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Meet our Specialists

dr-suresh-sivanesanDr Suresh Sivanesan

Dr Suresh Sivanesan is a staff Gastroenterologist and Director of clinical research in the Department of Colorectal Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. He is a visiting specialist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and is affiliated with the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.

Suresh completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and his specialist training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia. In 2005 he moved to the United Kingdom and completed a Doctorate of Medicine in the research into Crohn’s Disease, at the University of London (UCL).

Finally he was awarded a scholarship by the Australian body of gastroenterologist (GESA) to further train in endoscopy at St. Mark’s Hospital in London. His areas of interest include inflammatory bowel disease, cancer screening /surveillance and small bowel diseases.

Melbourne Gastroenterologist | Gastro Doctor | Dr. Suresh Sivanesan

Dr Guru Iyngkaran

Dr Guru Iyngkaran is a Gastroenterologist based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has been a visiting specialist at the Royal Darwin and Darwin Private Hospitals since 2009 where he provides inpatient, outpatient and endoscopic services.

After graduating from the University of Adelaide, he completed his specialist training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He moved to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and currently is part of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Along with Dr Edmund Tse and Dr Suresh Sivanesan, he has set up the Gastroenterology Department at the Royal Darwin Hospital and is active in promoting this service as well as conducting research in the Northern Territory in collaboration with CSIRO and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

His other areas of interests are bowel cancer, functional bowel disease and liver disease.

Dr Edmund Tse

Dr Edmund Tse is a full-time staff Gastroenterologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. He is a visiting specialist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and provides inpatient consultations at the Darwin Private Hospital on a monthly basis.

Eddie has helped to establish a gastroenterology department at the Royal Darwin Hospital over the last three years, now staffed with two senior chronic disease nurses as well as a gastroenterology training program, supervising a third year advance trainee in the completion of his specialist program.

Eddie completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide and his specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW. He is in the process of finishing his PhD at the University of Adelaide. His areas of interest include cancer screening /surveillance, liver disease and GORD.

dr-narayan-karanthDr Narayan Karanth

Dr Narayan Karanth is a Medical Oncologist who has been providing oncology care at Darwin through Royal Darwin Hospital & Alan Walker Cancer Centre since May 2010. He also provides comprehensive Medical Oncology care through the NT Medical Specialist consulting suites and inpatient consultations at both Royal Darwin Hospital and Darwin Private Hospital and Chemotherapy services.

He also provides his service as a Lecturer at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. He is also actively involved in the training process of advanced as well as basic physician trainees at Royal Darwin Hospital. His special interests include breast, lung, colorectal cancer and urogenital cancers.

Dr Karanth is an overseas trained physician, who completed his Medical Oncology training (DM) at Tata Memorial Cancer centre, Mumbai India from 2004- 2007. He cleared the European Society of Medical Oncology certification course in 2007, in 2nd position globally (ECMO). Further advanced training Medical Oncology was completed (FRACP) from 2008- 2010 at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide. Dr Karanth is an active member of RACP, ASCO, ESMO, MOGA, COSA, ALTG, AGITG, ANZBCTG, ANZUP, ICON, IACA. His pastime activities include reading, surfing and travelling.

Dr Elio Gagliardo

Dr Elio Gagliardo works as a senior consultant in General Medicine at Royal Darwin Hospital, where he is also responsible for the acute medical clinic.

He also provides comprehensive care through the NT Medical Specialist consulting suites, and inpatient consultations at Darwin Private Hospital.

His special interests include cardiology, arrhythmology and rheumatology..

Dr Gagliardo completed his medical degree in 1982 at the Sapienza university of Rome Italy and his specialist training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in 1987 at the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2008 he has had the Fellowship of Royal Australian physician college (FRACP).

meet-robertDr Robert Edwards

Dr Robert Edwards is a Consultant Thoracic and Sleep Physician based at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. He was a Senior Consultant at the Royal Brisbane Hospital from 1977 to 1994.He was National Chairman of the Lung Foundation Australia from 1994 to 2012.

Dr Edwards has been visiting Darwin since 2005 providing a private service in Sleep and Thoracic Medicine. He has been a visiting Respiratory and Sleep Physician at Royal Darwin Hospital since 2009. He is in Darwin one week per month.

Dr Edwards is involved with Genesis Sleep Care who conducts Hospital based sleep studies at Darwin Private Hospital. Out Patient full Sleep Studies are also provided.
Dr Edwards has a particular interest in Sleep medicine, COPD, Asthma, Lung Cancer and Bronchiectasis but he is happy to provide services to all areas of Respiratory medicine. He is accredited to do Bronchoscopy at Darwin Day Surgery. He will continue to Consult at Central Specialist Centre as well as Consulting at NT Medical Specialist.

Dr. Shalini BastiampillaiDr. Shalini Bastiampillai

Dr Shalini Bastiampillai is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders physician. Her clinical interests in respiratory medicine include interstitial lung disease and in sleep medicine she is interested in narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and restless legs syndrome.

Dr Bastiampillai completed her basic medical training at the University of Adelaide, attaining her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 2002. In 2011 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and in 2012 she completed a fellowship in Interstitial Lung Disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital, UK.

Currently, Dr Bastiampillai holds public appointments at the Western Hospital, Footscray. Privately, she consults with the Western Respiratory and Sleep Clinic in Footscray and Williamstown and Manse Medical in Hamilton. She is also a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), European Respiratory Society (ERS) and American Thoracic Society (ATS).

dr-emma-hiscuttDr Emma Hiscutt

Dr Emma Hiscutt is a Dermatologist. She holds public positions at the Alfred Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Emma undertook her undergraduate medical training at Cambridge University in the U.K, where she was awarded BA medical sciences. She then went on to complete her medical training at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded BM BCh. She then completed both her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and specialist training in Dermatology. In 2009 she moved to Australia and after further assessment was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatology in 2013.

Her interests include skin cancer, medical dermatology including connective tissue diseases and skin of colour.


Dr ABU- ASSI was born in Darwin and spent his entire schooling in Darwin.
Dr Abu-Assi attended Holy Spirit Primary School and St John’s College.
He left Darwin at the end of year 12 to start medical school at the University of Adelaide.

Following medical school, he worked for a year at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Subsequently, he embarked on paediatric gastroenterology training, completing a PhD in the epidemiology of Australian children with inflammatory bowel disease. He then went on to work at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Dr ABU- ASSI currently holds positions in Adelaide Paediatrics, Royal Darwin Hospital and at NT Medical Specialist.

Dr Abu-Assi has special interest in inflammatory bowel diseases.

Dr Aabha Kalro

Dr. Aabha Kalro is a Specialist Paediatrician with wide range of experience in general paediatrics and neonatal care. After completing her postgraduate paediatric training in India, Aabha moved to Australia in 2007. She gained further paediatric and neonatal experience in Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin. She completed her paediatric training at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Dr. Kalro enjoys working in rural /remote setting and apart from clinical paediatrics is also interested in Indigenous and public health.

dr-Kanaka-JeyaramanDr Kanaka Jeyaraman

Dr Kanakamani Jeyaraman was born in India and moved to Darwin 3 years ago. Her endocrine training was at India’s premier institute, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She was then practising as a consultant at Christian Medical College, a renowned tertiary care teaching hospital at India. After moving to Darwin, she started as a tutor at Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical programme and also worked as a Senior Research Officer at Menzies Institute of Research.

She worked as a Senior Registrar at the Royal Darwin Hospital between February 2014 and 2015. Following this period of peer review, she was awarded fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She currently holds public positions at Royal Darwin and Alice Springs Hospitals. Her special areas of interest are adrenal disorders and obesity.



Dr Madhi Sundaram – Nephrologisty

Dr Madhi Sundaram is a physician and Nephrologist. He has been working aa a consultant in the Nephrology speciality at the Royal Darwin Hospital since 2011 and is transferring his private commitments to NT medical specialists from June 2016. Dr Sundaram commenced his medical training in 1992 and has had training in Internal medicine and Nephrology. He underwent his renal training at Christian Medical College, Vellore which is a major tertiary care referral unit for South Asia and worked as a consultant there for 5 years before moving to Australia.
Having worked in tertiary care units all along, he has a wealth of expertise in managing complex nephrological issues, dialysis, acid and electrolyte disturbances, transplantation and immunosuppression. He has authored/ co-authored about 40 publications in several peer reviewed journals and nephrology textbooks. He has a keen interest in teaching and has taught medical students and post graduate trainees since 2007. He is amongst the editorial panel of renal journals and is a member of several nephrology societies. Currently he is supervisor for renal trainees


Dr Vipin Tayal – Rheumatologist

Dr Tayal is a Consultant Physician Rheumatologist and a fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians. He has been providing adult Rheumatology services at RDH since 2014 and is currently providing a Rheumatology VMO service at RDH. He has vast experience in managing complex rheumatology patients at the top end. His special interest include inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Dr. Tayal studied Medicine at University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), New Delhi, India and undertook both basic physician and advanced training in Rheumatology and General Medicine from Mersey deanery, UK. He has published in peer review journals and takes active interest in clinical education and service improvement

Dr Sabu Thomas – Generla Surgeon

Mr Thomas graduated from Ludhiana, Punjab, India with MBBS and MS qualified from Christian Medical College. He worked as a General surgeon for 6 years in North India before completing additional training in Paediatric Surgery at Christian Medical College, Vellore. He then has worked in Dehradun, India for 6 years as General and Paediatric Surgeon before moving to Australia. Obtained FRACS in General Surgery in 2009.
Mr Thomas has worked in Darwin and Cairns, dealing with a broad spectrum of General Surgical conditions.
He also did a year of fellowship in Paediatric Urology and Paediatric Surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 2013 and continued to work in Cairns till 2017 and now has returned to Darwin.

He is highly Skilled in a broad spectrum of general surgical conditions including laparoscopic colorectal, laparoscopic and open herniae repairs including repair of complex herniae.
Mr Thomas is happy to consult and advise on a spectrum of surgical conditions in children within the ambit of credentialing and scope of practice in regional hospitals. He is GESA accredited in colonoscopy and gastroscopy.
Mr Thomas is happy to accept referrals for all general surgery including thyroid, parathyroid, gall bladder, bowel, skin cancers and herniae .He prefers not to receive breast and vascular referrals.


Christine Cooper

Christine Cooper is a full-time Accredited Practising Dietitian at the Royal Darwin Hospital who is engaged in a variety of clinical areas including inpatient and outpatient consultations. She started her private clinic consultations at the NT Medical Specialist in early 2012.

Her areas of interest include Gastrointestinal illnesses, allergies and intolerances, obesity, paediatrics, nutrition support. Christine who grew up in Darwin, completed her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) from the Flinders University in 2009.

Christine’s other interests include camping, cooking, fitness and travel.


Ms Tania Whight – Dietican

Tania is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian focusing on a wide variety of clinical areas.
Tania completed her Bachelor of Medical Science (hons) in 2003 and Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2004. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of different areas including clinical and community health (Delatite Community Health Service, Benalla), food standards development (FSANZ, Canberra), public health nutrition and Indigenous health in remote communities (Outback Stores, Darwin).
Her areas of interest include the nutritional management of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID), coeliac disease, food intolerances, health behavior and weight management, cardiovascular disease and fussy eating in toddlers. Having practiced and taught yoga within Australia and overseas since she is very interested in the role of mindfulness on eating and eating behaviors. She also has an emerging interest in the role of nutrition in cognitive health especially mood disorders and neurodegenerative disorders.

Ms Michelle Taylor – Psychologist

Michelle Taylor is a Psychologist with a down to earth, practical approach to working with clients. She will tailor the intervention to the unique situation and strengths of the person using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Positive Psychology, State therapy or Hypnosis. 

Michelle now works in various capacities in a number of specialist clinics and roles and has a positive life and health focus. Michelle worked as an Intensive Care Nurse for 18 years before becoming a Psychologist so comes from a caring, practical health background that informs her work in the NT Specialist Clinic.

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