Meet our researchers

Monash Imaging is Australia's largest public sector medical imaging department and a national leader in clinical imaging research. We have strong affiliations with Monash University, Monash Biomedical Imaging, and the Monash Health Translational Precinct. We are committed to collaborative, cross discipline research within and outside of Monash Health. Research is central to our patient care and to improving the quality of that care.

Meet our Researchers

AdjClinProf Stacy Goergen MBBS, MClinEpi, FRANZCR

Stacy is a radiologist and Director of Research at Monash Imaging in Melbourne and is a Clinical Adjunct Professor, Monash University, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. She is a former editor of Inside Radiology, the Australian medical imaging consumer information website. Stacy has recently led the development of the Education Modules for Appropriate Imaging, funded by a grant of $1M over 2.5 years through the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s Quality Projects Program, and was also project lead on the development of referral guidelines for the new GP referred MRI items introduced into the Medicare Schedule in 2013. She has been principal or co-investigator on grants totalling over $8M in the areas of CT dose optimisation, a national audit of paediatric CT dosimetry in Australia and New Zealand, analysis of medico legal claims in radiology, implementation of evidence based guidelines for imaging, out of hours CT demand in radiology training departments, and fetal MRI. Stacy has been a co-investigator on two NHMRC grants since 2010.

Prof Stephen Stuckey MBBS(Melb.), MD(Melb.), MMed(Melb.), PGDA(Melb.), FRANZCR, FAANMS
A medical graduate and radiology specialty training graduate of the University of Melbourne and St. Vincents Hospital Melbourne Medical School, Professor Stuckey underwent further sub-specialty training in nuclear medicine at The Alfred, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Repatriation General Hospital. Appointment as Director of MRI at The Alfred from 1996-2004 and Chair of Medical Imaging at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane 2004-2007 followed. Professor Stuckey joined Monash health in 2007 determined to build an Imaging Department without academic comparison in Australia and comparable to the world's best. Professor Stuckey's experience and training also includes time spent at the University of Michigan University Hospital, the world-renowned Dr Stephen Pomeranz in Cincinnati, USA and two periods including a recent sabbatical at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery London. As Victorian branch Chair and Accreditation Officer of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) since 2008 and a college examiner, Professor Stuckey has an extensive history of commitment to the quality of imaging in Australia. Professor Stuckey has over 75 publications and his research is regularly presented and cited at meetings in Europe and the USA.

Prof Michael Ditchfield MBBS, MD, FRANZCR

Professor Michael Ditchfield is the Head of Paediatric Imaging at Monash Imaging and the Professor of Paediatric Imaging at Monash University. He has worked as a paediatric radiologist for 20 years and has subspecialty interests in MRI, cardiothoracic, neonatal and urinary imaging and has a strong commitment to teaching and research. He completed a Doctorate of Medicine, has over 90 peer-reviewed publications, has received Grant support of over $3M for research and is on a number of paediatric imaging advisory bodies for the College and Government. He is regularly an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

A/Prof Ronil Chandra MBBS, MMed, FRANZCR

Ronil V. Chandra is an academic Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist who works as part of a multidisciplinary Neurovascular Surgery service at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. He is the Head of Neurovascular Imaging research at Monash Health, and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Surgery at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Ronil received his medical training at The University of Melbourne. He trained in Radiology with further fellowship training in diagnostic Neuroradiology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook an additional 2-year fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, United States of America. Over the last 4 years he has authored over 50 publications and book chapters. His clinical and research interests include imaging and endovascular treatment of both ischaemic and haemorrhagic neurovascular disease.
Peter Coombs DipAppSc(MedRad), BA, GradDip Med US, MMU

Peter Coombs is the Sonographer In Charge for Monash Health and a Senior Lecturer in Ultrasound at Monash University. For many years he has been an active contributor to local and national ultrasound education in Australia and has co-authored a number of publications. His current interests include fetal neurosonography, fetal growth restriction and the evaluation of hepatic fibrosis with new technologies.
A/Prof Nick Ferris

Nick trained in radiology at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne (1987-92), and subsequently in neuroradiology at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. After returning to Australia, he assisted in the establishment of MRI services at the Geelong (1995-2000) and Western (2003-6) Hospitals. Dr Ferris was Staff Radiologist at the Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, from 2000-2003 and from 2006 – February 2012. In the latter period, he assisted in the replacement of a 1.5 T MRI system with a 3T system. In March 2012 he took up a dual appointment at Monash Biomedical Imaging, an institute of Monash University (Clinical Head, MRI) and Southern (now Monash) Health (Sessional Radiologist). Dr Ferris has been Chair of the RANZCR MRI Reference Group since 2000, and was co-opted to the Safety Committee of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine from 2004-2007. He also chairs the RANZCR’s e-Health Reference Group. He has interests in the evaluation of new imaging techniques (particularly in MRI), and in radiological informatics.
Dr Judith Tan MBBS, BMedSc, MMed (Radiol), FRANZCR

Judith completed her undergraduate medical training at The University of Melbourne and postgraduate radiology training at Monash Health including fellowships in Chest, Paediatric, Breast and MRI. She maintains interests in teaching and research, and works with MIA radiology, Breastscreen and Monash Imaging.
A/Prof John Troupis MBBS, FRANZCR

John is Co Unit Head of Cardiac CT and Unit Head of Musculoskeletal Imaging. He has been instrumental in collaborating with the Cardiology Department to begin the cardiac CT service at Monash Health in 2008. The introduction of a new generation, wide field of view, CT unit with 320 detectors allowed him to further explore this relatively new concept in medical imaging. He has been interested in exploring the benefits of wide field of view CT, and in particular he has attracted the attention of several subspecialist surgeons who have taken the opportunity to further investigate clinical conditions which have been traditionally poorly understood. His current research interests, amongst others, include assessment of acute on chronic shortness of breath with comprehensive CT scanning, cardiac function in the acutely unwell patient, and further exploration of midcarpal instability of the wrist.