Specialists


Mr Chris Y. Lu

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Mr. Chris Y. Lu (General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Endoscopist, FRACS, MBBS (Hon), PGDipSurgAnat) graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000 with Honors, obtaining first class honors for more than half of the subjects studied and two top prizes to his name. He went onto further specialist surgical training over the next decade in various rural and metropolitan hospitals around Victoria, including the trauma unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the liver transplant unit at the Austin Hospital. He also spent nearly a year in East Africa and Alice Springs during his training and is intimately familiar with the challenges in rural/tropical surgery.

Mr. Chris Y. Lu is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (General Surgery). His main interest and specialisation is general and keyhole surgery, with a particular emphasis to patient comfort and early recovery. He is also appointed at the University of Notre Dame as a senior lecturer.

Most general surgical, laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures.

  • Gastroscopy and colonoscopy – polypectomies and cancer localisation
  • Gallstones – keyhole removal of gallbladder, bile duct explorations
  • Inguinal hernias – keyhole or open
  • Incisional hernias – keyhole or open
  • Upper GI surgery – fundoplication for reflux disease
  • Skin surgery – skin cancers, melanomas, moles
  • Lumps and bumps – lipomas, sebaceous cysts, ganglions, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s
  • Haemorrhoids and other anal procedures
  • Pilonidal disease
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Vasectomy
  • Circumcision – non-paediatric patients
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Breast surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Varicose veins
  • Other open and laparoscopic procedures (eg: gastrectomy, splenectomy)

General Surgery

Nick Antoniou

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Nick Antoniou (B.OT, PG Dip. Hand Therapy) is an Occupational Therapist that specialises in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. Nick achieved his degree at Latrobe University and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Therapy from The University of Derby (UK).

He has held senior clinical roles in both public and private settings and has worked alongside some of Melbourne’s leading upper limb surgeons. Recently Nick has spent a number of years in one of Melbourne’s largest private hand therapy practices, where he was committed to providing a collaborative approach to treatment in conjunction with patients and their referring doctors.

Nick regularly presents at the Australian Hand Therapy Association meetings as well as to GP’s and Physicians with an interest in hand conditions as well as being involved in training undergraduate and graduate therapists in the area of hand rehabilitation. He also participated in research activities and recently explored the outcomes of an innovative surgical implant for basal thumb osteoarthritis.

Hand Therapy
Mr Siva Chandrasekaran

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Mr. Siva Chandrasekaran graduated with honors from the University of New South Wales and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and Australian Orthopaedic Association.

He has a Masters of Sports Medicine and Masters of Surgery on knee kinematics. He completed three prestigious overseas fellowships following postgraduate training at the Exeter Hip Unit in the United Kingdom, The American Hip Institute in Chicago and European Federation of Orthopaedic and Trauma fellowship in Switzerland. His subspecialty interest is hip arthroscopy and anterior total hip replacement using robotic surgery. He has numerous publications in internationally renowned journals and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. He is involved in the teaching of medical students and fellows at Werribee Mercy and Alfred Hospitals.

Siva Chandrasekaran performs the following procedures;

Arthroplasty

  • Hip/Knee/Shoulder
  • Anterior Navigated Hip Replacement
  • Patient specific knee replacement

Arthroscopy

  • Hip/Knee/Shoulder/Ankle

Fractures

  • Upper and Lower Limb including hand

Hand and Foot

  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Trigger Finger
  • Hallux Valgus
  • Ankle stabilization

Injections under ultrasound guidance

  • Cortisone
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Protein rich plasma
  • Stem Cell

Mr Audi Widjaja

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Mr Audi Widjaja (Orthopaedic surgeon, FRACS Orth, MBBS) aim is to provide excellent standard of care in orthopaedic surgery for both public and private patients regardless of their social background.

Audi completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2000. Then underwent further training in orthopaedic surgery and completed the specialist orthopaedic training in 2011 from RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeon) and AOA (Australian Orthopaedic Association).

As teaching is one of Audi’s passions, he is heavily involved in the education of medical students, hospital interns, residents and registrars. He is a senior lecturer at University of Melbourne (St. Vincent’s Medical School) and he is co-editor of the website www.Orthofracs.com.

Audi has published and presented multiple research papers and is currently involved in a number of research projects. He is involved in regular audits of hospitals and is also a first line assessor for the VASM (Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality).

Audi Widjaja performs the following procedures;

  • Total hip replacement including anterior hip replacement in the suitable selected patients.
  • Total knee replacement
  • Fracture fixation of upper limb and lower limb trauma
  • Knee surgery including knee arthroscopy, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction, and other sports injury
  • Foot and ankle surgery including ankle arthroscopy, forefoot surgery (Bunion).
  • Shoulder surgery including shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair (mini-open), and total shoulder replacement.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Alex Yuen

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Mr Alex Yuen (MBBS, FRACS Plast, Diploma of Surgical Anatomy) is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon trained in all aspects of skin cancer surgery, hand surgery, body contouring, facial aesthetic surgery, scar management, and paediatric plastic surgery, with a special interest in breast aesthetic surgery and breast reconstruction.

He completed his MBBS at the University of Melbourne in 2001. In 2008, he commenced Specialist Plastic Surgery training under the auspices of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne. During this period, he worked in a number of major Plastic Surgical Units including The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, and The Peter MacCallum Centre Institute.
After completing surgical training, he underwent several observerships in various Asian countries including Singapore and South Korea. Alex also has many first author publications in international plastic surgery journals.

Achieving the best outcome for patients is the objective of Alex’s practice. Currently, he is a specialist consultant at Western Private Hospital, Epworth Eastern Hospital, Knox Private Hospital, Eastern Health, Western Health and Peninsula Health. He has admitting rights and access to theatre for urgent and elective procedures at these health services.

Alex is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and will be able to assist with any non-English speaking patients who speak these dialects .He has two young boys and enjoys spending time with his family.

Plastic Surgery

Daniel Steiner

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Daniel Steiner (Urologist, FRACS, MBBS, Hons) graduated with first class honours from Monash University Medical School in 2003. He was awarded the Australian Medical Association Prize for achieving the highest aggregate marks over the final 2 years of his medical degree.

Daniel Steiner undertook his internship and junior medical training through the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He completed his Basic Surgical Training in 2007 and was awarded the Clinical Committee Prize for achieving the highest marks in the 2007 Basic Surgical Training clinical exam.

Daniel then undertook a year of advanced training in General Surgery through the Alfred Hospital before commencing his Urology training in 2009. He undertook his initial 3 years of Urological training in New South Wales, spending a year at each of the John Hunter Hospital Newcastle, Royal North Shore and Prince of Wales Hospitals including 6 months within Sydney Children’s Hospital. Daniel completed his Urology fellowship exam in 2011.

Daniel then relocated to Melbourne, where he undertook an additional fellowship year at the Western Hospital specialising in advanced laparoscopic urological operations including laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, laparoscopic pyeloplasty and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.
He has travelled to Taiwan for advanced training in laparoscopic surgery and the USA for training in both seed brachytherapy and robotic surgery for localised prostate cancer.

Daniel is trained in all aspects of general Urology however has special interests in: advanced laparoscopic procedures for the management of benign and malignant urological disorders, minimally invasive kidney stone treatment (including PCNL for very large stones) and the latest medical and surgical management of benign prostatic enlargement. He has also received training on the da Vinci Robot system in both Australia and USA and can offer Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy for the treatment of localised prostate pancer.

In addition to his clinical work, Daniel has a strong interest in surgical research and surgical education. He has presented papers at numerous national and international meetings and has numerous publications in medical journals. Daniel also regularly lectures students from Melbourne University Medical School.

Daniel takes great pride in providing the highest level of quality urological care to his patients. He places emphasis on individualising the care of each of his patients.

Urology