed as a Colorectal Surgeon at St. Vincent's Public Hospital, Austin Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women.

Ms Adele Burgess, FRACS

Adele is a specialist consultant Colorectal Surgeon.
She completed her General Surgical training at the Alfred Hospital - Melbourne.
She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2007.
Her post-fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery was through the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).  She is now the Head of the Colorectal Unit at the Austin Hospital and also has affiliation with the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Mr Andrew Bui, MBBS, MSc, FRACS

Andrew Bui graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1983 and undertook training in General Surgery at various teaching hospitals in Melbourne, Tasmania and Glasgow. He qualified as a FRACS in 1993 and pursued further post-fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery at St. Mark's Hospital and Canterbury Hospital in England. He has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Supervisor of Surgical Training at Austin Health since 1997. He also holds appointment as Colorectal Surgeon at the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Northern Hospital. He is a member of the CSSANZ.

He has a special interest and skills in minimally invasive colorectal surgery using laparoscopic and trans-anal techniques.

Mr Eugene Ong, FRACS

Eugene studied and trained in general surgery in St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and attained his general surgical fellowship in 2008. He subsequently trained extensively in the field of colorectal surgery, both in Australia and overseas. He has completed clinical fellowships in Melbourne, Brisbane, Cleveland USA and Oxford UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and is a member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ). Eugene is appointed as a consultant colorectal surgeon at St Vincent's Public Hospital and Austin Health.

The unit also has close ties with Ultrasound and MRI specialists who have a special interest in the pre-operative diagnosis of endometriosis. These specialists include:


Dr Kate Stone graduated from medicine in 1997 from the University of Melbourne. Completing two years in general medical and surgical training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne she went onto undertake Obstetrics and Gynaecology training at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2000. Achieving the highest mark for the MRANCOG written examination in 2003, Kate studied sub-speciality ultrasound training at the Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne in 2004.  Kate completed her sub-speciality training in 2007, qualifying as a specialist sonologist (COGU).  She achieved the DDU from the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine in 2007.

She has worked in each of the tertiary gynaecology centres in Melbourne, and has regularly given lectures and tutorial days for RANZCOG fellows and trainees in ultrasound. Kate has been involved in educational work for the Mercy Hospital in fetal imaging, deep endometriosis assessment and adolescent gynaecology imaging.

Kate currently works as a consultant at the Mercy Hospital for women and in Private practice in Ivanhoe and East Melbourne. She has a keen interest in pelvic imaging and has travelled to Brazil and Europe to work with units that lead the world in endometriosis assessment and pelvic pathology/ ovarian cancer management. She works regularly with the adolescent gynaecologists to provide imaging for their younger patients with gynaecological issues.

Dr Steve Esler FRANZCR

Dr. Stephen Esler has worked as a full-time consultant diagnostic and interventional Radiologist at Austin Health since 1999. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985 and completed Radiology training in Melbourne in 1995. After further training and experience including a  Body Imaging/ Interventional fellowship at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada he returned to Australia. As a member of the Melbourne University Radiology teaching program, he lectures both first and second part candidates.

Stephen has a special interest in abdominal and pelvic imaging, with involvement in collaborative research projects involving Austin Health and Mercy Hospital endosurgery unit and has developed expertise in the imaging of endometriosis using Magnetic Resonance

Dr Natalie Yang FRANZCR

Dr Natalie Yang graduated from Melbourne University Medicine in 2000 with honours.  She commenced radiology fellowship training at Austin Health in 2003 and became a member of the college of Radiologists in 2008.  She was awarded the HR Sear prize for most outstanding candidate in the Part 2 radiology examinations.  She then went on to complete a Masters of Medicine (Radiology) at Melbourne University and pursue four further fellowships in MRI and Women's imaging, both in Australia and Canada.  She is currently employed as a consultant radiologist at Austin Health with sub-speciality interests in Pelvic MRI and Women's Imaging. 

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