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Our Anaesthetists

Dr Ioana Arhanghelschi

MBBS, FANZCA, Master of Biostats

Dr Ioana Arhanghelschi

MBBS, FANZCA, Master of Biostats

Current Special Interests

Obstetric and Gynaeoncology Surgery Anaesthesia, Peri-operative Anaesthetic Care, Total Intravenous Anaesthesia, Plastic Surgery

Dr Ioana Arhanghelschi has almost 20 years of experience in clinical anaesthesia practice, research and teaching. She has dedicated her career to providing excellence in anaesthesia and perioperative care and worked collaboratively with surgeons who are leaders in their fields.

A graduate of Monash University Medical School 1991, Ioana has practised anaesthesia in Australia and France. Having trained at St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, Royal Women and Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Ioana completed her Fellowship of Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2002.

In 2002 she joined the staff of Pitie Salpetriere University Hospital of University of Sorbonne, Paris as a Special Fellow in Vascular and Neurosurgery under Prof Edouard Keiffer and Prof Riou Bruno.

Ioana held staff positions at St Vincent’s Public Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women. She co-authored the first studies documenting echocardiography in pregnant women at the Mercy (2010) and reviewing endovascular aortic work at St Vincent’s (2002). Ioana completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative and Critical Care Echocardiography as well as a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Melbourne. Her clinical work included complex oncological orthopaedic surgery/hemipelvectomy with Prof Peter Choong, renal transplants anaesthesia with Prof David Francis, anaesthesia for liver surgery/hemihepatectomy with Dr Simon Banting as well as high risk complex obstetrics and gynae-oncology surgery.

In 2013 Ioana moved with her family to the Gold Coast. She held a VMO position at the Gold Coast University Hospital and soon joined Southport Anaesthetic Services.

Ioana is a member of the AMA, ASA and Perioperative Medicine and Obstetric Anaesthesia ANZCA Special Interest Groups and participant in the ANZCA CPD programme.

Ioana provides anaesthesia over a broad range of clinical specialties within her SAS associateship. She is a keen advocate of providing patients with a holistic perioperative care plan that empowers them to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Other Interests

When not working Ioana enjoys hiking and has extensively walked the Tasmanian wilderness. She loves photography, swimming and spending time with her family.

Dr Lucas Bailey

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Lucas Bailey

MBBS, FANZCA


Dr Barry Benham

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Barry Benham

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Stephen Bignell

BHB, MBChB, FANZCA

Dr Stephen Bignell

BHB, MBChB, FANZCA


Dr Colin Brodie

BSc., MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Colin Brodie

BSc., MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Brodie grew up on the Gold Coast, and after studying and training in Brisbane and overseas, has returned to the Coast as a full-time Anaesthetist with SAS.

Qualifications

Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) 2013
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Queensland, 2003
Bachelor of Science (BSc.) University of Queensland, 1999

Training

Anaesthetic Fellow, Gold Coast Hospital 2012
Anaesthetic Registrar, Queensland Regional Training Program 2008-2011

Appointments

Specialist Anaesthetist, Southport Anaesthetic Specialists, 2013 – current

Special Interests

Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia
Anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery including joint replacement surgery
Anaesthesia for general and breast surgery
Obstetric Anaesthesia
Procedural sedation

Memberships

ANZCA
Australian Society of Anaesthetists
ANZCA Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group
ANZCA Airway Management Special Interest Group

 

Dr Geoffrey D Brown

MBBS FANZCA

Dr Geoffrey D Brown

MBBS FANZCA

I am an Australian Trained , Specialist Anaesthetist, having completed my Medical Undergraduate Training at Monash University in Melbourne.

My Anaesthetic Post Graduate Training was undertaken in both Australia and the UK under the guidance and in assosciation with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

I have a special interest in Anaesthesia for Surgery for Opthalmology.

I have Accreditation to provide Anaesthesia at Pindara Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, Short St Day Surgery, Pacific Private Day Hospital and Pindara Day Procedure Centre.


Dr Ian Cameron

MBBS (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Ian Cameron

MBBS (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Frank Daday

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Frank Daday

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Daday grew up in Brisbane and completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1988. He then worked in Brisbane and Mount Isa before commencing his specialist anaesthetic training in Brisbane, which included postings in the Gold Coast and London. He was awarded Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) on completion in early 1998.

Dr Daday is very experienced in all types of adult anaesthesia, except for cardiothoracic surgery. He aims to provide high quality care for all of his patients, and in particular has a special interest in anaesthetic care for spinal surgery and plastic surgery.

Dr Daday participates in the Continuing Professional Development program of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He regularly attends educational meetings, workshops and simulations to help maintain his knowledge and skills, as well as learn newer techniques as they evolve.


Dr James Derrick

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr James Derrick

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Will Dey

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Will Dey

MBBS, FANZCA


Dr Ross Grieve

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Ross Grieve

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Philippa Hall

MBBS, FANZCA, M.Med (Pain Management)

Dr Philippa Hall

MBBS, FANZCA, M.Med (Pain Management)

I am an Australian trained doctor having completed my medical degree at the University of Queensland, along with my specialist qualification through the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. My Anaesthesia training was completed both in Queensland and the UK, ending in a fellowship year at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport. On completion of my Specialist training, I worked as a Staff Specialist at the Gold Coast Hospital for 1 year and then joined the Southport Anaesthetic Group.

My professional interests include pain management and I obtained a Masters Degree in pain management through the University of Sydney.

I am accredited at Pindara Private Hospital, Pindara Day Procedure Centre, the Gold Coast Private Hospital and Pacific Private Day Hospital. I am involved in anaesthetic teaching through my public position as a Visiting Medical Officer at the Robina Campus of the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Once a year I volunteer with Interplast, travelling to Fiji to help those who have little access to medical treatment. There I look after children with cleft lips and palates, burn injuries and tumours that otherwise would not receive medical treatment.

I participate in the Continuing Professional Development Program from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, which ensures I keep my knowledge and skills up to date with current practices.


Dr Phil Harrington

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Phil Harrington

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Josephine Maria

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Josephine Maria

MBBS, FANZCA


Dr. Anthony McDougall

MBBS, FANZCA.

Dr. Anthony McDougall

MBBS, FANZCA.

Tony graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1993.

He spent his time training in anaesthetics in Brisbane and Cairns with one year in the United Kingdom, ending in a fellowship year at the Gold Coast Hospital in Southport.

He was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in January 2003.

He has been an associate with Southport Anaesthetic Specialists since that time.

Tony regularly covers anaesthetics for the following surgical fields: Ophthalmology, Plastics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, IVF, Orthopaedics, Bariatric and General surgery.

Tony is enrolled with the ANZCA Continual Professional Development Programme and has been a member of The Australian Society Of Anaesthetists since an anaesthetic trainee.

Interests outside of medicine include surfing, swimming, walking the dog, good food, travel and a happy family life.

Dr Peter McLaren

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Peter McLaren

MBBS, FANZCA

Peter grew up on the north coast of NSW and graduated from medical school at UNSW in Sydney. Following internship and several resident terms he spent 18 months as a medical officer in PNG. His anaesthetic training included Plymouth in the U.K., Brisbane and Perth. After spending a fair few years in practice in Lismore, in northern NSW, he moved to the Gold Coast in 2005. He has four children, three of whom have followed him into medicine with the fourth, sensibly, undertaking business studies. He lives in Southport with his wife, Helen and several King Charles Cavalier spaniels. He spent 15 years in the Army Reserve. His interests include medical education, writing and occasional exercise.


Dr Richard McLean

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Richard McLean

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Chris McMahon

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Chris McMahon

MBBS, FANZCA


Dr Dana Pakrou

MBBS, FANZCA, GCCritCareEcho

Dr Dana Pakrou

MBBS, FANZCA, GCCritCareEcho

I completed my medical degree at the University of Adelaide in 2003 and subsequently undertook anaesthesia training in Queensland finishing my specialty training in 2010. I have been working full time, in both public practice at The Gold Coast University Hospital and Privately with the Southport Anaesthetic group since 2011. My subspecialty area of training is in cardiac anaesthesia and echocardiography having done 2 years of extra fellowship training at Austin Health in Melbourne, St Michael's Hospital in Toronto and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Outside of work I enjoy keeping active, a lifestyle the Gold Coast provides. I regularly do triathlons and completed my first Ironman last year in France. I have also recently married and will be looking to start a family in the near future

I participate in the Continuing Professional Development Program from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, which ensures I keep my knowledge and skills up to date with current practices.

Dana Pakrou
Staff Specialist GCUH
MBBS, FANZCA

GCCritCareEcho

Dr Martin Sandler

MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRACP, FANZCA

Dr Martin Sandler

MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRACP, FANZCA

I am an Australian trained Anaesthetic Specialist, completing the Fellowship in Anaesthesia in 1982.

I graduated in medicine from The Royal London Hospital, University of London, UK. My initial medical experience was on a pathway to become a Physician.  I worked as an Emergency Room Physician at The Royal London, after which I was Medical Registrar for three years in Neurology and General Medicine at The New Charing Cross Hospital, London, 

I gained the postgraduate qualification of Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians MRCP(UK) in 1976. 

I travelled to Australia on a working holiday in 1977. I’m still here.
1978 I was registrar in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.  I completed training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as an Intensive Care Physician in 1980, then went on to gain the Fellowship in Anaesthesia in 1982. 

I saw the light and moved to Queensland. I was Visiting Medical Officer in Anaesthesia at The Gold Coast Hospital, Tweed Heads Hospital and Murwillumbah Hospital from 1982.

In 1984 I joined Southport Anaesthetic Specialists as the sixth associate in the group. I have very extensive experience in Anaesthesia for all types of surgery. I continue working full time in both a hospital setting and in Day Surgery. I participate in the Continuing Professional Development Programme, from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
I have four children, including twin girls. My three girls are married, with one child each. Two are currently working in London, UK and the third works in Spain. My son lives on the Gold Coast.

My interests include reading, cooking and travelling, when possible, to visit my family.
 


Dr Alastair Scarr

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Alastair Scarr

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Adrian Skidmore

MBBS, FRCA (London) FANZCA

Dr Adrian Skidmore

MBBS, FRCA (London) FANZCA


Dr Phil Stagg

BSc (Biomed) MBBS (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Phil Stagg

BSc (Biomed) MBBS (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Phil Stagg Graduated from the Flinders University Medical School (South Australia) in 2006, with First Class Honours, along with the Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Prestigious Australian Medical Association (AMA) Prize in medicine . He also has received undergraduate academic awards for Physiology, Pharmacology, and Genetics, which together have helped shape his interest in Anaesthesia, which has Physiology and Pharmacology as its core sciences.

Dr Stagg Completed his Fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in February 2014, having trained at both Gold Coast Hospitals; Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane), Mater Women’s and Children’s  Hospital (Brisbane), and Lismore Base Hospital. His first Specialist Appointment in Anaesthesia was at the Gold Coast University Hospital in 2014, through until 2016, where he coordinated Medical Student Teaching in Anaesthesia for Bond and Griffith University, as well as being Clinical Lead for Regional Anaesthesia. 

In 2016 he Joined the Southport Anaesthetic Specialist Group full time.

Dr Stagg provides comprehensive anaesthetic services in Private Practice across the Gold Coast, including all major fields, as well as Obstetric, Emergency, Ophthalmic, and Paediatric (>1 year) Anaesthesia.

His special interests include providing you, the patient with excellent post-operative pain relief, employing techniques in Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia (USRA) and nerve blocks, providing multimodal pain relief; and providing safe and stable anaesthesia with smooth emergence, aimed at minimising the potential for nausea and vomiting.  To achieve this, he regularly uses Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA), which is considered a very “clean” anaesthetic, with a smooth wake up and emergence profile.

Dr Stagg is a faculty member and lecturer at the Australian Institute of Ultrasound (AIUS), and has developed educational video resources in regional anaesthesia in partnership with this renowned institution, available online.

Personally, Dr Stagg has twin boys, and embraces an active and balanced lifestyle, including surfing, kayaking, and competitive running, including a marathon PB of 2.54.32 in 2018.

He looks forward to looking after you in the future, and promises to take good care of you!

Dr Rod Van Twest

MBBS, FANZCA

Dr Rod Van Twest

MBBS, FANZCA

Rod graduated with a medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1998.

He obtained his specialist fellowship from the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2008.

Over the years, Rod has worked throughout Queensland, regional NSW and London (UK) and has now been established with Southport Anaesthetic Specialists on the Gold Coast for more than 10 years.

Rod has developed excellent working relationships with some of the best specialist surgeons and proceduralists on the Gold Coast, working together to provide a high standard of patient care.

Rod has an extensive experience in anaesthetics for a broad range of surgical specialities, including eyes, plastics, spine, orthopaedics, urology, endoscopy, obstetrics and gynaecology.

A special interest in regional anaesthetic techniques for eye procedures and for orthopaedic surgery allows for optimised patient care and peri operative pain relief solutions for his patients.

Rod is an active member of ANZCA and the ASA, is a member of multiple hospital committees and participates in regular Continuing Medical Development and educational activities.

Outside of work, Rod enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, drums and keeping active.Rod graduated with a medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1998.

 


Dr Dennis Wooller

MBBS, FRCA, FANZCA

Dr Dennis Wooller

MBBS, FRCA, FANZCA

Dennis graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1981. He spent several years as a junior doctor in the Northern Territory before deciding on a career in anaesthesia. He became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 1992 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (London) in 2001. His experience covers a broad range of anaesthetic sub-specialties and now he regularly works with spinal, general and orthopaedic surgeons, as well as gynaecologists. Dennis has many interests outside medicine from music and French to boating and travel. Recently, he completed the University of Cambridge certificate in English language teaching.