Associated researchers from PAH

Dr Luke Hourigan

Dr Luke Hourigan is the Clinical Director of Endoscopy at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. He completed his advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mater Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane (1996-1998). He completed postgraduate training in Interventional Endoscopy at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and St Michael’s Hospital (Wellesley), Toronto (1999-2001). Areas of endoscopic research interest include ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, EMR/ESD, large colonic polypectomy, Barrett’s endotherapy and palliative stent placement.

Dr Katherine STUART

Dr Stuart, an eminent Brisbane Hepatologist, has been the Director of Hepatology at Princess Alexandra Hospital since 2009 and is a senior member of The Queensland Liver Transplant Service. Following graduation from the University of Queensland’s MBBS program, Katherine trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mater Adult and Royal Brisbane Hospitals, before spending a year in London with Professor Roger Williams. Upon returning to Brisbane she was the Hepatology Liver Transplant Fellow at the Princess Alexandra Hospital before embarking on a PhD investigating the mechanisms and significance of iron accumulation in cirrhosis.  Katherine was the Director of Physician Training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital between 2003 and 2007. Her research interests include hepatocellular carcinoma and viral hepatitis. Katherine is in private practise at Greenslopes Private Hospital and is a member of the Clinical trials unit at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation. 

Dr Daniel Burger 

Dr Burger is a Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist with a sub-specialty interest in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. He is also a Gastroenterologist with the Wesley Hospital Gastroenterology and Liver Group.

Dan completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Queensland before enrolling in a medical degree at Flinders’ Medical School, South Australia where he graduated with Honours and the Chancellors Letter of Recommendation from in 2001. He undertook physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in Brisbane and completed his gastroenterology specialist training at both the Mater Adult Hospital and RBWH.

Dr Burger spent two years as the Senior Clinical Fellow at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford UK in 2012. He is currently as staff specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he has established a comprehensive IBD service including research and specialist registrar training.

Dr Paul Clark
MBBS (Qld), 1st Class Hons, MPH & TM, PhD, FRACP

Paul Clark is a hepatologist providing in- and out-patient care for patients with liver disease. Paul also provides outreach clinical services to the Inala Indigenous Health Service, Rockhampton Viral Hepatitis Clinic (via tele health), and in 2014 will commence an "in-reach" program for women with hepatitis C incarcerate at Brisbane Womens' Correctional Centre.

Paul graduated from medicine at the University of Queensland with First Class Honours. He undertook gastroenterology training at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and post-FRACP fellowship training at the Duke University Medical Center in the Unites States. He completed further training with a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a PhD.

 Paul has a concurrent appointment with the Berghofer-QIMR Institute of Medical Research supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Health Practitioner Fellowship exploring liver cancer epidemiology in Queensland.  His research has been supported by competitive funding from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the Gastroenterology Society of Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as well as the NHMRC.

Paul has a teaching appointment as Senior Lecturer through the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, funded by a competitive award from Health Workforce Australia assessing the use of simulation in medical student teaching. Paul is actively involved in community education and treatment programs for viral hepatitis. Since 2009, he has been a Board Member of Hepatitis Queensland, the peak state community organisation for people affected by viral hepatitis.

Dr Lara Kane

Lara Kane is a graduate of the University of Queensland. She completed Gastroenterology and Hepatology training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Hospitals, Brisbane. On completion of her specialty training she had the opportunity to gain clinical and research experience through the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, England. She further completed a subspecialty fellowship in Hepatology and Liver transplantation at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She currently provides Gastroenterology and Hepatology services and is involved in junior medical staff training.

Dr Bradley Kendall 

Brad Kendall is a Senior Staff Gastroenterologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. After advanced training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, he underwent post fellowship training at the University of Virginia and the University of California – Los Angeles. He then returned as a Visiting Gastroenterologist at the RBWH where he worked until taking up his current position in 2007.  

In collabaration with researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute,  he is actively involved in Barrett’s oesophagus research having published in international journals on the subject. He is part of the Cancer Council Australia working party developing clinical guidelines for the management of Barrett's oesophagus. He is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate medical training and is a former President of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland and a past member of the Australian Digestive Health Foundation of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia. 

Assoc Professor Graeme Macdonald

Dr Macdonald is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, and a member of the Queensland Liver Transplant Service. His clinical interests are predominantly in liver disease and he provides clinical services in general hepatology, and the care of patients pre- and post liver transplantation. He also provides a telehealth service to treat prisoners with liver disease in SE Queensland; and runs a clinical trials unit that undertakes industry-sponsored studies of investigational agents for use in liver disease, particularly hepatitis C.

His research interests are in obesity-related liver injury and liver transplantation and he has received peer-reviewed funding form the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Cancer Council of Queensland, and other funding bodies. He has supervised 10 higher degree students and has published over 80 articles and book chapters in the area of liver disease.

Research Projects
•    New approaches to the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
•    The role of intestinal permeability and the gut microbiome in the metabolic syndrome and liver disease
•    Fitness and muscle mass pre-liver transplant

Dr Neal Martin

Dr Neal Martin is a full time Staff Gastroenterologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He underwent advanced training in gastroenterology and hepatology in Queensland, following which he travelled to London for an IBD Fellowship at the Royal London and St Bartholemew’s hospitals. On his return to Brisbane in 2011, he established the Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Motility Clinic and the IBD Hot Clinic.

 Currently Dr Martin is involved in the IBD/Motility Clinic and the Intestinal Failure and IBD Hot Clinics. He is responsible for the IBD inpatients, as well as a weekly inpatient TPN round and also the Home Parenteral Nutrition patients. He participates in endoscopy and colonoscopy as well as Bowel Screening colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. Dr Martin is involved in Registrar and Fellow teaching, and participates in the QGEP lecture series with a focus on IBD.

Dr Caroline Tallis
BPhty (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACP

 Dr Tallis is a consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where she has a strong interest in Liver Transplantation, being a member of the Queensland Liver Transplant Service. After graduating form the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) degree, Caroline completed her MBBS (Hons) at the University of Sydney. 

This was followed in 2010 by a position as the Clinical Hepatology and Liver Transplant Fellow at The Princess Alexandra Hospital where she developed an interest in Liver Transplantation. The following year she travelled to the UK where she held the position of Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Caroline sits on the Australian Liver Association executive committee, ILTS vanguard committee, APASL annual meeting organising committee, GESQ exec.

Research Projects
•    Fitness and muscle mass pre-liver transplant
•    Alternate models of health care delivery: RAAT - rapid access assessment and  treatment of HCV and CAt 3 patients (in journal of health economics this year?) and models for gastro and endoscopy services out at QEII
•    Non invasive assessment of liver function: CALF clinic - ICG, C13 Breath testing,  FibroScan and outcomes on CLD, liver transplant, surgical, HCC treatment
•    Functional and nutritional assessment of cirrhotic pre liver transplant patient, and outcomes post transplant (in journal liver transplant this year), CPET testing

Dr Ashok Raj 
Dr Raj is a medical graduate of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He undertook specialty training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology working in tertiary hospitals in Auckland and Brisbane, where he developed a major interest in Hepatology. Ashok spent 12 months at the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit under the supervision of Prof. Ed Gane, followed by a clinical fellowship in Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia under Dr Katherine Stuart. 
Dr Raj has a number of publications and presentations to national and international meetings and was awarded a young Investigator award at the 17th annual Coolum update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2013.
Dr Raj commenced PhD studies with the University of Queensland investigating the role of intestinal mucosal permeability and gut microbiota in the pathogenesis of chronic liver disease. 

 Research Projects
•    Intestinal mucosal permeability in the pathogenesis of chronic liver disease 
•    Predictors of decompensation after surgical or locoregional therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma. 

Mrs Marrianne Black RN

Project nurse in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. A clinical interest in this area has resulted in 3 years as a Ward nurse, 2 years as the Gastroenterology Outpatient Clinical Nurse and Project positions analysing waiting lists, and the establishment of a FibroScan and High Resolution Oesophageal Manometry service.

Analysis of waiting times and outcomes for patients on the Endoscopy waiting list resulted in presentations at DDW, and the inaugural Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology research forum.

Research into the training requirements for FibroScan from novice to competent operator has resulted in presentations at AGW and Queensland Gastroenterology conference. Additional to this has been the establishment of a Rapid Assessment and Treatment clinic for long wait patients with Hepatitis B and C. An analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the model of care is to be published in the Journal of Medical Economics.