Meet Your Anaesthetist

Pacific Anaesthesia is proud to have highly skilled anaesthetists providing exceptional care to patients. All of our anaesthetists are fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and participate in ongoing professional development. Our anaesthetists cover a broad range of surgical specialties and provide care at many of the Hunter Valley's public teaching hospitals.

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Dr Allysan Armstrong-Brown

Dr Allysan Armstrong-Brown

Qualifications
BMed (Hons) FANZCA

Dr Armstrong-Brown is a specialist anaesthetist who studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle, graduating with Honours. She undertook her medical residency in the Hunter New England Health District and proceeded to specialist training in anaesthesia in Newcastle, the United Kingdom and Canada. Post-Fellowship training included extended training in neuroanaesthesia, resuscitation and perioperative management of trauma surgery patients.

In addition to Dr Armstrong-Brown's private practice, she is Director of Anaesthesia at Calvary Mater Newcastle and a Staff Specialist anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital. Dr Armstrong-Brown's clinical practice includes all areas of anaesthesia.

Dr Armstrong-Brown was an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists,for 12 years. She sits on several committees for the NSW Ministry of Health, including the Collaborative Audit of Surgical Mortality. She is a conjoint Lecturer with the University of Newcastle and is involved in education and training for trainee anaesthetists, junior doctors, medical students and nurses.

Dr Allysan Armstrong-Brown

BMed (Hons) FANZCA
Dr James Atkins

Dr James Atkins

Qualifications
BSc(Med) MBBS GradCertClinSim FANZCA

Dr. James Atkins is a Specialist Anaesthetist working in the Hunter New England area. James grew up in Tamworth, NSW. He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and later lived in Port Macquarie. After completing his medical degree, James commenced work in the Newcastle region and enjoyed the area so much he has made the move permanent.

Beyond his rigorous anaesthetic training as set out by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, James has Completed extra training in regional anaesthesia, simulation based training and teamwork at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide. Dr. Atkins works in both the public and private sector and provides individualised perioperative care to all of his patients. He provides modern, expert anaesthetic care with country values and a friendly, approachable manner. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the college.

In his spare time James likes to chase around his 2 small children with the help of his amazing wife.

Dr James Atkins

BSc(Med) MBBS GradCertClinSim FANZCA
Dr Simon Campbell

Dr Simon Campbell

Qualifications
MBBS BSc(Med) FANZCA

Dr. Simon Campbell is a specialist anaesthetist who completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales in Sydney where he was also awarded a Bachelor of Science in Medicine.

Dr. Campbell’s initial postgraduate training took place at Wollongong Hospital before he went on to gain experience in surgery at The Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania, and Western Health in Melbourne. He then focused on critical care medicine working in emergency medicine across rural and regional NSW including Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Tweed Heads. He then moved to Newcastle to gain experience in intensive care medicine before undertaking his vocational training in anaesthesia at The John Hunter Hospital.

After completing basic and advanced anaesthetic training, Dr. Campbell completed a fellowship year in medical simulation and clinical education at the Hunter New England Simulation Centre at the John Hunter Hospital. Dr. Campbell has a strong interest in patient safety and teaching and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education through Flinders University, Adelaide and completed the European Society of Anaesthetist Patient Safety course. Dr. Campbell has also developed and facilitated critical care courses for junior doctors and anaesthetic trainees, and is an instructor for ANZCA emergency response courses.

Dr. Campbell has an interest in obstetric, oncological, orthopaedic, urological and general surgical anaesthesia. As well as working in private practice he is also a VMO Anaesthetist at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals.

When he is not working Dr. Campbell enjoys spending time at the beach with his wife and three children.

Dr Simon Campbell

MBBS BSc(Med) FANZCA
Dr Phui Leng (Lynn) Chan

Dr Phui Leng (Lynn) Chan

Qualifications
MBBS GradCertClinEpi FANZCA

Dr. Chan is a specialist anaesthetist who completed her undergraduate medical degree at The University of New South Wales. She commenced her internship at Wollongong Hospital and undertook residency at Westmead Hospital, Sydney in various specialties.

She was accepted into the Westmead Anaesthetic Training Scheme, which has provided her with invaluable experience in gaining the skills and knowledge required to become a specialist anaesthetist. After the completion of her skills development, Dr. Chan furthered her paediatric anaesthetic training by undertaking a fellowship at Westmead Children's Hospital.

She currently works as a staff specialist at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, as well as in private practice. She has special interests in paediatric anaesthesia, ENT, trauma, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology. Dr. Chan is also actively involved in registrar teaching.

In addition to her regular work, Dr.Chan is passionate about volunteer work for charity organisations in developing nations. She volunteers her time and expertise to provide free corrective surgeries for children with cleft lip and palatal defects.

Dr. Chan is a member of The Australian Society of Anaesthetists. She is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and ensures that her continuing professional development is in line with the requirements of the college.

Dr Phui Leng (Lynn) Chan

MBBS GradCertClinEpi FANZCA
Dr Sabry Eissa

Dr Sabry Eissa

Qualifications
MBBS BSc GDipClinUS FANZCA

Dr Sabry (Sab) Eissa is a specialist anaesthetist with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery. He completed his undergraduate training at University College London Medical School. Following two years of training in the UK he moved to Sydney, to be with his wife (a Novocastrian). Once there, he focused on critical care medicine, before commencing anaesthesia training at Concord Hospital. He spent time at the NSW Burns referral centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Westmead Children's Hospital.

Dr Eissa completed his training at the John Hunter Hospital with a fellowship year focused on anaesthesia for major upper gastrointestinal surgery, regional anaesthesia and focused echocardiography. He then completed a second fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia, a post-graduate diploma in echocardiography and is active in quality improvement processes, research and teaching. He has also spent time as an instructor in the Simulation Centre at the Royal Newcastle Centre.

His clinical anaesthesia work is varied with an interest in cardiothoracic, cardiology, major upper gastrointestinal, neurosurgical and emergency surgery. He also maintains a keen interest in the provision of regional anaesthesia. As well as working in private practice, he is staff specialist at the John Hunter Hospital.

Dr Eissa is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the college. He is also a member of ANZCA's cardiothoracic, vascular and perfusion special interest group.

Dr Sabry Eissa

MBBS BSc GDipClinUS FANZCA
Dr David Fyfe

Dr David Fyfe

Qualifications
MBChB GCClinUS FANZCA

Dr Fyfe's anaesthetic training was based at the John Hunter Hospital, a large tertiary referral hospital offering all major surgical specialties, a large 800 bed facility and NSW's busiest trauma centre. Dr Fyfe also completed a year of Intensive Care, providing valuable experience in looking after the most acutely unwell patients. During his training he also developed an interest in regional anaesthesia and point of care ultrasonography, completing a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound.

Towards the end of his training, Dr Fyfe became a Simulation fellow, teaching courses in the Hunter New England Simulation Centre using high fidelity simulation. These courses provide valuable crisis and focus on team work and resource management. He then went on to do a further Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney - a large hospital at the forefront of new medical procedures, where he gained experience in transthoracic and transoesophageal ultrasound.

Dr Fyfe provides high quality anaesthetic care with a patient centered approach and a focus on teamwork. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and complies with all continuing professional development requirements. Dr Fyfe is skilled in regional anaesthetic techniques, and his cardiac anaesthetic training has equipped him to care for patients with complex medical conditions. He enjoys providing anaesthesia for a diverse range of surgical specialties, and makes sure to keep his skills up to date.

His other interests include a love of the outdoors, both on land and in the ocean. He is a keen scuba diver, has hiked to Everest Base Camp, and enjoys traveling to far-flung areas to watch exotic animals in the wild.

Dr David Fyfe

MBChB GCClinUS FANZCA
Dr Louise Hails

Dr Louise Hails

Qualifications
BMed (Hons) FANZCA

Dr Louise Hails is a specialist Anaesthetist who studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle, graduating with Honours. She undertook her Medical Residency in the Hunter New England Health District and proceeded to specialist training in Anaesthesia within the area however primarily at John Hunter Hospital.

Following completion of her Anaesthesia training, Dr Hails undertook an additional year of training in neuroanaesthesia and routinely provides anaesthesia for neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists for elective and emergency cases. Dr Hails has an interest in acute post-surgical pain and is currently studying a Post Graduate Certificate in Pain Management through the University of Sydney.

In addition to Dr Hails’ private practice, she is also a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital. Dr Hails clinical practice includes all areas of anaesthesia, maintaining her skills in major general surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmic surgery and obstetrics & gynaecology and has a particular focus on cardiology electrophysiology studies, neurosurgery, maxillofacial and ENT surgery.

Dr Hails is involved in anaesthesia training at John Hunter Hospital assisting registrars in their preparation for the Fellowship examination and is the neuroanaesthesia training supervisor. She has developed a Neuroanaesthesia Crisis Simulation course, held at the Hunter New England Simulation Centre which is available to anaesthetists, Registrars and Nurses to aid in skill and knowledge.

Dr Hails is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all college requirements for continuing professional development.

Dr Louise Hails

BMed (Hons) FANZCA
Dr. Michael Hicks

Dr. Michael Hicks

Qualifications
BMed(Dist) FANZCA

Dr. Michael Hicks is a specialist anaesthetist and graduate of the University of Newcastle Medical School, with Distinction. Dr Hicks was originally from Sydney but moved to the area to study and enjoyed it so much he has remained ever since. His initial postgraduate training was focused on critical care medicine, with terms in emergency medicine and anaesthesia. His vocational training in anaesthesia was also largely in the local area, mainly at John Hunter Hospital, with stints in Gosford and Maitland hospitals. During his time at John Hunter, he benefited from seeing the wide variety of presentations that the hospital receives. Almost all surgical sub specialities are represented, and the very busy emergency department affords valuable experience with managing major trauma.

Dr Hicks also undertook training in retrieval medicine, gaining valuable experience in the transport of critically ill patients throughout northern NSW, by both road and helicopter. He then completed a fellowship year in Medical Simulation at the HNE Simulation Centre. Dr Hicks works at John Hunter Hospital as a Staff Specialist. He maintains his involvement with the Simulation Centre, facilitating the learning of other clinicians, especially with regard to crisis management.

In his practice, Dr. Hicks maintains his skills across a broad range of anaesthesia sub specialties, with particular interest in major general surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology, maxillofacial, orthopaedic and ENT surgery. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the college.

Dr. Michael Hicks

BMed(Dist) FANZCA
Dr. Simon McLaughlin

Dr. Simon McLaughlin

Qualifications
MBBS GCClinUS GCSpMed MPH FANZCA

Dr. Simon McLaughlin is an adult and paediatric Specialist Anaesthetist who graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School. After medical school, he completed his internship and residency in Victoria, with a focus in paediatric and critical care.

Dr. McLaughlin then served full time with the Royal Australian Air Force and deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and on a number of humanitarian missions. During his time in the RAAF, in addition to the skills learnt at Officer Training School, he gained training in aviation, retrieval and underwater medicine. He has received a number of military awards and commendations. He remains an active reservist in RAAF Medical Retrieval.

Dr. McLaughlin left full time military service to pursue a career in anaesthetics. He completed his training at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, a large 800 bed facility and NSW's busiest trauma centre. During his time there, he gained valuable experience across a broad range of specialities. He also completed six months of Intensive Care training and six months with the Hunter Retrieval Service, transporting critically unwell adult and paediatric patients via road and helicopter. After completing his training in Newcastle, Dr. McLaughlin completed his fellowship at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, with a focus on anaesthesia for cardiac, ENT and orthopaedic procedures. He then completed a second fellowship in children's anaesthesia at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Dr. McLaughlin has a number of postgraduate degrees, including a Master in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound, focussing on using ultrasound in anaesthesia.

In his practice, Dr. McLaughlin maintains his skills across a broad range of anaesthesia sub specialties. He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the college. He is also a member of the Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia (SPANZA).

Dr. Simon McLaughlin

MBBS GCClinUS GCSpMed MPH FANZCA
Dr. Rob McMonnies

Dr Rob McMonnies

Dr. Rob McMonnies

Qualifications
BA BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons 1) GDipClinUS PTEeXAM FANZCA

Dr Rob McMonnies is a Specialist Anaesthetist with an interest in cardiothoracic, major general surgery and paediatrics. He graduated from the University of New South Wales Medical Program with first class honours. He subsequently trained in anaesthesia at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, including time in intensive care medicine.

Following his anaesthetic training, Rob undertook a fellowship year in cardiothoracic and paediatric anaesthesia at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children's Hospitals, before returning to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to undertake further training in cardiovascular perfusion. He then left Australia to take up a post at Toronto General Hospital, one of Canada's leading hospitals for heart, lung and liver transplant, where he undertook a full-time fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia, specialising in anaesthesia for heart transplantation, congenital cardiac disease, heart failure therapies and advanced cardiology interventions. During his time in Canada he was awarded a testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography (United States). He also discovered a love of ice hockey but remains a terrible player. He holds a postgraduate diploma in clinical ultrasound, and has a keen interest in research and teaching.

Rob returned to Australia in 2017 and he is a cardiac and general anaesthetist in private and public practice. His clinical work is varied and includes cardiothoracics, major general and upper gastrointestinal surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, and vascular surgery. He is also responsible for perioperative echocardiography teaching in the Hunter region. When he is not anaesthetising, he will usually be found in the outdoors, mostly swimming in the ocean, or watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, maintaining all his continuing professional development requirements. He is a former clinical fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and a member of the Cardiothoracic, Vascular and Perfusion Special Interest Group of ANZCA.

Dr Rob McMonnies

BA BSc(Med) MBBS(Hons 1) GDipClinUS PTEeXAM FANZCA
Dr. Mike Mould

Dr. Mike Mould

Qualifications
MBBS BSc EDRA FANZCA

Dr Michael Mould is a specialist anaesthetist who completed his undergraduate medical training at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, where he was also awarded a Bachelor of Science in clinical pharmacology, a national research fellowship and subsequent national prizes for his contributions to pharmacology research.

Dr Mould went on to complete residencies across a broad range of medical, surgical and critical care specialities in the UK, and then moved to Sydney for further training in emergency and intensive care medicine as a senior registrar. Dr Mould then commenced his anaesthesia training in Newcastle, where he was given the opportunities to train across a broad range of sub-specialities.

Dr Mould has a keen interest in medical research, medical product development, and teaching. He undertook a fellowship at Oxford University Hospitals in the UK where he focused on providing anaesthesia for complicated cancer and gynaecology surgery, multiorgan transplant surgery, maxillo-facial, orthopaedic and plastic surgery with a specialist focus on regional anaesthesia. Dr Mould was also involved in emergency anaesthesia, teaching trainees and medical students and quality improvement projects.

Dr Mould has presented his research internationally. Most recently he presented his clinical improvement research at the European Society of Anaesthetists, where he was awarded his European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia.

Dr Mould has interests in volunteer programmes overseas, including providing medical support for mountaineers and their families in Nepal, providing medical care for staff on board merchant navy vessels and has cycled solo across Australia to raise money for cancer research.

Dr Mould specialist interests include anaesthesia for ENT, orthopaedics, vascular, transplant, complex general surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics.

Dr Mould is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the college. He is also a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, The European Society of Regional Anaesthetists and the World Anaesthesia Society.

Dr. Mike Mould

MBBS BSc EDRA FANZCA
Dr Emma Rosenfeld

Dr Emma Rosenfeld

Qualifications
MBBS FANZCA

Dr Emma Rosenfeld is a Specialist Anaesthetist. After graduating from the University of New South Wales Medical School with Honours, she moved from Sydney to Newcastle. She commenced work as an Intern at John Hunter Hospital, a large 800 bed facility and New South Wales’ biggest Trauma Centre. She enjoyed living in Newcastle so much that she decided to stay.

She completed her training throughout the region in Newcastle, Maitland, Tamworth and Gosford. She also spent 6 months training in Adelaide where she gained further experience in anaesthesia for neurosurgery and cardiothoracics as well as exposure to anaesthesia for plastics and burns. During her training, she gained valuable experience to all the surgical subspecialties.

Dr Rosenfeld completed her fellowship year at John Hunter Hospital, as well as spending a year abroad in Vancouver with her family, where she gained exposure to the Canadian medical system and attended Anaesthesia Conferences.

In her practice, Dr Rosenfeld maintains her skill across a broad range of anaesthesia subspecialties, including Urology, Vascular, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Surgery. She is a fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and complies with all continuing professional development requirements of the College.

Dr Emma Rosenfeld

MBBS FANZCA
Dr. Nanki Singh

Dr. Nanki Singh

Qualifications
MBBS GradCertClinSim FANZCA

Dr. Nanki Singh is a Specialist Anaesthetist. After completing her medical degree at the University of Adelaide she moved to Newcastle to undertake an internship at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals. Dr Singh went on to spend a year in Canberra and Albury before returning to the Newcastle region to focus on anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.

Dr. Singh completed her anaesthetic training in the Hunter New England area, dividing her time between Gosford, Tamworth and Newcastle. During this time, she was exposed to and enjoyed all aspects of anaesthesia including obstetrics, trauma, thoracics, ENT and more.

She also spent 6 months working with the Hunter Retrieval Service transferring critically ill patients by road and helicopter. In her fellowship year, she specialised in teaching and simulation training while completing her Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation at Monash University. During this time, she was involved in teaching and creating courses for the Hunter New England Simulation Centre as well as the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. She also became an instructor for the Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course run by the Royal Australasian College for Surgeons.

Dr. Singh currently works as both a Staff Specialist at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals and in private practice. She enjoys all aspects of anaesthesia and strives to continually update her skills. She is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and complies with all continuing professional development requirements.

Dr. Nanki Singh

MBBS GradCertClinSim FANZCA
Dr. Danielle White

Dr. Danielle White

Qualifications
MBBS GCertHlthProfEd FANZCA

Dr. Danielle White is a Newcastle born and Melbourne trained adult and paediatric specialist anaesthetist. A graduate of Monash University, Dr. White undertook her anaesthetic training with Monash Health, the largest Victorian health care network.

Here she gained experience across all the major surgical specialities, including ENT, gynecology, colorectal, neurosurgery, obstetrics, paediatrics and orthopaedics.

After completing her registrar training, Dr. White undertook a fellowship year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. RCH is the major paediatric referral hospital for Victoria, and here Dr. White cared for children undergoing both simple and complex surgeries. She also spent time working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, looking after the youngest patients in the hospital.

At the completion of her training Dr. White moved to Newcastle to take up a staff specialist job with the anaesthetic department at the John Hunter Hospital. Here she cares for both adults and children across a broad range of surgical subspecialities. Dr. White is a Fellow of the Australian College of Anaesthetists, and complies with the continuing professional development requirements of the college. She has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, and has an interest in the education of junior doctors and anaesthetic trainees.

Dr. Danielle White

MBBS GCertHlthProfEd FANZCA