Our Team 2018-01-30T11:35:36+00:00


Dr. Arun Dhir, MS FRCS (Edinburgh UK) FRACS

Dr. Arun Dhir Is A Specialist Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgeon And A Fellow Of The Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons (FRACS).

Are you looking for a compassionate doctor who can perform complex Gastro-Intestinal procedures including Weight Loss Surgery in Melbourne? You’ll find Dr. Arun Dhir a thorough, highly skilled and dedicated G.I. Surgeon. He regularly performs Robotic Surgery of the digestive tract organs along with hernia repair, Gallstone removal, appendectomy surgery and gastric sleeve or gastric lap band surgery or gastric bypass surgery (weight loss surgery).

Along with expertise in digestive health, integrative gut surgery and weight loss surgery, Dr Arun holds Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK (FRCS). Dr. Dhir is an active member of the ANZ Association of Gastro Oesophageal surgeons (ANZGOSA) and Obesity Surgery Society of ANZ (OSSANZ). He has gained extensive surgical experience, having trained and operated in Australia and overseas.

G.I. Surgery, Laparoscopic, Robotic & Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Dhir’s vision is to provide holistic, world class treatment to patients with upper gastro intestinal and general surgical problems. He has a particular interest in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and its application in weight loss surgery options for the morbidly obese. He also specializes in revisional surgery for obese patients who have had complications of previous weight loss operations

Areas of Surgical Focus

Medical Board Registration:
AHPRA MED 1214697

Educational Qualifications:

Current Appointments
Public Hospital
Monash Medical Centre Clayton
The Northern Hospital Epping

Academic Appointment
Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Monash University, Melbourne

Private Hospital
Jessi McPherson Private Hospital
North Park Private Hospital
Warringal Private Hospital
Knox Private Hospital
Epworth Freemasons

Other Interests
Biking, Tennis, Music, Studying Mind-Body Connection

Dr. Jacob Vanyai, Upper GI, Bariatric and General Surgeon

Dr Jacob Vanyai is a specialist Upper GI, Bariatric and General Surgeon, with a particular interest in minimally invasive gastrectomy, hiatal hernia repair and bariatric surgery.

Dr Vanyai completed surgical training at Monash Health in 2012 and undertook further training in Upper GI surgery at Western Health and John Hunter Hospital. He is committed to providing optimal care for his patients throughout the whole surgical journey.


Dr. Ben Keong, MBBS, FRACS,
Upper GI, Bariatric and General Surgeon

Dr. Benjamin Keong is a specialist upper gastrointestinal, bariatric and general surgeon.  After completing his training through Austin Health and obtaining his general surgery fellowship in 2013, he subsequently underwent extensive subspecialty training in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery at major Australian centres including Box Hill Hospital and St George Hospital (Sydney).

He strongly believes in close collaboration with both the patient and the health team to achieve optimal results.

Ms. Sophie Skalkos, APD. Sr. Dietitian and Mindful Eating Expert

Sophie is a Senior dietitian with a keen interest in the area of Digestive Health.

She has had extensive experience with patients undergoing Digestive & Weight Loss Surgery. Sophie has developed expertise in the area of Mindful eating practices that has benefited her clients immensely.

Helen Bauzon, Dietitian/Wellness Coach

Helen Bauzon is an author, inspirational speaker, dietitian, health coach, fitness trainer and TV presenter. Helen’s passion is to help the individual create change in their life and be the best version of themselves.

Helen’s health coaching advice is offered in a very easy and practical method, making implementation very doable for the individual. At the same time dispelling all the myths and fallacies presented by the media.

Dr. Neil Dooney, Anaesthetist

Specialising In

Dr. Dooney is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)and has public appointments at the Austin hospital and Eastern Health. He is committed to ongoing professional development and aims to provide you the best possible care for your procedure.

Dr. John Zois, MBBS, FANZCA

Specialising In

Specialist Anaesthetist with extensive experience in a variety of surgical specialities and an advanced airway management instructor for anaesthesia trainees.

Jayne Corner, Wellness Coaching

Level 3 Wellness Coaching, Cert IV (Fitness), Cert IV (Fitness Pilates)
As a Wellness Coach Jayne supports her clients in achieving the long lasting and positive changes they are looking for – closing the gap between where they are and where they want to go. Jayne is also a certified fitness professional and takes a holistic approach to understanding how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

Ms. Sylvia Ledinic, B.Sc., Grad.Dip.Ed.Psych., M.Psych., M.A.P.S.

Sylvia is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Sylvia has worked with many clients over the years addressing a broad range of issues using a variety of techniques. Currently Sylvia is focusing on the well-being of patients who are embarking on weight loss surgery.

Frequency and overall length of treatment varies according to each individual’s needs. Confidentiality is assured and clients may seek rebates from private health insurance extra’s cover if appropriate.

Ms. Bernadette Jerram, Practice Manager & Bariatric Care Consultant

Bernadette joined Melbourne Gastro Surgery in 2015.   In her role as Bariatric Care Consultant, she is there to help guide and answer patient questions when deciding on Weight Loss surgery.

Bernadette’s extensive knowledge and experience combined with a kind and caring attitude, will ensure your overall experience at Melbourne Gastro Surgery is of the highest quality.

Ms. Rachael Roberts, Medical Receptionist

Rachael joined our reception team at Melbourne Gastro Surgery in 2016.

Rachael has a background in general medical practices and reception.   You will appreciate Rachael’s caring, friendly manner and attention to detail and her commitment to patient care excellence.