Professor Paul O'Brien MD FRACS
Professor Paul O'Brien is a world leader in the Lap-Band® procedure. He was one of its originators, having been involved in its design since 1991 and placing the first LAP BAND in Australia in 1994.
He is the head of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery and is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Monash University after a 19 year period as Head of the University's Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital. His current principal areas of clinical and research interest are in the morbidity of obesity and the health benefits of weight loss. He founded the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) at Monash University in 2004 and is now the Emeritus Director. He is Head of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery in Melbourne. This is the most active clinical service for the surgical treatment of obesity in Australia. He is also the National Medical Director of the American Institute of Gastric Banding, a multicenter clinical facility based in Texas. He is Past President of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (1997 - 2004) and a past member of Council of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. He is the Advisory Editor of the journal "Obesity Surgery ".
He has published more than 250 papers in the medical literature and has been actively involved in conducting postgraduate courses and workshops on obesity and its treatments in Australia, Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific countries, South America and Canada for the past 15 years.
He began gastric stapling procedure including gastric bypass in the early 1980s. He now performs the Lap-band for most people but also the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve.
Mr Stewart Skinner MBBS (Honours), FRACS PhD
Stewart Skinner is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of Surgery, Alfred Hospital.
He currently has appointments as a Visiting Surgeon at The Alfred and Frankston Hospitals. His private hospital appointments are at Cabrini, the Avenue and Peninsula Private Hospitals.
His main area of interest is gastrointestinal surgery. He undertook post graduate training in colorectal surgery at The Royal London and St Marks Hospitals, London between 1995 - 1997. Mr Skinner has been a member of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery since 1998 and has been performing the Lap Band operation since then. Stewart performs Lap-Band surgery.
Professor Wendy Brown MBBS (Honours) PhD FRACS
Professor Wendy Brown is the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and Monash University Chair of Surgery, Central Clinical School.Her areas of expertise include: laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedures, sleeve gastrectomy, the Orbera Intra Gastric Balloon and the effects of weight loss on health and upper gastrointestinal surgery including cancer and reflux disease.
She serves the broader medical community in a wide variety of roles including serving as a deputy Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) court of examiners, immediate Past President of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand, Vice President of the Australia and New Zealand Gastro oesophageal Surgical Association, and Clinical Lead for the National Bariatric Surgery Registry. In 2011 she was appointed a member of the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council, by the Victorian Minister for Health. In addition to working at the Centre for Bariatric Surgery, Professor Wendy Brown has a clinical appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer in Upper GI and General Surgery at the Alfred Hospital and has established and general surgical practice at Cabrini Private Hospital. Wendy consults every Wednesday morning at The Avenue Consulting Rooms in Windsor. Wendy performs Lap-band surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy and endoscopic procedure - Orbera Intra Gastric Balloon.
Mr Gary Crosthwaite MBBS, FRACS
Gary Crosthwaite trained in Melbourne at the Royal Melbourne Hospital through the University of Melbourne graduating in 1982. After completing surgical training through the Royal Melbourne and obtaining a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons he underwent international training in advanced laparoscopy and Upper GI Surgery with one of the world leaders in Laparoscopic Surgery in the UK.
His interests and expertise are in bariatric and anti-reflux surgery, POEM for achalasia, gall bladder surgery, as well as cancer surgery of the stomach and oesophagus. He is the Director of General Surgery and Gastroenterology Epworth Healthcare and currently works as a consultant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as being a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery. Mr Crosthwaite is a founding member of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery, as well as a convenor of the Melbourne Upper GI Surgeons Group and a member International Society of Diseases of the Oesophagus and Board member of the Australia and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association. Mr Crosthwaite operates on patients who wish to have Lap-band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy.
Mr Crosthwaite operates on patients who wish to have Lap-band surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy and the endoscopic procedure: Orbera Intragastric Balloon.
Mr Andrew Smith MBBS (Hons) FRACS
Andrew Smith is an Upper Gastro-intestinal specialist general surgeon. He trained in surgery at The Alfred in Melbourne, becoming fully qualified in 1996. Post graduate training was undertaken in the U.K. for a further 2 years to obtain expertise in laparoscopic and resectional upper GI surgery.
His particular areas of interest include laparoscopic surgery, bariatric and anti-reflux surgery, gallstones and hernia surgery. As well as being a part of the surgical team at the Centre for Bariatric Surgery, Mr Smith also works at The Alfred Hospital, Glen Iris Private and Cabrini Hospital and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Surgery, Monash Medical School. He has been doing Lap-band surgery since 2003. Andrew also operates patients who wish to have Lap-band surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric By-pass.
Andrew also operates patients who wish to have Lap-band surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass and the endoscopic procedure: Orbera intragastric balloon.
Mr Paul BurtonMBBS (Hons) PhD FRACS
Mr Paul Burton is a senior research fellow at CORE. He holds a clinical appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer in Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) and General Surgery at the Alfred Hospital as well as having an active clinical practice in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery. Paul was awarded his PhD 2010. This was clinical physiological research, which involved adapting and developing high resolution video manometry and related physiological techniques. Data from this research has lead to significant changes to the understanding of gastric banding and also has been translated to improvements in clinical practice.
Paul has developed an international reputation as an emerging leader of research relating to the physiology of gastric banding and the health effects of surgically induced weight loss.
Paul performs Lap-band surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass and the endoscopic procedure: The Orbera Intra Gastric Balloon.