Louise Alison BAUR

Louise Alison Baur AM, MBBS, BSc(Med), PhD, FRACP, FAHMS

Louise is the Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health at the University of Sydney and Associate Dean of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. She also has a conjoint position in the Sydney School of Public Health. In addition, Louise is also a consultant paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network where she is an active member – and former Head - of Weight Management Services, a multidisciplinary clinical service for children and adolescents with severe obesity.
Louise Baur has made research contributions to the prevention of obesity; the impact of food marketing to children; the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in young people; the complications of obesity; the management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings; and the measurement of body composition, dietary intake & physical activity in young people. She is the Director of the new NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood.

In 2014 Louise became a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, Australia’s newest learned Academy; she is a member of the Academy’s Council.

In 2010 Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic, and to the community through support for a range of children’s charities”.

Marty Jovic

Marty Jovic

Marty Jovic is a Health Economist and a Partner in the Economics & Policy Practice at PwC.  He has provided economic and public policy advice on social issues related to health, health workforce, disability and education.

His experience includes drawing on both quantitative and qualitative analysis to conduct program evaluations, cost­ benefit analyses, assess economic impact and provide advice on health and social policy issues.

Marty also worked at the Australian Government Department of Finance and Administration where he specialised on financial and policy issues in relation to the Family and Community Services portfolio, including portfolio impacts on the Federal Budget, the Disability Reform Bill, support for senior Australians, Commonwealth/State Specific Purpose Payments and developing a new funding model for Centrelink.

Weighing the Costs of Obesity in Australia: A project for Obesity Australia. A number of previous reports have shown that the costs of obesity are considerable to Australia. PwC's report adds to this evidence base by, for the first time in Australia, taking a bottom up approach to a cost ­benefit analysis (linked to Body Mass Index) that shows how the costs vary among the three classes of obesity. Additionally, the impact of three different scenarios on Australia through to 2025 were considered, including taking no further action, implementing some of the most prospective obesity interventions, and halting the growth of obesity prevalence.


Manoel Galvao Neto

Manoel Galvao Neto

Dr. Manoel Galvao Neto is Bariatric Endoscopist from Sao Paulo, Brazil known for developing new minimally invasive ways to treat bariatric surgery complications and for its First in Human Trials of new bariatric endolumenal devices and procedures. He is board certified digestive surgeon, gastroenterologist and endoscopist and pioneered the Bariatric Endoscopy in all its frontiers from removing eroded Adjustable Gastric bands to develop unorthodox ways to effectively treat the feared bariatric leaks. Among procedures he pioneered are the Endolumenal duodeno-jejunal bypass on obesity and T2DM, the endolumenal plication with suturing on obesity, the endoscopic revision of RYGB, Electrostimulation of Lower Esophageal Sphincter for GERD treatment and more recently the Endolumenal Duodenal Mucosal Resurfacing for Type 2 diabetes. Has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and written 4 textbooks on Bariatric Endoscopy.

Dr. Galvao had earned his medical degree from Bahia Medical School (his hometown) in 1989, a Master of Science in Digestive Surgery from Sao Paulo University and is currently halfway on his PhD degree at Federal University of Pernambuco. In 2001 he opened with his brother-in-law and his sister (Dr. Almino Ramos and Manoela Galvao) the Gastro Obeso Center that becomes probably the most successful bariatric center in Latin America with around 16000 bariatric procedures performed to date with more than 700 surgeons trained. As academic positions he is currently serving as affiliated Professor of Surgery at ABC Medical Scholl in Santo Andre, Sao Paulo and as voluntary clinical associated professor at FIU in Miami, Florida.

Anna Peeters

Anna Peeters

Anna is Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health & Head of Obesity and Population Health in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. She is a public health researcher, particularly interested in the provision of information to facilitate objective and equitable choices in public health by policy makers, practitioners and the public. Anna is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and has recently been awarded the prestigious World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award for 2014 and a Churchill Award (2014).

Jin Yoo

Jin Yoo

Dr. Yoo is an assistant professor of surgery at Duke University and also the division chief of general surgery at Duke Regional Hospital.  His clinical and research interests are in bariatric surgery, complex hernias, and foregut disease.  He completed his medical school training at the University of Virginia in 2002, general surgery residency at Duke in 2009, and his MIS/bariatric fellowship also at Duke in 2010 before joining on as faculty. 

Dr. Justin Bessell

Dr. Justin Bessell MBBS, MD, FRACS

Dr. Justin Bessell is a General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Head of Adelaide Obesity Surgery at Calvary Adelaide Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Flinders University, and a Senior Consultant Surgeon at Flinders Medical Centre.

In 2003 Dr. Bessell founded Adelaide Obesity Surgery, with the concept of a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to Bariatric surgery, which embeds allied healthcare professionals within the matrix of obesity management using evidence-based therapies. His Bariatric Surgery service now offers an extensive range of endoscopic and surgical procedures, and operates in two Australian capitals (Adelaide and Darwin) as well as many major regional centres in SA & NT.
He provides a surgical oncology service to patients with gastric and oesophageal tumours, and undertakes interventional Upper GI endoscopy. He also performs a wide variety of general, upper gastrointestinal, and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Bessell is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve, and has deployed to war zones including East Timor (twice) and Solomon Islands, and to Banda Aceh in support of ADF military operations. He is formerly the Chairman of the Military Section of the College of Surgeons, and a former Chairman of the S.A. Regional Board in General Surgery.

Dr. Bessell trained in Adelaide, during which period he completed a Doctorate in minimally-invasive surgery culminating in a six month period of research into robotically-assisted keyhole surgery in Germany. Prior to returning home, he spent a further two years in Brisbane and Leicester.

Andrew Blandford

Andrew Blandford LLB. BA

Andrew Blandford is a Special Counsel-Civil with 20 years legal experience, including 10 years in medical indemnity litigation. Andrew specialises in complex and high value medical litigation.


Dr Tony Brancatisano

Dr Tony Brancatisano is a bariatric medical practitioner, research scientist and surgical assistant at both the OClinic and Sydney Bariatric Clinic.

Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth

Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth

Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO – Food and Nutrition with a PhD and expertise in nutrition and exercise science. He is responsible for leading several large-scale, clinical studies evaluating the effects of dietary patterns, foods, nutritional components and physical exercise on weight loss, metabolic disease risk management, and physical and mental functioning and performance in healthy and clinical populations, including type 2 diabetes.

A/Prof Brinkworth has received greater than $7 million of combined nationally competitive health and industry funding to conduct this research and published over 70 peer reviewed journal papers on the topic of diet and lifestyle management of obesity and related disease.

In 2010, A/Prof Brinkworth spent the year as a visiting scientist at the Kellogg Company (Michigan, USA) and undertook a 6-month research sabbatical at Duke University (North Carolina, USA) in 2013.

A/Prof Brinkworth recently completed an MBA to pursue his interests in connecting research with business and the commercialisation of science outcomes.

Ian Caterson

Ian Caterson

Ian Caterson is currently Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorders and Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney. He has held the latter position since 1997. Prior to that he was Senior Staff Specialist and Director of Clinical Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

He has been president of both the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity & is president of the World Obesity Federation.

He is a recognised expert on obesity, its causes, prevention and management. He is on the Clinical Care group of World Obesity, chairs the Expert Obesity Committee for the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, and is on the Prevention and Community Health Committee of the NHMRC of Australia.

Prof Jacqueline Center

Prof Jacqueline Center

Prof Jacqueline Center qualified as an endocrinologist in 1993, obtained a Master of Epidemiology in 1995 and a PhD in 1999.  She is currently a Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at St Vincent's Hospital and leads the Clinical and Epidemiological Studies Group in the Bone Biology Division of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, spending 50% of her time in clinical care and 50% in research.

She has been working on clinical and epidemiological studies related to osteoporotic fracture and its outcomes for over 20 years and has been one of the principle researchers in the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study. She has pioneered work on consequences of fracture including the high risk of re-fracture and premature mortality and effect of medication on mortality that has resulted in international collaborations throughout Europe, Canada and the US. She is also involved in several clinical studies including the effects of bariatric surgery on long term bone outcomes. She has co-authored over 100 publications in international journals.

Jenny Duncombe

Jenny Duncombe

Graduated from university of Queensland 1981.

Mother of 4 adult children.

Began interest in bariatric medicine 1995 at Wesley obesity clinic, Auchenflower.

Has been working in that field, incorporating general practice since then.

Clinics in Stafford, Auchenflower, Logan, Cairns, Noosa and Toowoomba aim to assist and care for patients pre and post-surgery and also with medical treatment for obesity.

Hishani D, LL.B

Hishani D LL.B

Senior Solicitor

Hishani qualified as a solicitor originally in New Zealand, then travelled to England to work where she was also admitted as a solicitor. After arriving in Sydney, commenced with Avant in 2008. Hishani undertakes a wide-range of health-related legal work, assisting doctors with medical negligence litigation and professional conduct matters.

Manoel Galvao Neto

Ms Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist and specialises in the area of assessment and treatment for moderate to severe adult mental health disorders, having worked extensively in hospital and community clinics across Australia and the UK.  She currently works in private practice in Melbourne and as part of this consults to Darebin Weight Loss Surgery (with surgeons Mr Ahmad Aly and Mr Kiat Lim).  Specific areas of interest include treatment across the full spectrum of eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder) and of course obesity.  She is passionate about supporting bariatric patients develop sustainable healthy lifestyles and resolve any underlying psychological components that impact this progress.

Ian Harris

Ian Harris

Ian Harris is Professor of Orthoapedic Surgery at UNSW. A clinician and researcher, his clinical work focuses on trauma and his academic work focuses on the effectiveness of surgery and includes randomised trials, systematic reviews, registry studies and large cohort studies. He is the author of the book Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo.

Sanjeev Khurana

Sanjeev Khurana


Sanjeev Khurana is a paediatric surgeon based in Adelaide with a special interest in management of adolescent obesity.

Sanjeev has coordinated a prospective study on the medium to long term safety and efficacy of lap band surgery in morbidly obese adolescents.

Besides his clinical commitments in the public sector (at Women's and Children's Hospital and  Flinders Medical Centre), Sanjeev is the surgical supervisor for paediatric surgical training in South Australia and also member (elect) to the Australia new Zealand board of paediatric surgery.

Sanjeev is also a founder-director of 'Danny's Place' – Australia's first dedicated centre for provision of integrated care (medical, surgical, allied health) to severely obese children and adolescents.

Dr Nic Kormas

Dr Nic Kormas

Dr Nic Kormas is a Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at Camden, Campbelltown and Concord Repatriation General Hospitals. He initiated and is the Head of The Metabolic Rehabilitation Programs (Diabetes, Fatty Liver & Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome) at Camden and Concord Repatriation General Hospitals and is the Coordinator of the Sydney Local Hospital District Publically Funded Bariatric Surgery Program.   He has research interests with publications in pear reviewed journals in the areas of obesity medicine, diabetes, endocrinology & metabolic bone disease.

Lorraine Langsford

Lorraine Langsford

Lorraine is a clinical psychologist who has over 30 years' experience working in the areas of physical and psychological health. She has worked as a registered nurse within the public and private health sectors for some 20 years working with physical and psychological illness. Over the past 10 years Lorraine has specialized in clinical and health psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Member of the Clinical College. Lorraine is STAP accredited and currently supervises psychology interns.

Lorraine specialises in the psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adults, adolescents and older aged adults with a range of common psychological disorders. These disorders include anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic or life threatening illness, weight loss and obesity management.
Lorraine has also worked in psycho-oncology and palliative care. She also provides psychological assessment and support to a private hospital and conducts a private practice.

Lorraine has training in a number of evidence based therapies. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Intensive Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy (ISTDP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. She is trained in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training and is currently implementing individualised and group Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).

Natalie Luscombe-Marsh

Natalie Luscombe-Marsh

Natalie (B.Sc. and PhD in Nutrition and Disease, 2003) is a CSIRO Research Scientist and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide. She has over 12 years of experience in designing clinical trials determining the acute and longer-term effects of different dietary patterns, particularly high-protein diets, on cardio-metabolic risk in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. She has also been leading research in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the University of University Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, and several aged care service providers, examining relationships between dietary intakes with nutritional status, quality of life and other biomarkers in populations ranging from active to frail adults residing in the community and also in low-to-moderate care facilities.

Natalie has authored 50 peer-reviewed papers/reviews and 2 book chapters, presented at numerous local community, national and international scientific, meetings, and has received several awards in recognition of the novelty and impact of her work.

Kenric M. Murayama, MD

Dr Kenric M. Murayama MD

Dr. Kenric Murayama is Chair of the Department of Surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Dr. Murayama graduated from JABSOM in 1985 and completed his surgery training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards from medical students and Residents.  He is on the Board of Governors for the SAGES and is on the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery. Dr. Murayama is on the GI Surgery Advisory Council of the American Board of Surgery.  His clinical interests are in minimally invasive surgery for treatment of foregut disorders, morbid obesity, and abdominal wall hernias.  He has edited two surgery textbooks and published more than 80 articles, book chapters, and reviews and continues to be interested in surgical outcomes and quality improvement.

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Professor Paul O'Brien MD FRACS

Professor Paul O'Brien is the Head of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery in Melbourne.  He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Monash University after being Head of the University's Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital from 1986 to 2004. 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 has published more than 300 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 20 years.

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Chris Potter is a Senior Project Officer with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Chris works in health planning and policy development for the acute sector and his area oversees the funding, design, enhancement and regulation of programs and services to improve Victoria's bariatric services. Chris has assisted in the development of key bariatric surgery policy documents and improvement strategies such as the Surgery for morbid obesity: Framework for bariatric surgery in Victoria's public hospitals (2009) and the establishment of consolidated public services for Victoria. Chris is a Registered Nurse with experience and interest in perioperative nursing, trauma and aeromedical evacuation.

Dr David Rankin

Dr David Rankin

Dr David Rankin is an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in the public, private and government sectors in Australia and New Zealand. He is the Clinical Director at Medibank Private, involved in transforming Australia’s largest health insurer into an intelligent purchaser of health services. He has held a range of positions from Chief Executive of a large private surgical hospitals, General Manager with New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation, senior health advisor to the Ministry of Social Development and EDMS at a tertiary hospital.

David has been elected to a range of senior industry positions including President of the New Zealand Private Hospitals Association, President of the New Zealand Institute of Health Managers and President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. David has a passion for enhancing the quality of health services through building positive relationships and clinical accountability.

Michael Swan, BN LLB

Michael Swan BN LLB

Senior Solicitor

Michael is a senior solicitor at Avant Law where he is involved in litigation and professional conduct matters. He has been a solicitor for 13 years, prior to which, he worked as a clinical nurse specialist in the Emergency Department of Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Professor Linda C Tapsell AM 

Professor Linda C Tapsell AM               

Professor Tapsell is a leading Australian researcher in Medical and Health Sciences with discipline expertise in Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2015 she was named a member of the Order of Australia for 'significant service to health science as an academic and clinician specialising in diet and nutrition'.  She is a Life Member and Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia a member of the American and Australian Societies of Nutrition, and lead author/editor of the textbook Food, Nutrition and Health (Oxford University Press). She has served as Director the Australian Research Council Key Centre for Smart Foods and National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods. She has served as a discipline expert for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant review panels, the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, and the Medical and Health Sciences panel of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA 2012).  Professor Tapsell has contributed significantly to nutrition research translation including a 2010 PMSEIC report, Australia and Food Security in a Changing World, and the NHMRC/DoHA Australian Dietary Guidelines 2012. She is now on the Advisory Committee currently reviewing the Nutrient Reference Values for Australians, and continues on a number of international nutrition science advisory committees, such as the California Walnut Commission. Professor Tapsell has a strong track record in dietary trials addressing lifestyle and chronic disease risk. With substantial research funding from NHMRC, ARC and industry and over 160 publications in scientific journals (plus other media) she is regularly sought after to speak at scientific conferences and other avenues.

Professor Gary Wittert

Professor Gary Wittert

Gary Wittert obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. He trained as an endocrinologist in Christchurch, New Zealand and subsequently received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Oregon Health Sciences University.

He joined the University of Adelaide in 1994, received a Personal Chair in 2004. He is currently Head of the Discipline of Medicine, and Senior Consultant Endocrinologist Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is Director of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health Research, and a founding member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Nutritional Physiology. He Heads the Centre for Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Diseases within the Nutrition Theme at the South Australian Institute for Health and Medical Research. In October 2015 he was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

His research, focused on obesity, involves basic, clinical and population health approaches. He initiated and oversees the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS), the Male, Adelaide, Inflammation, Lifestyle and Stress (MAILES) Study, and leads a large multi-center diabetes prevention trial in men (T4DM). His basic research is currently focused on peripheral mechanisms of appetite regulation and intermediary metabolism. Among other appointments, Professor Wittert is currently Independent Chair of the Weight Management Council of Australia, and founding Editor in Chief of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is currently funded by the NH&MRC and ARC.



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