Our Doctors

Dr Effat FARAG – (General Surgeon)

Professional statement

Dr Effat Farag is a General Practitioner with 30+ years experience. His special interest is minor surgical procedures including: Circumcisions of children & adults, Vasectomies, Pilonidal Sinuses & Abscess, Removal of Skin Cancers and subcutaneous lumps like cysts and Lipomas

Special Interests

  • Surgical procedures
  • Child & Adult Circumcision

Dr Paul SITZLER – (Colorectal Surgeon)

Major Surgery: Paul performs most major and minor colorectal surgery with the exception of gracilis neo-sphincter surgery at present. Major colon and rectal resections performed for cancer, inflammatory bowel, diverticulitis and other conditions are often performed in hospitals with intensive care unit back-up such as the Epworth, and Box Hill Hospitals. He also performs general abdominal surgical operations such as hernia surgery, cholecystectomy,and other gastro-intestinal surgeries.

Special Interests

  • Consultation and sigmoidoscopy
  • Treatment of Haemorrhoids
  • Minor Operations
  • Endoscopy
  • Anorectal investigation unit
  • Major Surgery

Dr Anil ASTHANA – (Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist)

Dr Anil Asthana is an accredited specialist Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and Endoscopist who specializes in all fields of gastroenterology and liver disease. He is fully accredited in diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal procedures.

Originally from the UK, he attended the prestigious medical school at Kings College London and then completed his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) at Guy’s Hospital and Queen’s Hospital in London. He trained as a general physician and as a Gastroenterology Specialist at The Alfred and Box Hill Hospitals, Melbourne.

Dr Brindi RASARATNAM – (Gastroenterologist / Endoscopist)

Dr Brindi Rasaratnam is a fully accredited Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist.  Having completed his Medical degree with Honours at Monash University, Melbourne, he proceeded to Internship and Residency at The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road Prahran.   He then subsequently completed his Physicians training exam and receiving FRACP recognition.  Subsequent Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy training continued at The Alfred Hospital where he continues to work as a senior visiting consultant, to date.

Dr. Mark ATTALLA  – (Cosmetic Surgeon)

Dr. Mark Attalla is a dedicated Cosmetic Surgeon with years of experience in cosmetic surgery. He is continuing interest in cutting edge technologies. Dr Attalla has completed his MBBSa from Alexandria University of Egypt in 1987 then completed his general surgery training in a teaching hospital in Egypt. After completing his Master Degree in General Surgery, he then made the decision to move to Australia where he had his intensive training in various types of cosmetic surgery procedures guided by best cosmetic surgeons from Australia and overseas.

Special Interests

  • Stem Cells (Fat Transplant)
  • Slim Lipo / Liposuction
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Mini – Abdominoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Thread Lift
  • Cosmetic Mole Removal

Dr Edward TSOI – (Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist)

Having completed his medical degree from Monash University in 2006, Dr Edward Tsoi undertook his postgraduate specialty training in Gastroenterology and General Medicine at Monash Health, Austin Health and Northern Health in Victoria. He then completed his Master of Public Health from University of Newcastle in 2015 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians later that year. Dr Tsoi is now working at Northern Health while continuing his research though his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) and subspecialty training in advanced endoscopy at the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital. He has a special interest in Barrett’s oesophagus, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resections,evaluation of small bowel luminal disease through double balloon enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy.

Dr Tsoi manages problems in all areas of gastroenterology including liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bowel cancer screening. He is involved in ongoing teaching of medical students and has published widely in international journals and presented at numerous national and international meetings. Dr Tsoi bulk bills for his clinic consults. He also speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese and is available for consultation and endoscopies at Chelsea Heights Day Surgery & Endoscopy Centre.


Dr Sim Y Ong – (Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist)

Dr Sim Y Ong is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2006 with her medical degree and Bachelor of Medical Science with first class honours. Following her physician training at the Austin hospital, she completed her gastroenterology advanced training at the Austin and Monash hospitals in Melbourne. She currently holds appointments at Eastern Health.

Sim has also been awarded the NHMRC post-graduate scholarship and completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has a special interest in iron overload and had conducted a randomised controlled trial, examining the benefits of phlebotomy in moderately elevated iron overload in the haemochromatosis cohort, which was published in an international journal.

She has a wide interest in managing various general gastrointestinal and liver disorders, and performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy, polypectomy and performs screening for National bowel cancer screening programme. She believes in personalised care and delivers good communication with her patients and is proficient in Mandarin and Cantonese.