Dr Julian Rong
Julian is our Senior Gastroenterologist, he has lived and worked in Gippsland since 2010.
He did his internship at Bairnsdale Health Service from which his love of the country grew. He completed the majority of his basic and advanced physician training with the Austin Liver Transplantation Unit in Melbourne. He is passionate about the care of patients with chronic liver disease and viral hepatitis. He has significant other areas of interest including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Reflux disease and IBS. He commenced Hydrogen/ Methane breath testing at Gippsland Gastro to define dietary triggers to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Julian is a keen educator and has mentored many outstanding junior clinicians. He is working to establish a regional network of like minded professionals to provide an efficient and timely specialised GI service.
Ms Rosemary Murphy
As Business Operations Manager, Rosemary brings 35 years’ experience in administration and management across a variety of fields including IT, Emergency Management, Local Government and Forestry to the day to day management of Gippsland Gastroenterology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is experienced in Human Resource Management, Training and Development, Project and Financial Management and Business planning.
As a sociologist, Rosemary has a particular interest in public health management and epidemiology having worked extensively on Heatwave and Pandemic management planning. She finds that the skills she developed planning for and managing a variety of disasters to be surprisingly useful in a healthcare setting.
Dr Qurat-ul-ain “Anny” Rizvi
Dr Matt Kitson
Matt studied Medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours in 2001. After initially training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane he moved to London, working at the Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals, and then returned to Australia to complete Gastroenterology training at the Alfred and St Vincent’s Hospitals, obtaining his FRACP in 2011. He was awarded a PhD by Monash University in 2015; his thesis evaluated vitamin D status in liver disease.
Matt is dedicated to patient-centered care and manages all aspects of Gastroenterology & Hepatology including liver disease, bowel cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease, undifferentiated abdominal pain and functional bowel disorders. He is a member of the Alfred Hospital Gastroenterology Department senior medical staff, a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and serves regional Victoria as a visiting Gastroenterologist to Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
Matt has over 40 publications and conference presentations in peer-reviewed international journals and at both national and international conferences.
Ms Jodie Dowler
Our Clinic Manager Jodie joined the team in July 2017. Jodie brings energy and professionalism to the team with many years experience in administration and Human Resource management. Jodie has also worked in Education, training and coaching in business management and leadership programs. As a highly experienced administrative professional, Jodie is particularly well placed to foster relationships and organise the best possible services and care for our patients.
Jodie is an experienced Hydrogen/Methane Breath Testing Technician.
Dr Sern Yeoh (MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP, MPH) grew up in Melbourne and graduated on a full academic scholarship from the University of Melbourne Medical School. He holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and a postgraduate Masters of Public Health, accomplishing all his degrees with honours. He has extensive specialist experience from training and work in hospitals as a gastroenterologist and hepatologist throughout Australia. He has presented research at international conferences; and has both authored and reviewed publications in clinical textbooks and peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Yeoh has a particular interest in liver disease having undertaken a combined research/clinical hepatology fellowship through Eastern Health in Melbourne; and was subsequently awarded a competitive fellowship in advanced hepatology at St James’s University Hospital in the United Kingdom. Here, he treated critically ill patients, including those requiring liver transplantation, in one of Europe’s largest teaching centres.
Dr Yeoh maintains interest in all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology including liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, iron deficiency, constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. He prides himself on excellent communication and frequently receives positive feedback from his patients. He believes that careful listening to patients’ needs and concerns will always achieve the best outcomes.
Ms Michelle Foster