Gastroenterology and Liver

Bankstown-Lidcombe - Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, Medical Staff

Prof Shan Rajendra

Prof Shan RajendraProfessor Shan Rajendra is a Professor of Medicine at BNK hospital, UNSW Australia Director of Medicine and Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist/Interventional Endoscopist at BNK Hospital. He is also the Director of the Gastro-Intestinal Viral Oncology Group.

Professor Rajendra is a leading researcher in Barrett's Oesophagus and a world leader in bringing about a radical change in the thinking that certain viruses may initiate some forms of Oesophageal Cancer. He has formed a small group of leading virologists, gastroenterologists and pathologists in Australia to carry out this ground breaking research. He has also published extensively on many other gastroenterological diseases including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticular Disease, Colonic Polyps and Cancer as well as Malabsorption Syndromes.

Professor Rajendra has been invited to speak at major international meetings on the topic of Barrett's Oesophagus in Florence, Italy, Nurenberg, Germany, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand and at the International Society for Diseases of the Oesophagus in Adelaide, South Australia. His research has been featured regularly on various state television news networks including ABC News National.

A/Prof Ahmad Alrubaie

Dr Ahmad AlrubaieDr Ahmad Alrubaie is a consultant gastroenterologist and therapeutic Endoscopist. Dr Alrubaie received his Bachelor degree in Medicine from Baghdad University in Iraq in 1978. After migrating to Australia in 1995 he did Australian Medical Council examinations to finish all its 3 parts in 1996.He then started his medical training in St George and Prince of Wales Hospitals. He was awarded Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of Physician (FRACP) in 2003. He had his advanced training in Gastroenterology at Westmead, Liverpool and Bankstown Hospitals and had postgraduate endoscopic training (particularly in double balloon enteroscopy) in Tokyo-Japan (with professor Yamamoto).

Dr Alrubaie is a Visiting Medical Officer at Bankstown Hospital and his main medical practice is located at 58 Gallipoli Street, Bankstown 2200, T: 02 9709-8477. He performs endoscopic procedures at Bankstown Hospital and Liverpool Day Surgery.

Dr Alrubaie is interested in general and therapeutic endoscopy with a special interest in small bowel endoscopy (including Capsule Endoscopy, Double balloon enteroscopy, Spiral enteroscopy).

Dr Kostas Brooks

Dr Kostas BrooksDr Kostas Brooks is a Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and interventional endoscopist with extensive clinical experience in the endoscopic diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal cancers. After completingd an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship in ERCP, EUS and Interventional Endoscopy at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital. He is currently a VMO and consultant at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital with extensive experience and knowledge in hepatobiliary disease, becoming proficient in endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP in addition to management and endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s Oesophagus. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physcians and certified by the Australian Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRGE) for gastroscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.

Dr Brooks is currently pursuing a higher degree (PhD) on the role of high-risk HPV in oesophageal adenocarcinoma and associated lymph nodes through the University of New South Wales. Additionally he is committed to education and has lectured and has tutored medical students across multiple universities across Sydney. He is a Conjoint Lecturer with the South Western Sydney Clinical School at the University of New South Wales and has previously published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and presented at local and international conferences.

Dr Brooks has a special interest in providing cancer detection and surveillance in addition to providing personalised care for people with gastrointestinal issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), coeliac disease, liver diseases, peptic ulcer disease and bowel cancer screening. Dr Brooks offers bariatric services and endoscopic procedures at Liverpool Day Surgery and Central Sydney Private Hospital in Haymarket.

Dr Hank Chen

Dr Christopher Meredith

Dr Douglas Samuel

Dr Doug SamuelsDr Douglas Samuel runs a weekly Crohns and colitis clinic at Bankstown Hospital and performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy and double balloon enteroscopy.

He received his undergraduate degrees BSc(Med), MBBS (Hons) at University of New South Wales in 1995,  along with the UNSW Foundation Medal for leadership and fellowship. He trained in Sydney hospitals including St Vincent's, Royal North Shore, Royal Prince Alfred and Prince of Wales Hospitals. In 2003, he became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He then spent two years as the IBD fellow at University College London Hospitals and St Mark's Hospital, London where he further developed his subspecialist and research interest in Crohns, Colitis and colonoscopy.

He is a Senior Lecturer at both University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Sydney. He researches novel therapies in Crohns and ulcerative colitis and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. He received the degree of Master of Medicine by research (UNSW) for original research in London on optical techniques to differentiate colonic pre-cancerous lesions. He is a clinical investigator on a number of national and international clinical trials. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Medical Education (UNSW) and has won several "teacher of the year" awards. He has a private practice at North Shore Private Hospital, St Leonards and provides a gastroenterology outreach service to Taree on the mid North coast.

Consulting Rooms:
Staff Specialist Suite, Level 3 Bankstown Hospital. Telephone 9722 7759; Fax 9722 7752

Dr Shaleen Sivanes

Dr Akalya Mahendran










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