Across the Division of Surgery & Anaesthesia at Royal North Shore Hospital there are several individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience in data management, analysis and reporting. Check out their profiles below.
DASO Unit Manager
Maria is an enthusiastic data manager and analyst with a strong dedication to increasing data resources, data support and high quality data in the public health sector. She has extensive experience in data management, statistics and health research including a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Masters in Biostatistics.
Maria has previously worked for the Cancer Council NSW working on research projects focused on skin cancer and prostate cancer. Maria has also spent time in the UK working in research management and governance at the National Institute for Health Research.
In 2014 Maria moved her career to the NSW public health sector. Her previous roles include the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Data Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Intensive Care Data and Research Manager at Prince of Wales Hospital.
Adam (Ahmad) Aniss
Endocrine Surgical Unit - Database Manager
Adam Aniss has a mixed educational background in Engineering and Medicine (B.Sc. (Eng.,UK); M.Sc. (Medical Physics, UK); Ph.D. (Medicine, UNSW). His experience consists of a number of roles including Associate Lecturer, Research Officer, Technical Support Officer, and Database Manager across various academic institutions in NSW. Adam has been extensively involved in medical data collection and research projects in various institutions.
Currently, he is the Endocrine Surgical Unit’s Database Manager and is involved in a number of research projects in human thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. He has also been involved in the publication of a number of papers in this field. He has well-versed knowledge of relational databases and has performed upkeep of a number of Access based databases in the unit. Recently, he has been involved in the transition of these surgery databases on to the REDCap platform and these have been in use for the past two years.
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery - Data Manager
Nazim Bhimani is an ambitious Biostatistician/Data Analyst with a passion for medical research. He is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney and has previously completed a Master of Biostatistics, Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science) with a key program in Mathematical Science. He is currently the Upper GI Surgical Unit Data Manager & Biostatistician and is working on a number of research projects with respect to the liver, gallbladder, oesophagus, stomach and pancreas.
Shortly after completing his undergraduate degrees, he began working as a Developer and Data Analyst at Railway and Transport Health Fund where he worked on the development of TAX Statements and the implementation of the Annual Rate Rise of health insurance products. Nazim has also previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer at Western Sydney University.
SERT Research & Data Officer
Kathy has an extensive background in data analysis, data management and process improvement.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science from UTS, Kathy worked for 8 years in the area of data research and analysis in the financial services sector. During that time, she led a global data migration project and regularly presented at company executive meetings. She also developed a highly-regarded industry report that clients use for major decision-making.
In 2017, Kathy joined Northern Sydney Local Health District as a Project Coordinator for the development of the Northern Beaches Hospital and transition of Manly Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital services. More recently, she worked as a Senior Correspondence Officer in the Ministerial and Executive Correspondence Unit.
Kathy is keen to expand her data analysis skills and improve processes to enable better decision-making by management.
Neurosurgery - Data Manager
Ewan brings extensive experience in data analysis, data visualisation and process improvement to the DASO team.
Ewan worked for 15 years in the intellectual property industry producing market analysis reports for the CEO and board of a major ASX listed company. Additionally, he developed multiple data automation processes enabling the efficient, cost-effective delivery of client reports as well as local and international business development reports identifying new opportunities.
Ewan is looking forward to applying his data analysis and visualisation skills to the area of data management within the NSW public health sector.
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Data Manager
Sharon Lum brings over 10 years of work experience at Prince of Wales Hospital in data and health information management (HIM) roles to the DASO team.
Sharon graduated with a Bachelor Applied Science (Health Information Management) and commenced in a traditional HIM role in clinical coding before pursuing an interest in data management. As the Data Manager for the General Operating Theatres at Prince of Wales Hospital she was involved in supporting the local IT and data needs of the department, such as theatre activity reporting, key performance indicators and data collection for the pilot acute surgery project at Prince of Wales.
Her most recent roles include Project Officer in the Data Collections and Quality Unit at the NSW Ministry of Health and Patient Information Systems Manager and Radiation Oncology Data Manager at Prince of Wales Hospital.
DASO Unit - Data Manager/Analyst
Veronica brings more than 5 years of experience in various parts of the data lifecycle, including cleaning, analysis, and visualisation to the DASO team.
With a background in Business Information Systems, she has worked as a data analyst and project lead building reporting and visualisation tools, as well as analytical models to assist stakeholders with decision-making. Her experience working on data pipelines and her Honours thesis have also sparked an interest in rigorous, streamlined data processes. After a number of years in consulting, financial services, and the public sector, she has jumped across to health, in which she has always had a keen interest.
Veronica is excited to apply and continue developing her data and research skillsets in the NSW Health space.
DASO Unit - Data Manager/Analyst
Eric has a background in medical research, data analysis, data management and statistics.
After completing a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) in physiology and pharmacology at the University of Sydney, Eric developed a keen interest in medical research, data and statistics. Eric completed his Master of Applied Statistics at Macquarie University in 2020 and has previously worked as a research assistant for 2 years at the University of Sydney.
Eric is keen to apply and further develop his skills in statistics and data within the NSW public health sector.
Intensive Care Unit - Senior Hospital Scientist
Phil Johnson is a Hospital Scientist in the Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore. He has been in this role since 1985 with involvement in the management, development and assessment of physiological instrumentation, computing systems and databases within the ICU. He has a BAppSc (Biomedical Science) and MAppSc (Clinical Measurement).
Prior to commencing at Royal North Shore hospital Phil worked for 5 years in the Pathology Laboratories at St George Hospital. In the later part of this employment he worked on computerizing laboratory practices and the capture of laboratory data.
Phil has a particular interest in computerization and data flow within the Intensive Care environment, he is the database manager for the Intensive Care Database and is currently involved in the implementation of a commercial Clinical Information System (ERIC) which is scheduled to commence in the ICU early 2018.
Interventional Neuroradiology - Data Manager
Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications (DCU, Ireland) before starting her career as a database administrator and software developer in the IT industry. She has spent over 11 years working in database administration and database development/programming roles in both Ireland and Australia. Her experience with relational databases is extensive and includes designing, installing and supporting databases, as well as managing database backup and recovery processes. She has also been involved in performance tuning projects for larger databases and datasets.
Susan has been the Interventional Neuroradiology Data Manager at Royal North Shore since 2018 and is an integral part of the DASO Unit. She currently manages the INR workload database to assist with tracking and analysis of the activity for the INR team. She also provides support for the Endovascular Clot Retrieval service optimisation project.
Susan is keen to apply her database and software development skills to the area of data management within the NSW public health sector and to extend her skills within the area of data analysis.
Trauma Data Manager/Analyst
Wally is the Trauma Service Data Manager/Analyst at Royal North Shore Hospital. Wally has a background in science with a degree in BSc. (Biological Science) and brings more than a decade of service in NSW Health holding previous positions with South West Sydney Pathology Service, South Eastern Area Laboratory Services, Pathology West and Westmead Sexual Health and Infectious Diseases Service.
Wally has designed and implemented data solutions for a wide range of clinical departments, automating processes and enhancing reporting systems.
Wally is a dedicated Data Manager and Analyst with a drive to implement data strategies that will reduce errors, increase accuracy and improve overall process efficiency.
Negar Talaei Zanjani
NSQIP Surgical Clinical Reviewer
Negar joined the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2019 as the Surgical Clinical Reviewer. This program aims to reduce preventable post-operative complications and support better and safer patient care by collecting, validating and entering surgical data into NSQIP portal.
NSQIP benchmarks surgical outcomes against local and international peers in one of the largest international outcome databases ever created. These results are utilised to design and implement quality improvement programs within the hospital to improve patient outcomes.
Negar is passionate about projects that are at the interface of medicine and engineering with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes. She has completed her PhD and post-doctoral appointment in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney working on multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with the Center for Virus Research at Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Before moving to Royal North Shore she worked as an Operations Manager at the National Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Unit at Westmead Hospital.
DASO Unit - Data Manager/Analyst
Jignesh has over four years of experience in clinical inpatient data management in health settings. With his educational background in engineering (Bachelor of Engineering) and information systems (Masters in Information Systems), Jignesh quickly saw the significance of data-driven health management and the rapidly increasing role of the various IT systems in health. From this, he developed a keen interest in bridging the gap between clinicians and information systems by leveraging his technical background.
Jignesh brings on board his skills and experience in application development and all aspects of clinical data analytics. He is passionate about bringing automation and validation techniques, thereby ensuring data integrity and building robust data processes to support clinicians with the development of new reporting systems.