The UnitingCare Clinical School Clinical Leadership Team has a broad range of experience and expertise across several disciplines but what they all have in common is a strong desire to share their knowledge with upcoming medical students.
Associate Professor John Allan MBBS (QLD), FRANZCOG
Head – UnitingCare Clinical School
Associate Professor John Allan is the Chief Academic Medical Officer for UnitingCare Queensland, has a passion for medical student teaching and is the Head of the UnitingCare Clinical School. He is a gynaecologist with a speciality in infertility and IVF and has been practising at The Wesley Hospital since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland and gained his Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He commenced Queensland IVF Services at The Wesley Hospital in 1988 and was the Medical Director of Wesley Monash IVF and Director of the Wesley Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Surgery Unit until 2013.
Associate Professor Nicholas O’Rourke MBBS (QLD), FRACS
Associate Professor Nicholas O’Rourke is a general surgeon with special interests in HPB, Hernia and Bariatrics. Nick is director of General Surgery and Chief of HPB at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He has a long association with The Wesley Hospital.
He loves teaching and is an examiner for RACS.
Dr Stephen Cook MBBS, FRCOG, FRANZCOG
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Dr Stephen Cook is a graduate of the University of Queensland, specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed further post membership training in the United Kingdom. Dr Cook has practised at the Wesley for more than 25 years and is also a Visiting Medical Practitioner at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Mater Hospitals. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a member of the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES). In 1994, Dr Cook was the inaugural winner of the AGES travelling fellowship, allowing him to further his experience in laparoscopic surgery in the UK, France, and the USA.
Dr Bruce Lewis MBBS, FRACP
Dr Bruce Lewis practises across all areas of general paediatrics, with a focus on newborn and infant medicine within The Wesley Hospital. He has a special interest in neonatology, general paediatrics, newborns and pre-term births. Dr Lewis completed his studies at the University of Queensland and undertook his residency at Blacktown District Hospital, Sydney, where his passion for paediatrics began. He subsequently trained in paediatrics at the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, Randwick (now named the Sydney Children’s Hospital) with a focus on newborn medicine. Following completion of a Fellowship in paediatrics, Dr Lewis worked at the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, prior to undertaking a Fellowship in Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital, Denver. Dr Lewis worked as a Staff Neonatologist at the National Women’s Hospital (Auckland) and Mater Mothers’ Hospital (Brisbane), before bringing his extensive experience to The Wesley Hospital.
Dr Omar Kaisar BMSc. MBBS, FRACP
Dr Omar Kaisar is a Nephrologist and General Physician practising at The Wesley Hospital since 2008. His clinical interests include nephrology, dialysis and transplantation and internal medicine. Dr Kaisar graduated in 1999 from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). He has also completed a Master of Science (MSc) and conducts research in renal transplantation, with a focus on live donor transplantation and cardiovascular disease. Dr Kaisar is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN).
Dr Chris Jackson MBBS, FANZCA
Dr Chris Jackson joined Wesley Anaesthesia in 2008, after completing his anaesthetic training in the UK, Adelaide and Cairns. Prior to specialising in anaesthetics, he had worked for several years as a country GP, mostly in Victoria and Queensland. He completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1991. His anaesthetic practice is broad in scope and includes anaesthesia for bariatric surgery, spinal surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, eye surgery and general surgery. He has been the Discipline Lead in Anaesthesia at the UnitingCare Clinical School since 2010, overseeing the education of medical students in anaesthetics at The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Dr Dan Soobratty graduated from University of Leicester in 2008, and returned to Australia in 2010, after a long hiatus. He found a passion for emergency medicine and completed specialty training in 2017. He finds himself practising at The Wesley Hospital, and readily enjoys the challenges and rewards of private medicine. In between work, he attempts to stop his children from driving him and his wife insane and continues the Brisbane search for two basic staples of life: crispy buffalo wings, and some decent Indian food, which involves a little more spice than a touch of pepper.
Dr Jeff Conn MBBS FRACGP ACEM
Dr Jeff Conn has a real passion for medical student teaching. Having graduated from University of Queensland in 1991, he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1996 and has worked in private emergency medicine at both St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and The Wesley Hospital since 1998. He has worked in rural and remote medicine in The Kimberley and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia; Hervey Bay and Richmond in Queensland; and Grafton and Kempsey in New South Wales. Jeff completed his Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (UNSW) in 2001 and has worked with Norths Devils Rugby League, QLD Bulls and Australian Cricket teams, UQ Rugby Union, QAS Golf, Water polo and Rowing Teams and the Australian Rowing Team from 2008-2020.
Dr Jenny Bowes MBBS BSc Hons FRACGP ACEM
Dr Jenny Bowes graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Griffith University in 1987 and went on to work in the biochemistry lab at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Not long after this, she started medicine at the University of Queensland and graduated in 1993. She initially spent several years bonded out in rural Queensland and particularly enjoyed working in Gympie, where she developed a passion for emergency medicine. In the future years she has gained her FRACGP and ACEM (ce). She has worked for more than 26 years in emergency departments, public and private, throughout Brisbane and has been full-time at The Wesley Hospital for the past 18 years. In this time, she also has been involved in medical student education with the University of Queensland, initially as a clinical tutor and then Clinical Lead Educator and lecturer. She now works as a Subdean at the UnitingCare Clinical School. In the past two years, she has been involved in establishing a private emergency in Rockhampton, which she co-directs.
Assistant Professor Luke Jeremijenko MBBS BSc Hons DCH FRACGP FACEM
Assistant Professor Luke Jeremijenko graduated from the University of Queensland with a MBBS in 2005. He gained the fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2010, and the fellowship of the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM) in 2017. Dr Jeremijenko is a consultant Emergency Physician at The Wesley Hospital. He is currently a Senior Medical Officer serving with the Australian Defence Force, 3rd Health Support Battalion. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 2000. In 2020, he volunteered for service in Christmas Island and Northwest Tasmania as part of the ADF response to COVID-19. He is training current medical students in correct use of N95 and proper PPE use whilst on placement in the Wesley Emergency Centre.
Dr Samuel Borzi MBBS, BSc (Biomed), FRACGP
Dr Samuel Borzi graduated from The University of Queensland Medical School in 2014. He completed his junior years on Brisbane's southside at Logan and QEII hospitals, before entering General Practice training. In 2018, he gained his Fellowship into the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and moved to the Sunshine Coast. He works there as both a GP and the clinical lead for a busy respiratory clinic. On top of this, he also works as a surgical assistant across several hospitals both on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. He joined the UnitingCare Health teaching team at the end of 2019, and greatly enjoys teaching medical students and registrars.