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Victorian Diabetes and Endocrine Network

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Dr Kati Matthiesson - MBBS PhD FRACP ABIM (USA)

Locations: Frankston and Malvern

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM (Malvern)

                          Tue AM, Wed PM, Thu PM, Fri AM (Frankston)

Director, VDEN

Dr Kati Matthiesson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and undertook her basic training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and St Vincent's Medial Centre in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

On her return to Australia in 1998, she completed her training in Endocrinology at Monash Medical Centre including a PhD at Monash University and the University of Washington, Seattle in 2006. Her research focused on the hormonal regulation of spermatogenesis and the implications for male fertility.

She now holds consultant appointments at Peninsula Health and Monash Health and was Head of Endocrinology at Peninsula Health from 2014-2016.

Outside of work, Dr Matthiesson likes to spend time with family and friends. She is a keen horse-riding enthusiast and has competed in amateur riding competitions around Australia.

Her current clinical interests include general endocrinology and diabetes and in particular pituitary disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity management.

Dr Matthiesson together with A/Professor Allan is a Director of the Victorian Diabetes Endocrine Network.


McCabe MJ, Tarulli GA, Laven-Law G, Matthiesson KL, Meachem SJ, McLachlan RI, Dinger ME and Stanton PG. Gonadotropin suppression in men leads to a reduction in claudin-11 at the Sertoli cell tight junction. 2016 Hum Reprod. Feb : 31(4):875-886.

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Androgen Deprivation Therapy Complications. 2013 Endocrine Related Cancer Aug: 21(4):T119-29

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Monitoring cardiovascular health in men with prostate cancer treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy. International Journal of Urological Nursing 2012 Mar: 6(1):35-41

Ruwanpura SM, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL, Meachem SJ. Gonadotrophins regulate germ cell survival, not proliferation, in normal adult men. Hum Reprod. 2008 Feb;23(2):403-11.

Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI, O'Donnell L, Frydenberg M, Robertson DM, Stanton PG, Meachem SJ. The relative roles of FSH and LH in maintaining spermatogonial maturation and spermiation in normal men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Oct;91(10):3962-9. Epub 2006 Aug 8.

Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI. Male hormonal contraception: concept proven, product in sight? Hum Reprod Update. Hum Reprod Update. 2006 Jul-Aug;12(4):463-82. Epub 2006 Apr 5. (Translated into Japanese with Figure used as Front Cover Art)

Bay K, Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI, Andersson AM. The effects of gonadotropin suppression and selective replacement on insulin-like factor 3 secretion in normal adult men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Mar;91(3):1108-11. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Matthiesson KL, Stanton PG, O'Donnell L, Meachem SJ, Amory JK, Berger R, Bremner WJ, McLachlan RI. Effects of testosterone and levonorgestrel combined with a 5alpha-reductase inhibitor or gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist on spermatogenesis and intratesticular steroid levels in normal men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Oct;90(10):5647-55. Epub 2005 Jul 19.

Matthiesson KL, Amory JK, Berger R, Ugoni A, McLachlan RI, Bremner WJ. Novel male hormonal contraceptive combinations: the hormonal and spermatogenic effects of testosterone and levonorgestrel combined with a 5alpha-reductase inhibitor or gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Jan;90(1):91-7. Epub 2004 Oct 27.

Matthiesson KL, Robertson DM, Burger HG, McLachlan RI. Response of serum inhibin B and pro-alphaC levels to gonadotrophic stimulation in normal men before and after steroidal contraceptive treatment. Hum Reprod. 2003 Apr;18(4):734-43.

Holley JL, Bia MJ, Matthiesson K, Culleton BF, Harnett JD, Bennett WM. What is the best approach to asymptomatic coronary artery disease in dialysis patients seeking transplantation? Sem Dial. 1995;8:204-211.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Fertility Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
Director, VDEN

Associate Professor Carolyn Allan - MBBS(Hons) PhD FRACP DRCOG (UK)

Locations: Malvern and Brighton

Usual sessions: Mon AM, Tue AM, Wed AM & PM, Fri AM (Malvern)

                          Thu AM (Brighton)

Associate Professor Carolyn Allan graduated in medicine from Monash University with honours and undertook advanced training in endocrinology at Prince Henry's Hospital/Monash Medical Centre and at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Whilst in the UK she completed a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After returning to Australia in 1999 she completed a PhD in Andrology at Prince Henry's Institute (now the Hudson Institute of Medical Research). Her work has been recognised with numerous research awards and she has written chapters, reviews and editorials in leading texts and journals on the topic of testosterone disorders.

Since 2001 A/Prof Allan has been a member of Senior Medical Staff in the Departments of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Monash Health. She is the inaugural Head of the Endocrine Pregnancy Service and was previously Head of the Diabetes Pregnancy Service.

She is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Monash University, and at the Hudson Institute where she is the Clinical Lead in the Andrology Service.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and 2 dogs and is a keen soccer mum.

A/Prof Allan's practice includes diabetes and general and reproductive (male and female) endocrinology.

A/Prof Allan together with Dr Matthiesson is a Director of the Victorian Diabetes Endocrine Network.


Yeap BB, Grossmann M, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ, Wittert GA, Conway AJ, Stuckey BG, Lording DW, Allan CA, Zajac JD, Burger HG. Endocrine Society of Australia position statement on male hypogonadism (part 1): assessment and indications for testosterone therapy. Med J Aust. Aug 15;205(4):173-8 (2016)

Yeap BB, Grossmann M, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ, Wittert GA, Conway AJ, Stuckey BG, Lording DW, Allan CA, Zajac JD, Burger HG. Endocrine Society of Australia position statement on male hypogonadism (part 2): treatment and therapeutic considerations. Med J Aust. Sep 5;205(5):228-31 (2016)

Hatsell BL, Allan CA, Teng J, Wong P, Ebeling PR, Wallace EM, Fuller PJ, Milat F. Management of hypoparathyroidism in pregnancy and lactation - A report of 10 cases. Bone Reports. Volume 3, December, Pages 15-19 (2015)

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Androgen Deprivation Therapy Complications. Endocr Relat Cancer. Aug;21(4):T119-T129 (2014)

Stewart ZA, Wallace EM, Allan CA. Patterns of weight gain in pregnant women with and without gestational diabetes mellitus: an observational study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 52(5):433-9 (2012).

Allan CA, Strauss BJG, Burger HG, Forbes EA, McLachlan RI. Testosterone Therapy Prevents Gain in Visceral Adipose Tissue and Loss of Skeletal Muscle in Non-Obese Aging Men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab Jan;93(1):139-146 (2008).

Yeap BB, Alfonso H, Chubb SA, Byrnes E, Beilby JP, Ebeling PR, Allan CA, Schultz C, Hankey GJ, Golledge J, Flicker L, Norman PE. Proportion of undercarboxylated osteocalcin and serum P1NP predict incidence of myocardial infarction in older men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015. 100(10) 3934-3942

Allan CA. Sex Steroids and Glucose Metabolism. Asian J Androl. Mar-Apr;16(2):232-8. (2014).

Milat F, Goh S, Gani LU, Suriadi C, Gillespie MT, Fuller PJ, Teede HJ, Strickland AH, Allan CA. Prolonged Hypocalcemia following Denosumab Therapy in Metastatic Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer. Bone Aug;55(2):305-8 (2013).

Sartorius G, Spasevska S, Idan A, Turner L, Forbes E, Zamojska A, Allan CA, Ly LP, Conway AJ, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ. Serum Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone and Estradiol Do Not Decrease with Ageing Among Men Reporting Very Good Health: The Healthy Man Study. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 77(5):755-763 (2012). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2012.04432.x. Epub 2012 May 7.
Allan CA, Peverill RE, Strauss BJG, Forbes EA, McLachlan RI.
Waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of serum testosterone in ageing men with symptoms of androgen deficiency. Asian J Androl. 13(3):424-431 (2011). Epub 2011 Apr 11. (IF:1.549)

Allan CA, Strauss BJG, Forbes EA, Paul E, McLachlan RI. Variability in Total Testosterone Levels in Ageing Men with Symptoms of Androgen Deficiency. International Journal of Andrology 34(3):212-216 (2011). Epub 2010 May 19. (IF:3.601)

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • Society for Endocrinology (UK)
  • Women in Endocrinology (US)
  • ANZ Bone and Mineral Society
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society
  • Australasian Menopause Society
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Professor Susan Davis - MBBS FRACP PhD FAHMS

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: FRI AM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Professor Susan Davis, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, FAHMS, is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Women's Health Research Program in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. She has over 25 years of experience in women's health research, primarily undertaking studies to progress the understanding of the roles of oestrogens and androgens in non-reproductive health including: breast cancer, cardiovascular function, obesity, cognitive function, mood, sexual function and musculoskeletal health. Prof Davis is a consultant Endocrinologist at Cabrini Medical Centre and the Alfred Hospital Melbourne where she is Head, Specialist Women's Health Clinic for women with complex disease. She is President-elect of the International Menopause Society and a past President of the Australasian Menopause Society. She has over 330 peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of a number of international research awards.

Prof Davis's specific areas of clinical expertise include menstrual disorders (such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and menstrual irregularity), menopause (including early menopause) and management of menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis and androgen (testosterone) excess and insufficiency. She cares for women experiencing hormonal issues after treatment for cancer, particularly breast and gynaecological cancer, after organ and bone marrow transplant and women with connective tissue diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus) treated with steroid therapy.


Davies C, Pan H, Godwin J, Gray R, Arriagada R, Raina V, Abraham M, Alencar VH, Badran A, Bonfill X, Bradbury J, Clarke M, Collins R, Davis SR, et al. For the Adjuvant Tamoxifen: Longer Against Shorter (ATLAS) Collaborative Group. Long term effects of continuing tamoxifen to 10 years versus stopping at 5 years after diagnosis of oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer: ATLAS The Lancet 2013:381:805-816 Highly cited hot paper web of science.

De Villiers TJ, Pines A, Panay N, Gambacciani M, Archer DF, Baber RJ, Davis SR, Gompel AA, Henderson VW, Langer R, Lobo RA, Plu-Bureau G, Sturdee DW. International Menopause Society. Updated International Menopause Society recommendations on menopausal hormone therapy and preventive strategies for midlife health. Climacteric 2013;16(3) 316-3 Web of Science Highly Cited paper

Davis SR , Jane F, Robinson PJ, Davison SL, Worsley R*, Maruff P, Bell RJ. Transdermal Testosterone Improves Verbal Learning and Memory in Postmenopausal Women Not on Estrogen therapy. Clin Endocrinol 2014 Oct;81(4):621-8

Jane F, Davis SR. A Practitioner's Toolkit for Managing the Menopause Climacteric. 2014 Jul 6:1-16.

Robinson PJ, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Obesity is associated with a poorer prognosis in women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer Maturitas. 2014 79(3) 279-286.

Worsley R*, Jane F, Robinson RJ, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Metformin for the management of insulin resistance in overweight women at midlife: a double blind, randomised controlled trial Climacteric. 2015 Apr;18(2):270-7.

Stuenkel CA, Davis SR, Gompel A, Lumsden MA, Murad MH, Pinkerton JV, Santen JS. Treatment of Symptoms of the Menopause: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015;100: 3975-4011

Gartoulla P*, Worsley R*, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Moderate-severe vasomotor and sexual symptoms remain problematic for 60-65 year old women. Menopause. 2015 Jul;22(7):694-701

Zeleke B*, Bell RJ, Billah B, Davis SR. Vasomotor and Sexual Symptoms in Older Australian Women: a Cross-Sectional Study Fertil Steril 2016 105(1): 149-155

Davis SR, Worsley R*, Miller KK, Parish SJ, Santoro N. Androgens and female sexual function and dysfunction- findings from the 4th International Consultation of Sexual Medicine. J Sex Med,2016;13 (2): 168-178


*Prof Davis's PhD student

Professional Memberships

  • International Menopause Society
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • ANZ Bone and Mineral Society
  • Australasian Menopause Society
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • North American Menopause Society
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
Member, VDEN

Dr Kavita Kumareswaran - MBChB PhD (Cambridge) FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Tue AM (Malvern)

Dr Kavita Kumareswaran graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 2001. She undertook physician training with advanced specialisation in endocrinology, in New Zealand and the UK, obtaining her FRACP in 2012.

Whilst in the UK, she completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012. Her research focussed on evaluating a closed loop system of insulin delivery in patients with type 1 diabetes. Also known as an 'artificial pancreas', this system combines real-time continuous glucose monitoring with subcutaneous insulin delivery via a pump in an automated manner to optimise diabetes control.

Dr Kumareswaran has published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous meetings, including oral presentations at EASD Stockholm and ADA Orlando in 2010. She received the JDRF Gold Award at the Diabetes Technology Meeting Bethesda and the Eli Lilly Award at Diabetes UK Glasgow in 2010.

Since moving to Melbourne, she holds a consultant post at Alfred Health, where she initiated and runs the insulin pump clinic. She is also Head of the Diabetes Foot Service at Western Health. She holds an Adjunct Lecturer post with Monash University, and is involved with ongoing clinical research into the artificial pancreas.

She consults at Cabrini Health in Malvern and at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Prahran. Her clinical practice includes general endocrinology and diabetes, with a special interest in type 1 diabetes, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors.

Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym, travelling overseas, and spending time with friends and family.


Dick M, Kumareswaran K, et al. Persistent syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion following traumatic brain injury. Endocrinol Diabetes Metab Case Rep. 2015

Thabit H, Kumareswaran K, et al. Home use of closed-loop insulin delivery for overnight glucose control in adults with type 1 diabetes: a 4-week, multicentre, randomised crossover study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2014

Thabit H, Kumareswaran K, et al. Glucose turnover after replacement of usual therapy by insulin in insulin-naive type 2 diabetes subjects. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2014

Kumareswaran K, Thabit H, et al. Feasibility of closed-loop insulin delivery in type 2 diabetes: a randomised controlled study Diabetes Care 2014

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring during exercise in type 1 diabetes pregnancy. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics 2013

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Physical activity energy expenditure and glucose control in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes: Is 30 minutes of exercise daily enough Diabetes Care 2013

Hovorka R, Kumareswaran K et al. Overnight closed-loop insulin delivery (artificial pancreas) in adults with type 1 diabetes: crossover randomised controlled studies. British Medical Journal 2011

Kumareswaran K, Evans M, Hovorka R. Closed-loop insulin delivery: towards improved diabetes care. Discovery Medicine 2012

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Meta-analysis of overnight closed-loop randomised studies in children and adults with type 1 diabetes: the Cambridge cohort. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2011

Kumareswaran K, Evans M, Hovorka R. Artificial Pancreas: an emerging approach to treat type 1 diabetes. Expert Review of Medical Devices 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Sonia Davison - MBBS FRACP PhD

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Tue PM, Thu AM (Malvern)

Associate, VDEN

Dr Sonia Davison graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and undertook her basic training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
She completed her Endocrinology training in 2002. 

Dr Davison completed a PhD in 2006 at Monash University that explored the relationship between androgens and age, menopause, wellbeing and sexual function in women.  Dr Davison has an adjunct appointment at the Women's Health Research Program at Monash University, and has a keen interest in women's health. Her role as a Clinical Fellow at Jean Hailes for Women's Health involves education about women's health through a variety of media, to medical professionals and the community.

Outside of work, Dr Davison enjoys the company of her family including her dog. She is a keen gardener and loves attending musical theatre.

Dr Davison's current clinical interests include the management of women's health issues including perimenopause and menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis, in addition to some general endocrinology.


Davison S, Davis SR. New Markers for Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women: Impact of Endogenous Estrogen Status and Exogenous Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2003; 88(6):2470-2478

SL Davison, R Bell, S Donath, JG Montalto, SR Davis.  Androgen levels in adult females: changes with age, menopause and oophorectomy.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2005; 90(7):3847-53

Davis SR, Davison SL, Donath S, Bell RJ. Circulating androgen levels and self-reported sexual function in women.  JAMA 2005; 294(1):91-6

Davison SL, Bell R, Montalto JG, Sikaris K, Donath S, Stanczyk FZ, Davis SR. Measurement of Total Testosterone in Women: Comparison of a Direct Radioimmunoassay versus Radioimmunoassay after Organic Solvent Extraction and Celite Column Partition Chromatography.  Fertility and Sterility 2005;84(6):1698-1704

SL Davison, R Bell. Androgen Physiology. In: Carr B.R. (ED). Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 2006;24:71-77. Thieme Medical Publishers Inc, New York, USA

SL Davison, RJ Bell, M LaChina, SL Holden, SR Davis.  Sexual function in well women: stratification by sexual satisfaction, hormone use and menopause status.  Journal of Sexual Medicine 2008 May; 5(5):1214-22

Davison SL, Bell RJ, Gavrilescu M, Searle K, Maruff P, Gogos A, Rossell SL, Adams J, Egan GF, Davis SR. Testosterone improves verbal learning and memory in postmenopausal women: results from a pilot study. Maturitas. 2011; 70(3):307-11

Hickey M, Elliott J, Davison SL. Hormone Replacement Therapy. British Medical Journal, 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e763 (Published 16 February 2012)

Davis SR, Davison SL, Gavrilescu M, Searle K, Gogos A, Rossell SL, Egan GF, Bell RJ.  Effects of testosterone on visuospatial function and verbal fluency in postmenopausal women: results from a functional magnetic resonance imaging pilot study.Menopause. 2014 Apr;21(4):410-4

Davison SL, Bell RJ, Robinson PJ, Jane F, Leech J, Maruff P, Egan GF, Davis SR. Continuous-combined oral estradiol/drospirenone has no detrimental effect on cognitive performance and improves estrogen deficiency symptoms in early postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled trial.  Menopause. 2013 Oct;20(10):1020-6

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Australasian Menopause Society
Member, VDEN

Dr Jasna Aleksova - MBBS (Hons) BMedSci FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Wed PM (Malvern)

Dr. Jasna Aleksova graduated from the University of Melbourne and undertook her physician training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. She completed her endocrine and diabetes specialist training at Monash health and continues to have strong affiliations with both hospitals.


She is completing a PhD in metabolic bone disorders and has a strong research focus on osteoporosis and bone health associated with chronic kidney disease, transplant recipients, chronic inflammatory conditions, and bone health in younger patients. Her research also explores the impact of reproductive hormones on musculoskeletal health and she has been the recipient of numerous research awards.

She works in the metabolic bone clinics at St Vincent’s hospital, Monash Health and the Alfred hospital. She additionally has an interest in endocrine conditions associated with pregnancy, working in a dedicated endocrine/pregnancy service at Monash Health. She is currently an editor for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and is also involved in medical student teaching through Monash University. She also continues to practice in the general endocrine and diabetes clinics and stays up to date with the latest research in all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology.

Outside of work Dr. Aleksova enjoys her yoga practice, spending time with her friends and family, travelling, trying new culinary experiences and jogging with her dog.


Aleksova J, Rodriguez AJ, McLachlan R, Milat F, Ebeling PR. Gonadal Hormones in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Bone Health in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Current Osteoporosis Reports. Accepted for publication.

Aleksova J, Ng KW, Jung C, Zeimer H, Dwyer K, Milat F, MacIsaac R. Bone Health in Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder: A Clinical Case Seminar and Update. Internal Medicine Journal. Accepted for publication.

Aleksova J, Kurniawan S, Vucak-Dzumhur M, Kerr P, Ebeling PR, Milat F, Elder GJ. Aortic vascular calcification is inversely associated with the trabecular bone score in patients receiving dialysis. Bone. 2018 Aug;113:118-123. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2018.05.014.

Aleksova J, Wong P, McLachlan R, Choy KW, Ebeling PR, Milat F, Elder G. Sex Hormone Binding Globulin as a Risk Factor for Non-Vertebral Fracture in Men on Dialysis Therapy. Kidney International. 2018 Aug;94(2):372-380. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2018.02.021.

Aleksova J, Kurniawan S and Elder GJ (2018). The trabecular bone score is associated with bone mineral density, markers of bone turnover and prevalent fracture in patients with end stage kidney disease. Osteoporosis International.  2018 Jun;29(6):1447-1455. doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4468-y.

Aleksova J, Wong P, Mulley W, Choy KW, McLachlan R, Ebeling PR, Kerr P, Milat F. Serum phosphorus levels and fracture following renal transplantation. Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf). 2017 Aug;87(2):141-148. doi: 10.1111/cen.13363.

Aleksova J, Wong P, Milat F. Management of Bone Health in Patients with Chronic Disease. Endocrinology Today. July 2017.

Aleksova J, Kuczynska-Burggraf M, Ranasinha S, Vincent A. Information on early menopause: is the internet the place to search? Climacteric. 2017 Jun;20(3):248-255. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2017.1301920.

Aleksova J, Lau P, Soldatos G, MacArthur G. Glucocorticoids Did Not Reverse Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Secondary to Pembrolizumab in a Patient with Metastatic Melanoma. The British Medical Journal Case reports. 2016 Nov 23;2016. pii: bcr2016217454. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217454.

Aleksova J, Glenn Ward, Kim Taubman, Jason Tan, Stephen Farrell, Stuart Galloway, Richard J MacIsaac, Nirupa Sachithanandan. A Cushing’s Conundrum: An Unusual Case of Primary Pigmented Nodular Adrenal Disease in a 60 year old Female. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2016 Jul;4(7):630. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00262-4.

Aleksova J, Jung C, 2015. Addison’s disease: a diagnosis not to be missed. Endocrinology Today; 4(1): 23-28.

Aleksova J, Allan CA, 2013. An update in testosterone replacement therapies. Endocrinology Today; 2(2): 19-22

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (USA)
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral society
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Nellie Torkamani - MD PhD FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Thu AM & PM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Dr Nellie Torkamani completed her training in Endocrinology and General Medicine at Royal Melbourne hospital and Austin health. She is passionate about research and completed her PhD in 2016 (University of Melbourne). Her research has been published in various high impact scientific journals. She is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she supervises and mentors multiple PhD candidates, physician trainees and medical students. Her research interests include women’s health, andrology, PCOS and PCOS related complications, weight loss and diabetes.

She is the recipient of various awards including the Melbourne International Fee Remitting Scholarship (MIFRS) (University of Melbourne), Melbourne International Research Scholarship (University of Melbourne), John Hayden Scholarship (University of Melbourne), Alwyn Stewart Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship (University of Melbourne), World Hair Research Conference (WHRC ) travel grant.



Dr Torkamani consults on a range of issues including Women's and men's health, weight loss, PCOS, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease and other endocrine disorders.



Dr Torkamani is also fluent in Persian (Farsi) and is comfortable to consult patients of all backgrounds.


Lau LH, Cliff ERS, Wong V, Wong H, Torkamani N, Eer A, Weickhardt A, Grossmann M. Hypocalcaemia following denosumab in prostate cancer: A clinical review. Clinical Endocrinology. 2020 Feb 4. doi: 10.1111/cen.14169

N. Torkamani, L. Churilov , G. Jerums , V. Beik , R. Bellomo , Q. Lam , R. Macissac , D. Johnson, J. Zajac, E. Ekinci. Diabetes and higher HbA1c levels are independently associated with adverse renal outcomes in inpatients following multiple hospital admissions. Diabetes and Its Complications. Accepted Oct 2019.

Niloufar Torkamani, George Jerums, Paul Crammer, Alison Skene, David A. Power, Sianna Panagiotopoulos, Michele Clarke, Richard J. MacIsaac & Elif I. Ekinci. Three-Dimensional Glomerular Reconstruction: A Novel Approach to Evaluate Renal Microanatomy in Diabetic Kidney Disease. Scientific Reports. 2019, volume 9, Article number: 1829.

Neda Zafari, Leonid Churilov, Richard J MacIsaac, Niloufar Torkamani, Helen Baxter, Katerina V Kiburg, Elif Ekinci. Diagnostic performance of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation at estimating glomerular filtration rate in adults with diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 30;9(8):e031558.

Yong PH, Weinberg L, Torkamani N, et al. The Presence of Diabetes and Higher HbA1c Are Independently Associated with Adverse Outcomes After Surgery. Diabetes Care. 2018 Jun;41(6):1172-1179.

Ekinci EI, Torkamani N, Ramchand SK, Churilov L, Sikaris KA, Lu ZX, et al. Higher maternal serum prolactin levels are associated with reduced glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 2017 Sep;8(5):697-700.

Torkamani Niloufar, Phal Pramit, Savarirayan Ravi, Simm Peter, Varigos George,Wark John. Concomitant extraspinal hyperostosis and osteoporosis in a patient withcongenital ichthyosis. Clinical Cases in mineral and bone metabolism. 2016 May-Aug;13(2):157-159.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. The arrector pili muscle, the bridge between the follicular stem cell niche and the interfollicular epidermis. Anatomical Science International, 2017 Jan;92(1):151-158.

N. Torkamani, Nicholas Rufaut, Leslie Jones and Rodney Sinclair. Epidermal cells expressing stem cell markers in non-glabrous skin exist in direct proximity with thedistal end of the arrector pili muscle. Stem Cells International. 2016:1286315.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. Destruction of the arrector pilimuscle and fat infiltration in androgenic alopecia. British Journal of Dermatology 2014 Jun;170(6):1291-8.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. Beyond Goosebumps. Does the arrector pili muscle have a role in hair loss, wound healing and epidermal homeostasis? International Journal of Trichology. 2014 Jul;6(3):88-94,

N. Torkamani, Sinclair R. Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosisaccentuated by spray tan. International Journal of Dermatology. 2015;54(12):e545-6.

N. Torkamani, Sinclair R. Iododerma in pregnancy secondary to iodinatedmultivitamins.

Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2015;56(3):235-6.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Jonathan Cohen - MBBS (Hons) FRACP 

Locations: Malvern, Frankston and Moonee Ponds

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM, Fri AM & PM (Frankston)

Member, VDEN

Dr Jonathan Cohen graduated from the University of Western Australia, with honours in 2000. He subsequently completed his training as a specialist endocrinologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville Victoria. In 2008, he undertook a Fellowship in Male Reproductive Health (including testosterone replacement and infertility) at Monash Medical Centre in conjunction with Andrology Australia.

Dr Cohen is committed to Continuing Medical Education. He regularly attends endocrinology conferences both within Australia and overseas and presents talks on his area of expertise to other medical professionals. He also provides ongoing teaching to medical students.

His clinical interests include all aspects of Diabetes and Endocrinology with a particular interest in Men’s Health.


When he is not at work, Dr Cohen is usually watching old highlights of West Coast Eagles’ matches or consoling his kids about being the only West Coast Eagles’ supporters at school.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • American Society of Andrology
Member, VDEN

Dr Steven Morris - MB BS FRACP (NZ)

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Mon-Thu AM & PM (Frankston)

Dr Steven Morris completed his undergraduate training at Auckland Medical School in 1986. He trained in New Zealand as a specialist general physician before moving to the UK to undertake and complete his post-graduate endocrine fellowship at Wessex Health Board, Southampton, UK in 1997.

His research interests have been in indigenous diabetes health care improvements. He is a former Director of Endocrinology at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula Health, allied with Monash Medical Centre. He is a current Director of Peninsula Endocrine Associates. He also is part of a Sydney collaborative which runs the largest private insulin pump service in Australia.

His clinical interests include all aspects of Diabetes and Endocrinology plus the challenges of complex medical disorders and rational drug prescribing. He is well known to the Mornington Peninsula and is a frequently requested guest speaker both in Victoria and New South Wales.


Outside of work, Steven enjoys a number of active pursuits. He is a keen traveller with particular interest in the study of French and German.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes
  • Australian Diabetes Society

Dr John Colman - Gastroenterologist - MBBS FRACP

Location: Malvern 

Usual sessions: Mon PM, Wed AM, Thu PM

Member, VDEN

Dr John Colman is a Gastroenterologist and a senior consultant here at VDEN.  He has supported VDEN from it inception.  Currently he is practising in Cabrini Malvern as well as the Alfred and Springvale sites with VDEN Malvern acting as his head office.  


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Allied Health Professionals

Please contact us on (03) 9509 9411 or email us on info@vden.com.au for further information regarding appointments with our Diabetes Nurse Educator or Dietician.

Kristen Adams - DAA

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Fri PM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Kristen Adams is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who works for Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition, a private practice company based predominately on the Mornington Peninsula.

Kristen is a firm believer of the motto ‘practice what you preach’ and endeavours to inspire her clients to achieve their personal health and nutritional goals, while providing them with the necessary support throughout their journey.

Having previously worked at the Austin Hospital, Kristen has a strong interest in clinical nutrition, working within the hospital setting at Peninsula Private and Beleura Private Hospital. She is also based at numerous private practice clinics across the peninsula, working in conjunction with Peninsula Sports Medicine Group and Melbourne Bariatrics.

Her specialist areas include weight management (both general and bariatric), working alongside bariatric surgeon Mr Geoffrey Draper, where she provides dietary advice for clients undergoing weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and lap-banding). As well as diabetes management (including insulin dependent), heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders (including food intolerances, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron disease and Ulcerative colitis).


She has a personal interest in body sculpting, assisting athletes with their nutrition and meal plans in the lead up to competitions, as well as endurance sports, in particular triathlons.


Admin Manger, VDEN

Ms Maree Jones - Administration Manager

Locations: VDEN Central - Malvern

For further information please contact us:

General Enquiries

Tel: (03) 9509 9411
E-mail: info@vden.com.au

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