Our Team - Sydney Bariatric Clinic

Our Medical Staff

Dr Brendan Ryan

Surgeon

Dr Ryan is a bariatric surgeon with over 15 years of experience in the field of obesity surgery. He has performed over 5000 weight loss operations. He specialises in Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass and Revisional Bariatric surgery. He also has an interest in Anti-reflux, Hiatal Hernia and Gallbladder surgery.

Dr Ryan has rooms in Westmead and Campbelltown and operates privately at Westmead Private, Lakeview Private and Campbelltown Private Hospitals.

He has public appointments at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals.

Dr Ryan has been awarded Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Sydney Bariatric Clinic has proudly been recognized as a International Centre of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery also.

Dr Ryan contributes to the National Bariatric Registry and is part of the Research team of Sydney Bariatric Clinic which presents regularly at National and International Bariatric Meetings. He is committed to maintaining best practices in weight loss surgery.

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Dr Carolyn Jameson

Surgeon

Dr Carolyn Jameson is a highly skilled bariatric surgeon with over 10 years of experience in obesity surgery. She specialises in gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and revision bariatric surgery as well as endoscopic procedures. Dr Jameson believes in an empathic, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Patient safety and quality outcomes are the principles by which she conducts her practice.

She has been accredited as a Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Dr Jameson contributes to the National Bariatric Registry. She is the head researcher of Sydney Bariatric Clinic which presents regularly at national and international bariatric meetings.

Dr Jameson is a member of the Clinical Review Committee at Westmead Private Hospital and the RACS Clinical Examinations Committee. She is a specialist general surgeon and the supervisor of specialist general surgical training at Auburn Hospital. Dr Jameson is a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr Jameson has rooms at Westmead and Penrith and operates at Westmead Private Hospital.

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Dr Nicholas Cocco

Surgeon

Dr Nicholas Cocco is a general surgeon having completed his training in NSW and ACT. Attaining general surgery fellowship in 2018, he is skilled in a broad range of general, laparoscopic and endoscopy procedures.
Dr Cocco has completed a two-year fellowship in kidney and pancreas transplant surgery in Westmead and Monash networks. Through this time, he completed additional work in elective and acute general, laparoscopic and vascular surgery.
Dr Cocco joined Sydney Bariatric Clinic in 2020 and offers a range of general surgical and bariatric surgical procedures. These include endoscopy, hernia, gallbladder surgery, bariatric surgery and
dialysis access surgery (both fistula formation and peritoneal dialysis access).

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Dr John Leyden

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Clinic

Dr John Leyden is Sydney Bariatric Clinic’s lead anaesthetist with over 15 years of experience in providing comprehensive and tailored perioperative and anaesthetic care for all patients undergoing metabolic/bariatric surgery. Additionally, Dr Leyden has 20 years of experience in cardiothoracic anaesthesia. His expertise means Sydney Bariatric Clinic can safely care for even the most medically complex patients.
Dr Leyden completed a clinical fellowship in Cardiac Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto, Canada, St Michael’s Hospital campus. He is the founder and chairman of NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia (formerly known as the Unicorn Foundation), a not-for-profit charity for patients with rare neuroendocrine cancers.
Dr Leyden is passionate about providing tailored anaesthesia care for each of his patients. He creates recovery programs that ensure all patients receive the highest level of care at SBC’s pre-operative clinic.

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Dr Tony Brancatisano

Obesity and Metabolic Practitioner

Dr Tony Brancatisano is a senior bariatric medical practitioner, research scientist and surgical assistant in bariatric surgery. He has over 15 years of experience in weight loss management. This includes the pre-operative assessment, post-operative and long term management of patients with obesity undergoing gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass operations and revisional bariatric procedures. He is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney.
Dr Tony is part of the allied health team involving dietitians, psychologists and exercise consultants. The allied health team provides guidance and support throughout every patient’s weight loss journey. Dr Tony is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every patient through his personalised and comprehensive approach. He understands that obesity is a complex chronic disease and that bariatric surgery requires lifelong follow up and care; a partnership between the patient, the clinic, and the patient’s regular GP.
Dr Tony consults regularly at Westmead Private and Campbelltown.

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Catherine Underwood

Dietitian

Catherine is an accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist with extensive experience supporting patients with their weight loss and health goals post-bariatric surgery. Catherine supports you to pass smoothly through the stages of dietary progression after weight loss surgery. She also serves as a valuable support to ensure sustained weight loss in the long term, no matter what hurdles life throws in your direction. Catherine will work with you to implement healthy eating behaviours that fit your lifestyle. This work will also focus on the psychology behind the food you eat.

Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about diet and nutrition. She finds working with patients extremely rewarding and loves being part of the process that sees patients achieving life-changing results.

Catherine is based at SBC’s Westmead clinic.

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Tania Chaanine

Dietitian

Tania is an accredited practicing dietitian and accredited nutritionist specialising in the management of obesity. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney. Additionally, Tania is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and a FODMAP certified dietitian.
Tania has been working in the area of weight loss surgery for over 10 years alongside leading bariatric surgeons in Sydney. She is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care by providing an individualised evidence-based approach. Tania looks forward to working with you to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
Tania is based at SBC’s Westmead and Campbelltown clinics.

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Dr Cal Paterson

Clinical Psychologist

With over a decade of experience in bariatric psychology, Cal has worked with patients of all ages across a diversity of backgrounds, in both surgical and non-surgical care teams. Cal works with patients at an individual level to untie the knots of confusion and guilt around self-care. Cal believes a tailored approach is important. Cal works around the notion that every body, every person’s life is unique to them, and so each person needs to find their own unique pathway to health.

Cal is based at SBC’s Westmead clinic.

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Phoebe Johnson

Psychologist

Phoebe Johnson is a registered psychologist who has worked with adults and young people in a variety of public and private mental health settings, including hospitals, universities and in private practice. She is particularly interested in pre- and post-operative adjustment to bariatric surgery and the psychology of eating, and also has experience working with people experiencing mood and anxiety issues, problems with substance use, and identity and self-esteem concerns. Phoebe uses a trauma-informed approach and provides an open, non-judgemental space to explore your concerns, shift unhelpful patterns and work towards what matters most to you. 

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Caitlin Antoon

Psychologist

Caitlin is a registered psychologist and a clinical psychology registrar. She has clinical experience in both public and private mental health sectors, working with patients who present with a diverse range of challenges and levels of risk.

As a clinician with experience in the bariatric medical context, Caitlin offers a therapy experience that is tailored and unique to the surgery process. She also treats mental health difficulties that are likely to affect surgery outcomes, or that prevent a patient from living life to the fullest. 

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Sean Mungovan

Physiotherapist

Associate Professor Sean Mungovan is Sydney Bariatric Clinic’s head physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience in the prescription of exercise for optimal health and wellbeing. He is the Director of Allied Health at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney and the Director of the Clinical Research Institute, Westmead.
Sean leads a diverse and talented team of physiotherapists who work closely with each patient through each stage of their weight loss journey. The physiotherapy team works in conjunction with all members of SBC’s team, assessing each patient prior to surgery and prescribing individualised exercise programs to maximise recovery. Our physiotherapy team is experienced with both hospital-based care and post-hospital discharge to prescribe exercise programs to allow patients to safely achieve their individual goals. Sean and his team look forward to working with you.
Sean and his team are based at SBC’s Westmead clinic.

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Daniela Pacuka

Exercise Physiologist

Daniela has more than 8 years of experience as an accredited exercise physiologist. Daniela’s role within the team at SBC is to help track patient’s progress, provide education and provide custom exercise prescription based interventions to help facilitate a patients weight loss journey as a part of post-operative care. She holds a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and two Bachelor’s degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and PDHPE.

Daniela has extensive experience working in private practice. She specialises in musculoskeletal injuries, chronic conditions and metabolic conditions. Daniela has the knowledge and skills to assist patients with weight loss and chronic conditions. She finds the most rewarding part of working in the bariatric field is seeing the positive change in patients after their surgery.

Daniela is based at Anytime Fitness in Campbelltown and Narellan.

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Shannon Morley

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who works within the private practice Health Focus Clinic servicing the Macarthur and South West Sydney region. She has a passion for helping people become better versions of themselves and encouraging patients to see their full potential. Exercise really is medicine! I take the time to get to know each patient individually before designing a structured exercise routine that is going to optimise the patient’s weight loss goals and make them feel comfortable in their skin. 

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Claire van Wyk

Practice Manager and Nurse

Claire is our practice manager and nurse who supports all the patients through their weight-loss journey. She works closely with Dr Ryan and Dr Jameson to answer any medical or nursing queries or concerns you might have at any stage of the program.

You will meet Claire at the pre-operative clinic if you decide to go ahead with surgery and she will provide information about all aspects of the process, the surgery, the recovery and after care. She will also see you regularly after surgery both in the hospital and later in the rooms.

Her goal is to ensure all patients receive all the necessary medical attention they deserve when going through this life-changing treatment.

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Amanda Cromack

Practice Nurse

Amanda is one of our Practice Nurses at Sydney Bariatric Clinic. Amanda is a senior, highly skilled nurse having worked as a Registered Nurse in Western Sydney for over 20 years. She has a lot of experience in surgical care of patients having been a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Unit Manager and Clinical Nurse Educator. Amanda is also currently still working as a Anaesthetic nurse. Amanda also is the nurse in charge of iron infusions at our clinic. Her key focus is on being approachable and supportive for patients during their whole journey.

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Our Support Team

Una

Admissions and Finance Specialist

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Sarah

Patient Liaison Specialist

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Melissa

Medical Secretary

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Holly

Medical Secretary

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