Our doctors are specialists in general paediatrics, paediatric neurology and clinical / metabolic genetics.
Please chat to our staff if you want to discuss who might be right for your child.
Dr Alexandra (Alex) Johnson is a Paediatric Neurologist working in both the public and private sectors in Sydney, Australia. She has positions at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Randwick) and Royal North Shore Hospital, and consults privately in St Leonards (Paediatrics North) and Bondi Junction (The Children’s Clinic). Alex reports paediatric EEGs privately through Northern Neurophysiology at North Shore Private Hospital. She also loves spending time with her husband and two children, who are trying to help her become an expert in Minecraft, Star Wars, and Transformers.
Neurological disorders such as headache and epilepsy are not uncommon in children, teenagers and young adults. At least five out of every ten teenagers experience headaches at least once a month. One in twenty children will have a seizure during childhood, whilst one in two hundred are diagnosed with epilepsy. Both disorders can lead to a high burden of disability and distress for these children and their families. Alex aims to work with families to understand their concerns through listening, communication and provision of appropriate information and education.
Alex contributes to teaching and research at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Randwick). Current projects include contributing factors to headache in children and young adults, and factors contributing to epilepsy including genetics, epilepsy syndromes and epilepsy education. Alex is an ongoing investigator in studies regarding the sequelae of childhood brain tumors and their treatment, in addition to canabinoids in severe childhood epilepsy and rare diseases. She is also interested in the translation of emerging research in rare neurological diseases (including gene and enzyme therapies) to prevent neurodegeneration and ongoing cognitive and physical disability. geneticist Inherited metabolic
Denise is a Paediatric Neurologist, working at Sydney Children's Hospital (Randwick) and Liverpool Hospital whilst also completing her Masters through the University of New South Wales.
Denise brings her expertise in epilepsy, neuroimaging and tuberous sclerosis, and has extensive experience in general paediatric neurology including the management of headache, tic disorders and developmental disorders. She has contributed to teaching and research in her previous appointments at Sydney Children's Hospital (Randwick) and Children's Hospital at Westmead. Denise has recently undertaken further training overseas in neurophysiology (EEG) in infants.
Denise works in partnership with families, bringing excellent organisational and communication skills. She understands the complexities of managing and investigating neurological diseases in children and infants, and is very supportive of families whilst walking this road.
When not at work, Denise plays a mean bass guitar!
Denise is on leave at present, but hopes to be back in the middle of the year.
Clinical genetics, Metabolic genetics, inherited metabolic disorders, newborn screening, genetic causes of developmental delay and intellectual impairment, preconception carrier testing, genetic counseling,
Background and experience
Carolyn brings to the team over 20 years experience in the rapidly expanding field of clinical genetics. She is one of Sydney’s most experienced and sought after genetic metabolic specialists. Carolyn graduated, MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Camperdown and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead before completing her clinical and metabolic genetics sub-specialist training at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Carolyn worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London in 2000 and completed a PhD with Sydney University in 2001. Since 2001 Carolyn has worked as a consultant clinical geneticist in the field of metabolic genetics at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and since 2014 has also worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Carolyn has holds a number of leadership, teaching and research roles with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Disciplines of Child and Adolescent Health and Genomic Medicine, Sydney University.
A large part of Carolyn’s clinical practice involves consideration of an underlying genetic diagnosis and further investigation of children and young adults with developmental disorders, intellectual impairment and/or complex health issues. Carolyn provides long term care for children and young adults with a wide range of genetic metabolic disorders, some of which are detected by newborn screening. She has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of complex genetic conditions such as mitochondrial and lysosomal storage disorders, Rett syndrome and related disorders.
Carolyn has experience and skill in arranging access to, and interpreting results of specialized biochemical genetic and genomic investigations.
Carolyn is also available to provide expert advice and to discuss genetic test results for couples having had preconception carrier testing.
Teaching and Research
In addition to her clinical responsibilities Carolyn participates in a number of research projects. She is and has been principal and co-investigator on several clinical trials of enzyme replacement therapy for lysosomal storage disorders, cannabinoids in Rett syndrome and gene discovery research projects. Carolyn is interested in translation of emerging research in rare disorders such as gene and other novel therapies. Her publication record includes 80 papers published in peer reviewed journals and four book chapters. She has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences.
When not at work Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, going on holidays, reading and keeping fit.
For new referrals
For all new appointments a referral from a specialist is required and needs to be forwarded to our clinic prior to the appointment, so we can advise if additional information is required for the consultation. If results are available (eg microarray), please forward a copy of the report so this can be looked into prior to your child'a appointment.
Dr Kate Lichkus is a General Paediatrician with a special interest in providing care for children with complex health needs. She enjoys establishing an individualised approach to health care for each child and their family. She holds a public appointment at The Children’s Hospital Westmead, Genetic Metabolic Disorders Service where she is involved in the care of patients with metabolic disorders.
Dr Kate Lichkus completed her medical degree in New Zealand, graduating from The University of Auckland. She subsequently moved to Sydney Australia were she undertook speciality training through The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, working at numerous tertiary and local hospitals throughout the state. She gained General Specialist Registration in Paediatrics and Child Health and became a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In 2017 she completed her Masters of Public Health, graduating with distinction.
Kate specialises in providing holistic general paediatric care for children from birth until young adulthood, including general acute and chronic health and developmental concerns, attention and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and suspected autism spectrum disorders.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and looking after her young daughter as well as the menagerie of backyard pets including dog, cat, chickens and bees.
We are excited to have Hugo joining us this year!
Dr Hugo Sampaio is a paediatric neurologist. He has appointments at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Randwick), where he also the Head of Department of Neurology, and The Canberra Hospital. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 2002, started his specialisation in paediatric neurology in 2009 and has been in consultant practice since 2012. He has a master’s degree in Epilepsy and reports paediatric EEG’s at Prince of Wales and Gosford Hospitals. In addition to clinical practice he supervises students and teaches at UNSW.
Child neurology is an exciting field which finds itself at the forefront of advances in medical therapies. Hugo has the rare privilege of seeing children and their families through the difficult phase of diagnosis and subsequent disease modifying treatment. His involvement in clinical trials, including gene therapy, has enabled this. Although he sees a diverse range of neurologic conditions including, epilepsy, headache and tic disorders his primary area of focus is neuromuscular disease. The latter subspecialty focuses on disorders of nerves and muscles.
Hugo’s primary focus is centring patient care around children and their families. He understands that patient needs depend more on the individual that their underlying disease. He has a long track record of collaboration across specialities and allied health professional to achieve the best diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes for the children he sees.
When not being a neurologist it’s a safe bet Hugo will be immersed in one of his three sons play or extracurricular activities. His favourite pastime is exploring corners of Australia he’s not yet discovered with his family.
We are delighted to welcome Erin, who is starting with us in October 2021.
Dr Erin Donnelley is a General Paediatrician working at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Campbelltown Hospital. She has a particular interest in children with chronic health conditions, complex medical needs and neurodevelopmental presentations including intellectual disability, ADHD, Autism and other behavioural concerns. She also has a keen interest in Indigenous and refugee children’s health, and provides personalised, holistic and patient-centred care to every child and their family.
Erin studied medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. She undertook her specialty training through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network working at a range of locations including The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Royal Prince Alfred, Liverpool and Royal Darwin Hospitals. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Paediatric and Child Health Division.
Erin has a research interest in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and experience in Clinical Ethics. She teaches medical students for the University of Sydney and is actively involved in patient safety and health systems improvement. When Erin isn’t at work she is a busy mum who tries to find time for camping, bushwalks, triathlon and yoga.
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