MQ Health - Macquarie University

Healthy Weight Clinic

Our team

Dr Veronica Preda

Dr Preda enjoys managing all aspects of endocrinology including: Type I and II diabetes (including pumps), weight management and obesity, thyroid disease, endocrine disorders during pregnancy, PCOS, osteoporosis and bone health, pituitary and adrenal disease, neuroendocrine tumours and cancer genetic syndromes related to endocrinology.

She is experienced in endocrinology having completed a Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Metabolism and Endocrinology in the UK as well as working on her Doctor of Philosophy. She undertook advanced endocrinology training at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr Preda completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine through the University of Sydney with research grounded in Oxford on tumour pathways. She has a Masters of Public Health and graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of New South Wales. Dr Preda is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School teaching medical students as well as post graduate Masters of Internal Medicine students. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University. Dr Preda has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications in internationally respected medical journals and specialist textbooks as well as having presented at international meetings.

Dr Preda continues her collaborative research with Oxford and Sydney University. She has now joined MQ Health for both clinical and ward patient care to help establish an endocrinology service.

Associate Prof Kenneth Ho

Associate Professor Ken Ho is a consultant physician and endocrinologist with clinical and research interests in diabetes, obesity and general endocrinology. He received a full-time National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) scholarship for his PhD on the role of iron chelation for the treatment of glucose, lipids and obesity. He received the Novartis Young Scientist award from the Endocrine Society of Australia in 2009. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. He has published in the areas of diabetes, vitamin D, and General Endocrinology.

He teaches from undergraduate through to post-graduate medical, and Physician training. He is the Director of Physician Education and the Chairman of the General Clinical Training Council at Ryde Hospital. He has given lectures to GPs, optometrists, pharmacists and the general public on diabetes, thyroid disorders and osteoporosis. He has previously received letters of appreciation and commendation from the Northern Sydney Local Health District and the Lions Club of Sydney Chinese Society for his educational lectures.

Prof Reginald Lord

Professor Reginald V. Lord is an upper gastrointestinal and general surgeon. His clinical interests include diseases of the oesophagus and stomach, including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and hiatus hernia, Barrett’s oesophagus, oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer, and surgery for weight loss and weight-related metabolic diseases such as diabetes. He was a member of the surgery team that first performed the sleeve gastrectomy operation for obesity.

Professor Lord received his undergraduate degree (MBBS) from Sydney University, a postgraduate research degree (MD) from the University of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Professor Lord is Head of the Gastroesophageal Cancer Program at the St. Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research, Head of Surgery at Notre Dame School of Medicine, and adjunct Professor of Surgery at Macquarie University Advanced School of Medicine. Dr. Lord is a past Chair of the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Society, a member of the Upper Gastrointestinal NSW Oncology Group, a past Cancer Institute NSW Clinical Research Fellow, a member of the Cancer Council Australia Guidelines Committee for Barrett’s oesophagus and neoplasia and was a member of the Advisory Panel to the Medical Services Advisory Committee for radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s oesophagus.

Professor Lord has given more than 70 invited presentations, mostly outside Australia. He pioneered the use of wireless pH oesophageal monitoring in Australia and was the first to use endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s oesophagus in this country. Dr. Lord’s publications have been cited more than 6,000 times; H index 40 (Google Scholar).

Juliana Chen

Dr Juliana Chen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist who is passionate about using food as medicine to promote population and individual health and wellbeing across the whole lifecycle.

Dr Chen is the primary dietitian at MQ Health and is committed to helping her patients achieve their health goals, using the latest rigorous research to deliver the highest quality nutrition care for weight loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, high cholesterol and IBS to name a few. She has also worked in public health, community nutrition and health promotion roles, particularly to address overweight and obesity in adults and children.

Dr Chen completed her PhD at the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney. Her research program was the first to provide extensive evidence to guide the implementation and integration of smartphone apps to advance dietetic practice. She developed a novel evidence-based framework termed the 'Mobile Nutrition Care Process Grid' to support app use in medical nutrition therapy. Currently, Dr Chen is also leading the development of a digital platform for assessing dietary intake in New Caledonia, in an international collaboration between the Charles Perkins Centre and The University of New Caledonia.

Joanna Jaques

Joanna is an exercise physiologist with 15 years of clinical experience delivering exercise interventions to patients presenting with a wide range of chronic and complex medical conditions, including cardiometabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological and psychological conditions, cancer and chronic pain.

Joanna has worked extensively in both university-based multidisciplinary health clinics and the private sector. She is currently a sessional lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology program at the Australian Catholic University, and has a keen interest in clinical research.

In her role as exercise physiologist with MQ Health’s Healthy Weight and Men’s Health Services, Joanna aims to provide her patients with individualised and tailored exercise programs - complementing other medical, diet and lifestyle interventions - to improve health and well-being.