Faculty


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Dr. Simon Meagher

MB BCh BAO, BSc, FRCPI, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU
Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist & Sonologist 
Monash Ultrasound for Women & Monash Medical Centre
monashultrasound.com.au

  ◦ ISUOG Ambassador to Asia and Pacific region (appointed 2017)
  ◦ ISUOG International faculty of speakers (since 2013
  ◦ Lecturer Monash University (1996 – present)
  ◦ Honorary Lecturer University of Melbourne (1996 – 2003) 
  ◦ Council Member, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM)  (2007-2012)
  ◦ Chairman Standards of Practice Committee, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (2007 – 2012) 
  ◦ Board Member, Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU)  Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (2005-2015)
  ◦ Examiner for Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU), Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (2007-2012)
  ◦ Medical Director Monash Ultrasound for Women (1996 – 2015)
  ◦ Board Director, Monash Ultrasound for Women (Monash IVF Group, Australia) (2011 – 2015)
  ◦ Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist Sonologist, Mercy Hospital for Women (1996 – present)
  ◦ Consultant Sonologist Monash Ultrasound for Women (Current position)
  ◦ Chairman Melbourne (Victorian) Obstetric Sonologists (2010- 2014)

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Assoc. Professor Fabricio da Costa

MD, MSc, PhD, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU
Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist & Sonologist 
Monash Ultrasound for Women & Monash Medical Centre
monashultrasound.com.au

(MD, PhD, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU) graduated in Medicine in 1995. He was awarded a PhD in 2001 from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, for Doppler studies in the prediction of pre-eclampsia. He received board certification in obstetrics and gynaecology with subspecialty training in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound.

In 2005, A/Prof Costa became an Associate Professor in obstetrics and gynaecology and served as a board member in a variety of Brazilian Medical Associations.

In 2009, A/Prof Costa moved to Australia as a Clinical/Research Postdoctoral Fellow in fetal medicine and ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.

A/Prof Costa was awarded Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2011, and Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU) and Certification in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (COGU) in 2012.

A/Prof Costa joined Monash Ultrasound for Women in August 2012. He also maintains the position of Consultant Obstetrician Sonologist at the Monash Medical Centre, and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne.

In 2014 A/Prof Costa was promoted to Deputy Director, Ultrasound Services, Royal Women’s Hospital.

In November 2014 A/Prof Costa was appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne. He was also appointed to the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine Council and as an International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) Ambassador to Australia and Brazil.

He has strong academic credentials having published widely, including several chapters in various texts, and performs peer reviews for many international journals including Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, Clinical Anatomy and Journal of Perinatal Medicine.

A/Prof Costa’s clinical and research interests focus on the use of ultrasound in maternal-fetal medicine, especially pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm labour. In addition, he has special interest in first trimester screening, including non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), and ultrasound diagnosis of deep endometriosis

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Dr. Ahmed Al-Amin

MBChB, FRANZCOG, DDU
Consultant Sonologist, Monash Ultrasound for Women & Royal Women Hospital
monashultrasound.com.au

Dr Ahmed Al-Amin is an obstetrician gynaecologist with sub-specialty training in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound. He completed his MBChB and obtained his fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Dr Al-Amin trained and has worked as a consultant obstetrician/sonologist in the Fetal Medicine Unit and Department of Ultrasound at the Royal Women’s Hospital since 2012. He received the Dux award for his DDU in 2015. During his sub-speciality training, he also worked at the Mercy Hospital for Women. Dr Al-Amin has recently been appointed consultant sonologist at the Royal Women's Hospital and Monash Ultrasound for Women.

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Dr. Ekaterina Alibrahim

MBBS, BMedSc, FRANZCR, DDU (O&G)
Consultant Radiologist, Royal Women’s Hospital and the Western-Sunshine network
westernspecialistcentre.com.au

Dr. Alibrahim is a consultant staff radiologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Western-Sunshine network and is a member of the Australasian Society of ultrasound in medicine.

She subspecialises in Women’s imaging with a focused interest in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound, breast imaging, fetal & placental MRI and neonatal imaging. She is competent at all general ultrasound imaging and techniques.

Ekaterina was involved in setting up the fetal MRI service at the Royal Women’s Hospital and gynaecological MRI service at Sunshine Hospital.

She has a keen interest in pursuing new technologies and is one of three doctors in Australia currently accredited to perform MRgFUS [MRI guided focused ultrasound ablation of uterine fibroids].

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Mr. Peter Coombs

DipAppSc(MedRad), BA, GradDip Med US, MMU
Senior Lecturer, Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
research.monash.edu/.../peter-coombs

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 and quality management in clinical ultrasound.

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Adj. Clin. Professor Stacy Goergen

MBBS, MClinEpi, FRANZCR
Director of Research, Head of Obstetric MRI, Monash Health ; Adjunct Clinical Professor, Monash University
researchgate.net/profile/Stacy_Goergen

Stacy Goergen is a radiologist and Director of Research and Head of Obstetric MRI at Monash Imaging in Melbourne and is Clinical Adjunct Professor at Monash University, School of Clinical Sciences. Her clinical and research interests are in fetal and post mortem perinatal MRI, paediatric neuroimaging, and quality and safety in medical imaging.

She convened the first Australian obstetric MRI conference in Melbourne in April 2017, is the lead applicant on the MSAC application for Medicare funding of fetal MRI as well as the lead applicant of a successful grant to the Victorian Clinical Practice and Technology Committee Grants program, which evaluated the outcomes of a 3year trial of public sector funding for fetal MRI in Victoria.

She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Radiology and Chair of the Safety, Quality and Standards Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

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Dr. Lucy Hennington

MBBS FRANZCR
Consultant at Alfred Health & Mercy Hospital for Women
mercyperinatal.com/clinics/our-team/p2

Lucy Hennington is a consultant radiologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women, as well as at Alfred Health and Sandringham Hospital, and is an honorary consultant at Austin Health.  

She completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Austin Health in in 2008, followed by a mini-fellowship at the Royal Children’s hospital in 2009, in which time she developed a keen interest in both adult, paediatric and fetal neuro-imaging. 

She was involved in starting the fetal MRI service at the Mercy and Austin Health and has been a part of the team that established the Fetal Neuro-imaging clinic at the Mercy Hospital for Women.

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Dr. George McGillivray

MBChB FCP(Paed)SA FRACP
Clinical Geneticist at Mercy Hospital for Women
mercyperinatal.com/our-team/dr-george-mcgillivray

George received his initial Fellowship in Paediatrics in South Africa in 1997, and holds specialist Fellowships in general paediatrics and in clinical genetics from Australia. He is a member of Genetics in the North East (GeNE) clinical network that incorporates genetic services at the Austin Hospital, the Mercy Hospital and the Northern Hospital. He also has appointments at the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Victorian Clinical Genetic Service and co-leads the neurogenetics clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

His major research interest is in genetic conditions affecting the development of the fetal brain, particularly the corpus callosum. He brings his extensive clinical and academic expertise in prenatal genetics to our fetal neurology and general fetal medicine clinics. With his unique skill set spanning fetal and paediatric medicine, he is able to provide continuity of care for couples that are expecting a baby with a significant neurogenetic condition, accompanying their journey through pregnancy, the newborn period and providing long term follow up of their child's development.

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Professor Ritsuko Pooh

MD, PhD, LL. B
CRIFM Clinical Research Institute of Fetal Medicine PMC
Department of Fetal Diagnosis
researchgate.net/profile/Ritsuko_Pooh

Ritsuko Kimata Pooh graduated from Law Department of Keio University, Tokyo, and thereafter graduated from Medical School of Tokushima University with social, legal and ethical viewpoints. After getting M.D. in 1990, she has dedicated her most of time to clinical research and investigation in fetal medicine and perinatology. Especially, she has introduced the most sophisticated fetal neuroimaging from 1996 by using transvaginal sonography, three dimensional ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. Her sonogram of fetal brain morphology and vascularity is really scientific as well as artistic. Especially her recent study of medullary vein development is worthy of note, and in 2011 she received the Alfred Alfred Kratochwil Award in ISUOG congress.Her remarkable activities on fetal brain have been internationally approved by perinatologists as well as neurologists and neurosurgeons.

She published more than 70 original scientific papers 150 review articles and the books ; An Atlas of Fetal Central Nervous System, Diagnosis and Management in 2003, Fetal Neurology in 2009, Atlas of Advanced Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2015. Her early detection of fetal abnormalities in ‘Sonoembryology’ is really art of science in the uterus. Furthermore, she has been establishing a new field of Sonogenetics, combining detailed sonogram with cytogenetics and molecular genetics from 2009 and performing quite a number of invasive genetic procedures including more than 1,500s CVS and 300 amniocenteses per year. In the era of prenatal diagnoses with advanced molecular genetics and maternal serum with cfDNA, she has emphasized ‘fetus first!’ as a sonogenetical motto.

She established the clinical genetic laboratory (Ritz Medical Clinical Lab.) in Osaka with the aim of ultimate sonogenetics. She has been truly one of the international executives in research as well as education in a field of perinatology. Her lectures are easily comprehensive for experts as well as beginners with beautiful slides and fluent English.

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Professor Daniela Prayer

MD
Department of Neuroradiology, University Clinics of Radiodiagnostics, Medical University of Vienna
radnuk.meduniwien.ac.at/.../daniela-prayer/

Prof. Daniela Prayer is head of the research institution Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy at the Medical University Vienna. Her main research interest is fetal magnetic resonance imagingand paediatric neuroradiology.

She is a member of Austrian and international neuroradiological societies and on the board of the Austrian Society of Perinatology and of the International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis. With her professorship Prayer additionally took over management of the Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy.

She is the head of the worldwide leading Centre of Prenatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Medical University Vienna and other research interests include epilepsy, brain tumor and degenerative diseases.

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Dr. Jayshree Ramkrishna

MBBS MD, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU
Monash Ultrasound for Women
monashultrasound.com.au

Dr Jayshree Ramkrishna is an Obstetrician Gynecologist (MD,FRANZCOG) . Her subspecialty training in ultrasound (DDU, COGU) was at Royal Women’s hospital and Monash Medical Center in Melbourne.

She currently works as a consultant in the Medical Imaging Department at Eastern Health (Melbourne) and at Monash Ultrasound For Women which is a private tertiary ultrasound practice specializing in women’s imaging.

Jayshree has a keen interest in ultrasound education and is examiner for the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and RANZCOG subspecialty examinations. Her area of expertise is in fetal medicine and gynecological ultrasound.

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Dr. Sheryle Rogerson

MBBS, FRACP, MRCPCH, DDU, CCPU
Royal Women's Hospital in Victoria. Neonatology Services
www.thewomens.org.au/.../wnrc-key-staff/

Dr. Sheryle Rogerson is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital with a special interest in diagnostic and functional ultrasound. She trained in Adelaide, United Kingdom and Melbourne. Having completed her FRACP, MRCPCH DDU and CCPU she then spent 4 years in Malawi lecturing in the Malawi Medical College and working on infectious diseases and ultrasound.  

She is on the committee for the Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound and the Board of Standards of Practice for the Australian Ultrasound Society. She educates the Fellows in Ultrasound and is a supervisor for the CCPU. Her main research is related to use of functional ultrasound in neonatology.

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