Medical Advisory Board

The Pancare Medical Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Pancare Board of Directors and advises on matters relating to health, research, education and scientific progress. The committee is made up of Australia’s leading anesthesiologists; hepatology and gastroenterology specialists; liver, pancreas, biliary and upper gastrointestinal surgeons; oncologists and researchers, who all aim to provide patients with the most up to date information and support.

Mr Daniel Croagh – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Dr Marios Efthymiou – Gastroenterology
Prof Peter Gibbs – Oncologist
Dr Mark Goodwin – Interventional Radiologist
A/Prof Paul Gow – Hepatology/ Gastroenterology
Mr Kourosh Haghighi – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Dr Nezor Houli – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Dr Kiat Lim – Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon
Dr John Mariadason – Research Professor
Mr Charles Pilgrim – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Mr Charbel Sandroosi – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Mr Mark Steven – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Prof David Story – Anesthetics
Dr Alina Stotia – Gastroenterology
A/Prof Niall Tebbutt – Oncologist
Dr Adam Testro – Hepatology / Gastroenterology
Dr Rhys Vaughan – Hepatology / Gastroenterology
Dr Laurence Weinberg – Anaesthetics
Mr David Yeo – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon
Dr Allan Zimet – Oncologist

Peter Gibbs – Oncologist

Dr Peter Gibbs is a medical oncologist, who is leading a research program dedicated to pancreatic cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

His particular research interests are in improving the treatment of early stage pancreatic cancer and in developing a screening test.


Dr Mark Goodwin – Interventional Radiologist

Dr Mark Goodwin is a Staff Radiologist at Austin Health, Melbourne, appointed in 2008, with a major interest in both diagnostic and interventional radiology of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems.

He did his basic radiology training in the UK, moved to Australia in 2005 and there completed hepatobiliary and subspecialty training. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and is the Treasurer of the Abdominal Radiology Group of Australia and New Zealand (ARGANZ). His particular interests include the diagnosis, staging and treatment of hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies.


A/Professor Paul Gow – Hepatology/Gastroenterology

A/Prof Paul Gow completed his basic training in Gastroenterology in Melbourne before undertaking a doctorate of medicine in liver physiology through Melbourne University.

Subsequent to that he spent two years undertaking Hepatology fellowships in England.

The first was at The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and the second at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Following this he returned to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and was appointed as full–time liver transplant physician at the Victorian Liver Transplant Unit.

He is also A/Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne.


Dr John Mariadason – Research Professor

Dr John Mariadason, Head of the Oncogenic Transcription Laboratory at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, through his laboratory is investigating whether a drug known as everolimus, used to treat kidney cancer is useful in treating biliary tract cancer. His team is also looking to identify patients most likely to benefit from this potential treatment.


Mr Charles Pilgrim – Liver, Pancreas, Biliary Surgeon

Dr Pilgrim graduated from Monash University in 2000 and entered surgical training at The Alfred, Melbourne. He gained his fellowship in General Surgery in 2007 and in 2008 was the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery fellow at The Alfred before commencing his PhD though the University of Melbourne at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2009.

Dr Pilgrim works with the Victorian HPB Surgery group at Cabrini Medical Centre Malvern and has appointments with the Upper GI Surgery – Hepatopancreaticobiliary Service at The Alfred, the Trauma Surgery Service at The Alfred and in General and Emergency Surgery at Frankston Hospital. He is a serving military surgeon with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He is a senior lecturer at Monash University and a Trauma instructor and examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Academy of Surgical Educators with the College of Surgeons.


Dr Alina Stoita – Gastroenterology

Dr Alina Stoita is a consultant gastroenterologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

She has a strong interest in early detection of gastro-intestinal malignancies using cutting edge diagnostic techniques.

She has developed the first pancreatic cancer screening program in Australia and is a strong advocate of delivering the best quality of care.

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Dr Adam Testro – Hepatology/Gastroenterology

Dr Adam Testro is a gastroenterologist at Austin Health, with a specialty interest in liver and intestinal disease and transplantation.

He completed a PhD in liver immunology and undertook post-graduate training at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, USA.

He is the Medical Head of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation service, as well as the Head of the Liver Immunology Research at Austin Health.

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