Our Research Team

Prof John Boyages - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicProf John Boyages AM

Professor John Boyages is a cancer specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. He is the Professor of Breast Oncology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University and Discipline Head, Radiation Oncology. John is also director of the Australian Lymphoedema Education Research and Treatment (ALERT) centre at Macquarie University.

Until 2011 John was the founding director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and he was then appointed to Macquarie University as the inaugural head of its new Cancer Institute from 2011 to 2015. John has published over 140 research and clinical articles.

Associate Prof Hiroo Suami - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicAssociate Prof Hiroo Suami

Dr Hiroo Suami is Associate Professor in lymphology in ALERT in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Before coming to Macquarie University in October 2015, he worked in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas for 7 years as Assistant Professor and director of the microsurgery research centre. During that time, Dr Suami assisted with indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography in over 200 surgical lymphoedema cases and he is now using the same technique with patients at Macquarie University.

Hiroo is a reconstructive plastic surgeon and world authority on the morphological research of the lymphatic system. Through his research, he has developed a new method to visualise the lymphatic system in animals and humans. This is a world-first procedure which enables the lymphatic system to be mapped into defined territories called ‘lymphosomes’.

Ms Louise Koelmeyer - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicMs Louise Koelmeyer

Ms Louise Koelmeyer is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in both public and private settings specializing in breast cancer rehabilitation and lymphoedema management in all areas of assessment, education, early detection and treatment.

As Lymphoedema Program Manager in ALERT, Louise is involved in research studies on achieving better outcomes in early and advanced lymphoedema. Louise is one of the Australian Principal Investigators on the 5-year Vanderbilt University Clinical Trial looking at monitoring and early detection of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. Macquarie University is contributing the highest number of study participants (400) to the total cohort of 1,100 women on this study. Louise is enrolled at Macquarie University in PhD studies exploring Home Monitoring for lymphoedema.

Dr Helen Mackie - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicDr Helen Mackie

Dr Helen Mackie is the current medical adviser to and past president of the Australasian Lymphology Association. She provides consultations for persons with lymphoedema as the Medical Director of the Mt Wilga Lymphoedema service in Hornsby and to the diagnostic and surgical assessment clinics at MQ Health Lymphoedema. Dr Mackie has an ongoing interest in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, pain management and general rehabilitation medicine. She is the Examiner for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr Thomas Lam - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicDr Thomas Lam

Dr Thomas Lam practises as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and is also qualified as a general surgeon. He has a special interest in skin cancer surgery and breast surgery, including implants, reduction and reconstruction, as well as other cosmetic surgery. He is a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at the Westmead, Auburn and Bankstown public hospitals as well as the Westmead, Macquarie University and Holroyd private hospitals. In the surgical assessment clinic at MQ Health Lymphoedema, Dr Lam performs life-changing medical liposuction on patients with advanced lymphoedema.

Dr Lam is an Associate Clinical Lecturer at the Western Clinical School of the University of Sydney. His research interest is breast reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer.

Dr Quan Ngo - MQ Health Lymphoedema ClinicDr Quan Ngo

Dr Quan Ngo is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in head and neck oncology, facial trauma and reconstruction, and microsurgery (including facial reanimation and lymph node transfers). Dr Ngo gained experience in the UK, France and Taiwan in head & neck and microsurgery before taking up appointments at Macquarie University Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. He is currently one of the few plastic surgeons in Australia offering the microsurgical procedures lymph node transfer (LNT) and lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA) at the surgical assessment clinic at MQ Health Lymphoedema.

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