Meet Our Team
Dermatologist & Hair Specialist
Introducing Dr Pooja Sharma, dermatologist with more than 15 years in dermatology. She is an astute dermatologist with special interest in Hair and Skin disorders.
Currently she runs a one of its kind, specialist Hair Clinic at Skin Health Institute and is also a senior Consultant at Austin Hospital, where she trains registrars in difficult to manage hair related conditions and skin cancer surgery.
Dr Sharma has extensive training and experience in treating skin disorders and is proficient in skin cancer surgery, vitiligo blister grafting, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment and hair transplant.
Apart from Hair disorders, Dr Sharma has a keen interest in treating general skin disorders like eczema, Acne which is a commonly encountered condition especially in Victoria. Currently she is the only one providing complete medical and surgical treatment for vitiligo.
Dr Sharma is a member of Australasian Society for Dermatology Research and is involved with research involving trial of newer medications in treatment of conditions such as alopecia areata. She is also a member of Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society and is a Co-Chair and Ambassador for upcoming World Congress for Hair Research.
Dr Sharma is very keen in providing specialist dermatology services to Rural and Remote areas through Telehealth.
General and Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrician.
Dr Reetika Dhir is a dynamic and talented paediatrician who specializes in developmental and behavioural paediatrics.
Reetika trained in various institutions in Australia and overseas including Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Austin Health. She completed her specialist paediatric training at The Royal Children’s hospital where she specialized in Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics at The Centre for Community Child health. Reetika gained further experience working in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Integrated Mental Health Service at the RCH, Melbourne. At the RCH, she has been a paediatrician in the Learning Disabilities Clinic, Behaviour Clinic, ADHD Clinic and the School Function Program Clinic. She was involved with the Eating Disorders Clinic at The Austin Hospital.
Reetika was awarded The Young Investigator award by the Perinatal Research Society of The United States giving her the opportunity to conduct research in Neonatal Health with leading researchers of US.
Reetika’s clinical areas of expertise include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental Delay
- Sleep disorders
- Irritable infants
- Feeding, eating and toileting problems
- Learning Difficulties
- Oppositional Behaviors
- Anxiety, Depression and Mood Disorders
- Unsettled infants
- General emotional and behavioural problems in teenagers, children and toddlers
- Eating Disorders
Reetika values a team approach to promote the best outcome for the child.
Reetika is a mother of two teenagers and loves to dance and cycle in her free time.
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GASTROENTEROLOGIST AND HEPATOLOGIST
Dr Rajesh Bhatia is an accredited specialist Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and Interventional Endoscopist. He has over 25 years of clinical experience, working both overseas and in Australia. He is passionate about delivering a high-quality patient experience and believes that excellent communication along with an evidence-based approach is the cornerstone to providing holistic patient centered care.
Raj is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). Following his graduation, he completed his training in Gastroenterology, and attained a fellowship in Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) from USA, a specialised skill in his area of practice.
Raj has VMO appointments through Eastern Health, where he does endoscopy and is passionately involved in educating and training junior doctors and medical students.
He works through Epworth Eastern and Knox Private Hospital, where he consults and performs gastroscopies, colonoscopies and EUS, offering comprehensive gastroenterology services.
Areas of special interest:
1) Evaluation and treatment of iron deficiency 2) Colonoscopies for polyp surveillance and National Bowel Screening programme 3) Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its management with diet and lifestyle modification, focussing on food intolerances and working on the mind gut axis 4) Endoscopic surveillance of Barrett’s and gastric intestinal metaplasia 5) Management of Fatty Liver, NASH and associated complications 6) Treating liver conditions including Hepatitis B and C, haemochromatosis and autoimmune liver disease 7) Endoscopic Ultrasound for evaluation of pancreatic cysts, tumours and pancreatitis, biliary pathology like gall bladder microlithiasis and obstructive jaundice evaluation Outside of work, Raj enjoys swimming, cycling and meditation. He values spending time with his family and friends. He is always ready for a good cup of coffee.
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Haematologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician
He has trained extensively in various aspects of haematology. He has broad ranging expertise in both benign and malignant haematology with special interest in diagnosis and management of anaemias, clotting disorders, full blood count abnormalities, plasma cell disorders, myeloid and lymphoid disorders.
He holds public appointment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where he is the disease group lead for acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. His private appointment is at Melbourne Private Hospital.
Dr Bajel is a member of professional organisations including Haematological Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australasian Leukemia and Lymphoma Group, American Society of Hematology and American Society of Transplant and Cellular therapy.
He is actively involved in clinical research as a principal investigator and associate investigator in multiple early and late phase clinical trials exploring novels therapies in haematological disorders. He has presented at national and international meetings.
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Doctor Homayoun (Homi) Zargar is an Australasian trained urological surgeon (FRACS) with fellowship training in Urooncology (Vancouver Prostate Centre) and advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery (Cleveland Clinic and Royal Melbourne Hospital). Homi provides comprehensive care for all urological cancers. He also treats general urological conditions including kidney stones, benign prostate enlargement, penile/scrotal disorders, investigation of elevated PSA and blood in the urine.
Homi is a consultant urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Western health and a senior clinical lecturer at the department of surgery at the University of Melbourne. He also has private hospital appointment at Epworth Richmond and Western private hospital.
Homi also offers a range of in office urological procedures (transperineal prostate biopsy, cystoscopy, vasectomy and circumcision). Homi consults at various centres.
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Melbourne Bone and Joint Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Hip, Knee and Shoulder Surgery
Mr Arvind Jain specialises in adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgeries of hip and knee, particularly primary and revision joint replacement surgeries. He further specializes in performing minimally invasive total hip replacement using direct anterior approach. His expert skills extend to sporting injuries of hip and knee joints, and he regularly performs ACL reconstruction, multi-ligamentous knee reconstructions and hip arthroscopy.
Mr Jain works primarily at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and Epworth Hospital, Richmond. He plays an integral role in providing orthopaedic trauma services at The Alfred Hospital, one of the leading trauma centres in Australia. At the Alfred, he regularly performs complex trauma and reconstructive surgeries around the pelvis, hip and knee joint.
Mr Jain has done extensive training in orthopaedics and completed a paediatric Orthopaedics fellowship at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne in 2006. In 2008 he undertook a Hip and Knee Replacement fellowship at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Subsequently he was offered a Trauma and Arthroplasty fellow position at The Alfred where he honed his surgical skills in complex reconstructions and joint replacements involving hip, knee and shoulder joint.
His relentless pursuit for excellence led him to train further with some of the best surgeons in Australia. He did a 6-month fellowship in Hip Arthroscopy and Direct Anterior Minimally invasive Total Hip replacement with Mr John O’Donnell.
Primary Hip & Knee replacements, revision replacements
Hip Arthroscopy, labral repairs
Knee Arthroscopic ACL and PCL reconstructions
Shoulder replacements and arthroscopic reconstructions
The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Epworth Hospital, Richmond
Warringal Private Hospital, Heidelberg
John Fawkner Hospital, Coburg
Fax: 03 90178929
Jaya Kohli is a Clinical Psychologist with 15 years of experience. She has dedicated a major part of her practice to the area of adult mental health, both in public and private sectors. She has experience, skills and knowledge in diagnostic assessments as well as providing evidence based psychological interventions, in individual and group settings. Jaya is trained in Australia and overseas and enjoys working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. She is Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
She is passionate about providing a warm, compassionate therapeutic environment and working collaboratively to achieve the client’s goals. She aims at empowering clients and helping them gain better life satisfaction. She is particularly interested in the mind body connection and using techniques to build awareness. She draws from various therapeutic approaches, like Cognitive behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema, Self- compassion and Mindfulness.
Profile of work:
- . Provide specialist evidence-based treatments to older adolescents, adults, and couples presenting with a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, relationship difficulties and stress management.
- . Conduct psychological assessments and diagnosis of a range of mental health concerns
- . Liaise with and provide consultation to a variety of health practitioners including general practitioners, private . psychiatrists and allied health providers.
- . Provision and participation in mentoring and peer supervision to colleagues.
Fax: 03 90178929
MBBS, MD, FRANZCP, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Dr Duraiswamy is a Consultant Psychiatrist working at Monash Health, Delmont Private Hospital, Mother Baby Unit of Mitcham Private Hospital, Melbourne Pain Group. Dr Ganesan Duraiswamy is a dedicated psychiatrist with over 14 years of professional experience. Dr Duraiswamy holds public appointment with Monash Health where he is one of the senior VMOs training psychiatry registrars, medical and nursing students.
Dr Duraiswamy believes in a holistic approach focusing not only on symptom reduction but improving the quality of life of his clients along with functional recovery. Dr Duraiswamy believes in patient centred approach with emphasis on psychological and social factors. He has special interest in Psychotherapy. He also incorporates Yoga and meditation where appropriate.
He is keen on research and has published the most cited research on Yoga and Schizophrenia. He has also presented in many international conferences. Dr Duraiswamy works collaboratively with GPs and also offers 291 assessments.
In addition to general adult psychiatry his areas of interest are:
- . Postpartum and Perinatal Issues- Has admitting rights to a Mother Baby Unit.
- . Chronic Mood disorders including Personality Disorders
- . Early Psychosis and Bipolar.
- . Psychotherapy
- . PTSD and trauma
- . Adult ADHD.
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Dr Arunaz Kumar is an obstetrician and gynaecologist practicing in Glen Waverley, Clayton and Dandenong. She has admitting rights at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital and at Waverley Private Hospital. She also works as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Monash Health. Besides routine gynaecology, she has a special interest in conditions related to abnormal uterine bleeding and management of abnormal cervical screen tests. Besides clinical work, Dr Kumar also holds a senior lecturer appointment in the obstetric and gynaecology department at Monash University. She is an active educational researcher and has published articles in national and international journals. She is keen to provide gynaecology care through Telehealth services.
Fax: 03 90178929
Dr Amit Zutshi brings along more than 18 years of experience in Psychiatry. He has been actively involved in research and teaching. He has published numerous Medline-indexed scientific papers in the fields of Mood and Anxiety disorders, Neuro-imaging, Bipolar disorders and Substance Dependence.
Dr Zutshi works with patients using a broad bio-psychosocial approach, tailoring treatment strategies, including: brief and long term psychotherapy (psychodynamic, supportive and CBT) and pharmacotherapy, thus providing comprehensive care, ensuring best patient outcomes. He consults patients aged 18 – 65.
Dr Zutshi works with general practitioners as well as psychologists and other health practitioners to provide best evidence based clinical care. He is open to doing one time comprehensive assessment and management plans for GPs (item no: 291). Dr Zutshi sees WorkCover, TAC and DVA patients. Dr Zutshi lives locally with a young family and his other interests are playing badminton, dancing and travelling.
Fax: 03 90178929