Nozawa Onsen Presenters

Conference Presenters


Dr James Preuss, Anaesthesia

Shenton Park, WA, Australia

James Preuss is a cardiothoracic and liver transplant anaesthetist based at Sir Charles Hospital in Perth Western Australia. He has completed his Cardiothoracic fellowship at Barts Heart Centre in London where he still holds an honorary consultant position. His clinical interests in aortic surgery, ECMO and adult congenital heart disease. He completed a research degree by thesis at The University of Western Australia and is the Deputy Director of Research at SCGH. His research interests include coagulation, the use of blood and blood components and the point of care identification of coagulopathies. He has presented his work at national and international conferences and has published in numerous anaesthesia and surgical journals. He has a passion of teaching and holds teaching roles including co-convener for the WA ANZCA Part 2 examination short course and is a committee member for the ANZCA Training Accreditation Committee.

Dr Andrea Ang, Ophthalmology

Nedlands, WA, Australia

Dr Andrea Ang is a Corneal and Refractive specialist at the Lions Eye Institute and Royal Perth Hospital, and is the Director of the Lions Laser Vision, Western Australia. She is the Chair of the Qualifications and Education Committee of RANZCO (WA) and examiner for RANZCO. She serves on several committees including the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and ANZ Cornea Society.

Dr Ang graduated with the gold medicine in medicine from University of Western Australia and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for which she completed a Masters of Public Health at Harvard. Dr Ang undertook fellowships in corneal and external diseases at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, USA, and Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore.  She is the author of textbook chapters and scientific papers on corneal and external diseases, and presents at national and international conferences.  Dr Ang was a volunteer with the Myanmar Eye Care Project from 2013 to 2020.

Dr Peter Garnett, Anaesthesia

Cottlesloe, WA, Australia

Consultant anaesthetist at Royal Perth Hospital and part of the department well-being team. Peter has a passionate interest in bullying prevention, with recent publications on anaesthesia trainee well-being and bullying. Believes that active well-being programs and a bullying free environment are essential for trainee learning and patient safety

Dr Rhys Clark, Orthopaedics

Cottlesloe, WA, Australia

Dr Rhys Clark is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in the latest hip and knee replacement surgical techniques, as well as complex revision surgery and bone and soft tissue surgery.

Rhys has undertaken additional fellowship training in the leading UK referral centre for revision arthroplasty and orthopaedic oncology. 

Dr Joannie Neveu, Obstetrics & Gynecologist-Oncologist

Torbay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Dr Neveu is a distinguished professional with a comprehensive medical background. She earned her medical degree from Sherbrooke University, followed by specialized training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial University. Dr Neveu further honed her expertise through dual fellowships: the first in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Calgary and the second in Gynecologic-Oncology at Université de Montréal. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is actively engaged in both surgical practice and academic pursuits publishing regularly in her field. Notably, she is undertaking a Master's program in Health Economics at the London School of Economics, reflecting her commitment to a multidimensional approach to healthcare. Dr Neveu takes pride in continuous learning as well as personal and professional development.

Dr Barton Thiessen, Cardiac-Anaesthesia

Torbay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Dr. Barton Thiessen BSc(Math) MD FRCPC CAAII DMM AHEMS: 


Barton is a consultant cardiac anesthesiologist and Associate Professor at Memorial University with a longstanding interest in prehospital care and mountain medicine. He is on faculty with the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine and regularly teaches their diploma courses in the backcountry of British Columbia. A long time ski patroller and mountain physician with Whistler Blackcomb, he remains active in the field and enjoys bringing his OR skillset to the mountains, expanding now to work both in the heliski industry as well as organized Search and Rescue organizations.

As Assistant Dean and Chair of Memorial University's Admission Committee, recruitment and selection of medical school applicants continues to inspire academic inquisitiveness and he's always up for a good discussion on ideal medical student characteristics.  Even better if it's on a chairlift!

Dr Roland Tee, Emergency Medicine

East Ballina, NSW, Australia

Dr Roland Tee is an Emergency Medicine Staff Specialist at Northern NSWLHD.  He is also looks over a JMO Supervisor portfolio.  Dr Tee has an MBBS from Melbourne University.  He trained in Rural Victoria, Darwin, Lismore and The Gold Coast.  Dr Tee obtained his FACEM fellowship in 2021.  He also holds a position as a Senior Critical Care Lecturer with the University of Sydney.


Dr Tee was born in Brunei, grew up in Malaysia and got married in Sept 2023 to a Nephrologist.

He enjoys surfing and video-gaming whilst being child free for the moment.


Dr Rebecca Deans, Gynaecology

Vaucluse, NSW, Australia

Doctor Rebecca Deans is an internationally recognised researcher in the surgical management of benign gynaecology and endometriosis and has a special interest in paediatric and adolescent gynaecology. Day to day, she works as a gynaecologist at The Royal Hospital for Women, as Fertility Specialist at the RHW Fertility Research Centre, is the only paediatric and adolescent gynaecologist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, and is an Associate Professor at UNSW School of Women's & Children's Health.

Among Dr Deans’ many accomplishments are over 60 peer reviewed publications in leading national and international publications, 5 book chapters and over 20 research papers. Dr Deans is an experienced and prize-winning university lecturer, convening courses in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology and is passionate about disseminating knowledge to other medical practitioners and the wider community. She has also been invited to present 14 times at national and international meetings.

Dr Deans has worked with international leaders to establish protocols and is the lead researcher of a collaborative uterine transplant project. In January 2023 Dr Deans and her team performed the first Australian uterine transplant at the Royal Hospital for Women. She was awarded NSW Woman of Excellence in 2023.


Dr Jonathon Wills, Rural Hospital Medicine

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Dr Jonathon Wills is a Rural Hospital Generalist working in Central Otago, New Zealand. He has interests in trauma, critical care and procedural sedation. Dr Wills also has a role as professional practise fellow, teaching post grad rural medicine for the University of Otago

Dr Dr Katie Heathershaw, Developmental Paediatrician

Surrey Hills, VIC, Australia

Katie trained and worked for many years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as well as working in neonatal paediatrics at several Melbourne Maternity Hospitals. Katie’s clinical interests are child behaviour problems, developmental and learning disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD, sleep problems of infants and children, infant distress and general paediatric medicine.
She established the Melbourne Children’s Clinic in 2001, the first private, multidisciplinary paediatric specialist centre. This environment also enables her to mentor early career consultants as they are starting out.

Dr James Southwell-Keely, Plastic Surgery

Vaucluse, NSW, Australia

Dr James Southwell-Keely is Head of Plastic Surgery Department at St Vincent's Hospital and lectures for both UNSW and the University of Notre Dame. His greatest passions lie with reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery, facelifts and facial rejuvenation, microsurgery and complex skin cancer reconstruction. Dr Southwell-Keely trained in plastic surgery in Sydney through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, then spent two years of post-fellowship work in the UK and Europe, before returning to work in Sydney in 2011. He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which works in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to train future Australian plastic surgeons.

Dr Michael Kao, Anaesthesia

Belmont, QLD, Australia

Dr Michael Kao is currently working as a senior staff specialist in QEII jubilee Hospital in Brisbane, QLD, and is also a senior lecturer with the University of QLD faculty of medicine. Dr Kao also works as a VMO in Sunnybank Private Hospital. He has a special interest in difficult airway management.


Outside of work, Dr Kao’s hobbies includes point hacking, ie. Using credit card points to travel around the world in first/business class for free. Other hobbies include building up home theatre systems.

Dr John Scott, Emergency Medicine

Copacabana, NSW, Australia

John qualified as an emergency physician in 2017 having undertaken the majority of his training on the Central Coast of NSW with stints in Alice Springs with the RFDS and at Westmead Children’s hospital. John developed a passion for

promoting physician wellbeing as he personally felt the effects of burnout during the challenges of specialist training. John has delivered many talks and podcasts at the local, state, and international level on the effects of burnout and on the multiple benefits of promoting wellbeing within healthcare. 


The last few years  of the pandemic have challenged and at many times undermined John’s wellbeing beliefs and practices.  As we emerge from this tumultuous era, having a clear vision of what is meaningful for us in our practice has never been more important. Stepping confidently into compassionate care has enabled John to reinvigorate and ignite his passion for Emergency Medicine. Outside of medicine John is a father of 2 young girls, husband to a fellow emergency physician and has a passion for surfing, Wim Hof breath work and CrossFit.