Clinical School Team
Associate Professor John Allan
Head - UnitingCare Clinical School
MBBS (QLD) FRANZCOG
Associate Professor John Allan is the Chief Academic Medical Officer for UnitingCare Queensland, has a passion for medical student teaching and is the Head of the UnitingCare Clinical School.
He is a Gynaecologist with a speciality in infertility and IVF and has been practicing at The Wesley Hospital since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland and gained his Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecolgoists. He commenced Queensland IVF Services at The Wesley Hospital in 1988 and was the Medical Director of Wesley Monash IVF and Director of the Wesley Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Surgery Unit until 2013.
Associate Professor Nicholas O’Rourke - Surgery
Nick is a general surgeon with special interests in HPB, Hernia and Bariatrics. He is director of General Surgery and Chief of HPB at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He has a long association with The Wesley Hospital.
He loves teaching, and is an examiner for RACS.
Dr Stephen Cook - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr Stephen Cook is a graduate of the University of Queensland specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed further post membership training in the United Kingdom.
Dr Cook has practiced at the Wesley for more than 25 years and is also a visiting medical practitioner at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Mater Hospitals.
He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a member of the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES). In 1994, Dr Cook was the inaugural winner of the AGES travelling fellowship allowing him to further his experience in laparoscopic surgery in the UK, France and the USA.
Dr Bruce Lewis
Dr Bruce Lewis is a Paediatrician who practices across all areas of general paediatrics with a focus on newborn and infant medicine within The Wesley Hospital. He has a special interest in neonatology, general paediatrics, newborns and pre-term births.
Dr Lewis completed his studies at the University of Queensland and undertook his first year’s residency at Blacktown District Hospital, Sydney, where his passion for paediatrics began. He subsequently trained in paediatrics at the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, Randwick (now named the Sydney Children’s Hospital) with a focus on newborn medicine.
Following his completion of his Fellowship in paediatrics, Dr Lewis moved to the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, working in newborn medicine before undertaking a Fellowship in Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital, Denver. Dr Lewis then returned to Auckland and was appointed as a Staff Neonatologist at the National Women’s Hospital. In 1984, he returned to Brisbane to accept a Staff Neonatologist position at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in South Brisbane.
Dr Omar Kaisar - Medicine
Dr Kaisar is a Nephrologist and General Physician and has been working at The Wesley Hospital since 2008. His clinical interests include nephrology, dialysis and transplantation and internal medicine.
Dr Kaisar graduated in1999 from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). He has also completed a Master of Science (MSc) and is conducting research in renal transplantation, with a focus on live donor transplantation and cardiovascular disease. Dr Kaisar is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN).
Dr Chris Jackson - Anaesthetics
MBBS (Melbourne, 1991) FANZCA (2007)
Dr Jackson joined Wesley Anaesthesia in 2008, after completing his anaesthetic training in the UK, Adelaide and Cairns. Prior to specialising in anaesthetics he had worked for several years as a country GP, mostly in Victoria and Queensland. He completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1991.
His anaesthetic practice is broad in scope and includes anaesthesia for bariatric surgery, spinal surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, eye surgery and general surgery. He has been the Discipline Lead in Anaesthesia at the UnitingCare Clinical School since 2010, overseeing the education of medical students in anaesthetics at The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Dr Jackson has 4 sons, one daughter and a rampant book-buying habit; is a keen runner and beginner orienteer, and loves modern board games. Just don’t talk to him about Monopoly or Scrabble.
Dr Dan Soobratty - Emergency Medicine
Dan graduated from University of Leicester in 2008, and returned to Australia in 2010, after a long hiatus. He found a passion for emergency medicine, and completed specialty training in 2017.
He finds himself practising at the Wesley, and readily enjoys the challenges and rewards of private medicine. In between work, he attempts to stop his children from driving he and his wife insane, and continues the Brisbane search for two basic staples of life; crispy buffalo wings, and some decent Indian food, which involves a little more spice than a touch of pepper.
Dr Jeff Conn - Emergency Medicine
Jeff, who has a real passion for medical student teaching, graduated from University of Queensland in 1991, became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1996 and has worked in private emergency medicine at both St Andrew’s War Memorial and The Wesley Hospitals since 1998.
He has worked in rural and remote medicine in the The Kimberley, Kalgoorlie, Hervey Bay, Grafton and Kempsey as well as Richmond, North Queensland.
Jeff completed his Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (UNSW) in 2001 and has worked with Norths Devils Rugby League, QLD Bulls and Australian Cricket teams, UQ Rugby Union, QAS Golf, Waterpolo and Rowing Teams and the Australian Rowing Team from 2008-2020.
Jeff is married to Jenny, also a GP and together they have two great kids and enjoy travelling overseas but moreso travelling throughout rural Australia. Jeff enjoys rowing, triathlon, golf, mountain-biking and staying fit and healthy.
Dr Jenny Bowes - Emergency Medicine MBBS BSc Hons FRACGP ACEM Ce
Dr Jenny Bowes graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Griffith University in 1987 and went on to work in the biochemistry lab at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Not long after this she started medicine at the University of Queensland and graduated in 1993. She initially spent several years bonded out in rural Queensland and particularly enjoyed working in Gympie where she developed a passion for emergency medicine. In the future years she has gained her FRACGP and ACEM (ce). She has now worked for over 26 years in emergency departments either public or private throughout Brisbane and is full time at the Wesley for the last 18 years. In this time she also has been involved in medical student education with the University of Queensland, initially as a clinical tutor and then Clinical Lead Educator and lecturer. She now works as a Sub-dean at the Uniting Care Clinical school. In the last 2 years she has been involved in establishing a private emergency in Rockhampton of which she co directs.
In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends, cooking, travelling and her animals.
Dr Luke Jeremijenko - Emergency Medicine B.Sc(Hons) MBBS(UQ) DCH FRACGP FACEM
Doctor Jeremijenko graduated from the University of Queensland with a MBBS in 2005. He gained the fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2010, and the fellowship of the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM) in 2017.
Doctor Jeremijenko is a consultant Emergency Physician at Wesley Hospital. He is currently a Senior Medical Officer serving with the Australian Defence Force, 3rd Health Support Battalion. He is a graduate from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2000. In 2020, he has volunteered for service in Christmas Island and Northwest Tasmania as part of the ADF response to COVID-19.
With his extensive paediatric experience and dedication to the profession, he has played a significant role in management of paediatric COVID-19 patients within the Wesley Emergency Centre. He has created a hospital wide video for paediatric ALS management during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is training current medical students in correct use of N95 and proper PPE use whilst on placement in the Wesley Emergency Centre.
Doctor Jeremijenko has previously held positions as a Senior Emergency Registrar (Trauma) at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. His paediatric experience includes completing a Fellowship in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Queesland Children’s Hospital. As part of this, he has had extensive Paediatric Intensive Care experience and a six month placement with Children’s Retrieval Services conducting retrievals of critically sick and injured children throughout Queensland and Northern NSW. His adult retrieval experience includes placement with the Royal Flying Doctors, Broome Regional Aeromedical Retrievals and extensive military retrievals on Blackhawks.
Doctor Jeremijenko has demonstrated the highest professional performance and dedication to teaching and to support his research. He completed his Certificate IV in Teaching and Assessment in 1999. He has published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has held the academic tittle of Lecturer for over 15 years and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. He has obtained many teaching awards from the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland Children’s hospital and most recently, was awarded best Tutor UCH clinical school Rotation 1 2020.