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Medical Advisory Committee (MAC)

Bethesda’s MAC comprises a group of visiting medical officers who broadly represent the specialties at the hospital. The MAC meets every 2 months for 3 back-to-back meetings, working collaboratively with the CEO to ensure the clinical standards and patient care at Bethesda are at superior levels.


David Sofield MBBS, FRACSE RCS (Edin.), FRACS (Urology) 
Chairman
David Sofield is a Fremantle-based urological surgeon specialising in urological cancer surgery and urethral reconstructive surgery, including management of male urinary incontinence post radical prostatectomy. Trained in Western Australia, David spent several years in the UK undertaking further training including cancer and reconstructive fellowships. He introduced laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to WA in 2004 and has trained a large number of consultants and fellows in this procedure. David is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.


Professor David Playford MBBS (WA), FRACP (General Medicine), FRACP (Cardiology), PhD (UWA), FCSANZ
Deputy Chair
David is a WA graduate who did his initial training in general medicine followed by cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital. He has a PhD from the University of Western Australia in vascular function and diabetes and a fellowship in echocardiography from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He is the Professor, Cardiology at The Mount Hospital and the Chair in Cardiology at Notre Dame University as well as Coordinator of Cardiovascular Teaching at the School of Medicine. His main research interests are pulmonary hypertension and echocardiography.
David is on several national boards, is a founding director of Vascular West and Sleep Studies Australia and has been a Cluster Lead and Clinical Senator for the WA Health Department. David is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.
www.davidplayford.biz


Toby Leys MBBS (WA), FRACS (Orthopaedics), Fellow AOA
Toby completed his Orthopaedic Fellowship training in Perth in 2008 and then fellowships in knee surgery and limb reconstruction in the eastern states of Australia. Toby specialises in all aspects of knee surgery including arthroscopic surgery, sports knee injury, ligament reconstruction, primary and revision knee replacement, as well as hip replacement surgery. His special interest is in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, and is currently involved in research on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and management. Part of the group Coastal Orthopaedics, he established the Perth Knee Clinic and the Acute Knee Injury Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Both these clinics provide specialist multidisciplinary treatment of knee conditions. Toby is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.
www.coastalorthopaedics.com.au


Gavin Bowra MBBS, FANZCA, FRACS
Gavin undertook his medical education, at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1976 and then working as a resident medical officer in medical/surgery specialties, paediatrics and neonatology. He later undertook his anaesthetics training, becoming a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 1996. He practices across a variety of private hospitals in Perth and undertakes his public work at Swan District Hospital. Gavin is a long standing member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory Committee. Gavin is also a member of the Bethesda Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.


Richard Martin MBChB (Dunedin), FRACS
Richard has almost 20 years of surgical experience including 2-years post fellowship training specifically in oncoplastic breast surgery encompassing all aspects of augmentation, reduction and reconstruction as well as breast oncology and sentinel node biopsy. Richard also has experience and expertise in laparoscopic hernia surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy and vascular access surgery.
Richard has published and presented both nationally and internationally and is dedicated to the development and progression of oncoplastic breast surgery in Australia and New Zealand. Richard is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.
www.richardmartin.com.au


Franc Henze MD, DMD, BScDent (Hons), FRACDS, FRACDS (OMS), GradCertAviationMed, JP
Franc graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Cologne, Germany in 2000, then went on to graduate with a Doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Würzburg, Germany in 2003.
After moving to Australia he achieved his AMC and ADC accreditation in 2004 & 2005. Since then he has undertaken specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, and attained Fellowships in both Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and General Dentistry. After gaining a wealth of experience in trauma, pathology, orthognathic and dento-alveolar surgery in the public health sector, Franc founded the private practice ‘Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of WA’, with a view to providing the best surgical care in his field of expertise.
In the metropolitan area he consults at his rooms in Balcatta, and also regularly travels to Geraldton and Albany to service regional areas. He maintains regular operating lists at Bethesda Health Care, St John of God Mt Lawley, St John of God Murdoch, Glengarry and St John of God Geraldton. Franc is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.
www.oralsurgerywa.com.au


Sven Goebel MD (Germany), FRACS (Orthopaedics), Fellow AOA
Sven Goebel is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in advanced shoulder and knee reconstructions. Sven has undergone advanced Orthopaedic training in Perth and following that he spent 18 months working in Germany and France with some of the leading experts in shoulder and knee surgery. After his return to Perth in 2011 he co-founded Perth Shoulder Clinic, based at Bethesda.
He has been involved in looking after shoulder and knee injuries of several professional and amateur athletes and teams. He has been part of several Instructional Courses for shoulder surgery as a faculty member where he worked alongside some of the leading shoulder surgeons from Europe and the USA. He continues to be involved with teaching of Orthopaedic Surgeons, specialty trainees and allied health professionals locally and nationally. Sven consults and operates at Bethesda Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus. Sven is member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.
www.perthshoulderclinic.com


John Love MBBS, FRANZCOG
John is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, completing his degree at the University of Western Australia in 1987. He completed his training at King Edward Memorial Hospital, WA and St James University Hospital in Leeds, UK before entering private practice in 2000. John has been working extensively in all aspects of fertility and IVF since 2000 and is a long-standing consultant with Fertility Specialists of WA, based at Bethesda. He also has consulting rooms, and delivers babies at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco. John is a member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.


Silke Brinkmann MBBS (Hons), FANZCA
Silke completed her medical education at the University of Western Australia, graduating with honours in 2004. She then worked as a medical officer in critical care areas before completing her anaesthesia specialist training and becoming a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2012. She has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist for a number of years in public and private practice in Australia and also Canada, where she held the positions of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and Staff Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital.
Silke has experience in research, quality and safety, with a special interest in peri-operative care; acute pain medicine; crisis management; and systems-safety in high reliability organizations. In addition to her clinical work, she facilitates medical emergency training for anaesthetists and multidisciplinary teams, and teaches medical students and junior doctors. Silke has sat on committees for The Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA); has presented and taught at national and international meetings; and has published several papers in the field of anaesthesia. Silke is a member of the Bethesda Medical Advisory, Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.