ausEE Inc.

a charity dedicated to improving lives affected by an eosinophilic disease

Medical Advisory Board

All medical information we provide has been contributed by or reviewed for accuracy by our volunteer Medical Advisory Board. We thank them for their valuable contributions and continued support.

Professor Nicholas (Nick) J. Talley (AC, MD (NSW), PhD (Syd.), FRACP, FAFPHM, FAHMS, Gastroenterologist) is a distinguished physician scientist and gastroenterologist, with a special interest in functional and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases including eosinophilic gut diseases. Nick is currently Distinguished Laureate Professor of Medicine at The University of Newcastle and a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia and a member of the NHMRC Council. He is a Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a past Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, former committee member and Treasurer of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a former member of the NHMRC Research Committee and MBS taskforce. Nick has an outstanding highly cited academic track-record with over 1000 publications. He holds an NHMRC Investigator Grant, is Chief Investigator (CIA) on a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Digestive Health and is a chief investigator on several other successfully completed NHMRC and NIH grants, and has attracted funding worth more than AUD$15 million dollars in the last 5 years. Nick has won several prestigious research awards including the Distinguished Research Prize from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), Newcastle Innovation Excellence in Innovation Award, the NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular, Medical and Veterinary and Genetics), 2018 NSW Scientist of the Year, Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia in 2018, Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumnus 2020, AMA gold medal 2021, and the UNSW Alumni Award 2021. He is invited to deliver lectures and present his research around the world, and is considered an international authority in the field.

Professor Pete Smith (MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP PhD, Allergist and Immunologist) is a leading allergist and immunologist in Australia. Pete commenced his medical studies at the University of Tasmania and went on to specialise in paediatrics in Adelaide, before completing his PhD in molecular immunology with Flinders University. He has worked as an allergy specialist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and was a senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. In 2002, Pete set up Queensland Allergy Services in Southport, on the Gold Coast. Here he provides patients the highest level of quality medical care in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. Pete is a Professor in Clinical Medicine at Griffith University and Bond University. He currently conducts research studies into the molecular aspects of pain in allergic conditions. Pete is also doing studies in eosinophilic oesophagitis, genetic profiling in rhinitis and is part of an international study that is attempting to treat peanut allergy.

Associate Professor Hamish Philpott (MBBS, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, AGAF, PhD, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist) is a gastroenterologist with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN – Modbury and Lyell McEwin Hospitals) and is also in private practice in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills region. He is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2001 from the University of Adelaide, before completing his PhD at Monash University in 2016. His PhD considered the role of food and aeroallergens in eosinophilic oesophagitis. He has been awarded various research and clinical fellowships and has travelled to the USA and the United Kingdom to pursue these, including to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to further his research on eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE). He received a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) scholarship to support his research on EoE and was awarded 2016/17 Bushell Fellow by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). A/Prof Philpott serves as a reviewer for multiple journals, such as Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Clinical and Experimental Allergy and has authored many publications. Dr Philpott has a special interest in diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease, particularly in the appropriate use of diagnostic investigations including gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Dr Philpott is involved in research involving a number of gastrointestinal conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease, the use of ultrathin transnasal gastroscopy and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Dr Looi Ee (MBBS, FRACP, PhD, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist) trained in paediatric gastroenterology in Perth and Cincinnati, USA, and completed her PhD in Queensland. She has an interest in childhood nutrition, paediatric endoscopy and liver transplantation. She is the Medical lead of the Parenteral Nutrition Service at Queensland Children’s Hospital and established the first multidisciplinary Gastrostomy Clinic in Queensland in 2005. In addition to general Paediatric Gastroenterology, Dr Ee also sees patients in specialised services including Home Parenteral Nutrition/Intestinal failure, Liver Disease/Transplant, Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease and Aerodigestive clinics. She is a committee member of the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and is accredited to perform endoscopy and colonoscopy in both paediatric and adult patients. She has previously been on the committees of Gastrointestinal Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines (2016, 2011), and Digestive Health Foundation; and is a past president of the Australian Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.

Dr Sam Mehr (MBBS, BMedSci, FRCPA, FRACP, Paediatric Allergist, Immunologist and Immunopathologist). Dr Mehr completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and trained both at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He has been a Consultant Allergist/Immunologist for 12 years in both public and private practice. His current appointments include Consultant Staff Specialist in Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital, Honorary Medical Officer at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Immunopathologist at Dorevitch Pathology, and Sub-editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has an ongoing strong interest in non-IgE food allergy, including FPIES, multiple food protein intolerances and eosinophilic oesophagitis.

Dr Jeremy Rosenbaum (MBBS (Hons) FRACP, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist). Jeremy graduated from Monash University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery with Honours (MBBS, Hons) and then trained at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Additional postgraduate training includes a Clinical Academic Fellowship in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is now a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and a specialist Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with publications in the field and ongoing active research. In recent years, Jeremy was the principle investigator at the Royal Children’s Hospital for the international randomized controlled trial (RCT) looking into Dupilumab for eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE). He is also clinical lead of endoscopy services at The Royal Children’s Hospital, an honorary lecturer at University of Melbourne and an honorary research fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Jeremy is an RACP college supervisor first both basic and advanced trainees. He also sits on the RACP Advanced Training Committee for gastroenterology as the paediatric representative.

Dr Ajay Sharma (MBBS, MD, FRACP, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist) is a Senior Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology practising in various locations in Perth including Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth Paediatrics, St John of God (SJOG) group of Hospitals and Joondalup Hospital. After finishing paediatric specialist training in Melbourne, Ajay trained in Paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Perth, and the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada. Ajay currently holds a position as Chair of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia (GESA) - Paediatric Network since October 2020 and is also a full member of the North American Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and holds an appointment as an Adjunct at Curtin Medical School, Perth. Ajay has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has an active interest in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE), Coeliac Disease, and Functional GI Disorders in the paediatric age group and has also written editorials in peer-reviewed journals. Ajay has always been actively involved in educational activities and throughout his career has given several talks/lectures for GPs, paediatricians, Allied health and patient advocacy groups. Ajay is currently a Principal Investigator for a Phase 3, multi-center, multi-national, randomized, double-blind, Placebo-controlled induction and maintenance study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CC-93538 in adult and adolescent participants with eosinophilic esophagitis.

Dr Vicki McWilliam (PhD, Adv APD, Clinical Allergy Dietitian and Researcher) is the dietitian for the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where her role involves patient care, teaching, training, resource development and research. Vicki is involved in food allergy training of dietitians, nurses and doctors and is a frequently invited to participate in conferences, training sessions, and resource development in the area of food allergy. She also has a private practice specialising in food allergy at the Melbourne Allergy Centre and Children's Specialists, based in Parkville. She is the past chair of the dietitian subcommittee of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Vicki is involved in food allergy research and has several publications related to food allergy she completed her PhD with the Centre for Food and Allergy Research based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne.

Wendy Birks (Paediatric Dietitian - Feeding Clinic and Allergy) has over 30 years of experience as a clinical dietitian. She has worked in a variety of hospitals and community settings for both adults and children. Wendy has been practising at the Children’s Hospital Westmead for the last 10 years as well as establishing her private practise. She provides dietetic care for infants and children with food allergies, feeding difficulties and faltering growth. She has a particular interest in working with families of children with complex nutritional issues relating to their medical condition. Her aim is to maximise their nutrition and growth without compromising the pleasure associated with eating. Along with this she has an extensive knowledge of cooking and meal planning to help families adjust to changing their diets.


International Medical Advisory Board Member

Professor Evan S. Dellon (MD, MPH, Gastroenterologist) is a Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Dr Dellon received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He performed a clinical and a research fellowship in Adult Gastroenterology at UNC, during which he also received a Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. Dr Dellon joined the UNC faculty and the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing (CEDAS) in 2008, where his main clinical focus is on disorders of swallowing, and in particular eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). He became Director of CEDAS in 2014, and has served as an Associate Editor for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 2017-2022, and remains on the editorial board of that journal. Dr Dellon’s research interest is in the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and the eosinophilic GI diseases (EGIDs). The goal of his research is to improve the lives of patients with EoE and EGIDs by learning how to better diagnose, treat, and monitor the condition. Dr Dellon is also the founder, with colleagues, of EGID Partners, a global patient registry and patient-powered research network.

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