Dr. Stephen Tham (Fellowship Supervisor)
Mr Stephen Tham graduated from medicine at Monash University in 1985 and went on to specialise in orthopaedic surgery.
He was accepted for a Microsurgery Fellowship at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery at St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne in 1994 and followed this with a Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia in 1995.
Mr Tham was accepted for a further Hand Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and New York University Medical Centre in the USA in 1996 after which he returned to Melbourne to commence practice as a Specialist Hand Surgeon.
He was awarded the Australian Hand Surgery Society Travelling Fellowship in 2008.
Mr Tham now works in the Hand Surgery Unit at St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne and as a Senior Hand Surgery Consultant at Dandenong Hospital in Victoria while maintaining a busy private practice.
He is a current member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr. Jason Harvey
Jason Harvey is an internationally trained Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty interest in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. Jason graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997. After an internship at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital he moved to the United States where he undertook general surgery training at Harvard and Harbor-UCLA, completing his advanced training in orthopaedic surgery at Harbor-UCLA in 2005.
Jason then undertook a hand and peripheral nerve surgery fellowship in Sydney (Royal North Shore) and was admitted to fellowship of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.
Jason has a particular interest in arthroscopic surgery and is also involved in research into advanced techniques in fixation of wrist fractures, finger joint replacement and base of thumb arthritis. Through his public appointment at Dandenong he is consistently involved in teaching junior doctors and has been on the faculty of a number of advanced teaching courses.
Jason specialises in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery.
Dr. Peter Maloney
Mr Peter Maloney graduated medicine at the University of Queensland in 1997 and chose orthopaedic surgery as his specialty.
He completed a Hand Fellowship with the Victorian Hand Surgery Associates in 2006 followed by another with the Sydney Hand Unit in 2007, continuing as a locum there in 2008.
Mr Maloney was then accepted for a Hand and Peripheral Nerve Fellowship with Professor C. Oberlin in Paris, France from 2008 – 2009. He then returned to Australia in 2009 to open his private practice and join the Victorian Hand Surgery Associates.
He now works as a Consultant Hand Surgeon at Dandenong Hospital in Victoria and as a visiting Hand Surgeon at The Valley Private Hospital, Mulgrave in Victoria and St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Fitzroy and Kew.
Mr Maloney is a member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and is involved in continuing medical education programmes through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He also travels annually to Madang and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea to take part in the Interplast hand surgery missions.
Dr. Farnaz Yassaee
Farnaz is an American-trained orthopaedic surgeon specialising in surgery of the hand and upper extremity.
Farnaz received her bachelor of science from Yale University in New Haven, CT in 1998, where she graduated Magna cum laude. In 2003 she received her medical doctorate from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.
Farnaz completed her orthopaedic training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York in 2008 including a trauma rotation at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland and a paediatric rotation at Children's Hospital Boston in Massachusetts.
Farnaz received her microsurgery certificate after completing a course at the Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center in New York,NY. Finally, in 2009 she completed the Harvard University Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship working at the Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston.
In 2009 she moved to her current home in Melbourne, Australia. She received her FRACS in orthopaedic surgery in 2012 and now practices at both Dandenong and The Alfred Hospitals. Her primary focus is hand surgery with an interest in shoulder and elbow.
Prof. Eugene Ek
Prof. Eugene Ek is a fellowship-trained hand and upper limb surgeon who specializes in all aspects of hand, elbow and shoulder surgery
Eugene received his Medical Degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2001. He completed his internship and basic surgical training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and in 2008, completed a PhD in bone and tumour biology at the University of Melbourne for research into osteosarcomas. Eugene then went on to finish his orthopaedic training in Melbourne and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2010.
Following the completion of his orthopaedic training, Eugene spent a further 3 years undertaking subspecialist fellowship training in hand, elbow shoulder surgery, including 12 months as an Honorary Hand Fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Dandenong Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Tham.
He completed two 6 month fellowships in shoulder and elbow surgery, the first being at the Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich in Switzerland under Prof. Christian Gerber, followed by a further 6 month fellowship at the Harvard Shoulder Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA under the supervision of Dr. Jon J.P. Warner.
Finally, Eugene went on to work at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School in New York, where he completed a 12 month ACGME-accredited fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microsurgery under renowned surgeons including Dr. Andrew Weiland, Dr. Robert Hotchkiss and Dr. Scott Wolfe.
Eugene continues to be active in teaching and in clinical and biomechanical research. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and multiple book chapters, as well as presented at many regional, national and international conferences. Academically, he is a Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Surgery, Monash University.
Dr. Avanthi Mandaleson
Ms Avanthi Mandaleson graduated from Monash University in 2004 and went on to complete her specialist Orthopaedic training in Australia through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
In 2014, Ms Mandaleson completed a 12-month Orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She then completed the Dandenong Hand Surgery Fellowship, followed by a further fellowship in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery at Wrightington Hospital, UK and a visiting microsurgical fellowship at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India.
Ms Mandaleson specialises in all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow surgery and upper limb trauma reconstruction.
Dr. Richard Tee
Dr Richard Tee graduated from medicine at The University of Adelaide and went on to specialise in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New Zealand. He became a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2021.
Dr Tee is fellowship trained in various aspects of microsurgery, as well as, hand & wrist surgery at renown international centres in Taiwan (Linkou/KaoHsiung), Sweden (Uppsala) and Australia (Melbourne). He completed the Dandenong Hand Surgery Fellowship in 2022.
Besides his clinical training, he completed his PhD degree in Tissue Engineering at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery/University of Melbourne for research looking into vascularisation of tissue engineered construct using microsurgery.
Dr Tee now works at both the Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Unit at Dandenong Hospital and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at both Dandenong and Western Hospital. His clinical work focuses on both hand and reconstructive microsurgery. Dr Tee is also active in the education of junior doctors and continue to engage in basic science, clinical and translational research.