MQ HEALTH MULTIDISCIPLINARY PITUITARY DISEASE SERVICE

Macquarie University Hospital offers a dedicated, comprehensive and multidisciplinary pituitary disease service with all specialists and services located in a single convenient location.

The MQ Health Pituitary Service offers patients a full range of medical and surgical services for patients with known or suspected pituitary disease.

All relevant services are located at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinic at Macquarie University, near North Ryde. This is particularly valuable for patients living rurally or regionally, who can have specialist consultations, imaging and other medical reviews conducted on the same day in a single location.

The MQ Health Pituitary Service has a strong multidisciplinary team (MDT) focus and patients have access to expert endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, pathologists, ophthalmologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and Macquarie University’s Gamma Knife. The MDT model ensures patients get comprehensive and accurate review and management of their disease in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Between them, the MQ Health Pituitary Service members have extensive clinical, surgical and research experience in the field of pituitary disease.

“We offer a full spectrum of services involving the pituitary gland, including new diagnosis, second opinions, review of hormonal replacement and post-operative surveillance,” said Associate Professor Bernard Champion, who runs the service and whose clinical and research interests include pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disease.

“Macquarie University Hospital’s neurosurgery team is one of the best nationally and offers advanced surgical services for pituitary tumours and other associated tumours of the skull base.”

The Pituitary Clinic runs every Thursday fortnightly with capacity to see up to 20 patients per day. Bulk billing is available according to circumstances and surgery can be referred to the public hospital sector if required.

The clinic is supported by a same day MDT case conference meeting, where local and invited clinicians may present their challenging cases for expert opinion and management recommendations. The service offers prompt and accurate communications with GPs including a clear short and long-term management plan for patients.

The clinic is working towards tele-conferencing health services for management of rural and regional patients.

The wider MDT includes: Associate Professor Bernard Champion (Endocrinologist), Dr Veronica Preda (Endocrinologist), Associate Professor Andrew Davidson (Neurosurgeon), Associate Professor Antonio Di leva (Neurosurgeon), Dr John Fuller (Gamma Knife Neurosurgeon), Professor Richard Harvey (ENT Surgeon), Professor Stuart Graham and team (Ophthalmology), Dr Cecelia Gzell (Radiation Oncology), Professor John Magnussen (Neuroradiology), Dr Michael Rodriguez and Dr Sophie Corbett-Burns (Neuropathology) as well as the support of a number of training fellows across these disciplines.