Prof Peter Maher MBBS, FRCOG(London), FRANZCOG
Department Head and Head of Endosurgical Unit A

Peter Maher graduated from Monash University in 1971. He entered the Ob/Gyn training scheme in 1974 when he did a St Vincent's Hospital/ Mercy Maternity Hospital rotation. At the completion of his training at the Mercy Hospital he was admitted to membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London. Following two years of post-graduate training and study in the United Kingdom he returned to Australia and commenced consultant practice in Melbourne in 1979.

Peter Maher is the Director of Endosurgery A at the hospital and clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is active in many medical societies including the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (President 1995-1999), International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (Board member 1997-2001, President 2006-2008 ) American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists (Board of Trustees member2008-2010) , The Fertility Society of Australia and the Australian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. He has co-authored more than 100 publications including book chapters on endoscopy. He has travelled and operated in several countries around the world including: Britain, the United States, India, Indonesia China and Russia.

 

Dr Emma Readman MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG
Head of Endosurgical Unit B, Endosurgical Fellow

Emma Readman graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 with honours, and trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital from Women, completing her 2 year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery in 2002.

Emma Readman is head of the Endosurgery B Unit, and runs the Outpatient Hysteroscopy service for The Mercy Hospital for Women. She lectures for the Victorian branch of the RANZCOG in Gynaecology for both the diploma students, and for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees. She also lectures for Family Planning Victoria in their Family Planning Certificate Course. She has been involved in visiting Mongolia for the last 4 years by invitation of the Mongolian Society for Gynaecological laparoscopy, and has been involved in teaching and operating there. She actively participates in research with several research projects currently in progress.

 

Dr Janine Manwaring MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG
Endosurgical Fellow 2005

Dr Janine Manwaring graduated with honours from Monash University in 1995 and commenced her obstetrics and gynaecology training in 1998 at the Mercy Hospital for Women. As well as furthering her general obstetrics and gynaecology experience working at Wangaratta Base, Ballarat Base and Box Hill Hospitals, Janine completed a senior registrar year in Urogynaecology in Adelaide in 2003 and a post-graduate laparoscopic fellowship at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2005. She gained the highest mark in the written paper for the MRANZCOG in 2002.

Janine works in both Endosurgery divisions at the Mercy Hospital, as well as the Outpatient Hysteroscopy clinic. She also works with the advanced gynaecology unit at The Women's Hospital in Melbourne.

 

Dr Kate McIlwaine MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG
Endosurgical Fellow 2006-2007

Dr Kate McIlwaine graduated from Monash University in 1999 with honours and subsequently undertook her Obstetrics & Gynaecology training through Monash Medical Centre and Box Hill Hospital. She was awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the MRANZCOG clinical examination in 2005.  Kate went on to complete an Advanced Laparoscopy Fellowship at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2009.  She is involved in several clinical research projects within the Endosurgery Unit and has presented at conferences both nationally and overseas.

 

Dr Chee Mun Leong MBBS, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

Dr Chee Mun Leong was trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Melbourne and has worked for many years as a private specialist with special interest in vaginal surgery.

He is currently a consultant at the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Northern Hospital. He is also the coordinator for the RANZCOG ITP training program for the Northern hospital.

 

Dr Alex Eskander MBBS, FRANZCOG

Dr Alex Eskander is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who offers his services in women's health, pregnancy care, general gynaecology and laparoscopic surgery. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with an additional fellowship in laparoscopic surgery. He was trained to be an Obstetrician at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne.

 

Dr Lenore Ellett MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, FRANZCOG
Endosurgical Fellow 2012-2013

Lenore completed her medical degree at Monash University in 1998 with honours. She subsequently trained as a general practitioner with an interest in women's health. She left General Practice in 2003 and commenced her fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She has worked at several hospitals as an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar including Ballarat Base Hospital, Wangaratta Hospital, Wodonga Hospital and Reproductive Medicine, Albury. She completed a two year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery in 2014 and currently works with the Endosurgery A unit and the outpatient hysteroscopy clinic.

 

Dr Carol Vance MBBS, FRANZCOG

Dr Carol Vance is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist.  She trained initially at The Royal Women's Hospital before moving to the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2010 to complete a year working in the Perinatal Department. In this role she developed experience in caring for women with high risk pregnancies as well as further experience in ultrasound. She also holds public positions in general gynaecology and in the 'Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic' which cares for women with first trimester pregnancy complications.

She has a particular interest in the provision of quality and safety in both healthcare systems and healthcare delivery. In 2009 she completed a fellowship in Quality & Safety at the Royal Women's Hospital and she has continued to pursue this interest in the role of Quality Fellow at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2011.

 

Dr Miranda Robinson MBBS, FRANZCOG

Dr Robinson graduated from Otago University in 1994 and after 2 years working at Christchurch Public Hospital emigrated to Australia in February 1997. She began her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash Medical Centre in 1999 with rotations to Dandenong, Box Hill and Bendigo Base Hospitals. She was awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the MRANZCOG clinical examination in 2002. She completed her final years at the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2003 and at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in England in 2004 where she gained a great deal of Gynaecological experience in both Vaginal and Laparoscopic Surgery.

 

Dr Neil Israelsohn MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG

Dr Israelsohn graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne and commenced training in obstetrics and gynaecology after gaining invaluable experience in paediatrics and neonatology. He completed his post graduate training at the Mercy Hospital for Women. Neil's fellowship years were spent focusing on gynaecology surgery including laparoscopy, and maternal fetal medicine– gaining extra experience in the management and surveillance of complicated pregnancies and ultrasound.

 

Dr Kent Kuswanto MBBS BMedSc FRANZCOG 

Dr Kent Kuswanto graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2004, and won the Max Kohane Prize for obtaining the highest score in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in his clinical school. Kent commenced his specialist training at Mercy Hospital for Women before completing his advanced training and fellowship (Surgical Gynaecological Oncology) at Monash Medical Centre. He has special interest in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Kent is also involved in lecturing, mentoring and examining medical students from The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

 

Dr Tony Ma MBBS (Hons), DCH (Perth), FRANZCOG
Endosurgical Fellow 2014-2015

Dr Tony Ma graduated from University of Western Australia in 2004 with honors. He commenced training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009 initially at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth before moving to Melbourne in 2012 for further training. He is the current Mercy Hospital Endosurgery Fellow until the end of 2015.

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