Formerly Taburn Specialist Medical Centre
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03 9808 7111

Dr. David Fone


David studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, and has been practising in Gastroenterology since 1991, when he returned from postgraduate studies in Adelaide and The Netherlands. He has worked faithfully in the Public sector at The Austin Hospital, where he is head of the oesophageal laboratory and attends the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic.

His interests within gastroenterology are broad, covering reflux, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndromes.

At Glen Iris, David is available for consultations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and he performs gastroscopies and colonoscopies on Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays. He also coordinates the hydrogen breath testing and oesophageal manometry and pH monitoring services at Glen Iris.

David also consults at the Austin Private Consulting Suites, Suite 115, Level One, 40 Burgandy Street, Heidelberg.

David's family is independent, and he loves traveling, photography and playing tennis.


Mr. Andrew Smith

Upper Gastro-intestinal and general surgeon

Mr. Smith is a Upper Gastro-intestinal specialist general surgeon. He trained in surgery at The Alfred in Melbourne, becoming fully qualified in 1996. Post graduate training was undertaken in the U.K. for 2 further years to obtain expertise in laparoscopic and resectional upper GI surgery.

His particular areas of interest include laparoscopic surgery, anti-reflux surgery, lap-gastric banding and other obesity surgeries, gallstone and hernia surgery.

He works at The Alfred, and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Surgery, Monash Medical School. His main rooms are based at Suite 44, Cabrini Malvern, where he works in the Surgical Consulting Group. Additionally he works at The Avenue hospital in Windsor, Cabrini in Malvern, and at Glen Iris Private.

Gastroscopy and colonoscopy lists are performed every day at Glen Iris Private, but Mr. Smith's list is on Tuesday morning. Vasectomies can be performed any Tuesday, or on alternate Thursday morning lists for patient convenience. Surgeries performed at Glen Iris Private include vasectomy, laparoscopic and open hernia repair, laparoscopic gastric banding and lesion excision.

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For appointments call the Surgical Consulting Group on 8573 0033. Jenni and Sandi are his PAs.


Dr. Howard Tang


Dr Howard Tang came to Australia as a 5 year old from Hong Kong and has since been able to maintain his Chinese language skills and improved his English as well. He went to Wesley when it was still a boys only school and graduated with Honours from Monash Medical School in 1987.

He then completed his Gastroenterology training in 1996 from the Alfred Hospital and was fortunate to be granted a Queen Elizabeth Fellowship to England to broaden his Hepatology experience.

One year later he went on a scholarship across the Atlantic, to Charleston South Carolina where he worked with endoscopic legends Peter Cotton and Robert Hawes to hone his skills in ERCP and therapeutic endoscopy. Since returning to Australia, he holds a public appointment at the Alfred Hospital as one of the senior visiting medical staff.

Howard lives in Camberwell and is married with two young children. He relaxes by heading to the Gippsland lakes to catch bream and waiting patiently for his beloved Saints to deliver a Premiership.

Howard has a broad Gastroenterology interest including managment of viral hepatitis, functional bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease , ERCP and therapeutic endoscopy.

He has admission and endoscopy rights to the Alfred and Cabrini Hospital.

He consults at Glen Iris Private 3 times a week and has an open access endoscopy list on Monday morning and every second Saturday morning at Glen Iris private.

Urgent patients can always be seen quickly and Howard would be pleased to discuss the clnical cases with referring medical practitioner.

For appointments phone 99094180.


Dr. Matt Kitson




Dr Matt Kitson studied Medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours in 2001. After initially training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane he moved to London, working at the Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals, and then returned to Australia to complete Gastroenterology training at the Alfred and St Vincent’s Hospitals, obtaining his FRACP in 2011.

He is the recipient of a prestigious NHMRC Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship and is completing a PhD researching vitamin D status in liver disease through Monash University.

Matt is married with two young children. He enjoys skiing, traveling, spending time with his family and good Italian food.

Matt manages all aspects of Gastroenterology & Hepatology including liver disease, bowel cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disorders. He performs gastroscopy, colonoscopy and Fibroscan.

He is member of the Alfred Hospital Gastroenterology Department senior medical staff and holds admission rights at Cabrini Malvern and Cabrini Brighton.

At Glen Iris Private he consults and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy on Mondays and Wednesdays. He has an endoscopy list at Cabrini Brighton on Tuesdays and is happy to perform open access gastroscopy and colonoscopy at both Glen Iris Private and Cabrini Brighton.

Matt is well published in peer-reviewed journals and his professional affiliations include the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the European Association for the Study of the Liver.

Urgent patients can be seen in a timely manner and Matt is happy to discuss cases with the referring doctor.

For appointments please phone 99094180.


Dr. Mark Ward




Dr Mark Ward studied Medicine at Monash University, graduating in 2004. After completing his physician and gastroenterology training at the Alfred Hospital and Eastern Health he undertook an advanced clinical fellowship in London at St. Thomas’ Hospital, where he gained expertise in inflammatory bowel disease and in endoscopy. He was awarded a further degree (Doctor of Medicine) from Monash University in 2017 for research into improving patient outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease. He is the author of multiple publications and is regularly invited to speak on a range of IBD topics at local and national meetings. Mark is currently serving on the Australian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Association Committee.

Mark holds a senior medical staff appointment at the Alfred Hospital. He participates on the on-call roster at Cabrini Hospital and can admit patients there for care. Mark visits Seymour Hospital monthly where he consults and performs endoscopy.

He consults at Glen Iris Private on Mondays and Fridays and performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy weekly, including a monthly Saturday morning list. Patients can undergo open-access endoscopy. Patients can be seen within a week and Mark is always happy to discuss patient care with their referring doctor.

His focus extends beyond inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome to encompass all aspects of gastroenterology, including coeliac disease, bowel cancer screening and liver disorders. He understands the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to gastrointestinal disorders, including dietary and psychological based therapies. Mark values communication with patients and families and is committed to providing patient-centred care.

Mark is married and enjoys wind-surfing, travelling and spending time with his new daughter and his two cats.

For all appointments please call 9808 2311. Referrals can be faxed to 9808 2376

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