Get to know our Deputy Program Directors

Earlier this year we appointed five Deputy Program Director (DPD). The Deputy Program Director role was established to assist with medical leadership at Monash Health with a particular focus on assisting in leadership around quality and safety, medical training and improvement initiatives within each program.

Let’s get to know them:

Dr Alice Stewart – Women’s and Newborn
Dr Alice Stewart is a Consultant Neonatologist and Director of Monash Newborn, leading the service across sites to drive innovative quality and safety improvements, patient and staff experience, and to promote a translational research program. Alice holds a Master of Health Professional Education, and has interests in inter-professional collaboration, health professional supervision and mentoring, and simulation-based training in human factors and teamwork. She is the Victorian representative on the Australia and New Zealand Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Advanced Training Committee. Alice’s leadership style of collaboration and engagement across all disciplines will support the Women’s and Newborn Program in becoming Australia’s leader in women, newborn and family-centred care.

Dr Lynden Roberts – Speciality Medicine, Cancer and Critical Care
Dr Lynden Roberts trained in rheumatology and general medicine at Royal Melbourne, St Vincent’s, and Royal Darwin Hospitals. His PhD was in immunogenetics at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. After working in Melbourne for a few years as an academic clinician, he moved to North Queensland and served in various leadership roles at Townsville Hospital, including as Director of Physician Training, Director of Internal Medicine, Director of Rheumatology, Director of Clinical Research, and as Chair of Medicine at James Cook University. He has led a number of health service reforms, including securing a $2.5m grant to deliver a five-year hospital research infrastructure program; implementing and evaluating the first national comprehensive rheumatology telehealth service; and serving as a foundational director of the successful national rheumatology clinical database and audit programme, OPAL rheumatology. At Monash Health, he helped establish and leads the novel multidisciplinary back and neck clinic model with physiotherapists, supported by neurosurgeons; as well as establishing and leading the new Rheumatology Clinical Trials unit. He works as a clinical rheumatologist, and is an enthusiastic teacher to undergraduate and postgraduate medicos.

Dr Lilian Johnstone – Children’s
Dr Lilian Johnstone is a Paediatric Nephrologist who has a long standing association with Monash Health. She is Head of the Department of Nephrology, Monash Children’s Hospital and also has an appointment at Royal Children’s Hospital, Department of Nephrology. She has an interest in junior medical staff well-being, training and education; is HMO co-ordinator for the paediatric basic trainees at Clayton and is one of the leads in developing the Victorian Paediatric Basic Training Network. She has completed a Masters in Health Management through the University of New South Wales. She is a member of the RACP paediatric basic trainee accreditation sub-committee.

Dr Georgia Soldatos – Acute Medicine, Sub Acute and Community
Dr Georgia Soldatos completed her MBBS with first class honours in 1997 and then went on to complete advanced training in Endocrinology. She completed a PhD examining the role of AGEs in diabetic vascular disease. Georgia has worked in the public health system for 20 years, the last 15 of which have been at Monash Health. She has been the Deputy Director of Diabetes since 2009 and Head of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service since 2014 at Monash Health. She is also a Research Fellow at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, at Monash University – in partnership with Monash Health. Georgia’s main research interests include healthcare improvement, with a focus on improving the inpatient management of people with diabetes. She also has interests in diabetes in pregnancy and in the elderly. She chairs the Expert Reference Group on Older People with Diabetes, led by Diabetes Tasmania. Georgia is involved in PhD supervision as well as education and training, taking a lead role in the pastoral care of trainees. She is passionate about clinical medicine and delivering high quality healthcare in an evidence based, sustainable way. She is particularly interested in preventing avoidable harm in hospitals and is a strong patient advocate. Georgia is motivated to optimise the patient experience and ensure that staff are well cared for.

Dr Nathalie Webb – Surgery and Interventional Services
Dr Nathalie Webb is a consultant paediatric urologist at Monash Health, with prior appointments at Westmead Children’s and Sydney Children’s Hospitals. Graduating in medicine from University of Sydney, she undertook training in General Surgery then Urology in NSW before completing subspecialty training in Paediatric Urology in London. Moving to Melbourne in 2012, she established a specialist urology unit for Monash Children’s Hospital and contributed to the design and commissioning of the purpose-built Children’s facilities. Active in clinical education at organisational, University, College and international specialty society levels, she had gained a Masters of Surgical Education from University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of Faculty of Surgical Trainers, RCS Edinburgh. With an international reputation for expertise in the field of paediatric urology, Dr Webb’s future focus is continuous improvement in quality and safety of surgical care and excellence in vocational training through dynamic clinical leadership.

Don’t forget to say hi if you see them around.