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Macquarie Respiratory and Sleep Physicians
Dr Claude Farah

Associate Professor Claude Farah


Associate Professor Claude Farah is an adult respiratory and sleep physician. He trained at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals and completed his PhD at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney University. He has consulting rooms at Macquarie University Clinic and admitting rights at Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital. A/Prof Farah also has extensive experience in managing sleep disorders and has provided a regular service as a visiting sleep physician to regional NSW since 2009.

A/Prof Farah has academic appointments at Macquarie University and Sydney University. His clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of airways diseases including asthma and COPD, bronchiectasis, lung infections, lung cancer, lung physiology and lung imaging. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals, has been an invited speaker at local and international meetings and supervises PhD and graduate research students.


Professor Alvin Ing

Professor Alvin Ing


Professor Alvin Ing is a Professor, Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University. He is also the Sub-Dean, Research, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, University of Sydney. He has been involved in interventional pulmonology since 1993, when he helped establish endobronchial laser resection and stent deployment at Concord Hospital. He was instrumental in forming one of the first and largest patient databases in this area, and is one of the few physicians in NSW specialising in and accredited in these techniques.

More recently he has help established endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) at Concord Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital, and has pioneered the use of endobronchial valves in patients with COPD and emphysema (Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction – ELVR). Professor Ing also performed the first bronchial thermoplasty procedure in NSW, treating patients with refractory asthma. He is performing ongoing research into ELVR and Bronchial Thermoplasty at Macquarie University Hospital, actively supervising PhD students in these areas. He also utilizes the new technique of cryobiopsy in the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung disease, proximal endobronchial tumours and peripheral lung nodules.

He has published his Interventional Pulmonology work in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised six PhD students. He also has continuing research interests in chronic cough, pulmonary complications of gastro-oesophageal reflux and laryngeal sensitivity in pulmonary disorders.

Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail

Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail


Dr Lydia Makarie Rofail is the head of the newly established Sleep Disorders Unit at Macquarie University Hospital and a senior lecturer at Macquarie University. She is also consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at both Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital. She has a wide range of expertise in Respiratory and Sleep conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis, Occupational Lung Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Respiratory Failure, Pre-operative assessment respiratory and sleep medicine assessment, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Circadian Disorders and Parasomnias.

After the completion of her physicians training she was involved in research through the University of Sydney and The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and has been awarded a PhD in Medicine by the University of Sydney for her research in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. She has presented her research locally and internationally at scientific meeting. Her research was published in leading renowned international sleep medicine journals. She was nominated twice for the young investigator award once by the Australasian Sleep Association and once by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Lucy Morgan

Dr Lucy Morgan


Prof Matthew Peters

Professor Matthew Peters

Matthew Peters is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Macquarie University Hospital and also head of Respiratory Medicine at Concord Hospital. He trained at Concord Hospital before completing an MD under the supervision of Professor Norbert Berend, based on work completed at Concord and at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was awarded the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Yoing Investigator Award in 1990 and was then the inaugural recipient of the Allen and Hanbury's Travelling Fellowship spending three years at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London with Prof Peter Barnes before returning to Australia.

He has contributed to the training of more than 30 Thoracic Physicians now in practice. He has a diverse range of research interests including respiratory physiology, asthma and lung cancer but also a particular focus on improvement in public health, and has made a notable contributions in the area of Tobacco Control and better care of patients with lung cancer.  He chairs the Global Lung Cancer Coalition and was instrumental in the creation of the Kylie Johnson Lung Cancer Network, an important component of the patient support activities of the Lung Foundation, and encouraged and supported the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum. His primary role within Macquarie Respiratory and Sleep is with the Lung Function Laboratory.


Dr Claude Farah

Dr Tajalli Saghaie


Dr Saghaie is a Respiratory and Sleep physician with significant experience in Interventional Pulmonology, diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy including rigid bronchoscopy, management of pleural disease, and multidisciplinary care of lung cancer.

Dr Saghaie graduated from Tehran University, Iran in 2003. After having worked for a few years as a family practitioner overseas, he had the opportunity to train as a physician at Royal North Shore Hospital. During his Respiratory and Sleep training, he had the privilege of working with master physicians and researchers at Westmead, Nepean and Concord Hospitals. He has pursued his passion in interventional pulmonology (therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopy as well as pleural procedures) by traveling and training in centres of excellence such as Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States and Thoraxklinik in Germany. He is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand as well as the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

He is currently performing research into the role of cryobiopsy in the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung disease, peripheral lung nodules and pleural disease, and is supervising MD students in this role.

Dr Elizabeth Veitch

Dr Elizabeth Veitch


Liz Veitch is an adult Respiratory and Sleep Physician.  She trained at Royal North Shore, Concord and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals, and has subsequently held consultant positions in Adelaide (Flinders Medical Centre and Daw Park Hospital) and Sydney (Concord General Hospital).  She is currently a Senior Staff Specialist at Concord Hospital.

Liz has a broad general respiratory and sleep practice, encompassing Asthma and COPD, Pulmonary Infections, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Embolism, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Sleep Hypoventilation Syndromes. She has a particular interest in Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD).  She initiated a pulmonary hypertension service at Concord Hospital in 2004, and an interstitial lung disease service in 2014.  She chairs the fort-nightly Concord Hospital ILD Multi-disciplinary Meeting, and she has been the Concord Hospital site principal investigator for 11 international, multi-centre trials of novel medications for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Scleroderma –ILD.  She has ongoing research activity in this area.

Liz is passionate about medical education, and has been actively involved in this throughout her career. She was previously the Network Director of Physician Training for the Concord-Nepean Network, and she continues to engage regularly in medical student and junior medical officer training at Concord Hospital, with both training and supervisor responsibilities.

Dr Jonathan Williamson

A/Professor Jonathan Williamson


Trained in Sydney, Perth and Heidelberg, Germany, Associate Professor Williamson is a Respiratory and Sleep physician who commenced consulting at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinic in early 2012 as part of the Macquarie Respiratory and Sleep group.

A/Prof Williamson’s practice covers a wide range of respiratory and sleep pathologies including asthma, COPD, lung and airway infections, sleep disorders and lung cancer. He developed an interest in interventional procedures whilst training at Royal North Shore Hospital and further developed this interest at St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst in the lung transplant unit, and at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth completing a bronchoscopy-based PhD in 2010.

Since returning to Sydney, A/Prof Williamson has been based at Liverpool Hospital where he is establishing an interventional bronchoscopy unit for advanced diagnostic and therapeutic airway procedures. A/Prof Williamson list of procedures includes endobronchial ultrasound, rigid bronchoscopy for management of central airway obstruction, YAG-laser, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial lung volume reduction for management of emphysema and airway stent insertion for palliation of obstructing lung tumours. For futher infomation please visit A/Prof Williamson's website.