Dr Samantha Herath completed her Respiratory and Sleep Medicine training in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
She has extensive post-fellowship, sub-speciality training and expertise in Interventional bronchoscopy pertaining to thoracic malignancies, having completed a highly competitive interventional bronchoscopy fellowship at the prestigious McGill University, Canada.
She has expertise in all interventional bronchoscopic procedures including EBUS and plural procedures. Dr. Herath established the first Radial EBUS and cryobiopsy services in New Zealand and had commenced these services now at Westmead.
Dr. Herath whilst being a highly trained clinician and a skilled proceduralist, also has a keen interest in research. She is currently conducting several multi-centre international trials as the lead investigator, looking at introducing safer and more effective biopsy methods in diagnosing lung cancer, using advanced and minimally invasive bronchoscopic methods, as a part of her PhD at the University of Sydney.
Dr. Herath had published widely in major peer-reviewed journals in all areas of Respiratory Medicine and has won multiple scholarships and grants for her research contributions.
Dr Herath works as a VMO at Chris O’Brien Life House and Sydney Adventist Hospital. Her public appointment is at Westmead Public Hospital.
Dr. Herath will be available for urgent telephone consultation and rapid comprehensive work up of suspected lung cancer patients including performing all diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures including EBUS.
Dr. Herath uses advanced technologies including planning navigation software to locate lung lesions more accurately and improve the diagnostic success and minimise delays leading to early initiation of treatment.
Dr. Herath is a firm believer of personalised specialist care and values in getting to know her patients and involves the patient and the family throughout the decision making process.