Our Team

At St. Vincent's Hospital, the Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine service is comprised of a passionate multidisciplinary team which includes specialists, technologists, nurses, medical physicists and admin staff. To learn more about our staff members, please feel free to scroll down the page.

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Our Specialists  Our Technologists  Our Nursing Team  Our Physics Team  Our Admin Team 

Our Specialists

Name:

Prof Louise Emmett

Position(s):

Director of Theranostics & Nuclear Medicine department Associate Professor in Medicine (UNSW)/ Clinical research lead Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Qualification(s):

BhB, MBChB, FRACP, MD, FAANMS

Professional Associations:

RACP, AANMS

Bio:

Prof Louise Emmett is the Director of Theranostics and nuclear medicine at St Vincent's Sydney, a conjoint professor (medicine) University of New South Wales and clinical research leader at Garvan Institute of Medicine Research.  She undertook her medical undergraduate training in Auckland, New Zealand, prior to completing her specialty training in Nuclear Medicine in Sydney, and a post specialty fellowship (Nuclear Cardiology)  in Toronto, Canada in 2001. She has a strong interest in research, having completed a Doctorate of Medicine ( Nuclear Cardiology)  in 2012. She commenced work in Nuclear Medicine and PET at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney in 2012, and has since initiated radio-pharmacy production of multiple imaging and therapy tracers on the St Vincent's campus for clinical and research evaluation of cancer. She is heavily involved in multidisciplinary cancer research in Australia, including both imaging and therapy. She is the principal investigator of a number of prospective randomised national trials currently open around Australia. Prof Emmett is also involved in translational work, working with biotech companies to bring potentially  exciting new theranostic agents into the clinic with phase one clinical trials

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Nicholas Pocock

Name:

Prof Nicholas Pocock

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Physician
Professor in Medicine (UNSW)

Qualification(s):

MB, BS, MD, FRACP

Professional Associations:

RACP, AANMS, ANZSNM

Bio:

Dr.Pocock graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1978. In 1987 he became a Fellow of the RACP and in 1989 gained his Doctorate in Medicine. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst and Associate Professor at the University of NSW. Dr Pocock’s interests include the epidemiology and diagnostic measurements used in osteoporosis, and his work has resulted in over 110 publications.He is currently a member of the ANZBMS, OA and IOF scientific Advisory committees and the RANZCR Densitometry advisory Committee.

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Lyn Chan

Name:

Dr Lyn Chan

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Physician

Qualification(s):

FRACP, MBBS (Hons 1)

Professional Associations:

RACP, AANMS, ANZSNM

Bio:

Dr. Chan received her medical degree from the University of Sydney and graduated with Honours in 1994. She commenced physician training at Concord Hospital in 1996 and specialist training in Nuclear Medicine in 1998 at St Vincent’s and Wollongong Hospitals. She has been a staff specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2006 and Wollongong Hospital since 2002. Special interests include PET/CT in oncology, therapy, cardiac, thyroid and bone imaging. She has published and spoken on PET/CT, bone and SPECT/CT imaging. Other languages spoken include Cantonese and Malay.

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Name:

Dr Bao Ho

Position(s):

Radiologist
Nuclear Medicine Physician

Qualification(s):

MBBS, FRANZCR

Professional Associations:

FRANZCR, AANMS, ANZCTCA, ESGAR, ESMRMB

Bio:

Dr. Bao Ho is an experienced dual-qualified radiologist and nuclear medicine PET specialist, working in both theranostics and medical imaging departments at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He is an active member of the multidisciplinary team, working closely with the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, the Garvan Institute and the University of NSW. He has subspecialty interests in advanced MRI and PET oncological imaging, theranostics and research especially in prostate, uroradiology and head and neck cancers.

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Name:

Dr Andrew Nguyen

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Physician

Qualification(s):

FRACP, MBBS

Professional Associations:

RACP, AANMS

Bio:

Dr Andrew Nguyen is a senior staff specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital Department of Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine in Sydney. He has years of experience in molecular imaging and therapy, with specialty interests in functional neuroimaging for dementia, and in prostate and thyroid Theranostics. Dr Nguyen is a keen educator and currently a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW Medicine. He is also a RACP appointed member on the Committee for Joint College Training in Nuclear Medicine (Research Lead).

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Jononthan Lee

Name:

Dr Jonathan Lee

Position(s):

Radiologist

Qualification(s):

MBBS, FRANZCR

Professional Associations:

FRANZCR

Bio:

Dr Jonathan Lee is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and is a dual qualified Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist. Jonathan completed radiology training through the Southern Radiology Network including St Vincent's, Prince of Wales and St George Hospitals. He subsequently undertook two years of advanced training in nuclear medicine at Royal North Shore and St Vincent’s Hospitals. He has a keen interest in multi-modality oncology imaging including advanced MRI and PET.

 

 

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Name:

Dr Victor Liu

Position(s):

Radiologist

Qualification(s):

MBBS, FRANZCR

Professional Associations:

FRANZCR

Bio:

Dr Liu is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and is a dual qualified Radiologist/Nuclear Medicine Specialist. Victor successfully completed his Radiology training at St George hospital and 2 year Nuclear Medicine Advanced Trainee-ship at St Vincent Hospital in Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital.

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Name:

Dr William Counter

Position(s):

Senior Resident Medical Officer

Qualification(s):

MD, PhD

 

Bio:

Dr William received his Medical Degree from The University of Sydney in 2018. He received his PhD in Medical Physics from McMaster University in Canada in 2013. Before joining the team at St Vincent's Hospital, he worked in Intensive Care at Manning Base Hospital in Taree. William has a keen interest in Medical Imaging and Radiation Physics. 

 

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Our Technologists

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Name:

Adam Hickey

Position(s):

Chief Medical Radiation Scientist

Qualification(s):

BAppSc, MHSA

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Adam is the Chief Medical Radiation Scientist of the department, commencing his service at St. Vincent's Hospital in 2002. Adam graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nuclear Medicine Technology) in 2000 and was awarded a Master of Health Services Administration in 2013. Adam led the introduction of the PET service within the department in 2007 and was integral in several research projects regarding new PET prostate imaging tracers and PET imaging technique.

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Shikha Sharma

Name:

Shikha Sharma

Position(s):

Section Manager (PET)

Qualification(s):

BSc

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Shikha is a compassionate professional who strives for excellence in service delivery and patient care. She is a dedicated leader and is responsible for the PET team within the department.

 

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Maria Ayers

Name:

Maria Ayers

Position(s):

Section Manager (Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine)

Qualification(s):

DipAppSc (Nuclear Medicine), PostGradDip (Medical Ultrasound), Diagnostic CT Certification

Professional Associations:

RAINS, SNMMI, ANZSNM

Bio:

Maria joined the team at St. Vincent's Hospital in January 2021.

With 28 years clinical experience working in Nuclear Medicine, PET, CT and DEXA and 10 years Ultrasound experience, Maria is responsible for the Nuclear Medicine and Theranostics section within the department. Maria is a dedicated Medical Radiation Scientist who is passionate about Nuclear Medicine and excited to be involved in the emerging world of Theranostics. Maria considers this precision medicine to be so important as it presents a chance to change people's lives and improve their quality of life. In Maria's spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for travel and wildlife photography.  

 

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Joanne Keane

Name:

Joanne Keane

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

BAppSci, BEd

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Joanne has been working in the field of Nuclear Medicine for over 25 years. Joanne has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Sydney University majoring in Nuclear Medicine as well as a Bachelor of Education from Macquarie University. Joanne is an avid gym goer who actively promotes the benefits of exercise to her colleagues.

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Aaron Poole

Name:

Aron Poole

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Radiopharmaceutical Scientist

Qualification(s):

BSc, MAppSci

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM, ACPSEM

Bio:

Aron studied Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, before studying Medical Radiation Science in Sydney. He worked at several sites in Victoria and NSW before settling at St. Vincent's Sydney, and recently completed post-graduate study in Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. He has an interest in chemistry, radiopharmaceutical manufacture, and quality.

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Amanda

Name:

Amanda

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

BSc

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Amanda has studied at the University of Sydney and is an active member of the Theranostics & Nuclear Medicine Team. Amanda seeks better patient outcomes by ensuring staff are continually performing at the highest possible standards.

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Ashley Blanksby

Name:

Ashley Blanksby

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

B.MRS/p>

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Ashley studied Medical Radiation Science at the University of Sydney and completed her undergraduate studies in 2011. Since then, Ashley has been working at St. Vincent’s Hospital and is currently responsible for coordinating iodine-131 ablation therapies done at the hospital. When Ashley is not working with the department, she enjoys spending time with her young family.

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Jennifer Hvalica

Name:

Jennifer Hvalica

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

BSc/p>

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

 

 

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sharon chan

Name:

Sharon Chan

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

BSc/p>

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Sharon studied Medical Radiation Science at the University of Sydney and she completed her studies in 2008. Upon graduating, Sharon joined the department and has since proven to be a hard-working, energetic, enthusiastic member of the team.

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Holly Cairncross

Name:

Holly Cairncross

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

B.MRS/p>

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

 

 

 

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Alex

Name:

Alex Ihlow

Position(s):

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Qualification(s):

B.MRS/p>

Professional Associations:

ANZSNM

Bio:

Alex is most recent addition to the department, having recently completed his professional development year (PDY) at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Alex has many interests including snowboarding and etc.

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Our Nursing Team

Arleen Ison

Name:

Arleen Ison

Position(s):

Registered Nurse

Qualification(s):

BNurse/p>

Bio:

Arleen has been working as a registered nurse for twelve years has a very lively and a larger-than-life personality. When Arleen is not at work she is enjoying her spare time with her family, her church, eating good food and doing gardening.

 

 

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Stella

Name:

Stella Ramos

Position(s):

Registered Nurse

Qualification(s):

BNurse/p>

Bio:

Stella is from the Philippines and finished her Bachelor of Nursing twice: once in the Philippines and once in Australia. Stella can be found around the department usually with a big smile (even if she is wearing a mask).

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Our Physics Team

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Name:

Alessandra Malaroda

Position(s):

Senior Medical Physics Specialist

Qualification(s):

BSc, PhD

Professional Associations:

ACSPEM

Bio:

Alessandra is very proud to be part of the Department of Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine and of Prof. Louise Emmett's vision. Since very little, Alessandra always wanted to be “una scienziata” (a scientist).  Alessandra obtained her degree in Nuclear Physics at the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy) and then pursed a PhD in Medical Physics and Biophysics; being fortunate enough to get a fellowship at the Joint Department of Physics of the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London (UK). It was during her PhD that she discovered what is now her passion, a love for understanding how radiation affects living cells and how radioactivity can be used to damage diseased cells while sparing healthy cells. Alessandra has been trained and mentored by world-leading experts in Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine Physics, such us Prof Bob Ott, Dr Glenn Flux, Dr Alan Green, Prof John Fleming, Distinguished Prof Anatoly Rosenfeld while working at the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, University College London, Southampton University Hospital and the University of Wollongong. At St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Alessandra leads a small group of medical physicists, while trying, in her spare time, to lecture Nuclear Medicine Physics and be involved in research with the University of Wollongong.

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Our Admin Team

Mita Choudhry

Name:

Mita Choudhry

Position(s):

Administration  Manager

Bio:

Mita is an Administration Manager in Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine department. With twelve years of working experience in the health sector, she believes health care creates a special place in her heart to embrace more than just a job. She is passionate about her work and always thrives to improve in patient care.

 

 

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Andrew Prouse

Name:

Andrew Prouse

Position(s):

Admin Team Member

Qualification(s):

BA Hons (Mixed Media)

Bio:

Andrew moved to Australia in 2012 after working for fifteen years in Oncology Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London with the late Professor Martin E. Gore CBE. Hailing from the beautiful and rugged North Devon coast of England his varied interests include opera, post-war contemporary ceramics, off-grid camping, gardening and his four guinea pigs.

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Afsana Jahan

Name:

Afsana Jahan

Position(s):

Admin Team Member

Bio:

Afsana "Sana" joined the Theranostics & Nuclear Medicine team in 2014 as a booking officer. She enjoys providing excellent customer service to all our patients while booking and planning their scans/treatments. Sana loves to travel and bake yummy treats for her family and friends.

 

 

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Giannina Gerard

Name:

Giannina Gerard

Position(s):

Admin Team Member

Qualification(s):

BMkt

Bio:

Giannina Gigi" studied Medicine for five years in her home city of Lima, Peru before moving to Australia in 2007 to study a Degree in Marketing. Gigi has been working at St Vincent’s Hospital for five years and she loves being part of the Theranostics & Nuclear Medicine Team. Gigi passionate about the arts, weekends away with the family and dancing.

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Nowshin Ahsan

Name:

Nowshin Ahsan

Position(s):

Admin Team Member

Bio:

Nowshin "Nora" is a recent addition to the Theranostics & Nuclear Medicine Team. Nora is passionate about working in healthcare and helping people. Nora's personal interests include animals, travelling and meeting new people.

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