Council

The Council meets in person 5 times per year and holds responsibility for the conduct and management of ANZAOMS, in conjunction with the Executive Officer.

The ANZAOMS Council comprises;

  • President.
  • Vice President.
  • Immediate Past President.
  • State Representatives from each state around Australia.
  • A representative from New Zealand.
  • Three Junior Councillors (Members with less than 10 Years Post Fellowship Experience).
  • The Chairman of the RACDS Board of Studies (OMS).
  • The Executive Officer sits on Council as an ex officio member.

President

Dr Patrishia Bordbar

Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
B.D.Sc. (Melb.), M.B.B.S (Hons.) (Melb.), PGDip.Surg.Anat (Melb.), M.D.Sc (O.M.S.)(Melb.), F.R.A.C.D.S (O.M.S.), F.R.C.S (Ed.)

Dr Bordbar is a Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS), and graduated from The University of Melbourne Dental School with a BDSc in 1996. She then went on to complete her Medical Degree (MBBS) and Masters degree in OMS all through The University of Melbourne, and completed her four year hospital based surgical training through the major tertiary hospitals in Melbourne. She has been the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the F.G. Christensen medal for achieving the highest score in the Part I College examinations (RACDS). Dr Bordbar has spent an additional two years training in the UK, including sub-specialty training in Craniofacial Surgery. She maintains micro-accreditation in Craniofacial Surgery and is a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), in addition to her FRACDS (OMS).

Dr Bordbar is a Consultant surgeon in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and has been in private practice as a specialist surgeon in Melbourne since 2008. She is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) following a decade of service at RMH. She holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer post at the Department of Paediatrics through The University of Melbourne. She is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences, and a regular reviewer for major international scientific journals.

Dr Bordbar is an ANZAOMS Councillor since 2011, and has served as past president of ANZAOMS (Vic) for two terms. She is Supervisor of Training at The Royal Children’s Hospital, and is an accredited examiner with the RACDS regularly examining the surgical OMS trainees.

Dr Dimitrios Nikolarakos

Immediate Past President

Dr Dimitrios Nikolarakos

Dr Nikolarakos completed his dental degree in Melbourne. Following 3 years of residency in Melbourne and Hobart, he completed his Medical degree and higher surgical training in South Australia. He undertook 3 years of fellowships in head and neck and free flap reconstruction in Cochin, Portland and London. Whilst in London, he was successful in the fellowship examination in OMFS and was awarded full specialist registration. He stayed on as a consultant for 2 more years before returning to Australia to take up a full time post at the Gold Coast University Hospital in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr Nikolarakos is now the medical director of the OMFS department and a core member of the Head and Neck multidisciplinary team. He is a supervisor of training for the Qld program and a supervisor of 2 PhD students through Griffith University and QUT. He is a member of the RACDS regional training committee and has been an examiner for the FRACDS (OMS) exam for the past 3 years.

Dr Nikolarakos was elected federal ANZAOMS councillor for Queensland in 2012 and is also President of the Queensland Branch of ANZAOMS. He is the chair of the ANZAOMS Medicare Committee and has taken the lead in negotiations with senior officials of the Australian Department of Health. More recently he has represented ANZAOMS at national meetings involving the AMA, medical colleges and surgical societies responding to the Medicare schedule review. He is also the chair of the organizing committee for the 2016 national ANZAOMS conference.

Jasvir Singh

Vice President

Dr Jasvir Singh

Dr Jasvir Singh was educated in Sydney and attended Sydney University Dental School qualifying in 1994. After working for a year as the dental intern at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, he worked in the UK as a senior house officer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Worcester and Poole. After 2 years in the UK, he was accepted into the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training program in Adelaide at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Adelaide Dental Hospital. This included research in Distraction Osteogenesis and completion of his medical degree from the University of Adelaide in 2002. He passed his fellowship exam for completion of his surgical training in 2005.

Overseas experience includes oral oncology and head and neck surgery as an overseas fellow at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India.

He was appointed as Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, Sydney in 2009, where he is involved in the Head & Neck Clinic.

Chair – RACDS Board of Studies (OMS)

Dr Emma Lewis

Dr Emma Lewis is a dual qualified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who completed her training in Adelaide and Perth becoming a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2002. She obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Western Australia.

Emma has spent 11 years in Florida, USA where she became an Associate Professor and Director of Training at the University of Florida in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Centre for Implant Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology.

Emma practices all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery including orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery, pathology, comprehensive implant treatment including implant placement and bone grafting as well as all aspects of dentoalveolar surgery. Emma is currently the Director of Training for WA OMS and is a consultant at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals.

James Kim

New South Wales Councillor

Dr James Kim

Dr Kim studied dentistry at the University of Queensland and medicine at the Australian National University. He completed his specialist surgical training at major hospitals in Sydney and Canberra. This was followed by two fellowship positions in Melbourne – Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, and Orthognathic and Trauma Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Kim is currently a consultant surgeon at Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He is actively involved in registrar teaching as a supervisor of training and member of the NSW/ACT regional surgical committee. Dr Kim is a clinical associate lecturer at the University of Sydney where he works closely with orthodontic postgraduates for the treatment of orthognathic surgery cases.

New Zealand Councillor

Dr Rakesh Jattan

BDS (Otago) MDS(OMS) MBCHB (Otago) FRACDS(OMS)  

Dr Jattan completed both his dental and medical undergraduate degrees at the University of Otago, before completing his OMS advanced surgical training in 2014 with experience at all of New Zealands accredited training centres. Following his FRACDS award, he completed his post training Fellowship in Orthognathic and Head and Neck Surgery at the prestigious Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, United Kingdom.  

On his return to New Zealand in 2017 he has been a Consultant OMS surgeon for the Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards in Auckland, involved in teaching and training of accredited and non-accredited registrars. He also holds a Supervisor of Training post with the Waikato DHB and is member of the NZ Regional Surgical Committee in OMS

Rachel Hsieh

Queensland Councillor

Dr Jen-Ti (Rachel) Hsieh

Dr Jen-Ti (Rachel) Hsieh is an oral & maxillofacial surgeon with dual qualifications in Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales with honors and her dental degree at Griffith University. She then undertook specialist surgical training at various hospitals across Queensland and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, FRACDS (OMS).

Dr Hsieh is a consultant oral & maxillofacial surgeon at Woolloongabba Oral Health Centre. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge with undergraduate students, OMS registrars in training, as well as general medical and dental colleagues.

Dr Hsieh practices the full scope of oral & maxillofacial surgery with special interest in dentoalveolar surgeries in patients with inherited or acquired bleeding tendencies, oral pathology, corrective jaw surgery for dentofacial deformities or obstructive sleep apnoea. Having dual qualifications means Dr Hsieh is the key connection between her medical and dental colleagues. This allows safe and comprehensive treatment for patients with complex medical and dental needs.

Zahi Khouri

South Australian Councillor

Dr Zahi Khouri

Mr Khouri is a dually qualified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Undergraduate dental and medical degrees were completed in NZ (University of Otago) and Australia (University of Adelaide) respectively. He undertook his surgical training in NZ, the UK and then formally completed his advanced surgical training in Adelaide, South Australia. Mr Khouri was awarded specialist surgical fellowship, FRACDS(OMS), in 2011.

Mr Khouri has been a visiting consultant surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for many years and was heavily involved in the South Australian OMS training program. He is currently in private practice in Adelaide and practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Tasmanian Councillor

Dr Paul Sillifant

Dr Sillifant completed his dental and medical degree at the University of Western Australia, followed by further surgical training under Dr David Vaughan at the University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool, UK. His main interests include maxillofacial trauma, cosmetic facial procedures, orthognathic surgery and surgery for sleep apnoea.

Ricky Kumar

Victorian Councillor

Mr Ricky Kumar

Mr Kumar is qualified with degrees in both Medicine and Dentistry. He received several awards during his studies including University of Otago’s most outstanding student during his dental degree as well as F.G Christensen medal for part I exams for his surgical training.

He did his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical training in Adelaide from where he completed part II exams with R.A.C.D.S and was awarded the F.R.A.C.D.S (O.M.S) fellowship.

He then undertook further 12 months sub-specialty training in paediatric maxillofacial surgery and corrective jaw surgery as a fellowship at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. To further his skills and clinical interests, he spent another 12 months as a clinical fellow at the prestigious Oxford University Hospitals in UK. Here he received specialised training in paediatric maxillofacial surgery and TMJ surgery.

Mr Kumar currently holds appointments as a consultant surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and Monash Health (Clayton and Dandenong Hospitals). He is also an honorary consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne. He is involved in the training of future surgeons and dentists through these appointments.

Nathan Vujcich

Western Australian Councillor

Dr Nathan Vujcich

Dr Vujcich is a Consultant at Royal Perth and Perth Children’s Hospitals. He graduated with undergraduate degrees in both medicine and dentistry with Honours at the University of Western Australia. The majority of his advanced surgical training was received in Western Australia, with time also spent at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Additional fellowship training was performed at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He has spent time in units including Croatia and Switzerland. Dr Vujcich is a member of the Western Australian Regional Surgical Committee and examines for the special stream (OMS) of the RACDS.  He maintains private surgical practice in addition to his public service.

Peter Ricciardo

Junior Councillor (2021-2022)

Mr Peter Ricciardo

Peter completed specialty training in 2013 before moving to Melbourne for consecutive fellowships at Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital. He subsequently travelled to Glasgow for fellowship in Head and Neck surgery at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Peter has public appointments at the Perth Children’s Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital, and conducts private practice at West Perth Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Peter is a member of ANZAOMS, contributor to the Research and Education Fund, and committee member for the recent ANZAOMS 2018 Conference in Perth. Peter is also a member of ADA, AMA, RACDS, ITI and AO. He is a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons instructor for CCrISP, instructor faculty for AO, and a co-worker with SORG. Peter is a member of the West Australian Regional Surgical Committee and am on the Medical Advisory Committee at Park Private Hospital.

Timothy Wong

Junior Councillor (2020-2023)

Mr Timothy Wong

Mr Wong is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon working in both public (Royal Melbourne Hospital) and group private practice (OMFS) in Melbourne. After completing his Maxillofacial training in Victoria in 2012, he undertook 2 further years of clinical fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology at University College London Hospital prior to returning to Melbourne. Mr Wong’s subspeciality area of interest is Head and Neck Oncology and he is actively involved with clinical and research work in this area through the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is currently the Deputy Director and Supervisor of Training of OMS at the RMH, an examiner for the OMS SST exam and has previously been Treasurer of ANZAOMS Vic.

Junior Councillor (2021-2024)

Dr Shreya Tocaciu

BDS MBBS MPhil FRACDS(OMS)

Dr Shreya Tocaciu is a consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who completed her dental degree in South Australia, medical degree in Tasmania, and specialty training in Victoria/Tasmania. She then completed her fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Surgery and Facial Trauma at St Vincent’s and Epworth Hospitals in Melbourne. Dr Tocaciu currently holds appointments as a consultant OMS at Mount Gambier Hospital, Austin Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Dr Tocaciu has serves on various representative bodies including hospital advisory boards, and is active in teaching and research. Having recently completed her surgical training, she has contemporary insight into the challenges and experiences of surgeons-in-training, fellows, and junior consultants. Shreya enjoys working across the breadth of the specialty, and is passionate about improving access to quality specialty surgical services in the country.

Belinda Mellowes

Executive Officer

Ms Belinda Mellowes

Belinda commenced as ANZAOMS Executive Officer in 2017. She has completed a Bachelor of Management through the University of Sydney and a Masters of Social Science (International Development) with RMIT, Melbourne. Her background lies in senior corporate services and operational management roles in consulting, finance and legal. Belinda has also previously spent six years as CEO of a peak agri-political industry body, representing over 1200 members across a range of issues and industry development programs. Belinda is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) program and was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2002. During her career she has held company secretary and director positions on a number of boards, as well as being a council member on two Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Councils for NRM programs.

What is ANZAOMS?

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS) is the professional representative organisation for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS).

Our focus is on the advancement, advocacy for, and continuing education of OMS, through engagement with all levels of government, regulators, key public and private stakeholders and the general public.

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