Passionate about education

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.


Head – UnitingCare Clinical School

Dr Stephen Cook is the Chief Academic Medical Officer for UnitingCare Queensland. He 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 practiced at the Wesley for more than 15 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.
Associate Professor John Allan MB.BS, FRANZCOG

Chief Academic Officer – UnitingCare Clinical School

Associate Professor John Allan is a Chief Academic Medical Officer at UnitingCare. As a Medical Practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1984, he was also the Head of the Clinical School until he stepped back in 2022.

Dr Allan was the initiator of the IVF program at The Wesley Hospital in 1988, and has been a member of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons since 2005. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.

Dr Allan is currently the Chair and Executive Officer of the UnitingCare Human Research Ethics Committee, while maintaining his passion for teaching and mentoring students at the Clinical School.
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.
Professor John Fraser MV ChB, PhD, FRCP (Glas), FFARSCI, FRCA, FCICM, FELSO

Critical care

Professor John Fraser is Director of the Intensive Care Unit at St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, a Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at The Prince Charles Hospital, Founder and Director of the Critical Care Research Group at The Prince Charles Hospital and the University of Queensland, President of the Asia Pacific Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, and Founder and Chief Medical Officer of De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd. He holds five professorships.

Professor Fraser is a clinician, disruptor and scientist. He has 30 years of clinical ICU experience in Australia and overseas, including more than 10 years at St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital. In 2004, he established the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG), located at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. CCRG is Australia's largest multidisciplinary medical research facility focusing on critical care. The common theme of the research studies is to improve the current understanding of the critically ill patient and to achieve better outcomes for the patient by translating knowledge into new or improved treatment modalities.

In 2021 John was made a Fellow of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation for Meritorious Contributions to the Delivery of Extracorporeal Support. He is one of two awarded globally.
Professor Keshwar Baboolal MD FRACP LLM eMBA

General Medicine

Professor Kesh Baboolal is a Nephrologist and General Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. He graduated from the University of London and has worked in leading academic medical centres in Australia, the UK and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and holds an LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice and an eMBA from INSEAD, Paris.
Dr Toby Cohen MB, BCH, BAO, MA, MSC, FRACS (Vas)


A Queenslander who grew up in Brisbane, Dr Cohen undertook his medical degree at Trinity College Dublin and completed in 1999. Dr Cohen returned to Australia to the Princess Alexandra Hospital and completed his time as a basic surgical trainee. The advanced vascular surgical program saw Dr Cohen gain extensive experience in endovascular surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and trauma at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney.

After completing his final year of training, Dr Cohen spent three months in Holland with Eric Verhoeven, learning advanced endovascular techniques for juxta-renal, thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms and radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins.

Dr Cohen’s particular interests lie in minimally invasive vascular surgery: varicose veins surgery, aortic aneurysm disease and peripheral arterial disease.
Dr Johanna Holt MBBS (Qld), FRACP

Child Health

Dr Johanna Holt is a paediatrician with a special interest in neonatal medicine, as well as developmental and behavioural paediatrics. She has been practising at The Wesley Hospital since 1997.
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).
Assistant Professor Luke Jeremijenko MBBS BSc Hons DCH FRACGP FACEM

Emergency Medicine

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 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 Matt Rawlins MBChB (Hons), FACEM, Dip PHRM

Emergency Medicine

Dr Matt Rawlins’ medical training was in Pretoria, South Africa, and he qualified with MBChB in 2010. His Emergency training with a focus on critical care and retrieval medicine was completed in Brisbane, and he qualified as a FACEM in 2021. Dr Rawlins now works part time as a Retrieval Consultant Helicopter, Jet and a little RSQ medical co-ordination with LifeFlight.

Dr Rawlins’ ED job is at TPCH, and he teaches medical students as a subdean with UnitingCare. His medical interests lie in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, critical care, wilderness medicine and event medicine.

Emergency Medicine

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.
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