MQ Health - Macquarie University

Respiratory and sleep clinic

Providing the highest quality patient care and treatment for respiratory and sleep-related conditions.

Our doctors

Associate Professor Claude Farah

Associate Professor Claude Farah is an adult respiratory and sleep physician. He has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and management of mild and severe asthma, COPD, breathlessness, sleep apnoea, lung cancer and nodules. He has particular interest in the area of airways disease (asthma and COPD), lung physiology and imaging. He is accredited in performing flexible diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy as well as endobronchial ultrasound.

A/Prof Claude Farah consults at Macquarie University Clinic. He is also a part-time staff specialist and is responsible for the Airway Clinic service at Concord Hospital. He has academic appointments at Macquarie University and The University of Sydney. He trained at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals and completed his PhD in airway physiology at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney University. He has published scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, has been involved in national position statement documents, has been an invited speaker at local and international meetings and supervises PhD and graduate research students.

Professor Alvin Ing

Alvin Ing is a Professor, Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University; and the clinical program head, cardiovascular and respiratory program at the University. He has been involved in interventional pulmonology since 1993, when he helped establish endobronchial laser resection and stent deployment at Concord Hospital. He was instrumental in forming one of the first and largest patient databases in this area, and is one of the few physicians in NSW specialising in and accredited in these techniques.

More recently he has pioneered the use of endobronchial valves in patients with COPD and emphysema (ELVR), and performed the first bronchial thermoplasty procedure in NSW, treating patients with refractory asthma. He has ongoing research into ELVR and Bronchial Thermoplasty at Macquarie University Hospital, actively supervising PhD students in these areas. He also utilizes cryobiopsy in the diagnosis and management of intersitial lung disease, proximal endobronchial tumours and peripheral lung nodules, and is also publishing and supervising a PhD student in this field.

He has published his Interventional Pulmonology work in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised seven PhD students. Other research interests include developing ELVR techniques for COPD patients with incomplete fissures (including vapour and polymer administration) and the use of bronchial rheoplasty in the management of chronic bronchitis.

Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail

Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail is the head of the Sleep Disorders Unit at Macquarie University Hospital and a senior lecturer at Macquarie University. She is also a consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at both Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital. She has a wide range of expertise in Respiratory and Sleep conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis, Occupational Lung Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Respiratory Failure, Pre-operative assessment respiratory and sleep medicine assessment, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Circadian Disorders and Parasomnias.

After the completion of her physicians training, she was involved in research through the University of Sydney and The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and has been awarded a PhD in Medicine by the University of Sydney for her research in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea. She has presented her research locally and internationally at scientific meetings. Her research was published in leading renowned international sleep medicine journals. She was nominated twice for the young investigator award once by the Australasian Sleep Association and once by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Associate Professor Lucy Morgan

Associate Professor Lucy Morgan is an adult respiratory and sleep physician. Lucy is a proud graduate of the University of Newcastle, trained at Concord Hospital and completed a PhD in chronic lung disease at the University of Sydney.

Her clinical practice covers a wide range of lung problems including airways diseases ( asthma and COPD, bronchiectasis), pulmonary fibrosis, lung infections and lung cancer. Lucy is committed to a multidisciplinary approach to respiratory health care and has strong links to other clinicians.

Lucy has academic appointments at Macquarie University and Sydney University with a strong interest in teaching and training junior doctors and lung researchers throughout the Macquarie University Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Concord Hospital Clinical Schools. Lucy has a very active clinical research portfolio. She is chair of the Australasian Bronchiectasis Consortium and the clinical lead for the Australian Bronchiectasis Registry project. She is currently the president of the NSW TSANZ, is a Director of Lung Foundation Australia, a member of the Australian Lung Cancer Trials Group and Director of Research for the Nepean Lung Cancer Group. She is widely published and an invited speaker at National and International conferences.

Professor Matthew Peters

Matthew Peters is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Macquarie University Hospital and also head of Respiratory Medicine at Concord Hospital. He trained at Concord Hospital before completing an MD under the supervision of Professor Norbert Berend, based on work completed at Concord and at Royal North Shore Hospitals. He was awarded the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Yoing Investigator Award in 1990 and was then the inaugural recipient of the Allen and Hanbury's Travelling Fellowship, spending three years at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London with Prof Peter Barnes before returning to Australia.

He has contributed to the training of more than 30 thoracic physicians now in practice. He has a diverse range of research interests including respiratory physiology, asthma and lung cancer but also a particular focus on improvement in public health. He has also made  notable contributions in the area of tobacco control and better care of patients with lung cancer. He chairs the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and was instrumental in the creation of the Kylie Johnson Lung Cancer Network, an important component of the patient support activities of the Lung Foundation, and encouraged and supported the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum. His primary role within MQ Health Respiratory and Sleep is with the lung function laboratory.

Associate Professor Jonathan Williamson

Trained in Sydney, Perth and Heidelberg, Germany, A/Prof Williamson is a Respiratory and Sleep physician who commenced consulting at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinic in early 2012 as part of the Macquarie Respiratory and Sleep group.

A/Prof Williamson’s practice covers a wide range of respiratory and sleep pathologies including asthma, COPD, lung and airway infections, sleep disorders and lung cancer. He developed an interest in interventional procedures whilst training at Royal North Shore Hospital and further developed this interest at St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst in the lung transplant unit, and at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth completing a bronchoscopy-based PhD in 2010.

Since returning to Sydney, A/Prof Williamson has been based at Liverpool Hospital where he is establishing an interventional bronchoscopy unit for advanced diagnostic and therapeutic airway procedures. A/Prof Williamson's list of procedures includes endobronchial ultrasound, rigid bronchoscopy for management of central airway obstruction, YAG-laser, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial lung volume reduction for management of emphysema and airway stent insertion for palliation of obstructing lung tumours.

Dr Tajalli Saghaie

Dr Saghaie is a respiratory and sleep physician with significant experience in interventional pulmonology, rigid bronchoscopy and management of large airways, diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, management of pleural disease, and multidisciplinary care of lung cancer.

Dr Saghaie graduated from Tehran University, Iran in 2003. He has had the opportunity to train as a physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. During his Respiratory and Sleep training, he had the privilege of working with master physicians and researchers at Westmead, Nepean and Concord Hospitals. He has pursued his passion in interventional pulmonology (therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopy as well as pleural procedures) by traveling and training in centres of excellence such as Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States and Thoraxklinik in Germany.

He is currently running multiple research projects in interventional pulmonology and pleural diseases including interstate and international collaborations.

Dr Monica Comsa

Dr Comsa is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician with broad experience in the management of respiratory and sleep disorders. She trained at Concord Hospital, obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 2003, after which she completed a Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Westmead Hospital.

Since completing her postgraduate studies, she has dedicated her professional life to looking after patients with a broad spectrum of respiratory conditions and to developing clinical services such as inpatient treatment with non-invasive ventilation, Respiratory Failure services and a Respiratory Lung Function Laboratory at Nepean Hospital, a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Sydney. She has been actively involved and is passionate about training medical students at Sydney University, junior doctors and in particular new generations of Advanced Trainees in Respiratory Medicine.

Dr Comsa’s main areas of interest in clinical practice are chronic airway diseases, interstitial lung disease, sleep disorders (in particular Respiratory Failure) and lung cancer. She is proficient in specialised endobronchial diagnostic procedures, including endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsy and transbronchial cryobiopsy. Having worked in a very busy hospital, she has gained extensive experience in managing complex clinical problems.

Clinical Professor Martin Phillips

Clinical Professor Martin Phillips relocated from Perth to Sydney in 2018. He was previously a consultant respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a large teaching hospital in Perth, and Clinical Professor at the University of WA. Although born in Perth, his initial education and training was in the UK, predominantly in London, where he undertook clinical and research activities, before spending two years as an MRC Research Fellow in San Francisco.

Subsequently he returned to Perth as a Consultant Respiratory Physician, with clinical and research interests in asthma, COPD, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. In the 1980s he pioneered the development of interventional pulmonology in Perth, with laser and stent procedures for obstructive airways diseases, and thoracoscopy for pleural diseases. He was involved in the initial studies on techniques for lung volume reduction, bronchial emphysema, thermoplasty for severe asthma, as well as cryotherapy procedures, electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopic procedures. He has run teaching courses on these procedures at a surgical training facility at UWA since 2005. He chaired the lung cancer MDT at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for a number of years and was the clinical lead for the Thoracic Oncology Collaborative for WA. He has served on a number of state and national committees for the RACP and the Thoracic Society of Australasia and New Zealand.

He is an honorary clinical professor at Macquarie University, and brings with him a wide range of clinical research interests in respiratory diseases.