General Medicine staff

  • Director General Medicine

    Dr Tom Connell

    Genmed - Tom Connell

    Originally from Dublin Ireland, Dr Tom Connell is a General Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. He was appointed to his current role as Clinical Director Department of General Medicine in Jan 2014. Tom has a keen interest in clinical research and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2011. In 2013, he was awarded a Career Development award through the Murdoch Children's Research Institute to further develop his research career. Research interests include tuberculosis diagnostics and infections in immunocompromised hosts. He has a major interest in teaching and is heavily involved with teaching junior medical staff. Tom is a member of the General Medicine Team B.

    General Medicine Team A

    Dr Margie Danchin

    Dr Margie Danchin is an inpatient consultant paediatrician within General Medicine at RCH and a Senior Research fellow within the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo) and the Rotavirus Vaccine Research group at MCRI. She is also an honorary fellow in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population health at the University of Melbourne. She works within the immunisation service at RCH as well as in private practice at the Victorian Children's Clinic. Within General Medicine, she is a contact for Advanced Trainees in relation to the supervision and conduct of advanced training projects and for trainees with an interest in pursuing a higher degree.

    Margie is a Melbourne University Graduate who completed her paediatric training at RCH. After obtaining her FRACP, she worked for a year in Canada at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as a paediatric fellow whilst completing her PhD, which she obtained in 2006 through the University of Melbourne. She also has a keen interest in International child health, particularly strategies to reduce diarrhoea and pneumonia in children under 5 years and in Health Services Research, through the Australian Paediatric Research Network.

    Dr Daniel Golshevsky (locum)

    Dr Daniel Golshevsky is an inpatient consultant paediatrician within General Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital.  He also works within the immunisation service at RCH as well as in private practice in Parkville and Malvern. He co-ordinates the creation and revision of the Clinical Practice Guidelines and is the former Chief Resident Medical Officer of RCH.  

    Daniel is a University of Melbourne graduate who completed his training at RCH.  Daniel has a strong interest in the media and its positive and negative effects on children's health, recently publishing on  the effects of screen time on sleep and weight in children.  He is also a regular expert reviewer for the Raising Children Network website.

    Dr Fiona McDonald (locum)

    Dr Margot Nash

    Genmed - Margot Nash

    Dr Margot Nash graduated from Monash University and trained in Victoria, Tasmania, and London, obtaining her MD while working at Great Ormond St. She is a senior consultant paediatrician in the Department of general Medicine and has been a leader in paediatric education and training at RCH since 1996. She is co-director of Paediatric Education and chairs the Junior Medical Staff Committee at RCH. She is interested in the coordination of the care of complex patients.

    Associate Professor Mike Starr

    Genmed - MIke Star

    Mike is a General Paediatrician, Infectious Diseases Physician, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and Co-director of Paediatric Education at RCH. He chairs the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. He is the Infectious Diseases representative on the Drug Usage Committee and sits on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. He chairs the International Society of Travel Medicine Paediatric Interest Group. He chairs the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Clinical Examination Committee. He is an Advanced Paediatric Life Support instructor/director. He was a member of the 2015 Therapeutic Guidelines (Antibiotic) Expert Writing Group, and is an author of a Travel Medicine textbook. Mike's particular interests include rational use of antibiotics, infectious diseases emergencies, travel and tropical medicine, international health, education and training. 

    Dr Shidan Tosif

    Dr Shidan Tosif is an inpatient and outpatient paediatrician with the department of General Medicine.  Shidan graduated from medicine with honours at the University of Western Australia before training as a paediatric physician at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.  As well as working at RCH, Shidan is completing a PhD with the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne investigating the impact of a multifaceted intervention on newborn quality of care.  He holds a research appointment at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation.  He has a particular interest in refugee and asylum seeker health, and works within the RCH Immigrant Health Clinic

    General Medicine Team B

    Dr Tom Connell

    Bio above - Director of General Medicine

    Associate Professor Noel Cranswick

    Genmed - Noel Cranswick

    Associate Professor Noel Cranswick is a General Paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital. He is also the Director of Clinical Pharmacology and the Australian Paediatric Pharmacology Research Unit as well as an Associate Director of the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre. He is fully trained in both paediatrics and clinical pharmacology and a legal graduate.

    Noel has extensive clinical trial experience in both adult and children. He has been an investigator on over 180 clinical drug trials and is familiar with early phase trial methodology and ICH GCP requirements. He has been an advisor to both Government and Industry and continues to evaluate new drug applications for the Australian Therapeutic Drugs Administration. He has also been a member of the Committee for the selection of Essential Medicines for the World Health Organisation. He other research interests include Adverse Drug Reactions, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Pharmacokinetics and Disaster Management in Children.

    Dr Nigel Crawford

    Nigel Crawford is a consultant paediatrician and Medical Head of Immunisation Services at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He launched the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre in 2014 Nigel is also the Deputy Director of SAEFVIC (an immunisation research and vaccine safety group) based at the Melbourne Children's Campus. His research interests include vaccination of special risk groups and adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). He is also involved in public health policy and is a current member of the Australian Technical and Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

    Dr Daniel Engelman

    Genmed - Daniel Engelman

    Dr Daniel Engelman is a General Paediatrician with additional expertise in tropical medicine and public health.  He trained in Melbourne with experience in the Top End and the Pacific.  He is a research fellow at the Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  His research interests include tropical infections affecting children and families.

    Dr Sarah McNab

    Genmed - Sara McNab

    Dr Sarah McNab is a General Paediatrician in the Department of General Medicine and is the Clinical Lead of the Short Stay (Dolphin) Unit. Sarah is completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research comparing intravenous fluids in children was published in The Lancet in 2014. She was a finalist for the New Investigator Award at the International Congress of Paediatrics and was awarded the Best Student Abstract at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver. She has a particular interest in teaching and mentoring of junior medical staff and regularly teaches on Advanced Paediatric Life Support courses nationally.

    General Medicine Team C

    Dr Katherine Chen (locum)

    Dr Katherine Chen is a consultant paediatrician and research fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  She completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne and paediatric training in Melbourne.  Katherine studied the development of subclinical atherosclerosis following Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, and their underlying immunological susceptibility in her PhD.  Her ongoing research interests include acute childhood illnesses and health services research.

    Dr Amanda Gwee

    Dr Amanda Gwee is a general paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases physician. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne and paediatric subspecialty training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has also completed a post graduate Diploma in tropical medicine & hygiene through the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as well as a certificate in paediatric HIV medicine. In addition to her role as a general paediatrician in the department she is undertaking further subspecialty training in paediatric clinical pharmacology and doing a PhD on paediatric antimicrobial dosing and pharmacokinetics at the University of Melbourne.

    Dr Julian Kelly

    Dr Julian Kelly: Julian is an experienced paediatrician who currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital and as a Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics involved in teaching and international child health. He has been a WHO consultant in the People's Republic of China and the Solomon islands. He runs the Lymphoedema clinic at the RCH in conjunction with the Mercy Lymphoedema service. He is also part of the clinical leadership team in the Department of General Medicine and responsible for quality, safety and morbidity/mortality issues within the Dept.

    Dr Joanna Lawrence

    Associate Professor Michael Marks

    Genmed - Michael Marks

    Associate Professor Michael Marks is a very experienced Paediatrician in the Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital where he has been a staff-member since 1987. He completed his medical degree and Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Melbourne before completing his Master of Public Health Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Fellowship at Children's Hospital, Boston.

    Michael has a gentle and holistic approach and enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. Michael works on the inpatient service on General Medical Team C. He conducts two public clinics each week in addition to his private practice at 48 Flemington Road. Michael acts as the Independent Medical Advocate for the sibling bone marrow donors at RCH.

    Michael has a strong interest in medical student teaching and paediatric training. He has been a member of the National Examination Panel for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2004. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Michael is the Chair of the RCH Medical Staff Association and is the Medical Ambulatory Care Advisor for the Electronic Medical Record Project.

    Professor Mike South

    Genmed - Mike South

    Professor Mike South is a dual trained Paediatrician / Intensivist and has clinical and research interests in the area of acute childhood illness. He is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics University of Melbourne and Honorary Research Fellow at MCRI. Mike was Director of the Department of General Medicine for 20 years and is now the hospital's Chief Medical Information Officer responsible for, among other things, the implementation of a fully integrated electronic medical record system at RCH.

    Dr Jane Standish

    Dr Carolyn Van Heerden (locum)


    General Medicine Team D

    Dr Jonathan Akikusa

    Dr Jonathan Akikusa trained in paediatrics and paediatric rheumatology at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and did further training in paediatric rheumatology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has dual roles as both an inpatient consultant on General Medical Unit D and as a paediatric rheumatologist. His particular clinical interests include Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and the systemic vasculitides. His research interests include Kawasaki disease, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and the examination of cartilage breakdown in inflammatory joint disease.

    Dr Roger Allen

    Genmed - Roger Allen

    Dr Roger Allen is a general paediatrician and paediatric rheumatologist. After graduating from the University of Melbourne and completing his paediatric training at the Royal Children's Hospital he then undertook rheumatology training at the British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada and the Clinical Research Centre, Harrow and The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in London, England. He returned to Melbourne in 1991 establishing the rheumatology unit within the Department of Paediatrics. He has been an invited speaker to a number of international rheumatology associations and is a contributing author in the main textbook in the field of paediatric rheumatology.

    Dr Suzanne Boyce

    Dr Suzanne Boyce is a consultant paediatrician in the Department of General Medicine and a medical consultant in Hospital in the Home.  Suzanne graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed her paediatric training at the Royal Children's Hospital.  She has an interest in medical education and training and underwent a Simulation Fellowship to further develop clinical and communication simulation programs in General Medicine.  Within Hospital in the Home, she provides coordinated multidisciplinary care to children within their home environments.  She also has a strong background in clinical quality and safety, leading multiple initiatives to improve the quality of care provided in the department and the hospital.

    Dr Daryl Efron

    Genmed - Daryl Efron

    Dr Daryl Efron is a general paediatrician who specialises in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. His work is in the inter-related areas of general paediatrics, developmental medicine and mental health. His main clinical interests are ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, psychopharmacology and chronic neurodisability. He is involved in teaching and research - he is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    Dr Amy Gray

    Genmed - Amy Gray

    Dr Amy Gray is a General Paediatrician with additional expertise in Medical Education and International Child Health, and a broad range of clinical interests. She is a coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Health Program in The University of Melbourne MD, and academic coordinator for the student research program on the RCH campus. Her international health work focuses on human resource capacity building for child health in both university and hospitals settings, with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for sick children. Her PhD was based on operational research aimed at improving quality of hospital care in Lao PDR, where she has ongoing collaborations with the Lao Paediatric Association, the Ministry of Health and University of Health Sciences and World Health Organisation.

    Research Co-ordinator

    Associate Professor Penelope Bryant

    Associate Professor Penelope Bryant (University of Melbourne) is a paediatric infectious diseases physician, general paediatrician and head of Hospital-in-the-Home. She is also the Clinical Research Co-ordinator for the Department of General Medicine with the aim of improving the research output of the department and supporting general paediatric Advanced Trainees to do their college projects. She is group leader of the Clinical Paediatrics group in the MCRI which is affiliated with the department, with research interests in all of the above areas. She did her training in the UK and Australia then migrated permanently to Melbourne via an unexpected route involving swine flu and a baby (but unconnected to each other).

    Education Co-ordinator

    Dr Lexi Frydenberg

    Genmed - Lexi Frydenberg

    Dr Lexi Frydenberg is a General Paediatrician who works clinically in outpatient department at RCH and at Victorian children's Clinic. She was appointed to the role of Education Co-ordinator for the Department of General Medicine in 2012. She has a keen interest in clinical teaching and mentoring of paediatric trainees as well as facilitating professional development and teaching opportunities for her senior colleagues.

    General Medicine Administration Team 

    Ruth Hankinson

    Genmed - Ruth Hankinson

    Ruth Hankinson is the Department Administrator in General Medicine. She is the manager for the administration and daily operations and has been in this role for just over 20 years, being one of the longest serving members of the General Medicine department. Her roles include human resources, finances, purchasing, general administration.