Dr Elif Ekinci graduated from the University of Melbourne (MBBS 2000), undertook physician
training at St. Vincent’s Health and Austin Health (FRACP 2009), and completed her PhD in 2011 (University of Melbourne).
Dr Elif Ekinci is an endocrinologist clinician researcher and is the Director of Diabetes at Austin Health. She holds the position of Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Foundation Senior Fellow at Department of Medicine, Austin Health and the University of Melbourne. She has been successful in attracting research funding from various bodies, including funding from the NHMRC. She supervises PhD students, medical students and endocrinology trainees. She has 80 publications in leading international and national metabolic clinical journals, and over 100 oral and poster presentations at both leading national and international diabetes and endocrinology conferences. She was the winner of the 2015 Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) Early Career Clinician Researcher Award – Medical category. Dr Ekinci consults on a range of issues including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, PCOS and other endocrine disorders.
Dr Felicity Pyrlis (MBBS, FRACP) graduated from Medicine at the University of Queensland in 1999. She completed her postgraduate specialist training in Endocrinology in 2007 and works in private practice and at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Dr Pyrlis consults on a range of issues including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, PCOS and other endocrine disorders.
Dr Baker graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999. In 2007 he completed specialist training in Endocrinology before undertaking a PhD in Type 2 diabetes and dietary interventions with Professors George Jerums and Joseph Proietto through the University of Melbourne, completed in 2012. He is a Consultant Endocrinologist and General Physician at Austin Health and lectures for the University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Baker has a clinical interest in general endocrinology, including thyroid disorders and osteoporosis, and Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus.
Dr Caroline Jung graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours
in 1999. She completed specialist physician training in Endocrinology in 2006. Her PhD (University of Melbourne 2011) evaluated the hormone cortisol during pregnancy and in people with obesity, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome and adrenal insufficiency. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, for which she has received numerous awards, including Bryan Hudson-Mayne Pharma Clinical Endocrinology Award from the Endocrine Society of Australia. Dr Jung works at the Pituitary, Diabetes and Metabolic Bone clinics at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), and the Menopause clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital, as well as in private practice. Dr Jung welcomes referrals on all aspects of adult Endocrinology, in particular, the management of pituitary and adrenal conditions.
Dr Baqar completed her schooling in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and
moved to Melbourne to begin her medical career at Monash University, having graduated in 2003. Dr Baqar completed her training at the Austin and Northern Hospital. In addition to enjoying clinical work, Dr Baqar is passionate about research and improving clinical practice. This has led her into commencing a PhD on Diabetes with the Austin Endocrine Department in 2013. She has additional qualities of being able to speak in Urdu and Hindi and would be comfortable to consult patients of all backgrounds. Dr Baqar welcomes referrals on all aspects of Endocrinology including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, PCOS and other endocrine disorders.
Dr Neoh graduated with first-class honours from the University of Melbourne
in 2006. She completed basic physician’s training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and endocrine specialist training at the Royal Melbourne, Austin and Northern hospitals. She also trained in the biochemical aspects of endocrinology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. After completion of the FRACP, Dr Neoh was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study Translational Medicine and graduated with distinction in 2015. She is currently involved in research projects investigating the dietary habits of people living with Type 1 diabetes and the management of Type 2 diabetes in older adults. Dr Neoh welcomes referrals in all aspects of endocrinology including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid disorders.
Dr Yvonne Chow graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009. She undertook physician training at Austin Health and subsequent specialist training in Endocrinology at Western Health and the Alfred Hospital. In 2017, Dr Chow obtained a Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr Chow is interested in ways to improve health care delivery and the focus of her studies was health policy. She has worked at the Health Policy Commission, a state agency involved in health care reform in Boston. Dr Chow welcomes referrals on all aspects of Endocrinology and has experience in managing a range of conditions including diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, adrenal disorders, pituitary dysfunction and bone disease. Dr Chow is fluent in Cantonese and is comfortable to consult in this language.
Dr Melissa Lee graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. She completed specialist training in Endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Hospital. Dr Lee is currently undertaking a PhD at St Vincent’s Hospital in the area of Type 1 Diabetes. Her focus is on hypoglycaemia and strategies to restore hypoglycaemia awareness, and the application of new technologies, including closed-loop insulin pump systems, in the management of Type 1 Diabetes. She is a recipient of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, co-funded by Diabetes Australia. Dr Lee also works as an endocrinologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and Werribee Mercy Hospital.
She is employed by the University of Melbourne as a lecturer and tutor for medical students at St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School.
Dr Lee welcomes referrals in all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology. She has a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes and diabetes technology including insulin pump therapy
Fran is a Registered Nurse, Credentialed Diabetes Educator and has been
working in the field of diabetes education since 1994. She has been established in private practice since 2007. Fran is a member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), Chair of the Northern Metropolitan Melbourne Networking Group for Diabetes Educators and regular delegate at State and National Conferences. Fran offers support and education to patients and their families at all stages along the continuum of diabetes, giving them the confidence to manage their diabetes for the long term. This includes those newly diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2, diabetes during pregnancy, or those with more complex needs such as for the commencement of insulin injection therapy, commencement of insulin pump therapy or continuous glucose monitoring. Fran works closely beside the Endocrinologists and other allied health team members to provide optimal patient care.