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Dr Nancy Blumenthal

Dr Nancy P. Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP has been a nurse with the University of Pennsylvania (USA) Lung Transplant Team since its inception in 1991.  She cares for patients and their families throughout all phases of lung and heart-lung transplantation including consultation, evaluation, transplantation and follow-up. In her role as Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Blumenthal leads the interdisciplinary team in clinical care planning and partners with her medical and surgical colleagues in the strategic planning and development of the program.

Widely published on topics of lung transplantation and pulmonary disease, Dr Blumenthal has contributed to both nursing and medical literature. She has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on the expanding role of nurse practitioners within the field of transplant as well as subjects pertaining to end stage pulmonary disease and lung transplantation.  Dr Blumenthal is the recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence and leadership in nursing and has the distinction to be the first nurse to have a have a professorship in medicine endowed in her name. In 2006, the Robert M. Kotloff and Nancy P. Blumenthal Professorship in Medicine was established to celebrate and support physician-nursing collaborative practice in advanced lung disease and lung transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2015, she earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Yale University.  Her capstone project titled “Missing Domains of Lung Transplant Patient Selection” spoke to the nursing perspective of lung transplant patient evaluation. Dr Blumenthal’s  research associates patient attributes with transplant outcomes.  It is her vision to promote interdisciplinary care for transplant patients.

Lauren Booker

Lauren Booker graduated with an Honours in Psychology in 2014 from Victoria University, before undertaking her Masters in Public Health. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS) for the past 5 years and is currently completing her PhD at Monash University in conjunction with IBAS, Austin Health and the CRC for alertness, safety and productivity. Her research project is focused on understanding the individual vulnerability in the development of shift work disorder amongst healthcare shift workers and its association with depression and anxiety.

Dr Paul Cafarella

Dr Paul Cafarella is a Health Psychologist based at Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. His clinical and research areas of expertise include behaviour change programmes such as chronic disease self-management and pulmonary rehabilitation; the assessment, treatment and consequences of mental health problems in people with chronic diseases and their carers; the language of breathlessness and social stigma in disabled populations.  

Dr Su Kah Goh

Dr Su Kah Goh is a General Surgery Trainee at the Austin Health in Victoria. He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne. The focus of his PhD is on the development of novel molecular techniques to evaluate organ health after liver transplantation. Guided by his mentors, he continues to expand his interests in improving donor organ selection as well as studying the role of nutrition status on transplantion outcomes.

Associate Professor David Goodman

Currently physician in charge of renal and islet cell transplantation at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.  He graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed a fellowship in Nephrology. Followed by a PhD in molecular immunology at the WEHI. After which he travelled to Boston for a 2 year post-doc at Harvard Medical School.  During a recent sabbatical he studied the outcomes for patients with T2DM who undergo kidney transplantation.

Professor M. Lindsay Grayson

Prof. M. Lindsay Grayson is Director, Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Department at Austin Health; Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne and Professor (Hon) in the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Grayson is also Director of Hand Hygiene Australia, the national body responsible for improving and assessing rates of hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers in Australian hospitals and for the regular reporting of these results on the Australian Government’s national MyHospitals website.

He is the past-President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and is immediate-past Chair of the ICAAC (Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy) Program Committee, American Society for Microbiology. 

Dr. Grayson has authored over 170 peer-reviewed articles, is Editor-in-Chief of the textbook “Kucers: The Use of Antibiotics” (6th ed) and is on the Editorial Board of Clinical Infectious Diseases (USA), and Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy (USA). Dr. Grayson’s main research interests include issues associated with antibiotic resistance, appropriate antibiotic use in humans (and animals), infection control and practical “culture change” initiatives in healthcare.

Dr Lucy Lim

Dr Lucy Lim is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at The Austin Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.  She graduated in Medicine from Monash University with Honours in 2003 and attained her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010.  Lucy was awarded a GESA post-graduate scholarship and completed a PhD examining the role of Hepatitis B surface antigen in severe liver disease through the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Stephen Locarnini, Professor Peter Angus and A/Professor Paul Desmond.  Her research in hepatitis B has been presented at national and international conferences and has been published widely.  Lucy furthered her training and undertook a Hepatology Fellowship at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, through the University Health Network, under the guidance of Professor Harry Janssen and Dr Jordan Feld.  

 

Janelle McLean

I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University, Melbourne in 2007, commenced working as a registered nurse at The Alfred in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in 2008, and went on to complete my Certificate and then Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing in 2013, with a focus on an education pathway.

I now have five years of experience working primarily with outpatients with ventricular assist devices (VAD), with a component of on-call transplant coordinating. I started in Transplant Services at the end of 2012 and in 2014 transitioned into my current role as VAD Coordinator.  I also participate in coordination of heart and lung transplants on an on-call basis, as part of the transplant team.

Dr Helen Opdam

Dr Helen Opdam is the National Medical Director of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority and DonateLife Network. She is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

Helen has been involved in organ donation since 1998, initially in developing an audit to determine the hospital potential for organ donation. She was the inaugural Victorian State Medical Director for DonateLife when the National Reform to boost donation began in 2009. She regularly contributes to international and national donation committees and conferences.

Dr Opdam graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1990 with First Class Honours.

 

Dr Miranda Paraskeva

Dr Miranda Paraskeva is a Respiratory and Lung Transplant Physician at the Alfred Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at Monash University before completing her advanced training at the Alfred. Her research interests include the phenotyping of chronic lung allograft dysfunction and the management of adolescents following transplantation.

Professor Greg Snell

Professor Greg Snell MBBS FRACP MD OAM is the Medical Head of the Lung Transplant Service at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University. After completing his initial medical training at University of Melbourne, he completed the Will Rogers Clinical Fellowship in Lung Transplantation at the University of Toronto, Canada in 1992. He has been involved in the implementation of many new techniques and technologies in lung transplantation, in particular pioneering the use of Donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) lungs in Australia and internationally.

 

Dr Adam Testro

Dr Adam Testro completed his medical degree at The University of Melbourne in 1999 and is now a senior staff gastroenterologist and hepatologist at the Liver Transplant Unit Victoria. He is also the Medical Director of the Australian Intestinal Transplant Service at Austin Health.

Following completion of his PhD (immune dysfunction in cirrhosis) he gained a position in 2009 as a visiting scholar in the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA. His active research interests include post-transplant immune function monitoring, the role of nutrition in chronic liver disease and transplantation, and the hepatorenal syndrome.