NACOS Committee 

The NACOS committee oversee the strategic direction of the association.

Samantha Hocking

Samantha Hocking

President

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Associate Professor Samantha Hocking is an Endocrinologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Academic at the University of Sydney.

Samantha graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1999. She undertook her training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 2005 she became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (Endocrinology) and completed a Masters degree in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology). Samantha joined the Diabetes Research Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in 2005 to undertake her PhD during which she investigated the metabolic differences between visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue depots, and how accumulation of the former is related to insulin resistance.

In 2017 Samantha returned to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney as a clinician and researcher. Samantha’s main research interest is precision medicine – exploring how personalized medicine can both predict, prevent and improve the management of metabolic disease, particularly diabetes. In addition, she is working with fellow researchers at The Boden Institute and the CPC-RPA Clinic on projects in obesity, bariatric surgery, metabolic syndrome and diabetes and liver disease.

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John Dixon

John Dixon

Vice President

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Professor John Dixon MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FRCP Edin,Head of Clinical Obesity Research, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne

Adjunct Professor, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Melbourne

Adjunct Professor, Iverson Health Innovations Institute, Swinburne University, Melbourne

An experienced clinician, John is known globally for his breadth of clinical research into obesity and its comorbid conditions as well as weight loss treatments and their effects on health. He rates in the top researchers worldwide in the fields of obesity; weight loss; morbid obesity; and bariatric surgery (expertscape.com) and has over 250 original research, review and guideline publications.

John is focused on seeing findings translated into clinical practice and on patient advocacy for the obese. Involved in a wide range of organizations here and internationally, he is Co Editor in Chief of Current Obesity Reports, an Associate Editor of Clinical Obesity, Obesity Surgery and SOARD, and is on 4 other editorial boards.

Evan Atlantis

Evan Atlantis

Secretary

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My qualifications include a BAppSc (Exercise and Sport Science) in 2002 and PhD in 2005 (fast-tracked), both at The University of Sydney. My current appointment is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.

I am known globally for my breadth of clinical research expertise in obesity and related chronic diseases, as well as my most recent focus, clinical obesity services and treatments. As the founding President of the National Association of Clinical Obesity Services (NACOS), the first collective of clinical obesity services in Australia, I am at the forefront of developing strategies to improve access and standards in clinical obesity services in Australia’s health system.

I have over 65 publications (over 40 as first author including two monographs) mostly in top-ranked journals that have received over 3,800 citations. My current teaching is focused on postgraduate education and supervision (PhD students and health care professionals).

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Nic Kormas

Nic Kormas

Treasurer

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Dr Nic Kormas is a Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at Camden, Campbelltown & Concord Repatriation General Hospitals. He initiated and is the Head of The Metabolic Rehabilitation Programs (Diabetes, Fatty Liver & Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome), which are intensive interdisciplinary programs managing adults with severe obesity and obesity related diseases.

He has experience in integrating programs run by non-government organisations with public hospital run programs. Examples include the HEAL Program run by Medicare Locals.

He is the Coordinator of the Sydney Local Hospital District Publically Funded Bariatric Surgery Program, the largest program in NSW, from its initiation in 2009 to date.

Shirley Alexander

Shirley Alexander

Member

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Dr. Shirley Alexander – MB.ChB, MRCPCH, FRACP, MPH.

Dr Shirley Alexander has practiced as a paediatrician in the UK and Australia for over 20 years. Over the past 10 years she has been working as Staff Specialist and is the Head of Weight Management Services (WMS) and Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine (CHISM) at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW). The WMS a multidisciplinary team helping children and adolescents who have obesity, and their families develop healthier lifestyle habits. Shirley is currently a committee member for ANZOS (Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society) and has been working closely with the Ministry of Health implementing strategies developed over the years whilst Tackling Childhood Obesity was a Premier’s Priority.

In addition Shirley has a strong focus in medical education with appointments through the University of Notre Dame, Clinical Lead in Paediatrics for the Sydney Medical School (Auburn), and as Director of Prevocational Education and Training at CHW. She completed a Masters in Public Health at the University in Sydney in 2011. Shirley has published broadly on topics in relation to childhood obesity and medical education, and has presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

Ahmed Aly

Ahmad Aly

Member

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Mr Ahmad Aly – MB.BS (Uni Melb) FRACS M.S (Uni Melb)

Ahmad is a Melbourne based Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon.

He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of ANZMOSS, is Head of Upper GI Surgery at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne and is Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne.

Ahmad has active clinical, teaching and research interests in advanced laparoscopic surgery, oesophago-gastric disease and bariatric surgery. Specific areas of interest in bariatrics include technical aspects of sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, mechanisms of surgery, the role of revisional surgery and modern metabolic care.

Ahmad has performed over 2000 bariatric procedures and his practice encompasses gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, endotherapeutic techniques and complex revisional bariatric surgery.

Ahmad is a regular contributor to national and international meetings with over 60 presentations and more than 30 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and is representative on several professional associations and advisory bodies in bariatric surgery.

Paul Dugdale

Paul Dugdale

Member

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Paul Dugdale is a public health physician. He is currently Director of Medical Services at Canberra Health Services, where he is also the Medical Unit Director of Chronic Disease Management and a clinician in the Canberra Obesity Management Service. He is Associate Professor of Public Health at the Australian National University and Director of the ANU Centre for Health Stewardship. His teaching and research interests are in social and political theory as it relates to health systems and services. He is a board member and immediate past chair of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, and Chair of the University Hospitals Special Interest Group of the International Hospital Federation. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Health Review and the External Advisory Board of the World Hospitals and Health Services journal.

Teresa Girolamo

Teresa Girolamo

Member

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Dr Teresa Girolamo is a General Practitioner who completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 1994. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), and has been working in clinical general practice since 1997 both in Australia and overseas.

Teresa has extensive experience in the area of obesity management and has worked as part of a multi-disciplinary bariatric team since 2008.

She is a member of the RACGP Obesity Management Network.

Teresa is also the director and co-founder of a GP led weight management clinic based in Adelaide. Her clinic utilises evidence-based medical and surgical options to provide patients with an individualised management plan.