About LSA

Department of Surgery ( About LSA )

 LapSurgery Australia's surgical team consisted of Mr Ray McHenry, Mr Chris Hensman and Mr Ara Saravanamuttu.

Ray McHenry

Ray graduated in medicine from Monash University. He trained at the Alfred Hospital in surgery and gained his Australian Fellowship in surgery in 1979. He pursued further training in the United Kingdom and returned to Australia in 1981. He has worked in the Dandenong area since then, forming LapSurgery Australia in 2008.

His major interests in surgery are colo-rectal surgery, colonoscopy and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Ray has completed a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration concentrating on the issue of quality management as applied to medicine.

Chris Hensman

Chris graduated in surgery from Monash University after which he undertook specialisation in the United Kingdom in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He gained his Australian Fellowship in surgery in 1994. Chris was a senior lecturer at Monash University Department of Surgery, involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and clinical research. He joined Ray McHenry and Richard Gilhome in 1998.

Chris has particular interests in advanced minimal access surgery (laparoscopic surgery) including bilateral endoscopic thorascopic sympathectomy (ETS), gastric banding, hiatus hernia, cholecystectomy and other general surgery as well as upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Aravinthan (Ara) Saravanamuttu

Mr. Aravinthan Saravanamuttu (or Ara as he likes to be called) is a specialist in Laparoscopic General, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric surgery.   Ara achieved his medical degree through the University off Melbourne in 2005. Through his time as a junior doctor, Ara gained experience at a number of Victorian public hospitals including The Alfred, Box Hill, Frankston, Maroondah, Sandringham and The Angliss.  Ara has taken over Mr Richard Gilhome's practice and we welcome him officially to the LSA team.

 Ara qualified as a General Surgeon in 2014 (FRACS) and went on to gain further training in Upper Gastrointestinal surgery and Bariatric Surgery. Ara has worked at Tweed Hospital in NSW and John Flynn Private Hospital in QLD where he was also exposed to robotic surgery. In 2015, he returned to the Alfred to gain valuable experience in revisional bariatric surgery, complex Upper GI surgery and trauma surgery.




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