Our team

James Edwards

James Edwards

MBBS, FACEM, MMedEd

Founder and CEO

James’ interest in medical education, especially that of early career doctors, grew during his role as the Director of Prevocational Education and Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, from 2008 to 2014. This led to his current role as the NSW Prevocational Training Council Chair at the Health and Education and Training Institute (HETI). James works clinically as an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and took on the role of Co-Director of the department in 2016. The need to better prepare students for their first years of practice led James to take on the role of the Chair of the Sydney University Pre-internship (PRINT) block in 2012. James has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Sydney. When not being a husband, father to two beautiful girls, juggling his multiple roles he loves to watch the Adelaide Crows (AFL) win and play tennis.

Evangelie Polyzos

Evangelie Polyzos

BVA, GradDipModLang (German), GradDipBus (EventMgt)

Co-Founder and COO

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder. Evangelie has a background in internal communications, change, project and event management within both the corporate and not for profit health sector. She has also worked in numerous medical education support officer roles. Evangelie holds a BA in Visual Arts (Film Production) and Graduate Diplomas in German and Event Management. She is passionate about education and advocacy, empowering individuals and teams to learn through collaboration, challenge and dissent. Evangelie has a penchant for the creative including painting and web design. She has found navigating the role of parent to twin daughters the most challenging and rewarding of all.

Anthony Llewellyn

Anthony Llewellyn

B Med Sci, MB BS, FRANZCP, MHA, GAICD

Past Founder

Anthony is a Psychiatrist, Medical HR Expert, Coach, Technologist and Educationalist. He is one of the three original founders of the onthewards website. As the site’s first Chief Technology Officer, Anthony was integral in getting us up and running and helped to steer the onthewards website through its first three iterations. Whilst Anthony is no longer formally involved with onthewards, he remains a strong supporter, having spoken at our inaugural conference otw18. Anthony holds leadership and training positions at both the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District. He is also the Managing Director of AdvanceMed, a medical education and training company dedicated to helping doctors manage their medical careers.

Abhijit Pal

Abhijit Pal

MBBS B Sci Adv (Hons I)

Editor and Blogger

Abhi is a medical oncology advanced trainee in the final year of his core training and has an interest in healthcare economics, decision making, ethics and JMO wellbeing. He plans to go overseas in 2019 to the Royal Marsden Hosptial to work in the Drug Development Unit as a clinical trials fellow.

Alex Bolger

Alex Bolger

MBiomed MBBS

Junior Editor

Alexandra is a Resident Medical Officer in Critical Care, based at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Alex is originally from Melbourne, having completed her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Biomedicine, at the University of Melbourne. She moved to Sydney for a change of scenery to complete post graduate medicine at The University of Sydney. Alex also completed her first year of internship in Sydney, before returning to Melbourne. Outside of study and working, Alex is an avid traveller and speaks German and Spanish. She enjoys being active most days, and hobbies include sport and exercise. Alex is grateful for the opportunity to work with onthewards and to help other junior doctors like herself become a little more prepared for the huge adventure and challenge of becoming a doctor.

Antonia Clarke

Antonia Clarke

BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons), MBBS (Hons)

Editor

Antonia is an Advanced Trainee in Neurology with a background in human rights law and inorganic chemistry. Antonia has a longstanding interest in teaching, helping to facilitate the Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Sydney and founding a clinically based Peer Assisted Learning program in her final year of medical school. Antonia hopes to keep up her interest in teaching and mentorship during her next non-clinical adventure - maternity leave!

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson

B.Med FRACP FAChPM

Editor and Blogger

Bridget is a Palliative Care physician who enjoys working in a teaching hospital and palliative care unit in Sydney. Bridget completed her Bachelor of Medicine in 2003 at the University of Newcastle and was a physician trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She completed her palliative care advanced training in 2013 and since then has worked as a palliative care staff specialist. Bridget is currently on maternity leave and enjoys flying kites with her two sons and riding the wave of sleep deprivation with her young daughter.

Chris Elliot

Chris Elliot

B.Med(Hons) FRACP

Editor and Blogger

Chris is a Consultant Paediatrician who works in a teaching hospital in Sydney and in private rooms. As well as clinical Medicine he is enthusiastic about health communication and teaching. Chris is a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of New South Wales and writes the occasional article on child health for mainstream media. He also teaches Advanced Paediatric Life Support and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Chris completed his Internship at Bankstown Hospital and Paediatric training through the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. On the days when he is not at work he enjoys playing with his children, and also when they play by themselves.

Elie Matar

Elie Matar

MBBS (Hons I, M) BSCI AD (Hons I, M)

Editor and Blogger

Elie is a Physician Trainee and Neurodegenerative Disease Fellow with the Brain and Mind Research Institute and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is also a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney and has a strong interest in medical education and research. As co-founder and chair of a hospital clinical redesign committee, Elie believes junior doctors have an important responsibility in pioneering innovation to improve the healthcare systems within which they work.

Elizabeth Campbell

Elizabeth Campbell

B. Mus Studies, MBBS, DCH

Editor

Elizabeth is a General Practice Registrar in Sydney. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney, and completed an undergraduate degree in classical piano at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Elizabeth is interested in medical education and mentorship.

Sarah Dalton

Sarah Dalton

BMed MAppMgt(Hlth) FRACP GAICD

Podcaster and Blogger

Sarah is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as Clinical Lead at the Agency for Clinical Innovation in NSW. Sarah is President for the Division of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Masters in Applied Management in Health. Sarah has a long-standing interest in trainee development, and is a strong advocate for improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare. She has a particular interest in clinicians leading change and has completed a Fulbright Scholarship to evaluate Clinical Leadership Development Programs in the United States.

Dennis Neuen

Dennis Neuen

BMus/BSci, MBBS (Hons I)

Digital Coordinator

Dennis Neuen as an Intern at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, having completed medical school at the University of Notre Dame Sydney. Dennis has strong interests in rheumatology, teaching and research. He previously completed an undergraduate music degree focusing on musicology and jazz piano. In his free time, he listens to jazz and is unnecessarily passionate about rugby league and the Wests Tigers.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

BSc(Hons) DipModLang (French) MBBS MPH

Associate Editor and Blogger

Duncan is a Basic Physician Trainee at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. He hopes to pursue a career combining clinical medicine, research, policy and advocacy. Duncan is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention, and providing person-centred care.

Jemma Hogan

Jemma Hogan

BSc (Psych), MBBS, DCH

Junior Editor

Jemma is a junior doctor currently working as a Medical Administration Registrar at St John of God Hospital Midland in Western Australia and is commencing RACMA training in 2019. She has previously worked in Paediatrics at Perth Children’s Hospital where she commenced Paediatric Training and Orange Health Service, where she discovered a newfound interest in rural medicine. She loves working with kids and has further interests in leadership in medicine, junior doctor welfare and medical education. Jemma is currently the Postgraduate Medical Council Doctor In Training State Co-Chair for W.A and also sits on the Doctors in Training Advisory Council with Avant Mutual Group. She uses all her spare time to travel and so as a result, is frequently asked by people whether she actually holds down a full time job.

Ken Liu

Ken Liu

MBBS (Hons), BSc (Med), FRACP

Blogger and Editor

Ken is a staff specialist transplant hepatologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney where he completed most of his junior medical training and advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In 2016, he spent a year overseas as the Hepatology Fellow at the Institute of Digestive Disease, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently also completing a PhD at the Centenary Institute, Sydney. Ken has authored or co-authored over 30 papers in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and presented his research at major international conferences. He also has a passion for teaching medical students and junior medical officers and has twice won the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Teacher of the Year award.

Lise Kempler

Lise Kempler

BSc(Adv) MD

Junior Digital Proofreader

Lise will commence internship as a junior doctor in 2019 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She has been an avid listener of onthewards since starting medical school and joined the team in 2017 to assist with digital formatting and content. Lise is a clinical medicine addict and is always looking for an opportunity to be immersed in the hospital environment. She has a keen interest in education and is involved in teaching and mentoring of first- and second-year medical students.

Sam Orton

Sam Orton

BSc MBBS

Editor

A Critical Care Senior Resident Medical Officer at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sam has a background in Anatomy, Neurosciences and Political Science. He has a keen interest in Intensive Care, Tropical Medicine and Public Health and previously pursued these interests through overseas placements in Cuba and Papua New Guinea. In addition to work at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sam continues his studies in Public Health and Tropical Medicine through a Masters program at James Cook University.

Jenny Liu

Jenny Liu

BSc(Med) Hons (Class 1) BMed (Dist) MD (Dist) PhD

Subeditor

Jenny is a Basic Physician Trainee with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney. With a PhD in medical oncology, she is passionate about research and its application to patient care. She also has a strong interest in medical education and has been an active tutor of medical students in both university and clinical settings for the past decade.

Tom Finn

Tom Finn

BMedSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons)

Subeditor

Tom is a dual trainee in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine with an interest in teaching an ultrasound. He has a strong background in the basic clinical sciences, and his approach to teaching is to focus on understanding medicine from first principles. He is involved in various aspects of onthewards – from blogs to podcasts to sound and video editing.

Natalie Armstrong

Natalie Armstrong

Natalie is a current Stage 3 Sydney University Medical Student based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Prior to commencing medicine, Natalie graduated Sydney University with a Master of Nursing and worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a surgical scrub nurse. For the final year of her medical degree, she will be moving to Dubbo to complete her training at the School of Rural Health and is passionate about rural health care and emergency medicine. She is balancing her study and work with her love for the sea, surf, mountains and an unhealthy obsession with succulents.

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