Oncology and Haematology

A/Prof Vinod Ganju MBBS, FRACP
Medical Oncologist and Clinical Haematologist

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A/Prof Vinod Ganju graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia. He pursued his interest in Medical Oncology with post-graduate training in Perth and subsequently completed a Fellowship in Haematology and Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as well as being an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, The Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand, European Society of Medical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

A/Prof Ganju treats a broad range of cancers and has been consulting on the Peninsula for over 20 years. As the Managing Director of Peninsula and Southeast Oncology (PASO) and previous Medical Director of the Peninsula Oncology Centre, A/Prof Ganju has passionately coordinated and contributed to the growth in oncology-related services on the Mornington Peninsula; particularly with his role as co-developer of the purpose-built day hospital, Frankston Private.

A/Prof Ganju is keenly involved in both national and international research groups where clinicians can collaborate on various clinical trials and research programs. At PASO, A/Prof Ganju is the principal investigator for PASO’s many clinical trials, with research interests being predominantly Lung and Breast Cancer.

A/Prof Ganju also consults at both Rosebud and East Bentleigh consulting rooms on a fortnightly basis.

Dr Sanjeev Sewak MBBS, FRACP
Medical Oncologist

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Dr Sanjeev Sewak graduated from Melbourne University with an MBBS. He then trained in Internal Medicine and later Medical Oncology and received his Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

He is an active member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, Victorian Clinical Oncology Group, Australian and New Zealand Urological Prostate Group, Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr Sewak spent two years in New York, USA dedicating his time to post-graduate research and training in Oncology at New York University Medical Centre in Manhattan.

On returning to Australia he worked in, Sydney, Wollongong and Geelong before joining PASO in 2009 as a consultant Medical Oncologist. Dr Sewak also works at Peninsula Health and has a broad range of experience in all tumour types. His research interests include Genitourinary Malignancy and Lung and Breast cancers. He has also been a Lead Investigator in a number of studies involving Prostate, Renal and Bladder cancers at both PASO and Peninsula Health.

Dr Ben Markman MBBS (Hons), FRACP
Medical Oncologist

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Dr Ben Markman is a Medical Oncologist with primary interests in cancers of the lung, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, as well as melanoma. He is also strongly committed to research where he endeavours to bring new cancer treatment options to patients.

Dr Markman graduated from medicine at Monash University and became a medical oncologist via the Victorian Medical Oncology Training Program. He also completed a fellowship in early stage clinical trials and translational research in Barcelona, Spain where he gained expertise in drug development processes critical to novel cancer therapies.

In 2010, Dr Markman joined the PASO team as a consultant Medical Oncologist. He has established himself as an expert in his tumour streams of interest. His time is dedicated to the health of both public and private patients as well as maintaining his involvement in research. He is also employed in the medical oncology unit at the Monash Cancer Centre, Monash Health, where he is head of the Phase I Clinical Trials Program.

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Min-Ne Wu graduated in Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne. She then developed her passion for Pharmacological and Oncological medicine by furthering her studies in the two fields. She underwent post-graduate training in Clinical Pharmacology at Austin Health, and then in Medical Oncology at Royal Hobart Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Dr Wu then completed a Fellowship in Oncology at Monash Medical Centre, from which she then established herself as a Medical Oncologist.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr Wu has been a member of the PASO team since 2006 as a consultant Medical Oncologist and is keenly interested in the management of cancers of the Breast, Lung, Prostate and Gastrointestinal Tract, and participates in clinical research of these areas. She has also been the lead investigator at PASO for a number of clinical trials in Melanoma.

Medical Oncologist

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Dr Lundy graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in 2007. She then came to Melbourne and completed her basic physician training at Monash Health, before training as a Medical Oncologist via the Victorian Medical Oncology Training Program.

Dr Lundy subsequently gained fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is an active member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr Lundy works as the Clinical Research Fellow in the Monash Health Translation Precinct, predominantly in early phase clinical trials and joined PASO in 2016 as a consultant Medical Oncologist.

Dr Ramin Gohar MBBS, FRACP
Medical Oncologist

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Dr Ramin Gohar graduated from medical school with an M.D. degree in 2006. He undertook most of his basic physician training at Eastern Health and completed his training in medical oncology through the Victorian Medical Oncology Training Group in three major teaching hospitals including St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical centre.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, an active member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr Gohar has a keen interest in research. During his medical oncology training he has been involved in many phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials. He works as the Clinical Research Fellow in the Monash Health Translation Precinct, primarily in early phase clinical trials.

Dr Gohar will be joining PASO in 2017 as a consultant Medical Oncologist with special interests in gastrointestinal, breast and genitourinary cancers.

Other Specialities and Services

Dr Jayantha Rupasinghe – MBBS, FRACP
Consultant Neurologist

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Dr Jayantha Rupasinghe completed his medical training in Sri Lanka and Australia prior to completing his specialist training in Neurological medicine in 2007. He has a primary interest in stroke and headache as well as General Neurology with other specialisations including: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease (movement disorders), dementia, neuromuscular disorders, neuropathy and epilepsy.

Dr Rupasinghe is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, the Stroke Society of Australasia, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the American Academy of Neurology, the World Stroke Organisation, the American Headache Society, the European Federation of Neurology and the Sri Lanka Medical Association

Dr Rupasinghe provides clinical services to inpatients and outpatients at Frankston Hospital and St John of God Hospital. He is currently the head of the stroke unit based at Frankston Hospital where he is also the clinical supervisor to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at Frankston Hospital. He is also involved in training basic and advanced trainee physicians along with being a regional examiner for FRACP.

Dr Rupasinghe’s passion for research includes a vested interest in acute stroke management at a local and international level. Here at PASO, Dr Rupasinghe provides assessment for both oncology-related and general Neurological disorders.

Dr Sameer Kaul MBBS, FRACP
Respiratory Physician

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Dr Sameer Kaul completed his undergraduate medical degree in New Delhi, India before coming to Australia and completing his basic training as a general physician at both Frankston hospital and The Alfred hospital. He acquired broad experience in all aspects of Internal Medicine with placements in various metropolitan, suburban and rural hospitals, including Rosebud, Sandringham, Shepparton and Mildura Base Hospital.

Dr Kaul returned to work as the Senior Medical Registrar at The Alfred hospital. He then went on to complete his advanced training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, at both the Alfred and Frankston hospitals. Dr Kaul has since returned to the Peninsula as a consultant Respiratory Physician.

Dr Kaul is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians having specialised in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. He is also a current member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Kaul’s interests include all facets of Respiratory and Sleep medicine with a concentration in chronic lung disease, diagnostic assessments in lung cancer and sleep –related respiratory disorders including non-invasive ventilation. At PASO, he is an integral attendee of our multi-disciplinary meetings as he is in charge of our rapid lung cancer diagnosis and assessment program, which allows patients with suspected lung cancer to receive the appropriate tests in a timely fashion.

Lung Function Testing

When patients blow into the lung function machine, we are able to measure a few different readings which include:

  • Their capacity (how much air is in the lungs)
  • Signs of obstruction (rate of flow, which is assessed before and after the patient is given Ventolin)
  • By analysing their breath we can also measure their oxygen transfer

Lung function tests help to diagnose Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as well as being useful in assessing patients who have Neuromuscular Weakness or Lung Cancer. Lung function tests are performed by our Respiratory Scientist before the reports are written up by our Respiratory Physician.

Mark Katugampola
Respiratory Scientist

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Mark completed an Arts/Science degree with post-graduate qualifications prior to interning at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He has now been working in the field of Respiratory Science for 5 years, joining PASO in 2015 after working at Southern Region Respiratory in East Bentleigh.

Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition (PPN)

Patients undergoing treatment for Cancer can experience symptoms which can have a negative impact on their nutritional status. PPN’s clinically trained Dieticians help patients develop personalised eating plans to ensure that they eat well and can be better able to handle the side effects of treatment.

They are experienced to provide evidence-based practice for the management of Cancer and other chronic health conditions including: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Gastro-intestinal disorders, food allergies and intolerances, as well as to provide general weight loss advice.

Nicola Lee
Dietitian, Sports Dietician & Exercise Physiologist

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Nicola is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has a double degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and Exercise & Sports Science from the University of Sydney. She is currently completing the International Olympic committee diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Her key areas of interest in nutrition are weight loss, team sports nutrition, chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease, bariatric surgery, oncology, pre and post-natal nutrition and adolescent nutrition.

Nicola’s aim as an exercise physiologist is to enable anyone and everyone to be physically active and achieve their exercise, sport and activity goals.

Nicola has spent the last 3 years working in outback New South Wales and has recently joined the PPN team. She loves playing sport, exploring the outdoors and experimenting with new and healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group

Sr. Carmel McFaull

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I am a Good Shepherd Sister based on the Southern Peninsula since the early 1980s. At that time I established a respite centre at our Convent in Portsea, for women under stress, where they could come with their children, have a stress free holiday in a peaceful environment, and receive counselling if needed.

In 1987 I met a mother of three children under 5, who with her husband had moved from Queensland to Sorrento for work purposes. She was diagnosed shortly after with breast cancer, and had to travel each day by bus/train to Peter Mac for chemotherapy treatment. I made an appeal for help from the community.

This was the beginning of what was to become the transport service of Southern Peninsula Cancer Support group, which continues to this day and over the years has not only provided transport, but also friendship and company for patients on their journey.

Since Frankston Private opened in 2006, I have been part of both the Peninsula Oncology Centre and Peninsula and Southeast Oncology team in a volunteer capacity; providing a support service for patients, their families & carers.

My role to all that I come in contact with is that of a companion on their journey – to listen, to reassure, to comfort and advise them if necessary, and to encourage them.

Contact Sr. Carmel for appointments:

(03) 9771 8904