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Our Doctors
and Team
A/Professor Raymond Schwartz
PhD MBBS FRACP

Founding Partner of Southern Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor University of Sydney
VMO St George Private Hospital
Co-founder Parkinson Wellbeing Program Calvary Hospital
Co-founder Motor Neuron Disease Clinic Calvary Hospital

Medical Education
1982 MBBS University of Sydney
1991 FRACP (Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians): General Medicine and Neurology
2012 PhD University of Sydney: Small vessel cerebrovascular disease and its relationship to Parkinson Disease: A clinicopathological study

Interests
General Neurology including neurodegenerative disease (Parkinson Disease and Alzheimer Disease); stroke; multiple sclerosis; migraine; holistic neurology; neurophysiology
Clinical Research and Education: Clinical Associate Professor University of Sydney; Principal Investigator in over 45 pharmaceutical trials; proactive Southern Neurology investigator research program (see publications)
Reading and writing
Movies and plays
Fitness and sailing

Memberships
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurology (ANZAN)
American Academy of Neurology (Affiliate)
International Movement Disorder Society
Australian Movement Disorder Society
Australian Medical Association.



A/Professor Dennis Cordato
PhD MBBS FRACP

Graduated University of Sydney, 1st class honours 1988 - FRACP 1995, PhD Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Sydney 2001. Conjoint associate professor at Liverpool Hospital and UNSW.

Associate Professor Dennis Cordato has been a practising as a consultant neurologist at Southern Neurology for the past 20 years. He is also a Senior Staff Specialist Neurologist at Liverpool Hospital and Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW. His clinical interests include neuropharmacology, stroke and botulinum toxin therapy for neurological disorders.

He is Academic Head of Stroke Research at Liverpool Hospital and during the past 3 years has been principal investigator at Liverpool Hospital in over 10 acute and post-acute stroke-related multi-centre randomised controlled clinical trials. He has also previously been in sub-investigator for a number of pivotal stroke trials through his work at Southern Neurology and hospital appointments including PROGRESS, CHARISMA, ON-TARGET and PERFORM as well a clinical research trials in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer dementia and Parkinson's disease. Dr Cordato regularly attends a monthly multidisciplinary motor neuron disease clinic at Liverpool Hospital as well as a Developmental Assessment Service clinic in Kogarah.

Dr Cordato has been highly active in investigator-led stroke and neurology research within South Western Sydney LHD through which he has successfully co-supervised 3 PhD, 2 Masters and 2 ILP medical student theses to completion as well as advanced trainees in neurology and geriatric medicine college of physician research projects. He has over 90 peer reviewed local and international journal publications including >40 that are in the area of cerebrovascular disease. He also has > 100 meeting presentations at local and international scientific stroke and neurology meetings.

Dr Cordato is also a sporting enthusiast and enjoys playing baseball, squash and tennis and watching rugby league and football with his two sons, Jonathon and Ross. Dr Cordato very much enjoys his private family time including weekend walks with his wife Litsa and family dog Leo.


Dr William Huynh
PhD BSc(Anat/Physio) MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Dr William Huynh graduated from University of NSW in 2001 after completing the combined Science and Medicine Course, and then completed his specialist training in Neurology in 2009 with a subspecialization in Neurophysiology. He completed his PhD in 2013 that investigated the mechanisms of neuroplasticity following stroke in human patients. His research encompasses the use of novel techniques such as paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to specifically assess the intracortical inhibitory and excitatory networks of the brain, as well as peripheral nerve excitability studies that provide information on biophysical properties of axons (ion channels, membrane potential etc). His research has been awarded the NHMRC postgraduate medical scholarship, as well as the James Lance Young Investigator of the year in 2011 for the best platform presentation at the Australia & New Zealand Association of Neurologists' Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr Huynh has established a strong track record in medical research currently holding a senior post-doctoral fellowship at University of Sydney in affiliation with the Forefront Motor Neuron Disease Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre. Dr Huynh has authored over 55 publications with a majority being either first or senior author, in international peer reviewed journals as well as 13 published conference abstracts and 4 book chapters in well-respected international textbooks including the Oxford textbook series. Dr Huynh has been involved in over 25 clinical research trials in motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's dementia.

Dr Huynh is Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Clinical School, and heavily involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as development of the medical curriculum.

Dr Huynh is also a consultant neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He runs a weekly nerve conduction study and EMG clinic at the hospital, and to date, has supervised 9 training neurologists undertaking their final elective fellowship year in clinical neurophysiology as part of the FRACP program in Neurology.

His areas of practice encompasses general neurology that include disorders such as headache and migraine, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy and epilepsy with a particular interest in clinical neurophysiology, stroke, MND/ALS, as well as peripheral neuromuscular disorders such as acquired and inflammatory/immune-mediated neuropathies.



Dr Colin Mahoney
PhD MBBCh MRCPI FRACP

Dr Mahoney is an academic neurologist graduating from University College Dublin with honours in 2006. Colin undertook additional undergraduate training in neurology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts’s General Hospital. Following this Colin completed his basic physician training in Dublin before undertaking a PhD at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London.  Colin undertook his specialty training in neurology in London, training at the world renowned National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He was award the Association of British Neurologists Australasian Fellowship in 2018 and completed his training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

Dr Mahoney is interested in all aspects of neurology, though has specific interests in neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Parkinson’s disease/Lewy Body Dementia and Motor Neuron Disease). He completed a clinical fellowship at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London, gaining particular expertise in the diagnosis and management of early onset and inherited forms of dementia. He was award a University of Sydney Fellowship in 2019 and has undertaken post-doctoral training in motor neurodegenerations developing expertise in advanced clinical and neurophysiological assessment of patients. Colin is also an investigator on a number of clinical drug trials and is keen to rapidly translate scientific discovery into effective treatments for patients.

Dr Mahoney has a strong track record in research and teaching. He completed a PhD demonstrating new ways to use MRI scans to diagnose dementia earlier. He has published over 40 original research articles, including two articles in the top 1% of published articles in their year of publication. He was amongst the first to describe the clinical features of those with the most common inherited forms of Frontotemporal Dementia and Motor Neuron Disease, for which he received an award from the Alzheimer’s Association (United States). Colin continues to conduct research at The University of Sydney where he is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine. There he provides teaching to medical students and post-graduate doctors in training, as well as supervising post-graduate students at masters and doctoral level.




Dr Lysandra Katelaris
MBBS (Hons) Bsc (Med) FRACP

Dr Lysandra Katelaris graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Honours degree in Medical Science. She completed her Neurology Fellowship in Neurophysiology and Neuroimmunology at Westmead Hospital.

She is an adult Neurologist and diagnostic Neurophysiologist with special interests in headache, neuromuscular disorders, peripheral nerve disorders, epilepsy and Neuroimmunology, including Multiple Sclerosis. She is trained in performing Botulinum toxin injections for a variety of conditions including migraine, hyperhidrosis and spasticity.

Lysandra is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists and the American Academy of Neurology and the Australia and New Zealand Headache society. Dr Katelaris regularly attends both national and international conferences, in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in patient care



Dr Christopher Blair
DPhil MBBS (Hons) BSc (Hons) FRACP

Chris graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class honours in medicine in 2013. He had previously been awarded First Class honours in neuroscience from the University of Nottingham and a DPhil (PhD) in behavioural neuroscience from the University of York (UK). He also undertook two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in behavioural neuroscience and in mesenchymal stem cell therapies at the Victor Chang Research Institute (Sydney) and Mater Medical Research Institute (Brisbane).

Having trained at both Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool Hospitals Chris has gained rich experience in the treatment of all types of neurological disorders and also maintains strong subspecialty interests in stroke and neurovascular illnesses, neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders, and neuroimmunology (including multiple sclerosis).

Chris is the SPHERE Translational Research Fellow in Neurovascular Medicine at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, where his group carries out research using advanced imaging techniques for stroke and neurovascular diseases (including high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and FDG-PET/CT). Other clinical research  projects include several focused on new approaches to stroke treatment, prevention and recovery. He is an Associate Investigator for >10 clinical trials and has more than 70 publications, and in 2020 presented his research at the world’s biggest conventions in the US and Europe.

Chris also has a particular interest in improving every patient’s understanding of their neurological condition, and is involved in several educational drives as well as in projects aimed at improving health literacy among groups of patients affected by neurological diseases.



Our Allied Health Professionals


Rob Wallis
B App Sc (Phys) M.A.P.A.
Physiotherapist

Robert Wallis graduated as a physiotherapist in 1985 and currently has 35 years of clinical experience. His career reflects expertise in both headache/migraine treatment as well as concussion injuries.

Rob is a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner with 12 years of experience in this specialised field. His professional interest in headache and migraine treatment began from his own personal 10-year struggle with migraine. After attending the Watson Headache® Institutes’ Foundation Course in 2008, Rob experienced an almost immediate recovery of his condition.  With this encouraging result, together with those of his patients, Rob’s interest in the headache realm grew. Further study in the area lead to a career focused solely on the management and treatment of headache and migraine disorders.

His professional interest with the neurological pathology of migraine patients revealed a significant correlation with concussion presentations. He is presently researching these correlations and presenting findings at an International Symposium. Rob’s passion in headache treatment and history in sports physiotherapy, has led him to expand his services, providing treatment, education and prevention strategies for people impacted by concussion.

Rob offers consultations at Kogarah, as well as Gymea and the city CBD.

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