Mogo Day Surgery

The philosophy behind the Mogo Day Surgery is to provide an exemplary standard of care whilst ensuring that each & every patient experiences minimum discomfort in a safe & caring environment.

Visiting Specialists

Dr Jeffrey van Gangelen

Dr Jeffrey van Gangelen is a Specialist Laparoscopic and Endoscopic General Surgeon operating at Mogo Day Surgery, South East Regional Hospital, National Capital Private Hospital and Brindabella Endoscopy Canberra.

Jeffrey completed his medical degree at the Australian National University and gained fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Sydney. He holds specialist and general registration with the medical board of Australia and is a recognised colonoscopist with the Conjoint Committee for Recognition in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

He is the regional supervisor of general surgery training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is part of the Board of General Surgery training committee. Jeffrey participates in regular peer review audits and clinical governance activities.

Jeffrey has a special interest in

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy
  • Hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction using laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques
  • Melanoma and other skin cancer management

Dr Robin Smart – Urologist

MBChb (Otago) FRACS FRCS(Eng) FRCSEd FNZMA Member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand

doctor-rob-smartI am a New Zealander and have worked there virtually all my professional career in Wellington, Palmerston North and Auckland. Sue, my wife, is Australian from Canberra and for many years we have holidayed here. We are pleased to have fulfilled a long term plan to live permanently in this most beautiful place.

I am registered as a specialist urologist with the AHPRA and with Medicare Australia for urological services at Mogo Day Surgery.

At Mogo Day Surgery I offer urological consultations, urological investigations such as flexible cystoscopy, TRUS prostate biopsies, urodynamics, and appropriate day case surgery including minor scrotal surgery and a range of cystoscopic procedures.

For problems requiring major inpatient surgery I offer appropriate assessment and investigation, trial or exclusion of non-surgical treatments, then referral on to a main centre urologist for appropriate inpatient surgery. Then subsequent local assistance with post-operative follow up where appropriate.

I have 35 years experience as a consultant urologist. I am broadly interested across the speciality. I have special interests in recurring urinary infection, haematuria, incontinence issues, prostate problems including obstruction and infection, PSA issues, prostate cancer, urinary calculi, bladder cancer, vasectomy.

Concerning prostate cancer and PSA issues I have been on the medical committee of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand for 12 years, and a member of New Zealand Ministry of Health advisory groups and task forces concerning this. I am an advocate of regular PSA and DRE screening for men with informed consent. I have practiced and advocated active surveillance for gentle forms of prostate cancer for many years, as well as having an extensive experience of Radical Prostatectomy. I am interested in benign causes of higher PSA’s especially the common one of prostate infection, being eliminated before TRUS biopsy is considered. I have performed more than 1500 TRUS biopsies and have more than 1000 men with prostate cancer in my NZ practice audit system.

It follows that I have long experience helping men with a new diagnosis of prostate cancer make their choice, aided by information material, appropriate booklets and websites, talking to other patients. I shall offer this at Mogo Day Surgery Clinic.

I have a special interest in shock wave lithotripsy for urinary calculi and served on the Board of Directors of MMT, the NZ company which runs the national mobile lithotripter, for 13 years. I have a long interest in endoscopy for calculi including ureteroscopy, PCN, laser.

I worked in the New Zealand Public Hospital system in Wellington and Palmerston North for 23 years, including terms as Chair of the Theatre Committee and of the Combined Surgeons Committee of Palmerston North Hospital, of the Urology Department there for 10 years, and Chair of the ANZ Association of Urological Surgeons, NZ Section for 6 years.

I have been in private specialist urological practice in NZ for 35 years.
Over the years I have presented 33 papers to major scientific meetings, including many at Urological Society ASM’s in Australia, and have 15 publications in the refereed medical literature.

I have had an interest in medical politics and was on the Board of Governance of the NZ Medical Association for 7 years, including 5 years as Treasurer and 4 years as Chair of the NZ Medical Journal Management Committee. I was made a Fellow of the Association in 2010.

Sue and I have 9 children between us and so far 10 grandchildren! I have a life long passion for sailing, including four ocean crossings, canoeing and fishing. Sue is very interested in art, literature, music which I share at a lower level than her. We both love the many beautiful walks here, and the amazing coastline.

Dr Sandeep Kumar

Dr Sandeep KumarDr Sandeep Kumar visits Mogo on a monthly basis and spends a week here.  Dr Kumar has been providing this service  for over 5 years now.  His main practice is based in Brisbane.  Dr Kumar did General Practice training and training in Internal Medicine before finishing his training in Dermatology.  All of his training was done at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and 12 months was spent in Ireland.

Dr Kumar has been extensively involved in training registrars in Dermatology and has held positions at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.  He is also Director of Dermatology at Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane.

In addition to his clinical services, Dr Kumar is involved in a lot of work for indigenous clinics both in urban Brisbane, metropolitan Brisbane and in outreach areas like Mt Isa and Harvey Bay.

Dr Kumar can be contacted through the reception here at Mogo Day Surgery for any urgent advice on patients.

Dr Tony Tonks


Dr-Tony-TonksDr Tonks undertook his medical school training at Otago University in New Zealand and completed his Plastic Surgery training in New Zealand and Sydney.

Dr Tonks initially worked in a private practice in Sydney, and has worked in both the private and public sector in Canberra for 15 years. His specialties include Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the Australian Hand Surgery Society.

Christine Barber

Aesthetic Nurse

Christine-BarberChristine is a Registered Nurse and the Practice Coordinator. Christine has worked with Dr Tonks for over 7 years from providing pre/post-operative care, assisting Dr Tonks in the operating theatre to providing laser, skin tightening, skin care advice, skin peels and injectables for anti-ageing treatments. Her professionalism and honest approach to providing the very best nursing care and advice to our patients along with her commitment to quality and service ensure everyone from patients, their families and our team are looked after and cared for at the highest level. Come in for a complimentary consultation with Christine her plan is to make you look the best she can for the age you are – to make you look fresh and not tired.

Carole Richards

Carole-RichardsCarole Richards is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator status with over 30 years’ experience in assisting people to improve their food choices and enjoy better health.

Prior to establishing a private practice at the NSW South Coast in 2015 , Carole has worked in private practice in the ACT , with Diabetes ACT and with the University of Canberra.

Her special interests include ways to maximise health through balanced eating at all stages of life and the use of Medical Nutrition Therapy to manage conditions such as IBS, Diverticular Disease, Lactose Intolerance, Diabetes , FODMAP sensitivity, Food intolerance and Allergy, Coeliac Disease and Diabetes.

Dr Calladine

BChD(Leeds), MJDF RCS (Lon) Postgrad Diploma Dental Implantology (CSU)

Dr CalladineDr Calladine graduated from Leeds University and subsequently moved to London to complete her Vocational Training. After this, she secured Senior House Officer positions at St George Hospital, London and Wythenshaw Hospital, Manchester where she gained her Membership of the Royal Colleague of Surgeons. On moving to Australia, Dr Calladine was appointed as a Lecturer in Oral Surgery at Sydney University and has been actively involved in undergraduate teaching over the past few years.

More recently Dr Calladine has graduated from her postgrad Diploma of Dental Implantology at Charles Sturt University in collaboration with the Australia Dental Association. She also hold oral surgery posts at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital.

Stefanie is available at Mogo Day Surgery every 8 weeks on a Wednesday.

Associate Professor Roland Bigg

Roland BiggA/Prof Bigg ( Roly) has practised as a Specialist Physician/Cardiologist forover 25 years. Having grown up in the country, a country-focussed medical practice was always going to be the likely endpoint, with the mission of trying to lessen the need for country patients to have to travel to city centres for their medical care. Knowing that a country practice was the ultimate goal, multiple skills were obtained during his training. While Cardiology is the major practice focus, A/Prof Bigg is also accredited by the Conjoint Committee for Endoscopy and Colonoscopy. Commencement of practice at Mogo Day Surgery has enabled introduction of transoesophageal echocardiography for improved imaging of the heart, which enhances care for patients with heart disease and stroke.

A/Prof Bigg’s medical experience includes being made a FASE – an international Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography – and he has been an International Faculty member of the last two Harvard University Update in Echocardiography Courses in Boston . He currently holds an appointment with the University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine, and he has a major interest in medical education. He has been an invited lecturer with regard to topics related to the role of echocardiography