The Darebin Weight Loss Team

We are a fully integrated team of surgeons, physicians, dietitians, specialist nurse and psychologist for you and your weight loss journey. The surgeons are experienced, specialist weight loss surgeons, fully accredited with OSSANZ* and IFSO*

Mr Ahmad Aly – Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Ahmad Aly, MB. BS, FRACS, MS, is a General Surgeon and Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon. Ahmad is the Head of Upper GI Surgery at the Austin Hospital, a senior lecturer and researcher with Melbourne University and conducts private practice at Warringal and Mitcham Hospitals.

Ahmad is the Head of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at The Austin Hospital, a Clinical Associate Professor and researcher with Melbourne University. He is also a board member of OSSANZ and ANZGOSA. He is a highly experienced surgeon in the area of weight loss and personally developed a dedicated and passionate multidisciplinary team at Darebin Weight Loss Surgery. He has performed over 1,000 weight loss operations.

Ahmad Aly at Darebin Weight Loss Surgery

Mr Kiat Lim – Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Kiat Lim, MBBS, FRACS, M.Surg, is a General Surgeon with subspecialized training in Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery. Mr Kiat Lim was one of the few pioneering trainees accredited by Australia and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA).

Kiat is a specialist at The Austin with an active research and academic role. He is also a member of OSSANZ and ANZGOSA. One of his strengths is to engage with patients and to ensure that the patient understands the disease process, treatment options and realistic outcomes. With Ahmad Aly, Kiat has a similar philosophy and approach to weight loss surgery. He enjoys utilizing the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery and quick recovery programs for the best outcomes.

Dr Alex Craven

Dr Alex Craven is general surgeon specialising in Obesity and Upper Gastrointestinal surgery. He provides consultation and surgery through Advanced Surgical and Darebin Weight Loss Surgery and also works as an Obesity and Upper Gastrointestinal surgeon at the Austin Hospital. Alex studied medicine at University of Queensland and trained in general surgery at the Austin and Northern Hospitals through the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS), before completing post-fellowship training in obesity surgery and upper gastrointestinal surgery.

Alex is passionate about working with patients to control their weight, obesity and related diseases in order to live longer and healthier lives. He also has a special interest in medical and surgical education, and in particular challenging stigma and misinformation around obesity and its treatments.

Alex makes sure his patients have a full and realistic understanding of obesity surgery and what it can and cannot do – so that they can make their own decision, in their own time. We then work with patients to be as well prepared as possible for their operation, recover as quickly as possible and maximise the long-term benefits.

Dr Alex Craven at desk

You will have “On-Call” Support

Shelley and Kelly are always available and are eager to assist and co-ordinate all facets of your care.

General Practitioner

Dr Lucilla Knight (MBBS, FRACGP) is a warm compassionate General Practitioner who has trained with Advanced Surgical in the care of patients before and after surgery. She plays a major role in the assessment of patients before surgery. She has excellent skills and is well like by patients in supporting them though their journey.

Clinical Psychologist

Karen Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist since 1996, specializes in treating eating disorders including obesity. Karen will help you develop skills to better manage stress and anxiety, to deal with set-backs post surgery, to re-connect to living life in a valued and meaningful way, and to diversify health related behaviors.

Dr Gowri

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist


Dr Gowri Somarajah is a consultant Endocrinologist and Specialist Physician.

Gowri completed dual training in Endocrinology and General Medicine at Austin Health and a Diabetes Fellowship at Monash Health. Gowri continues to consult in hospitals, as well as privately as a weight loss specialist and consultant endocrinologist. Having worked extensively across hospital weight management units as well as with bariatric surgeons, she is able to provide patients with holistic care that is tailored to best suit their individual needs.

Executive & Finance Admin

Kelly Sanguinetti  is our finance guru and executive administrator. She has background experience with managing a large GP practice and has a wealth of management skills. She is the cheery face behind reception and will help care for you.

Practice Manager

Shelley Lisle RN Division 1, Critical Care Cert. Shelley is the practice manager and clinical care coordinator with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her nursing roles at Warringal Private including associate unit manager of Intensive care, nursing coordinator, General Practice liaison and general surgical case manager.

Dietitians at Darebin Weight Loss Surgery

Accredited Practicing Dietician

Fiona Sammut Our dieticians are an integral part of the team with services that focus on your pre-operative and post-operative nutritional and metabolic care following complex gastrointestinal surgery, either for cancer or for obesity.
Andrea Jasper

Accredited Practicing Dietician

Andrea Jasper is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with special interests in diabetes and obesity management. She has over 20years experience working as a clinical dietitian and holds additional qualifications in diabetes education and public health.

Types of weight loss surgery available

Locations of Darebin Weight Loss Surgery

Key Consulting Locations

Suite 3, 195 Thompsons Road
Bulleen Vic 3105

1a/ 445 Grimshaw Street
Bundoora Vic 3083

Contact Darebin Weight Loss Surgery or Phone 03 9852 3777



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