Dr Greg Blecher MB BCh, FRACP, Grad Cert (University of Sydney)
Dr Greg Blecher is a consultant specialist in Paediatric Sleep Medicine. He did his medical degree in South Africa. He trained in London and in Sydney. He is a Staff Specialist at Sydney Children’s Hospital and VMO at Liverpool Hospital. He specialises in children with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome, night terrors and difficulties sleeping. His patients have access to sleep studies at Sydney Children’s Hospital, St George’s Private Hospital (Kogarah) and St Lukes Hospital (Potts Point).
Professor Adam Jaffé BSc (Hons), MBBS, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH, FRACP
Professor Adam Jaffé is a Paediatric Respiratory Consultant at Sydney Children’s Hospital and the John Beveridge Professor and Head of Paediatrics at the University of New South Wales. He trained in London and in Sydney and was consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children for 5 years before returning to Sydney. He specializes in children who have chest problems such as cough, asthma, chest infections and rare lung diseases. He has published over 100 research papers on children with lung disease. He is chairman of the NSW Department of Health, Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children Program. His patients have access to one of the best respiratory diagnostic laboratories in the world at Sydney Children’s Hospital. He is an acknowledged expert in flexible bronchoscopy.
Dr Brynn Wainstein MBChB, FRACP, PhD
Allergy and Immunology
Dr Brynn Wainstein is a consultant specialist in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. Brynn qualified in South Africa in 1996 before migrating to Australia and completing his specialist training. He was awarded his fellowship in 2005. He is a Staff Specialist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick and has been in private practice since 2006. He has a PhD from UNSW investigated the diagnosis of peanut allergy in children. Brynn has expertise in many paediatric allergic and immunologic conditions with a particular interest in food allergy. His other interests include allergic conditions such as eczema, allergic rhinitis, asthma, recurrent hives and insect sting allergy. In addition Brynn is a specialist in the investigation and management of children with primary immunodeficiencies and recurrent infections. Brynn has published a number of research papers in peer reviewed journals and has authored or co-authored 2 textbook chapters. Services available include allergy skin testing and desensitisation (Immunotherapy). Food challenge procedures will also be available in conjunction with the Immunology Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Preeti Joshi MBBS (Hons), DCH, FRACP, PhD
Allergy and Immunology
Dr Preeti Joshi is a consultant specialist in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. She is a Staff Specialist at the Department of Allergy and Immunology at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Preeti graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 1990 before completing her specialist training in paediatrics. She was awarded her fellowship in 1997. She then completed a PhD in the development of allergy in children before working in New York with Professor Hugh Sampson, a world expert in food allergy. Preeti has an active role in teaching and research in addition to running a busy practice in clinical allergy and immunology. Her special interest includes paediatric food allergy, eczema and allergic rhinitis. She has wide experience in the management of many allergic and immunologic conditions in children. Preeti has recently co–authored and published a book for parents and carers entitled “Managing your child’s food allergies” (Harper Collins 2009).
Dr Shubha Srinivasan BSc( Med), MBBS (Hons), PhD, MRCP, FRACP
Dr Shubha Srinivasan is a consultant specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology. She is a Staff Specialist at the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Shubha graduated from the University of NSW and did her general paediatric training in the UK. She then trained in paediatric endocrinology at Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her PhD was on insulin resistance and features of the metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents. She continues to participate in clinical research projects including insulin resistance, growth hormone therapy and rare forms of diabetes and has an active role in teaching and mentoring paediatric endocrine trainees.Shubha’s clinical areas of expertise and interest include growth, puberty, thyroid, lipid and adrenal disorders. Her patients have access to specialised endocrine testing at Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Dr Czarina Mendoza-Cruz BSc, MBBS (Hons), Dip.Paed, FRACP
Dr Czarina Mendoza-Cruz is a consultant specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology. She graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales and completed her general paediatric and paediatric endocrinology training at Sydney Children's Hospital. She was a Staff Specialist at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. She is a is a Paediatric Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Staff Specialist at Campbelltown Hospital. Her clinical areas of expertise include the management of children and adolescents with diabetes mellitus (including insulin pump therapy), overweight, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, functional hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, short stature, delayed or precocious puberty and disorders of pituitary, thyroid or adrenal function. Her patients have access to specialised endocrine testing at Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Dr Sean Kennedy MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr Sean Kennedy is a paediatric nephrologist at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where he is an active researcher and teacher. His PhD investigated the role of inflammation in acute kidney disease. He is experienced in all facets of renal medicine including the management and investigation of urinary tract infection, hydronephrosis, kidney impairment, electrolyte disturbances, haematuria and proteinuria.He has a special interest in the management of children with high blood pressure. He sees patients with kidney disease across the whole spectrum of paediatrics, from babies to adolescents.
Dr Vincent Varjavandi MB BS, FRACS
Dr Vincent Varjavandi is a Staff Specialist in paediatric surgery at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. He graduated from Flinders University, South Australia in 1992 and completed his Paediatric Surgical training in 2000. He spent a year as the laparoscopic (key hole) fellow at the New England Centre in Boston, USA. He specialises in all areas of paediatric surgery, including minimally invasive abdominal and thoracic surgery.
Dr Andrea Zalan BM BS, FRACP, Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry
Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics
Dr Andrea Zalan is a Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician. She graduated from The Flinders University of South Australia in 1989 and completed her Paediatric training in 2000 at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Subsequently she worked at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and trained at The NSW Institute of Psychiatry gaining the Certificate of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry in 2002. She has also worked as a Staff Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and was involved in Medical Education through The University of Sydney. She specialises in early childhood physical and psychological development and provides comprehensive physical, developmental and psychological assessment and treatment. Her expertise is in children who have developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, speech delay, learning difficulties, attention problems and early childhood behavioural problems (such as sleep difficulties, bed wetting and toddler troubles). She has worked extensively in this area, promoting optimal outcomes for children and their families.
Dr Alexandra Johnson MB BS, FRACP
Dr Alexandra Johnson is a consultant in Paediatric Neurology with a particular interest in Epilepsy, EEG, Headache and Neurodevelopment. She graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2002. She trained in Paediatric Neurology at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and Children’s Hospital at Westmead, completing her training in 2011. In 2010 Alexandra was the winner of the NSW Royal Australasian College of Physicians Trainee Research Presentations Award and in 2011 she was the trainee representative of the Australian and New Zealand Child Neurology Society. Alexandra is currently working as a locum in the Neuromuscular Team at Sydney Children’s Hospital, whilst undertaking a Masters of Research in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
Dr Jonny Taitz MBChB, FRACP, FCP(SA), FAAQHC, AFCHSM
Dr Jonny Taitz is a consultant general paediatrician and Director of Medical Services at Royal North Shore Hospital. Jonny did his medical degree in Cape Town and specialised at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Jonny has been a consultant paediatrician for 10 years at Sydney Children’s Hospital. During this time he has built up a successful general paediatric practice looking after children with both complex and simple medical issues. Jonny has an interest in feeding problems in the first year of life. Jonny is a senior national examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Paediatricians and is on the editorial board of the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety. Besides his clinical interests, Jonny is Chairperson of the SMILE Foundation and is a long standing board member of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Jonny has made guest appearances as Doctor Jonny in two Wiggles DVD’s. Jonny recently returned from a sabbatical at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr John Widger MBBCh, MD, MRCPI, FRACP
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Dr John Widger is a Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Physician. He is a staff specialist and Head of Respiratory Medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital and a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. John grew up in Ireland where he graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons Medical School in 2001. He began his paediatric training in Dublin before moving to Melbourne in 2004. He completed his fellowship in Respiratory Medicine at the world renowned Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and his fellowship in Paediatric Sleep Medicine at the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Center at Monash Children’s . John has expertise in childhood lung conditions such as asthma, exercise induced shortness of breath, cough and chest infections. John has published research in several peer reviewed journals and has an ongoing involvement in research and teaching. His patients have access to the state of the art respiratory laboratory at Sydney Children’s and to sleep studies at St Luke's Hospital.