Our staff


Professor Wendy Brown MBBS(hons) PhD FRACS FACS

Head, Monash University Department of Surgery
Director, Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)
Clinical Lead, Bariatric Surgery Registry
E: wendy.brown@monash.edu

Professor Wendy Brown was the first woman to be appointed Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery in 2015.She is also the Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and Clinical Lead for the National Bariatric Surgery Registry and the Victorian Upper GI Cancer Registry.

Professor Brown’s areas of expertise include bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgery, including cancer and reflux disease.Her research focuses on optimally managing the chronic disease of obesity and measuring the effects of weight loss on health, quality of life and survival. She has led the development of the Bi-national Bariatric Surgery Registry obtaining funding for the pilot and roll out. The aim of the Registry is to capture all bariatric procedures across Australia and New Zealand and track the outcomes (weight, diabetes status and need for re-operation) longitudinally for 10 years. She has published over 60 peer reviewed papers and has been invited to speak at over 70 National and International conferences.

Professor Brown serves the broader medical community in a wide variety of roles. She is president elect of the Australia & New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association and immediate past president of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand. She is the senior examiner in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Court of General Surgery Examiners. She is Chair of the Avenue Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, and member of their Medical Advisory Committee.She is the Scientific Chair of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. She has been a chair and team member of Australian Medical Council assessment teams for undergraduate programs and is a member of the RACS board in Surgical Research. She has previously been a member of the Victorian State Ministerial Cancer Taskforce (2003-2004) and Bariatric working party (2008), Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (2011-2016) as well as the Tasmanian Department of Health working party on Bariatric Surgery (2009-2010).

 Dianne Brown BEc (Hons)

Consultant- Bariatric Surgery Registry
E: med-bsr@monash.edu

Dianne is currently acting as the business manager for the Bariatric Surgery Registry.  Dianne has worked as a management consultant, specializing in strategy, for 20 years in Australia, Asia and Europe.  She has worked with some of the world's largest banks, manufacturers and service companies in the areas of costing, strategic marketing, portfolio analysis and market entry strategy.

More recently Dianne has been involved with not-for-profits and public institutions in the areas of education, publishing, welfare provision and health.  At the BSR, Dianne's key responsibility is to develop a business model that will sustain the registry in the long term

Dana Briggs 

Dana Briggs

Project Manager, BSR
E: dana.briggs@monash.edu

Dana Briggs joins SPHPM as the new Project Manager of the BSR. She has a PhD in Physiology from Monash for investigating how the central control of appetite is disrupted in obesity. Since then, Dana has worked in regulatory compliance, ethics and research management in both Australia and the US.


Aileen Heal

Data Manager
E: aileen.heal@monash.edu


Jenifer Cottrell

Customer Relationship Manager
E: jenifer.cottrell@monash.edu


Marlene Jacobs

Administration Officer
E: marlene.jacobs@monash.edu


Casual Staff Members:

Adrian Heal

Database Officer
E: adrian.heal@monash.edu

Alli Holt

Admin Assistant - Call Centre
E: alli.holt@monash.edu

Bekk Ashman

Admin Assistant - Call Centre
E: bekk.ashman@monash.edu

Eddy Woldemareyam

Administration Assistant
E: edomgenet.woldemareyam@monash.edu

Jazz Padarath

Administration Assistant
E: jazmin.padarath@monash.edu

Matt McMillan

Administration Assistant
E: matthew.mcmillan@monash.edu

Nilab Hamidi

Admin Assistant - Call Centre
E: nilab.hamidi@monash.edu

Sonya Palmer

Technical Officer
E: sonya.palmer@monash.edu

Seba Joseph

Administration Assistant
E: Seba.joseph@monash.edu

TJ Muhlen-Schulte

Administration Assistant
E: tj.muhlen-schulte@monash.edu

Pari D'Cruz

Administration Assistant
E: pari.dcruz@monash.edu

Henry Truong

Administration Assistant
E: henry.truong@monash.edu


PROMS Research:

Rose Anne Misajon

Senior Lecturer
E: roseanne.misajon@cairnmillar.edu.au

Georgia Rush

Research Assistant
E: georgia.rush@monash.edu

Jessica Robinson

Master of Clinical Psychology
E: jessica.robinson@monash.edu

Michelle Ferguson

Master of Clinical Psychology
E: michelle.ferguson@monash.edu

Oliver Waluk

Master of Clinical Psychology
E: oliver.waluk@monash.edu

Steering Committee Members:


Professor Ian Caterson

Foundation Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorders and Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney

Wendy Brown

Professor Wendy Brown

Director of CORE, Centre for Obesity and Research Education - Clinical Lead, Bariatric Surgery Registry

Paul Obrien

Professor Paul O’Brien

Head of Centre for Bariatric Surgery, Emeritus Director - Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)

david ross

Mr David Ross

Director of Healthcare Access, Medical Technology Association of Australia

Andrew MacCormick

Mr Andrew MacCormick

OSSANZ Representative - Surgeon

Associate Professor Mark Smithers

Australian & New Zealand Gastric & Oesophageal Surgery Association President

meron pitcher

Dr Meron Pitcher

Independent RACS Representative

John Mcneil

Professor John McNeil

Epidemiologist & Head of School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Chris reid

Professor Christopher Reid

Head, Clinical Informatics and Data Management Unit

sue evans

Dr Sue Evans

Executive Officer, CRE for Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine for Monash University

Registry Custodian, Bariatric Surgery Registry

Ms Natasha Ryan

Medical Benefits Division, Department of Health

Ms Leeann Galloway

Medical Benefits Division, Department of Health

Ms Clare Poprawski

Medical Benefits Division, Department of Health

Ms Corinna Musgrave

Community Liasion