Dr Akalya Mahendran is passionate about holistic patient focused gastroenterology care. Akalya was admitted to Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2022. She completed her Gastroenterology and Hepatology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospitals, with her general physician training at Concord Hospital in Sydney. Akalya has endoscopic training in diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy with exposure to transplant hepatology.

Akalya has clinical and research subspecialty interest in inflammatory bowel disease. Her special interests include gastroenterology, hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, and bowel cancer screening. She has a public hospital appointment at Bankstown Hospital, where she is dedicated to reducing barriers in health literacy. To further her commitment to equitable and effective high quality care, from 2023, Akalya is also a Councillor with the Australian Medical Associated NSW.

When she’s not championing her patients, she’s spending time with her young family, listening to history podcasts and exploring what’s new on Broadsheet Sydney!

For appointments with Dr Akalya Mahendran please call 0290303430

Dr Brett Leavers journey started at Sydney University where he undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science. Dr. Leavers completed this in 2003 and then commenced a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University, SA, graduating in 2007. After university, Dr. Leavers spent five years working at various New South Wales hospitals before gaining entry to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) NSW training program. Although having vast knowledge of the Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Leavers has a particular interest in benign and malignant head and neck lesions (neck lumps, parotid and salivary gland disorders, thyroid nodules, cancers of the mouth, throat, and voice box) and sinonasal disorders (nasal obstruction, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis).

Dr. Leavers believes that the patient comes first and that starts by listening to the patient, providing compassionate and comprehensive care and by coming up with a treatment plan that we choose will put the patient first and give them the best possible outcome.

Dr. Floros completed his Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgical training in NSW and ACT at Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle hospitals. Upon completion of surgical training in 2017, he completed a Fellowship in Head and Neck and Airway reconstruction surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney with Associate Professor Dr. Richard Gallagher. During this appointment, he did specialised training in advanced Head and Neck surgery, Robotic Surgery, and complex Airway procedures.

Dr. Floros then completed an international surgical fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Oncology surgery which included Trans-oral Robotic and Reconstructive Head and Neck Surgery with Dr. J. Scott Magnuson at Advent Health Celebration Hospital, Orlando, Florida. It was during this international fellowship, he became the first Australian surgeon to perform a robotic Head and Neck Cancer surgery with the Davinci Single Port Robotic system.

Although thoroughly trained in treating all aspects of the Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Floros has a special interest in Head and Neck, Robotic, Reconstructive, and Nasal/Sinus surgery.


Dr. Nicola Jeffery is a Urological Surgeon who specialises in all aspects of general urology (e.g., kidney stones, blood in urine, prostate
issues, raised PSA, vasectomy, circumcision, scrotal surgery, erectile dysfunction, recurrent urinary tract infections).
Subspecialty interest in reconstructive & functional urology (e.g., urethral surgery including urethral stricture & hypospadias, urinary incontinence in men & women, prostate cancer
survivorship including erectile dysfunction, urinary symptoms including overactive bladder, and urodynamic studies).

Dr. Jeffery is approachable, caring, honest, and thoughtful. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients and working together to find the best possible solution to suit each unique
situation. She provides thorough explanations of disease processes and all the options for non-surgical and surgical treatment.

Dr. Scott Leslie is a urological, robotic, and laparoscopic surgeon with a special interest in
minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer. Dr. Leslie also
treats general urological conditions including: benign prostate enlargement, kidney stones,
PUJ obstruction and performs vasectomy and renal transplant surgery. Dr. Leslie offers both
trans-rectal and trans-perineal prostate biopsies for the investigation of elevated PSA.
Furthermore, he offers discussions on focal therapy, an emerging option for the treatment of
localized prostate cancer.

Dr. De Lacavalerie is a specialist Colorectal and General Surgeon. She has a particular interest
in advanced surgical techniques such as laparoscopic (keyhole) transanal and robotic surgery
for conditions of the bowel including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease,
endometriosis and diverticular disease. She also manages other benign anorectal and pelvic
floor conditions such as rectal prolapse, anal fissure/fistula, haemorrhoids and functional
conditions such as obstructive defecation and faecal incontinence. Her clinical practice
includes general and acute surgical conditions such as hernia operations, gallstones and
endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy and colonoscopies).


She started her surgical training in London, completing the
Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Penelope then
relocated to Australia and undertook her specialist general surgical training at Bankstown
Hospital, Sydney. She subsequently achieved the Fellowship in General Surgery with the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Following to this, she pursued a Surgeon Scientist
career undertaking further studies for a higher degree at the University of New South Wales
– Sydney. She is currently writing her Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) dissertation at The Garvan
Institute of Medical Research. Dr. De Lacavalerie subsequently pursued post- Fellowship
training with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ), receiving
further 2 years specialization in advanced colorectal skills in Sydney. Her Colorectal training
included Robotic surgery.

Dr. De Lacavalerie is passionate about providing holistic care for all her patients and in
particular to women with endometriosis and functional problems of the pelvic floor. She
collaborates with Gynaecology specialists on a regular basis at Nepean Private Hospital. She
is a fully certified specialist in gastroscopy and colonoscopy and she also has experience in
performing trans rectal ultrasounds, anal manometry and pudendal nerve latency in the
management of anorectal and pelvic floor conditions. Dr. De Lacavalerie has always been
involved in teaching and research. She is a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South
Wales and regular tutor and mentor at Nepean Clinical School – University of Sydney. Her past
research collaborations in prediction of response to chemo radiotherapy in rectal cancer have
led to the prestigious NHMRC Clinical postgraduate Scholarship.

Dr. Misha Sahu is a Consultant Paediatrician with a breadth of local and international
experience. Dr Sahu is an advocate for maintaining healthy lifestyles by adopting evidence based methods.

She enjoys supporting and educating families as they navigate the joys and
challenges of parenthood. Dr Sahu cares for patients from the newborn stage,
encompassing growth, development, and the management of simple and complex
childhood illnesses.

Upon graduating with Honours from The University of New South
Wales, Dr Sahu completed her Fellowship with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Her early paediatric experience was gained at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Dr
Sahu then worked in hospitals and private clinics in the expat hub of Dubai, UAE, for ten
years, gaining vast experience in treating children and families from diverse backgrounds
and cultural expectations.

Dr Hajian is a Sydney-based vascular and endovascular surgeon. He is a member of the Royal
Australian College of Surgeons and Australia and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery.
Dr Hajian also has a PhD in vascular tissue engineering and designing new generation of
biomaterials from the University of Sydney.

Dr Hajian is an Australian trained vascular surgeon. As a specialist in vascular surgery, he is
dedicated to providing high quality of care for patients with various acute and chronic
conditions affecting the blood vessels and circulatory system. Dr Hajian has special interest
in providing minimally invasive interventions for patients with peripheral vascular disease,
varicose veins, aneurysms and those who need access surgery for dialysis or chemotherapy.

Dr Hajian is employed as a vascular surgery consultant at Nepean hospital. He also has
private clinical appointments at Macquarie University, Strathfield and Nepean private
hospitals. He performs day procedures for patients with varicose veins at Sydney Skin and
Vein Clinic in Chatswood.

Whether you are seeking treatment for venous insufficiency or more complex vascular
conditions, Dr. Hajian will help you achieve a personalised medical and surgical care that
meets your unique needs and goals.

Dr Yarmohammadi is a consultant physician and Geriatrician. He became a Fellow of the Royal
Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 2022 and completed his specialist training at St
Vincent’s Hospital health network and Royal North Shore Hospital.

His goal is to provide holistic patient centred care to his clients and provide support and
information to their families and carers. As a Geriatrician, He looks after a range of medical
conditions including cognitive impairments and dementias, behavioural and psychological
symptoms of dementia (BPSD), delirium, elderly falls, polypharmacy, perioperative
assessments, and Advance Care Planning. He is available to review patients in their own place of residence to overcome barriers to accessing aged care services.

Dr Yarmohammadi believes that best patient outcomes are achieved through clear
communication and collaboration between all stakeholders including but not limited to
patients, carers, general practitioners, allied health professionals, and involved specialists.
Languages spoken: English, Farsi/Persian

Dr Carlo Pulitano is a General Surgeon specialising in Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary,
and Transplant surgery.

Originally from Italy, he obtained his General Surgery qualification in Europe prior to
completing two clinical fellowships at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and overseas at
Toronto General Hospital.

He now works as a Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
and also operates at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, East Sydney Private Hospital, and the Mater

Dr Pulitano’s consulting locations include the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney Specialist Suites
at Rozelle, and Five Dock.

Dr Pulitano’s area of expertise include:
• Gallstones and other biliary disorders
• Hernias (inguinal, ventral, incisional, hiatus)
• Liver pathology
• Pancreatic pathology
• Stomach pathology

Dr Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah graduated from University of New South Wales in 2003 and was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in January 2012, having completed gastroenterology and endoscopic training (diagnostic and interventional gastroscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP). He then completed an extensive interventional fellowship in EUS and ERCP at the Institute of Advanced Endoscopy under Dr Amit Maydeo.

Dr Suhirdan has performed a vast number of endoscopic procedures and has extensive experience in clinical and interventional gastroenterology. He is actively involved in both clinical work and research. His clinical and research interests include interventional gastroenterology, early detection of gastrointestinal malignancy, inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disorders. He also regularly contributes to specialist medical publications, medical education and conferences.

Dr. Nerminathan is a distinguished general paediatrician with extensive experience and a versatile skill set. She studied Medicine in London, and holds both the UK MRCPCH and the Australasian FRACP qualifications in paediatrics. She brings a unique blend of expertise from diverse healthcare systems.

With 15 years of dedicated service at The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network at Westmead (CHW), Dr. Nerminathan has been managing tertiary-level patients with complex comorbidities, including those with developmental issues as a consultant paediatrician. She oversaw the training of future paediatricians, as the Director of Paediatric Education with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr. Nerminathan continues her commitment to paediatric care in private practice, and works remotely with Victorian Health. Her clinical repertoire encompasses a wide spectrum of paediatric issues, ranging from asthma, allergies and eczema to developmental delay and suspected autism. She sees children and babies with all medical problems including difficulties gaining weight, or slow growth. Dr Nerminathan manages a number of children with ADHD (attention, concentration and hyperactivity), learning issues and anxiety and can work with families and schools to ensure children achieve their capacity. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, collaborating closely with schools, local therapists, and the NDIS to ensure holistic support for children.

With a passion for delivering patient and family-centred care, Dr. Nerminathan’s expertise spans across all age groups, from neonates to adolescents. Her holistic approach, combined with her wealth of experience, makes her a trusted partner in the journey towards the health and well-being of every child under her care.

Dr Gavin Soo is an Australia Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Conjoint Lecturer at University of NSW, with an interest in advanced arthroscopy in shoulder and elbow surgery, shoulder replacement, knee surgery and complex trauma surgery.

Dr Soo earned his medical degree at the University of New South Wales and continued on with his Orthopaedic Surgical Training in Sydney, NSW. He followed this by completing a shoulder and elbow fellowship with Specialty Orthopaedic Group in Sydney where he was trained in arthroscopic and open surgical techniques.

Dr Soo enjoys giving back to the community. He has worked in local community groups such as Harris Park Progress VIllage association as well as larger charity groups such as Variety Club Children’s Charity. He has also spent time doing volunteer work as an orthopaedic outreach surgeon in East Timor.

Dr Soo is currently employed at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst as a VMO Orthopaedic surgeon. He is also accredited at the Norwest Private hospital, Mater hospital, Waratah Private hospital and St Luke’s Private hospital.

When he is not working, Dr Soo spends most of his free time with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys playing golf, tennis, touch football, running, squash and skiing.

Dr Adam Berger graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales in 2003, and completed physician training at Prince of Wales and Liverpool Hospitals.

He completed a postgraduate imaging fellowship at Prince of Wales Hospital before travelling overseas to work at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on a combined clinical/research fellowship, with an emphasis on cardiac CT and MRI.
He is a visiting medical officer at Liverpool Hospital, and has admitting rights at Sydney Southwest and Hurstville Private Hospitals. He is also a specialist imaging cardiologist reporting with Spectrum Cardiac Imaging, and is an accredited Level B cardiac CT reporter.

His special interest is cardiac CT, especially its utility in the early detection of heart disease, preventative cardiology and in structural heart disease. He also has strong interests in emerging MRI technology, echocardiography, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and lipid management. He is a strong believer in holistic medicine, and in particular is keen to emphasise the importance of diet and exercise rather than drug therapy alone.

Outside of medicine, he is a keen collector of vinyl LPs and an enthusiastic home cook.

Dr Shailja Tewari completed her MBBS and then undertook Basic Physicians training at The Concord Repatriation General Hospital. She completed a further 3 years of Endocrinology Advanced training at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and The Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

Dr Tewari has gained varied and comprehensive training in all aspects of Endocrinology. She was awarded fellowship by the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2007. She holds public hospital appointments at The Canterbury and the Concord Repatriation General Hospitals. Dr Shailja Tewari looks forward to assisting you in managing Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes. She has expertise in managing thyroid, pituitary, adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and assessment and management of hypogonadism and PCOS. Dr Tewari will be happy to assist you with optimising Diabetes control for pregnancy planning.

Dr Tewari’s areas of expertise include: