Active research groups across Kogarah are detailed below:

Key contact:

Professor Dedee Muwell



Research clinicians:

Dr Nadu Abu Alrub


Dr Lahmali Pathiraja


Dr Asli Bilgic


The Division of Cancer Services provides people of southern Sydney with treatment and support as a consequence of having haematological diseases and cancers. The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) has been operating since July 1993. The unit is co-located in a dedicated research unit space alongside the Cancer Care Centre in the W R Pitney Building. Principal Investigators (PI) are supported by a team of dedicated clinical research co-ordinators.

The Department of Haematology provides clinical and laboratory haematology services for the southern sector of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and has the ability to provide high dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. Our haematologists manage both general haematological and haemato-oncological conditions.

The CRU provides comprehensive care to patients with a broad spectrum of benign and malignant haematological disorders including anaemias, leukaemias, lymphomas, myelomas and disorders of haemostasis or thrombosis.

Key contact:

Lorraine King


02 9113 2977

Research clinicians:

Dr Xavier Badoux

Dr Sundra Ramanathan

Dr Shir-jing Ho

Dr Fernando Roncolate

Dr Amanda Hugman

Professsor Ben Chong



Research clinicians:

Pam Konecny


Steven Krillis


Jian Cheng Qi


Miao Qi


Shima Nozari


Inaam Ullah


Bill Giannakopoulos



Research areas: Infectious Diseases, inflammation, thrombosis, autoimmunity.


St George Intensive Care unit has an extensive, well established quality data management and research program. The research is essential to the continuing advancement of treatments and technology in ICU. The main areas of research cover temperature management in traumatic brain injury, severe sepsis, fluid resuscitation, echocardiography, enteral and parenteral nutrition, selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD), antibiotic practices, sedation practices in the ICU, blood transfusion, early mobility and gastric ulcer prevention.

Key contacts:

Deborah Inskip & Jennene Miller (Research Coordinators)


Research clinicians:

Professor John Myburgh

Research areas: Critical care and trauma.

Associate Professor Theresa Jacques

Research areas: Patient centred outcomes in ICU (EPOCH, DETECT).

Dr Kush Deshpande

Research areas: Critical care epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dr Andrew Cheng

Research areas: Neuromonitoring and thermoregulation.

Dr Konstantin Yastrebov

Research areas: Critical care echocardiography and ultrasound.

Dr Swapnil Pawar

Research areas: Simulation and education.

Ms Wendy Chaseling

Research areas: Physiotherapy, early mobilisation in ICU.


The St George Swallow Centre provides a specialised multidisciplinary clinical service to assess and treat patients who present with a wide range of swallowing disorders. 

The Centre has a vigorous research program which focusses on the causes of disordered swallowing and the evaluation of newer treatments. Most recently, work has commenced into the role of the microbiome and dysbiosis in head and neck cancer and is supported by a full-time post-doctoral research scientist, a post-doctoral speech pathologist and a doctoral student. The group has published widely in the international medical literature and has presented this research at national and international conferences.

For more information visit https://www.stgeorgeswallowcentre.org/

Key contact:

Associate Professor Julia Maclean


Research clinicians:

Professor Ian Cook


Dr Peter Wu


Dr Michael Szczesniak


Dr Dheeraj Pandey


Research clinicians: 

Jessica Worton


Shereen Mouafi


Key contact:

Dr Anne Wand


Research areas: Delirium, aspects of decision making capacity, self-harm in older people, evaluation of the effectiveness of consultation-liaison psychiatry services, clozapine use in older people.

Research clinician:

Dr Elaine Kwan


Research areas: Cognitive disorders in chronic medical illness, depression in people receiving renal dialysis, anxiety disorders in older people.

The Oncology Clinical Research Unit at St George Hospital provides comprehensive treatment and care for people affected by cancer. The main research focus and expertise of the team is investigating treatments for solid tumours through participation in Phase I-IV trials and qualitative clinical research.  

CRU Investigators are experienced trialists and specialists in medical oncology or radiation oncology.  Investigators are supported by a highly trained team of 18 clinical trial coordinators and nurses.  The CRU works as part of a multidisciplinary team involving services throughout the Cancer Care Centre and the wider hospital; including surgery, pathology, radiology, pharmacy and other departments as needed to meet trial requirements. 

Key contact:

Peter Fink


Medical oncology researchers:

Dr Jodi Lynch

Dr Patricia Bastick

Dr Tracey Dunlop

Dr Carole Harris

Dr Hussein Soudy Hussein

Dr Chee Lee

A/Prof Winston Liauw

Dr Katrin Sjoquist

Radiation oncology researchers:

A/Prof Peter Graham

Dr Andrej Bece

Dr Nadine Beydoun

Dr Joseph Bucci

Dr Yaw Chin

Dr Catherine Clark

Dr Claire Suttie

The Department of Renal Medicine at St George Hospital has active research programs in medical, nursing and allied health fields, including:

  1. IThe Renal Supportive Care Programme, headed by Professor Mark Brown, has 16 active research projects on quality of life, symptom control and survival.  
  2. The department is involved in a number of clinical trials, including the suppression of polycystic kidney disease (PREVENT-ADPKD) the role of allopurinol in (CKD-FIX) as well as studies in the anaemia of CKD and metabolic bone disease.  
  3. Several systematic reviews have either been completed or are being written by post graduate students.  
  4. A/Professor Katz research focuses on CKD, its progression and the management of CKD in the community.  
  5. The hypertension in pregnancy team (Mangos/Pettit/Brown) participate in the P4 Study which examines post-partum maternal cardiovascular and psychological health.  They are also presently studying the prediction of preeclampsia using biomarkers and cardiac output in pregnant women.

More details can be found at www.stgrenal.org.au.

Key contact:

A/Professor Sunil Badve


Research areas: Renal clinical trials, CKD progression, dialysis outcomes, Systematic reviews, metabolic bone disease, pharmacokinetics in renal disease.

Research clinicians:

Professor Mark Brown


Research areas: Hypertension, obstetric medicine, renal supportive care.

A/Prof Ivor Katz


Research areas: CKD progression, chronic disease management, primary care interface and virtual consultation.\

Dr Franziska Pettit


Research areas: Hypotension in pregnancy.

Dr Frank Brennan


Research areas: Renal supportive care, symptom control.

Associate Professor John Kelly


Research areas: Hypertension, experimental hypertension.

Associate Professor George Mangos


Research areas: Hypertension, obstetric medicine.


St George Hospital has been involved in obstetric research for many years. We have worked collaboratively on multicentre trials with research teams from Canada, Adelaide and Sydney on studies that have had significant impact on pregnancy care around the world. In addition, we have undertaken many local single site trials at St George Hospital. Most of the research has focussed on complications in pregnancy, particularly hypertension. The Obstetric Medicine Research Group was formed in 2012 and is a team of clinicians and researchers from the fields of midwifery, obstetrics, obstetric medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, psychiatry, and paediatric disciplines working together on research to improve women’s health during and after pregnancy.

Current studies include:

  • The P4 (Postpartum Physiology, Psychology and Paediatrics) study – Follow-up of women and their babies for the first 5 years after uncomplicated pregnancy versus pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia or gestational hypertension
  • The MUMS (Microbiome Understanding in Maternity) Study – Following women and their babies from early pregnancy to baby’s first birthday, investigating the microbiome and its links to diet, medications, and pregnancy complications.
  • Cardiovascular Health after Hypertensive Pregnancy: improving knowledge of patients and practitioners through tailored education
  • Protein Chaperones in Preeclampsia (collaboration with PI Dr Amy Wyatt, UOW and Flinders University Adelaide)
  • Alexys study of clinician versus blood test prediction of preeclampsia
  • Non-invasive cardiac monitoring of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy using USCOM

Site for the multicentre LEAP (Lactoferrin Evaluation in Anaemia of Pregnancy) trial (PI Professor William Tarnow-Mordi, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre).

Key contact:

Lynne Roberts


Research clinicians:

Dr Amanda Henry


Research areas: High-risk pregnancy, especially hypertensive and metabolic disorders. Non-communicable diseases and complicated pregnancy.

Associate Professor George Mangos


Research areas: Blood pressure measurement, hypertension in pregnancy, cardiovascular disease following hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and treatment resistant hypertension.

Professor Tony O'Sullivan


Research areas: Metabolism particularly in pregnancy and altered hormonal states; endocrinology including gestational diabetes and obesity.

Professor Maria Craig


Research areas: Childhood diabetes, especially studies focused on prevention and prediction of childhood diabetes; virology and the virome.

Dr Daniella Susic


Research areas: Pregnancy microbiome and high-risk pregnancy.

Professor Caroline Homer


Research areas: Pregnancy especially maternity models of care, global women’s health, hypertensive and high-risk pregnancy.