Our specialists work together to provide timely and expert care to all patients. Referrals can be made to a particular doctor, or to the next available specialist. All of our doctors are highly experienced in managing gastrointestinal problems. Your general practitioner may advise you to book directly for gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Many patients prefer to see their specialist first for a formal consultation at the rooms to discuss the details of these procedures. Consultations are mainly provided in Surrey Hills, while endoscopic and inpatient care is provided at Epworth Eastern Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Glen Iris Private and other locations.
Dr Andrew Taylor is a highly experienced gastroenterologist who manages problems in all areas of gastroenterology including liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. His areas of special interest are advanced interventional endoscopy, including removal of large colonic polyps, management of Barrett’s oesophagus, small bowel investigations including PillCam and ERCP for biliary diseases.
Dr Taylor trained in gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and in Edinburgh, Scotland and undertook further study in Germany. He completed a Doctor of Medicine research degree in 2000, on the assessment of new techniques in endoscopy.
Dr Taylor is Head of Endoscopy at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and he leads the Barrett’s endoscopic treatment programme at St Vincent’s. He is involved in ongoing clinical research including supervision of young researchers undertaking higher degrees. He has published widely in international journals and presented at numerous national and international meetings. He also manages adults who have had surgery as infants for oesophageal atresia, as part of a transition program from the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Dr Taylor’s private practice is based at Eastern Gastrointestinal Specialists. He performs endoscopic procedures at Epworth Eastern Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He also consults in Fitzroy.
Dr Kalade is a Consultant Gastroenterologist in private practice since 2007, providing services that encompass management of a diverse range of gastroenterological and liver conditions.
After commencing Gastroenterology training at Monash Health, he pursued further qualifications, having been to appointed an endoscopy fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Having undertaken clinical research evaluating novel modalities such as small bowel imaging – MR enterography in small bowel Crohn’s disease, capsule endoscopy and double balloon enteroscopy, and applications of endoscopic ultrasound, he has presented at national and international conferences and in publications in peer reviewed literature.
Dr Kalade provides dedicated and compassionate care to his patients, with particular emphasis on initial consultations for new and complex patients. Consultations can be arranged at several locations for both insured and uninsured patients.
Dr Kalade also provides endoscopic services that can be arranged directly or after consultation in the rooms without prolonged waiting times. If required, admission to hospital for inpatient management can be arranged. Dr Kalade is also fluent in Lithuanian.
Dr Antony Friedman is a specialist Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist. He has a broad range of interests in Gastroenterology, with a specific focus in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, functional gastrointestinal disorders and bowel cancer screening.
Antony studied medicine at Monash University and received his MBBS in 2004. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as a specialist Gastroenterologist in 2011, having trained at Monash Medical Centre, Box Hill, Frankston and The Alfred hospitals. In 2012, Antony completed an Intestinal Ultrasound Fellowship at the Ospedale Luigi Sacco, Milan, Italy. He is undertaking postgraduate research focusing on thiopurine shunters, optimising thiopurine metabolism and intestinal ultrasound in inflammatory bowel disease at The Alfred hospital and Monash University where he is on staff as a VMO Gastroenterologist.
Antony has made significant contributions to improving clinical and administrative practices in various Melbourne hospitals. His research has led to the elimination of faecal occult blood tests for inpatients at Eastern Health and the adoption of rapid iron infusion protocols at both Alfred Health and Peninsula Health. Since returning from Milan, he has established Australia’s only dedicated intestinal ultrasound service and secured external funding for the Aixplorer® ultrasound machine at The Alfred hospital.
Antony brings a unique skill set to Eastern Gastrointestinal Specialists. He is available for consultation at Union Road, Surrey Hills, and performs gastroscopies and colonoscopies at Epworth Eastern and Glen Iris Private hospitals.
Antony also consults and performs gastroscopies and colonoscopies at Masada Private Hospital in East St Kilda.
All patients can be seen urgently by Antony and he is happy to discuss any issues with referring practitioners over the phone.
Dr Georgina Cameron is a Specialist Gastroenterologist and Advanced Endoscopist. She graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2005 and completed her specialist gastroenterology training at Geelong Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Prior to medicine she studied the violin, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium.
She undertook a fellowship in advanced endoscopy at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, in 2012/13, gaining experience performing complex colonic polypectomy, double balloon enteroscopy, and with particular focus on endoscopic management of Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer. She has presented research in this area at both national and international gastroenterology conferences in Europe and the United States, and published this work in international gastroenterology journals and this work formed part of her PhD thesis. She obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 2017, on the topic of endoscopic management of Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer.
Georgina is interested in all areas of Gastroenterology including management of iron deficiency anaemia, gastrointestinal bleeding, reflux and Barrett’s oesophagus, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatology and functional bowel disorders. She has an appointment in the Department of Gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She is available for consultation in Surrey Hills, East Melbourne, and via Telehealth. She performs endoscopy at Epworth Eastern Hospital, St Vincent’s Public and Private Hospitals and South Gippsland Hospital. Endoscopic procedures include routine and therapeutic gastroscopy/colonoscopy (including open access), capsule endoscopy, double balloon enteroscopy, and oesophageal endoscopic mucosal resection and HALO radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s dysplasia and cancer management.
Georgina is dedicated to providing timely, personalised care to all patients with focus on communication and involving patients in their management decisions. All patients can be seen urgently by Georgina and she is happy to discuss any issues with referring practitioners over the phone.
Dr Catherine Croagh is a gastroenterologist with experience in the management of general gastroenterological conditions including endoscopic investigation (gastroscopy/colonoscopy) and has a particular interest in liver diseases. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and undertook physician training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She obtained FRACP in 2004 after completing gastroenterology training at Southern Health and Eastern Health.
In 2005 she completed a Master of Public Health (Monash University, International Health stream) and following that worked in both the public sector at Box Hill, Maroondah & Angliss Hospitals and St Vincent’s Hospital and the private sector including in the regional centre of Ballarat. She also had a 2 year period overseas in 2009-2010, which included time on the liver transplant unit at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham UK. She completed a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2015. This involved work on the natural history of chronic hepatitis B done on the large cohort of patients at St Vincent’s Hospital and also work at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory with a focus on the quantitative HBeAg and HBsAg assays.
She also has an interest in Hepatitis C having treated patients from the Interferon era to the current one of highly efficacious, oral, direct acting antivirals. Most recently she has trained in the medical management of obesity due to the vital role this plays in treatment of fatty liver disease. She currently has an appointment at St Vincent’s Hospital and attends liver/hepatitis, gastroenterology and obesity clinics there. She also performs fibroscan and maintains an active interest in ongoing research. She has also worked in the Solomon Islands as an endoscopy trainer with ANZGITA (Australia New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association) in 2014.
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