Associate Professor Muhajir Mohamed is the Head of Clinical & Laboratory for Launceston General Hospital and North-West and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. He underwent clinical haematology training and worked as a specialist haematologist in India before coming to Australia in 2007. He obtained Fellowships from Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in Sydney.
Dr Mohamed is working as a Consultant Haematologist in Launceston General Hospital since 2010. He is currently the Chair of Blood Management Committee and the Clinical Lead for National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard-7 for Northern Tasmania. He is also the Head of State-wide Bone marrow Transplantation Committee for Northern and North-West Tasmania. He is actively involved in the development of state-wide protocols in blood transfusions and autologous bone marrow transplantation.
Dr Mohamed is an active member of American Society of Haematology, Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and Australia Lymphoma and Leukemia Group.
He is involved in clinical trials and research activities in both malignant and non-malignant haematology disciplines. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals in haematology and medicine and 8 presentations at national and international haematology conferences. He is also a reviewer for peer-reviewed haematology and medicine journals.
Dr Mohamed and his family like to live in Launceston, since the city offers a combination of an urban atmosphere with stress-free life-style; and hence a perfect work-life balance.
MBBS, MD, DM (Clinical Haematology), FRACP, FRCPA
Dr Heenan grew up in Perth, WA and completed her medical degree at University of Western Australia. She then worked at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) for many years, completing her basic physicians training and FRACP exams before commencing Haematology advanced training there. Dr Heenan gained 3 ½ years training in laboratory and clinical haematology at RPH including extensive involvement with the bone marrow transplant unit, haemophilia and thrombosis unit and participated in the running of many clinical trials and successfully completed her haematology pathology exams (FRCPA). Moving to Melbourne to complete her haematology advanced training at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Cabrini Hospital which provided valuable clinical experience, further involvement in clinical trials and ongoing supportive contacts and colleagues. Dr Heenan then completed a fellowship year in Bone Marrow Transplant at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Around this time, she also completed a post-graduate Specialist Certificate in Oncology Research at the University of Melbourne.
Upon completing her formal training Dr Heenan enjoyed locum work across the country as an opportunity to explore other parts of the country and gain further experience in varied clinical settings. This also allowed her to take some time to travel overseas, drive across the Nullarbor (twice!) and explore WA’s far North West.
Whilst locuming in Launceston Dr Heenan fell in love with the place (and her now husband!) and thus Tassie has now become home. Jess really appreciates the great team of staff that make up the Holman Clinic and Northern Cancer Services and the way they have made me feel so welcome in Launceston, Burnie and Latrobe.
Dr Heenan really enjoys the opportunity to practice a broad range of general haematology here, along with her more specific interests of malignant and transplant haematology. Having a strong interest in clinical trials and particularly via involvement with the Australasia Leukemia & Lymphoma Group (ALLG) Dr Heenan is excited to be able to help Tasmanian patients access more clinical trials and novel therapy options.
Dr Heenan has a strong interest in teaching and is involved with formal teaching for the University of Tasmania Medical Students here in Launceston.
MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, Grad Cert Clinical Research.
Dr Simon McRae is a clinical and laboratory consultant haematologist, with an interest in benign haematology including bleeding and thrombotic disorders.
After growing up on the North West Coast of Tasmania, Dr McRae graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1992. He underwent haematology training in Edinburgh, Hobart, and Newcastle, followed by a 3 year fellowship at McMaster University focussing on management of patients with venous thrombosis.
He has worked as a consultant haematologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for the last 14 years, including 2 years as clinical director of haematology. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications and has authored book chapters in his specialist area. He is a previous chair of the Australian Haemophilia Centre Director’s organization, and currently is the chair of the steering committee of the Australian Bleeding Disorder Registry.
Dr McRae is looking forward to making a contribution to the well-being of the community in Northern Tasmania, and hopes the state gets an AFL team soon.
MBBS (Hons), FRACP, FRCPA.
Usira Vithanarachchi or Dr Usi as he is known in the clinic, joined us three years ago from the UK. He grew up and completed his basic medical education in Sri Lanka and completed his post graduate training under the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh and The Royal College of Pathologists London. He worked at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital as a Consultant Haematologist with a special interest in Bone Marrow Transplantation. He was the principal investigator, co-investigator and a delegated member of several national and international clinical trials conducted by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in the UK including UKALL14 and UKALL2011. He has contributed to several papers and poster presentations.
Dr Usi, with his wife and three kids moved to Tasmania to be closer to his parents and his sister taking up a position with the W.P. Holman Clinic to continue his work in haematology. He has a special interest in both malignant and non-malignant blood disorders such as lymphoma, myeloma, immune thrombocytopenia, iron overload, thrombosis and haemostasis. He has a keen interest in teaching and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Tasmania.
He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) since 2007, British Society of Haematology since 2011, The Royal College of Pathologists since 2014, The European Group for Bone Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) since 2014 and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2017.
Dr Usi has a very positive outlook to life and enjoys looking after patients and supporting them on their journey, he takes an interest in the whole person and what’s best for them. Outside of work he enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that Tasmania offers. He also has a keen interest in many sports including cricket, rugby union, boxing and AFL.
MBBS, MRCP, FRCPath, FRACP.
Dr Patel immigrated from South Africa after completion of high school. She obtained her medical degree at the University of New South Wales. She then practised as a junior doctor in Far North Queensland, where she also completed her Basic Physician Training. At this time, she also spent a large amount of time as a junior doctor working in Haematology and was exposed to a variety of clinical settings including bone marrow transplantation. She then moved to South Australia where she completed her haematology training, gaining fellowship in both clinical and laboratory aspects. During this time, not only was she also exposed to a variety of clinical settings including coagulation/thrombosis, transplantation and malignant haematology including bone marrow transplantation, but also an opportunity to immerse herself in different laboratory subspecialties and an opportunity to work at the Australian Red Cross Blood Services (South Australian Branch). Dr. Patel was also involved in clinical trials. She primarily worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, but spent her final years at Flinders Medical Centre.
Dr. Patel enjoys working in haematology in Tasmania, as there is opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of clinical conditions as well as the opportunity for short travel to the NW coast to do her clinics there, as well as lifestyle opportunities that are unique to Tasmania. Dr. Patel currently keeps herself occupied juggling her career and her young children.
MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA.
Dr Ming Sheng Lim is a clinical and Laboratory Haematologist and is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).
Dr Lim undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Melbourne where he obtained degrees in Medicine (MBBS) and Biomedical Science (BMedSci). He then completed haematology training at Calvary Mater Hospital and John Hunter Hospital (Newcastle) before undertaking a 2-year Thrombosis Research Fellowship at Monash Health (Melbourne).
His interests are in both malignant and non-malignant haematology with a specific focus on thrombosis and haemostasis as well as obstetric haematology.
Dr Lim moved to Tasmania in April 2019 where he enjoys the unspoilt natural beauty and relaxing lifestyle which it offers.
BMedSci, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA.
Julia obtained her medical degree from the University of Tasmania, studying at both the Hobart and Launceston Clinical Schools.
She then spent several years in South Australia where she completed her General Training followed by Advanced Training in Haematology (both clinical and laboratory).
Julia is interested in the care of patients across all aspects of haematology including both those with malignant and non-malignant disorders.
She is very much enjoying being back living and working in her home state with all that it has to offer.
MBBS (Hons), FRACP, FRCPA.
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