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Mr Andrew Packiyanathan - MBBS (Monash) FRACS


Oesophagogastric, Bariatric, General and Trauma Surgeon at Alfred Hospital

Supervisor of Prevocational Surgical Training at Alfred Hospital

Founding Director of Bariatrics Melbourne / Partner at Centre for Bariatric Solutions


Andrew has almost 10 years post fellowship experience and offers the full range of weight loss surgery options. He is experienced in all the major operations (sleeve gastrectomy and bypass) and undertakes complex revisional procedures following failed weight loss surgery.


Andrew offers less invasive options for those who do not qualify or are uncomfortable with weight loss surgery; such as the intragastric balloon and medical weight loss treatment.


Andrew has other interests in benign and malignant upper gastrointestinal conditions including hiatus hernias, gastroesophageal reflux, gallstone disease and upper GI cancers. Andrew is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Association (ANZGOSA) and the Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS).


After completing medical school at Monash University in 2003, Andrew underwent surgical residency and training at Monash Health. He completed surgical training in 2013 and then continued subspeciality oesophagogastric and bariatric training at the Alfred Hospital for another 2 years.


Andrew currently works at the Alfred Hospital where he is attached to the oesophagogastric and bariatric unit and is part of the state trauma service.

He is a supervisor of pre-vocational surgical training at the Alfred Hospital and is passionate about mentoring young aspiring surgeons.


Mr Damien Loh - MBBS (Melb) FRACS


Oesophagogastric, Bariatric, General and Trauma Surgeon at Alfred Hospital

Supervisor of General Surgical Training at Alfred Hospital

Director of Bariatrics Melbourne / Director of Centre for Bariatric Solutions


Mr Damien Loh is an upper gastrointestinal and general surgeon, specialising in surgery for disorders of the stomach and oesophagus, and weight loss surgery.


Damien obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne and gained his Fellowship in General Surgery in 2012. He subsequently undertook a further three years of specialty training in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric (weight loss) surgery at various specialist centres around Australia. He currently works as an upper gastrointestinal surgeon and bariatric surgeon at the Alfred Hospital.


Damien has published in several local and international journals, and presented at local and international meetings and conferences. He has been actively involved in teaching and mentorship of surgical colleagues and allied health staff throughout his career. He is the General Surgery Training Program Director at The Alfred, a Faculty Instructor of the Surgical Skills and Techniques (ASSET) course at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).


Damien has a Masters of Business Administration (Healthcare Management) and is a member of several management committees at RACS.


Damien is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Association (ANZGOSA) and the Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS).


Damien is committed to providing the highest quality surgical service to the community and believes in a thorough, collaborative approach to providing the best possible treatment for your condition.






Louise Becroft


Louise Becroft is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with over 15 years clinical experience in the upper gastrointestinal surgery area.  She is experienced in a wide range of areas of nutrition from her roles in both large tertiary hospitals and private consulting, Louise is most passionate about bariatric surgery nutrition.


Louise aims to provide you with a fresh and professional approach to dietary counselling to support you to achieve your goals and improve your nutritional health.


Louise is currently undertaking a PhD investigating body composition changes (fat and muscle mass) that occur as a result of bariatric surgery and the optimal dietetic care following bariatric surgery.





Practice Manager


Christine Barlow


With over 25 years experience in a range of specialty practices, Christine brings a professional, efficient and vibrant persona to our practice.


Christine is focussed on providing a patient centred experience at Bariatrics Melbourne. She recognises that our patients are often anxious about their surgical care and require support during this time.


Christine enjoys guiding patients through their weight loss journey and thrives on seeing patients through to their weight loss goals. 


Christine ensures she is readily contactable (via phone / email) and instils her values upon the team she manages.