Private Hospital Advisory Committees
At the heart of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne’s growth and success is a group of dedicated and visionary individuals who make up our Capital Campaign Advisory Committee. Our members bring a wealth of expertise, passion, and commitment to our mission to ensure the realisation of our ambitious capital campaign goals.
Our committee is a diverse group of industry leaders, each contributing their unique skills and insights to this exciting project. United by a shared vision of growth and progress for our organisation, the Committee is enthusiastic about engaging with our community and supporters. Together, we can make our vision of creating a state-of-the-art hospital tower at St Vincent’s to benefit Victoria’s community, a reality.
Business and Community Leadership Advisory Committee
Carlo G Santoro - Chair
Carlo is a successful entrepreneur who has built a stable and successful IT consultancy digital agency for retailers.
Carlo’s life in the Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) started in 1997 and is still an active member of the Melbourne chapter in Australia. The leadership journey has seen Carlo in most areas of EO from Moderator of his forum to President, Area Director, Region Council Chairman, Global Committee Chair, Global Board of Directors and most recently the Chairman of the Leadership Academy.
Professor Maryanne Confoy, R.S.C.
Sr Maryanne is an internationally respected scholar and teacher in the areas of spirituality and ministry. She is professor of pastoral theology at Australian Catholic University and received a Ph.D. from Boston College. She also taught in the IREPM and STM Summer Institute for several years.
Sr Maryanne is author of several books including Morris West: Literary Maverick, Morris West: A Writer & A Spirituality and Vatican II Revisited: Religious Life and Priesthood. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity, the order established by Mary Aikenhead, whose members have been working in education, health and community care since they first arrived in Australia in 1838. The Sisters of Charity were the founders of St Vincent’s. She has played a key role in shaping St Vincent’s Hospitals as a member of the board of St Vincent’s Health Australia and now as the Board Spiritual Advisor.
Mark has more than 25 years’ professional experience in supply chain and logistics, including senior management roles with Linfox, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, and Pacific Brands.
Prior to this Mark served 13 years with the Royal Australian Navy as a Logistics Officer. Most recently, Mark was President of China Merchants Loscam International from 2008 until 2015.
China Merchants Loscam International is one of the leading international Pallet Pooling businesses with operations across Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Mark joined Linfox International Group as a Non-Executive Director in 2016.
Isabel has two decades of social and commercial research experience in the Asia-Pacific region, commanding both national and international recognition. Her expertise lies in the domains of social, cultural, and commercial research and business strategy and consulting.
Throughout her career, Isabel has demonstrated an impressive track record in bridging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities with public, government, and commercial sectors. Her work includes research for social and policy planning, community education, and commercial enterprises. In 2019, Isabel joined the Chinese Museum and Australian Chinese Business Council to develop an inclusive strategy for Asian Australians. In 2021, she was selected by DFAT, ATO, the Department of Transport and a few other federal government organisations to lead research efforts concerning our diverse CALD communities' experiences.
Dr Anita Clarke - Chair
Dr Anita Clarke is Director of Urology at St Vincent’s Hospital and Chair of the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee.
Anita has a broad range of expertise in urology and special interests in bladder cancer, kidney stone disease and female urology. She completed her urology training in Victoria and then a uro-oncology fellowship at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and is now a senior urologist at St Vincent's Health. She has had a long-standing interest in surgical education serving on the Board of Urology and the court of examiners and is currently the senior examiner in urology.
Dr Fiona Cowell
Dr Fiona Cowell is a Melbourne-based obstetrician and gynaecologist specialising in high and low risk obstetrics as well as infertility and menopause. She strives to provide specialised care with warmth and compassion for women and their families.
Fiona is committed to informing women about all the options available and giving them choice to have the birth they want. She also has a special interest in peri-menopause and the menopause and is passionate about ensuring women transition well during this next phase of their lives. She was awarded the Queen Victoria Hospital prize in obstetrics and gynaecology in her final year of medical school at Monash University. She then spent 10 years at the Mercy Hospital for Women where she was involved with high-risk cases as well as in teaching and mentoring roles.
Associate Professor Claudia Di Bella
A/Prof Claudia Di Bella is a Melbourne-based orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in the treatment of arthritis (hip and knee) as well as bone and soft tissue tumours. Claudia uses advanced robotic and navigation technologies, in conjunction with 3D printing where required, to ensure maximum surgical precision and accuracy.
Claudia graduated from the University of Bologna, completing her orthopaedic training at the Rizzoli Institute in Bologna, and following her move to Australia, she completed her fellowship in musculoskeletal tumours at St Vincent’s. She obtained a PhD in oncology and experimental pathology in 2012 and has research interests in the use of 3D bio-printing technologies and stem cells for the treatment of joint injuries and disease.
Mr Andrew Newcomb
Mr Andrew Newcomb is a Melbourne-based cardiothoracic surgeon who is highly experienced in the treatment of heart failure, congenital thoracic and aortic surgery, and pacemaker implantation.
Andrew is currently the director of cardiothoracic surgery at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, and is involved in extensive research into cardiac stem cells and the clinical aspects of cardiac surgery. He has a particular interest in complex aortic surgery including the David procedure (used to treat aortic aneurysms and prevent aortic dissection) and has sub-speciality expertise in using minimally invasive techniques for complex valve surgery. He also carries out endovascular treatment of aortic dissections, and performs coronary surgery, including all arterial revascularisations.
Dr Anthony Poon
Dr Anthony Poon is an experienced consultant anaesthetist of over 20 years. Anthony has extensive experience in thoracic, shoulder, eye, colorectal, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), paediatric, upper gastrointestinal, endoscopy and hand anaesthesia.
Anthony worked as a consultant anaesthetist at St Vincent's and Box Hill public hospitals before concentrating in private anaesthetics. He also provides regular pro-bono medical services in developing countries where he teaches and performs voluntary anaesthesia. This has included trips to Suva (Fiji) for general anaesthesia, Guangzhou (China) for thoracic anaesthesia and Phnom Penh for cataract surgery.
Mr Paul Smith
Mr Paul D Smith is a neurosurgeon who uses the most up-to-date skills and technologies to treat and manage people with neurological disorders to help achieve the best possible results. Paul manages all neurological conditions but with a particular interest in base of skull surgery (acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma, complicated meningioma, trigeminal neuralgia), brain tumours (meningioma, glioma, other tumours), vascular neurosurgery (aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, cavernoma) and spine surgery.
Paul graduated through the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and completed a PhD through the University of Melbourne. He completed neurosurgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Austin Hospital. He then undertook a neurosurgical fellowship in 2008/2009 in skull base surgery with a particular emphasis on surgery for acoustic neuroma, trigeminal neuralgia and complicated meningioma surgery.