A/Prof Craig Nelson

Associate Professor Craig Nelson (MBBS, FRACP, PhD)- Nephrologist

Craig is the Director of Nephrology at Western Health in Victoria and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the North West Academic Centre of the University of Melbourne.

He received First Class Honours at Sydney University for his undergraduate medical degree and completed his PhD through the University of Melbourne. He has over 17 years of experience in Nephrology and General Medicine at Royal Melbourne, Northern Health and Western Health. His PhD was completed on novel markers of Cardiovascular Risk in early CKD. His present research interests are in utilising e-Health to improve the detection and management of early CKD and other chronic diseases including Diabetes, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke.

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A/Prof Nicholas Cox

Associate Professor, Nicholas Cox (MBBS., FRACP, FC.ANZ) -Cardiologist

Nicholas is Director of Cardiology at Western Health. He is an interventional cardiologist with an interest in the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with chest pain. He performs coronary stenting and angioplasty as well as consulting with patients on the best medications to improve their condition or prevent new problems. He has an interest in the application of evidence based medicine to clinical practice. Nicholas trained at Melbourne University, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School).

Prof Edward Janus

Professor Edward Janus (MD, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA) -General physician

Edward graduated from Otago University New Zealand and subsequently (Otago) with distinction for research on genetic causes of emphysema. Obtained PhD in London studying lipoprotein metabolism in familial lipid disorders. Currently Professor in Department of Medicine University of Melbourne, Head of General Internal Medicine and Director of Research at Western Health. President of the Australian Centre for Heart Health in Melbourne. Research interests are epidemiology and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and translating research into practice in the real world.

A/Prof Shane Hamblin

Associate Professor Shane (Peter) Hamblin (MBBS (Hons) FRACP) -Endocrinologist

Shane is Head of Endocrinology & Diabetes at Western Health, Melbourne and a consultant endocrinologist at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is Chair of the Drugs & Therapeutics Committee and a member of the Medication Safety Committee at Western Health. He was a member of the Reference Group for the Federal Government’s recent Post-Market Review of Products Used for the Treatment of Diabetes. A Monash University graduate, Shane trained in endocrinology at the Alfred Hospital and then the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis USA where he researched molecular aspects of thyroid hormone action. He enjoys teaching both Melbourne and Monash University medical students, junior medical staff and general practitioners. He has been a popular guest lecturer for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in Melbourne, Hobart and regional Victoria. His research interests include diabetes and thyroid disease.

Professor Eugenia Pedagogos

Professor Eugenia Pedagogos (MBBS FRACP PhD)-Nephrologist

Professor Pedagogos is an experienced clinician, researcher and leader with over 30 years’ experience fostering collaborative relationships in the medical, education and health care sectors. She is a practicing Nephrologist at Western Health and previously served as a Clinician Researcher at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as Medical Director and Director of Medical Innovation and Clinical trials at Epworth HealthCare.

She is passionate about providing the very best in patient care, translational research and fostering innovation in clinical practice. She has an excellent track record for collaborating with researchers both nationally and internationally and has extensive experience as a physician in public and private health services settings.

She has been an invited speaker to national conferences and symposia and has published over 50 articles and abstracts and has a keen interest in clinical governance having chaired multiple committees at state and local level as well as having served as an elected Board Member of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Currently she is the President and Chair of the Fronditha Care Board and the Chair of both the Governance and Quality and Clinical Risk Subcommittees. She is an Honorary Professor with the University of Melbourne and is actively involved in medical student teaching.

Prof Tissa Wijeratne

Professor Tissa Wijeratne (MD FRACP, FAHA, FRSM, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (London), FAAN (USA)) -Neurologist

Tissa is the Chair, Department of Neurology at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia. He is the Director, Academic Medicine , Director, International Affairs, a senior Neurologist and the Director of the stroke Unit, Neuroscience Research Unit, Movement disorders program, Headache program at Western Hospital, Melbourne. Tissa is a Professor in Neurology and clinical Associate Professor in Medicine, Western Health Clinical School, and University of Melbourne, Australia. He leads a successful stroke care program at Western Health where the team manages a large volume of stroke and TIA patients in western metropolitan Melbourne.

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Dr Julia Jones

Dr Julia Jones (MBBS FRACP)- Nephrologist

Dr Julia Jones is a clinician researcher working in clinical nephrology and clinical trials at Western Health. She has previously been awarded a Master of Bioethics at the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne investigating the use of e-technology to improve the detection and management of chronic disease. She is the clinical consultant for Chronic Disease IMPACT providing specialist education and outreach to general practices= and analysing and interpreting data

Bill Karanatsios

Bill Karanatsios is the Research Program Director, Office for Research at Western Health

Bill Karanatsios has a Science and Project Management background. He has been involved in the health care arena in a number of capacities including as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical researcher, National product specialist a device manufacturer and Client Service Executive with VMIA, assisting clients with the interpretation of the insurance guidelines and policies, risk management and clinical trial insurance provisions. Bill was appointed to The Consultative Council for Human Research Ethics (CCHRE, Consultative Council), an advisory body to the Minister for Health on human research ethics. Bill is currently a consultant in Healthcare and Medical Research assisting clients in the establishment of Research Governance, Risk Management and Business Development.

Dr Natalie Lumsden

Natalie Lumsden (Phd, Pharmacology) -Project Manager

Natalie has a research and project management background that has spanned lab bench, to bedside to population health with a focus on chronic conditions. She completed her PhD within the Department of Pharmacology, Monash University and postdoctoral training at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. She undertook further research at the Department of Pharmacology, University College London and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Melbourne in cardiovascular pharmacology. Currently she holds a clinical coordinator and honorary research fellow role at Western Health and the University of Melbourne, respectively, supporting multi-disciplinary teams aiming to deliver innovative solutions for chronic disease detection and management.