Dr Abhay Umranikar

Dr Abhay Umranikar is a Consultant Anaesthetist, who specialises in Anaesthesia for patients with complex medical conditions.  Abhay obtained his medical degree with Honours from Monash University in 1989.  He completed his anaesthesia training in 1999 and since then has worked as a Specialist Anaesthetist in a variety of teaching hospitals including Western Health, Ballarat Base and Royal Darwin.  More recently Abhay has commenced full time private practice.  Abhay’s practice covers a broad range of surgical specialities including obstetric and paediatric surgery. Abhay has always maintained a strong academic interest to ensure his clinical knowledge remains up to date.  This involves weekly reading and appraisal of a variety of peer-reviewed scientific publications, covering both clinical medicine and basic sciences such as physiology and pharmacology.

Previously, Abhay has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and is an Examiner for the Final Fellowship Exam for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).  He is also a regular lecturer at examination preparation courses run by ANZCA.

In addition to his strong clinical and academic credentials, Abhay has a broad range of interests outside medicine. These include sport, art, music, photography, travel, food and wine.  He is a father to two happy boys.

Abhay views each patient as an individual with unique and sometimes challenging medical issues.  He is a sympathetic and patient listener and is more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your forthcoming surgery.

Dr Chern Tan

092A2967Dr Chern Tan works as an anaesthetist at Western Health. She has the role of Welfare Officer and also organises the ANZCA trial vivas at the Western.

She trained at various hospitals mainly at Monash and Western Health. She also spent some time at Flinders Medical Centre in her first year and Royal Melbourne Hospital in her fellowship year.

She has completed the Perioperative Medicine Short Course and the iHeartscan course. She has interests in difficult airways and is a member of the Difficult Airway Special Interest Group.

Dr Jane FitzGerald

Dr Jane FitzGerald trained in anaesthetics at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, completing her fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia in 2008. As a consultant anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne since 2008, her practice includes a range of the most acute and complex surgical and trauma cases.

Jane has further qualifications in echocardiography, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative and Critical Echocardiography and the HART scan workshop (Haemodynamic Echocardiography Assessment in Real Time).

Jane maintains extensive participation in academic activities, including as the convenor of the Alfred Anaesthetic Symposium from 2010 -2013. She has organised College Trial Viva examinations for anaesthetic trainees, instructed at the Monash Perioperative Medicine Short Course and been a session chair at previous ANZCA conferences.

Dr Rishi Mehra

Dr Rishi Mehra is a staff anaesthetist, based in Melbourne at the Alfred Hospital. He was trained through the Austin Hospital and spent 18 months overseas in Ontario at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Canada. His is a senior lecturer with Monash University, and is the convenor of the Monash Perioperative Medicine Short Course (PMSC) for 2014. In addition, he has been involved in the setup and coordination of the Master of Perioperative Medicine, run through Monash University. He coordinates POM5001 – Perioperative Medical Care for the Cardiac Patient.

He has echocardiographic qualifications and has a recognised fellowship in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and cardiothoracic intensive care (Diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography). His areas of interest include high risk anaesthesia and perioperative medicine (cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, major thoracic surgery and abdominal vascular procedures), medical education and airway teaching.

Invited ANZCA speaker and presentations:
2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

Current book in press (Wiley Publishers, London UK) – Perioperative Medicine for the Junior Clinician.  Authors – J. Symons, P. Myles, R. Mehra, C. Ball


Dr Lahiru Amaratunge

Dr Lahiru Amaratunge believes in improving the safety and quality of patient care through a patient centred approach, improving the knowledge and skills of the healthcare team, advancing the healthcare systems that allow us to deliver exceptional healthcare and practising comprehensive perioperative medicine.

Lahiru has a special interest in anaesthesia for vascular, thoracics, orthopaedics, obstetrics, general, ophthalmology and ENT surgery. Additionally, he is skilled in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and acute pain management.

Lahiru graduated from Monash University with honours and completed his general medical and anaesthetic training at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He gained further specialist training at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital and completed a general and simulation fellowship year at Western Health and the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Lahiru is an instructor for the PROMPT obstetric programme, the ACE airway course, and am committed to the teaching of medical students, junior doctors and anaesthetics trainees.

He is a member of the ASA and ANZCA.

Dr Suthan Sundaram

Dr Sundaram is a consultant anaesthetist and perioperative clinician.   His practice to date included anaesthesia at Eastern Health, along with numerous private hospital appointments throughout Melbourne and a growing perioperative practice.

Suthan has trained at some of Melbourne’s leading teaching hospitals and has completed advanced qualifications in echocardiography, research and perioperative medicine.  He continues to pursue education through regular review of evidence-based literature, courses and meetings.  Suthan was also involved in the teaching students and trainees at Eastern Health.

Suthan believes that complete perioperative care is fundamental to improved patient safety and outcomes. He has adopted this philosophy in his daily anaesthetic practice and is actively developing new ways to enhance the patient perioperative experience.

Dr Daniel Stiglitz

Dr Daniel Stiglitz is a consultant anaesthetist and perioperative physician. He enjoys combining his public practice at Alfred Health with his private practice throughout  Melbourne.

He completed anaesthetic training at the Alfred hospital in Melbourne in 2011. During his training he gained valuable skills, treating highly complex patients. Daniel enjoys the challenge of high risk anaesthetics and is dedicated to improving medical practice through perioperative medicine.

He is passionate about education and as such enjoys teaching other specialists, registrars and medical students. He has been involved in several teaching programs including the PROMPT course through Western Health, The national airway refresher course, theatre nurse teaching, and regularly delivers lectures and tutorials.

Daniel has participated in the H.A.R.T scan workshop: Haemodynamic Echocardiography Assessment in Real Time, Perioperative Medicine Short Course (The Alfred Hospital and  Monash University), Ultrasound in Anaesthetics and Critical Care Workshop (Australian Institute of Ultrasound), Early Management of Severe Trauma (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Victoria) and Emergency Management of Anaesthetic Crises (St Vincent’s Hospital).

Daniel also has a keen interest in clinical research. He believes best practice is based on evidence based medicine.