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Our Doctors

Meet our Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists

 

Dr Ben Allen

 

BMed (Hons), BAppSci FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist, Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

Visiting Medical Officer, The Tweed Hospital

Adjunct Research Fellow, The Menzies Institute Griffith University

Dr Ben Allen is a Gastroenterologist and performs diagnostic and interventional gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound, with further accreditation in small bowel capsule endoscopy.

Dr Allen graduated with honours from the University of Newcastle in 2003 and then undertook postgraduate training in Victoria and New South Wales, working at The Geelong Hospital, The Western Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. He gained his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2010.

In 2011 he undertook an international fellowship in advanced endoscopy at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) specialising in endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic management of advanced Barrett's oesophagus under the tutelage of Dr Ian Penman.

Upon returning to Australia in 2012, Dr Allen commenced public and private practice in Geelong and was appointed a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University.

In 2015, he relocated with his family to the Gold Coast. Dr Allen works in the public and private sectors, caring for patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. Particular interests include endoscopic ultrasound, functional gut disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Allen is available for:

Consultations at:

  • Medical Centre Suites, John Flynn Hospital
  • Consulting suites, Tweed Day Surgery

Procedures at:

  • John Flynn Hospital
  • Tweed Day Surgery
  • Robina Private Hospital
  • Tweed Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital (EUS service)

 


 

Dr Aiden Lyon

 

BAppSc (MedSc) Hons, MBBS, FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

After growing up in Ballina on Northern Rivers NSW, Aiden moved to Queensland to attend university, completing a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) with Honours at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and subsequent medical training at Griffith University. He started his advanced training in Gastroenterology at the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), moving to the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) for his second year. His fellowship year was at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital with a strong focus on quality in endoscopy and colonoscopy, and further training in large colonic polyp resections (endoscopic mucosal resection, EMR).

Aiden continues to be actively involved with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with an appointment at the University of Queensland and Griffith University as a Senior Lecturer. Currently, he sits on the committee of the Gastroenterology Society of Queensland (GESQ), a Clinical Supervisor of Basic and Advanced Trainees for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and is an active member of the Basic Physician Training Committee at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Aside from General Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Aiden has special interests in:

  • High quality diagnostic endoscopy and colonoscopy;
  • Colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening;
  • Large colonic polyp resections and polyposis;
  • Education and training of medical students, residents and registrars.

Aiden performs diagnostic gastroscopy and colonoscopy including endoscopic mucosal resection and has further accreditation in capsule endoscopy. He is available to care for patients experiencing a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders and available to perform direct-access procedures at Tweed Day Surgery, John Flynn Private Hospital and Robina Private Hospital with follow up consultations via telephone.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Aiden Lyon is available for:

Consultations via phone:

  • Post procedural follow-up only

Procedures via:

  • Direct access at Tweed Day Surgery
  • Direct access at Robina Private Hospital
  • Direct access at John Flynn Private Hospital

 


Dr Alex Huelsen

 

 

MD, FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist

Staff Specialist, Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane

Visiting Medical Officer, Tweed Hospital

 

 

Dr Alexander Huelsen is a Gastroenterologist and Interventional Endoscopist specialising in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures including gastroscopy, colonoscopy, balloon enteroscopy for small bowel disorders, large and complex polyp resections, Barrett’s endotherapy, GI-track dilatation and stenting, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

 

Dr Huelsen graduated from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany in 2001 and undertook a medical thesis at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria and subsequent postgraduate training in Southern Germany. In 2006 he relocated to New Zealand where he completed his postgraduate training working at Christchurch Hospital, and Auckland City Hospital and gaining his fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2012.

 

His passion for advanced endoscopy was further strengthened following an endoscopy fellowship year at the North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2015 he therefore relocated with his family to Brisbane to undertake a further two years of fellowship training at the Interventional Endoscopy Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he continues to work as a staff specialist. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, a member of the ANZELF and committed to teaching and research with a focus on advanced endoscopy.

 

Dr Huelsen cares for patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreato-biliary disorders and he has a strong interest in all aspects of therapeutic endoscopy, EUS and ERCP.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Alex Huelsen is available for:

Consultations at:

  • Medical Centre Suites at John Flynn Hospital

Procedures at:

  • Tweed Hospital

 

 

Dr Alicia Braund

 

B Hlth Sci (Nutr&Diet) (Hons).

MBBS FRACP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Staff Specialist Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

Alicia Braund studied Medicine at Griffith University and graduated in 2008. She completed physician training and gastroenterology training at the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Her previous background was in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Alicia provides thorough examinations of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract through gastroscopy, colonoscopy and polypectomy. In 2020, Alicia’s adenoma (pre-cancerous polyp) detection rate was 77.5% in males and 57.5% in females aged greater than 50 years. This is well above the accepted Australian target of >25% adenoma detection rate. She is committed to safe procedures and excellent communication.

Outside of Gastrocare, Alicia is a staff specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital. She is the Clinical Lead in Hepatology and enjoys all aspects of care for patients with liver and gastrointestinal diseases.

For bookings or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our principal rooms located in the Medical Centre at John Flynn Hospital.

Dr Alicia Braund is available for:

Consultations via phone:

  • Post procedural follow-up only

Procedures via:

  • Direct access at Robina Private Hospital.
 
 

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