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Endocrinology and Diabetes


  • Director


    Professor Fergus Cameron BMedSci MBBS DipRACOG FRACP MD  
    Professor Fergus Cameron is the Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes and Director of the Healthy Bones Unit at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. He is widely published in medical and lay literature regarding endocrine and diabetes management. His particular interests are the impacts of type 1 diabetes upon central nervous system development and psychosocial aspects of care. He is a council member for the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, has given many invited plenary lectures and is the only southern hemisphere participant in the Hvidoere Study Group on Childhood Diabetes.

    Consultant endocrinologists

    Endo - Sabin Matthew 

    Professor Matthew Sabin MB BS(Hons) BSc(Hons) MRCPCH FRACP PhD
    Professor Matt Sabin trained at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London, UK and undertook general paediatric training in England, before completing higher specialist training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes in Melbourne, Australia. He is a consultant in the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, a senior research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, a lecturer at The University of Melbourne, and an adjunct senior lecturer in physiology at Monash University. His PhD investigated the links between childhood obesity and early type 2 diabetes, and he has built his current research program from this platform.

    He is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert in the clinical management of overweight and obese children, and is a current recipient of an NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship for his work in this area. He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK, and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

    Current clinical research endeavours involve the collection of comprehensive data from overweight and obese children allowing further investigation into the role of genetics vs environment in the development of obesity-related disease. Laboratory research focuses on investigations into the role that early nutrition plays in altering susceptibility to later obesity and diabetes, as well as probing ways in which processes underlying these relationships can be altered by growth factors and modulators of inflammation.

    Endo - Zacharin Margaret

    Professor Margaret Zacharin
    Professor Margaret Zacharin is a paediatric and adult endocrinologist. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and an examiner for the College. She has appointments as a consultant endocrinologist at Peter MacCallum as well as The Royal Children's Hospital and is an adjunct Professor at the University of New England, Armidale.

    Her research interests include disorders of growth and puberty, osteoporosis and related conditions in primary bone disorders, chronic disease, hypogonadism, hormone replacement treatment and long term effects of cancer treatment, as well as essential vitamin status in communities. Current projects, with research grants of over $2,000,000, include trials of bisphosphonate use in several primary and secondary bone disorders of children, studies of endocrine problems after head injury in children, establishment of hormonal reference ranges in preterm infants, various studies in Turner syndrome and studies of children with inflammatory bowel disease. She has over 100  publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written a number of parent information booklets on bone health and hormone replacement in children with disabilities and long term effects of paediatric cancer, as well as editing multiple booklets on endocrine disorders. 

    Endo - OConnell Michelle

    Dr Michele O'Connell MRCPI FRACP MD

    Michele completed her Paediatric training in Ireland before moving to Australia in 2005 to train in Paediatric Endocrinology. She has been a consultant in the department since 2009, with her main clinical interests including diabetes mellitus, disorders of sexual development and gender identity issues. She has ongoing research in the areas of diabetes technology and the effects of dysglycaemia on the brain. 

    Endo - Simm Peter

    Dr Peter Simm MBBS (Hons) MD FRACP 
    Peter trained in paediatric endocrinology at the RCH from 2005 until 2008. He completed his post fellowship training at Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney (2009-10), with a special interest in paediatric bone and mineral disorders. He has appointments at the RCH and Monash Children's, with clinical interests including paediatric bone and mineral disorders, growth and diabetes transition. He provides reports for the clinical densitometry service at the RCH. He is currently involved in a number of research projects exploring bone health issues in young people.

    Endo - White Mary

    Dr Mary White

    Mary completed her general paediatric specialist training in Ireland prior to commencing her formal endocrinology training in Australia. She was awarded the inaugural Aitken Diabetes Fellowship at The Royal Children's Hospital 2011-2014, during which time she completed her MD research degree on 'Transition in type 1 diabetes'. This research focused on the clinical outcomes of young adults with type 1 diabetes following transition from paediatric services and Mary has an ongoing research interest in this area. 

    Dr Jeff Kao MBChB FRACP DMedSc

    Jeff trained in Paediatric Endocrinology at Monash Children’s and Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne from 2012 to 2016. He undertook post-fellowship training at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, Scotland and British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada from 2017 to 2019. Jeff has clinical and academic interests in the quality of care in youth with diabetes and chronic endocrine diseases, the links between childhood obesity and later disease and endocrine aspects of patients with chronic diseases.

    Dr Danielle Longmore

    Clinical Fellow

    Dr Farrah Rodrigues MBBS BSc PGDipSci DCH

    Dr Rodrigues  is training in Paediatric Endocrinology and General Paediatrics. She completed basic paediatric training through the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s Hospital, and spent some time at the Royal Darwin Hospital as well. She commenced Paediatric Endocrinology training in 2020 at Monash Children’s Hospital and continues her training as the Royal Children’s Hospital Clinical Research Fellow in 2021. She has a background in Medical Science research and is currently undertaking research in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.


    Clinical Research Fellows

    Dr Sarah Pinto

    Dr Gabby Atlas

    Dr Atlas is a Paediatric Endocrinologist at the Royal Children's Hospital, having worked previously at Monash Children's Hospital. She is currently focusing on research regarding Differences of Sex Development within the Reproductive Development group in MCRI as well as an associate investigator in the BANDIT trial through the Diabetes research group.

    Endocrine Clinical Nurse Consultant

    Katie Hunt

    Department manager

    Jo Buckle

    Administration support

    Sarah Coyle

    Maria Kazuro

    Research staff