The Craniofacial Team at Randwick

Our team is made up of many different specialists. Your child is in safe and caring hands. 

We have experience and know-how on our side across nursing, surgery, and speech and hearing.

(A/Prof) Mark Gianoutsos, Associate Professor
Photo of Mark Gianoutsos, Associate Professor at Sydney Children's Hospital

Associate Professor (A/Prof) Mark Gianoutsos is one of Australia’s leading Plastic Surgeons. He graduated with Honours with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from The University of Sydney. In 1996 A/Prof Gianoutsos was appointed Head of the Sydney Craniofacial Unit, where he continues to give service today.

He is also involved in the teaching and mentoring of many up and coming Plastic Surgeons, and is the Deputy Senior Examiner in Plastic Surgery for The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as well as the Director of The Craniofacial and Plastic Surgery Research Unit at The University of New South Wales.

Dr Jeremy Hunt, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Photo of Jeremy Hunt, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Sydney Children's Hospital

Dr Jeremy Hunt graduated from Sydney University in 1990 and entered surgical training, completing his Plastic Surgery training in Sydney in 2001.

After completing his training in Australia, Dr Hunt completed a further year of specialist training in the form of a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas, in Dallas Texas, USA -.

The training focused on paediatric craniofacial surgery techniques working alongside some of the world’s leading plastic surgeons. 

Dr Michael Rtshiladze, Craniofacial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr Michael Rtshiladze graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) in 2005. He completed training in craniofacial surgery at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, followed by an international fellowship in paediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery with the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.

Dr Rtshiladze is a VMO and active member of the plastic surgery departments at The Prince of Wales Hospital, The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and The St George Hospital. He has private rooms at St George Private Hospital, and in the Poche Centre, North Sydney.

Dr Raj Reddy, Neurosurgeon
Photo of Dr Raj Reddy. Neurosurgeon at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Dr Raj Reddy graduated from Sydney University in 1999 commenced neurosurgery training in 2005 and completed this in 2009, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Raj had also undertaken a fellowship in paediatric neurosurgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

He has a special interest in spine surgery, with foci on minimally invasive techniques as well as complex reconstructive surgery. The focus of his cranial surgery is in the management of intracranial tumours, trauma, and craniofacial operations; in both adults and paediatric patients.

Dr Tony Roscioli, Clinical Geneticist
Photo of Tony Roscioli. Clinical Geneticist at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

A/Professor Tony Roscioli is a clinical geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, consulting with both the Craniofacial and Cleft Palate multi-disciplinary teams; and group leader in Neurogenomics at NeuRA/Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales. 

His clinical training has been in the fields of paediatric internal medicine and human genetics with an emphasis on dysmorphology.

The basis of his research interests in gene identification has stemmed from his clinical training in the field of developmental anomalies/congenital malformations. 

Alexandra Blackwell, Assoc. Genetics Counsellor
Photo of Alex Blackwell. Genetics Counsellor at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Alex is a genetic counsellor. She supports families when challenging emotions arise during the care of their child.

Genetic counselling can help families understand craniofacial conditions and why they occur.

Alex is involved in the discussion and decision-making process when genetic/genomic testing is being considered for a family.

Prior to commencing work at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, in May 2019, Alex gained extensive experience in the prenatal screening setting.

Danielle Gardner, Clinical Nurse Consultant
Photo of Danielle Gardner, Clinical Nurse Consultant at Sydney Children's Hospital

Danielle became the first Cleft and Craniofacial Clinical Nurse Consultant for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick in 2017.

Her nursing career began at St George Hospital in 1999, working in the areas of Orthopaedics, General Surgery, HDU and ICU.

She has post-graduate qualifications in critical care nursing for both adults and paediatrics, she has nursed in the third world with the volunteer organisation Operation Open Heart, and is undertaking a Master’s degree in Public Health at UNSW. She is also a Justice of the Peace.

Keeley Cutts, Speech Pathologist
Photo of Keely Cutts, Speech Pathologist at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Keeley completed her Speech Pathology training at the University of Manchester, UK in 2014. She has worked in two busy Speech Pathology teams in the North West of England after graduating with a first-class degree and a distinction in her clinical practice.

A large part of her role was working as a Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Link Therapist for the teams – liaising with hospital staff regarding assessment and treatment within the community.

Keeley is also currently completing her Master’s degree in Cleft Palate and Speech Disorders by distance learning at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Prof Christopher R. Forrest MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Christopher R. Forrest is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto and is the Medical Director of the Craniofacial Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.

He received his medical training at the University of Toronto and completed his fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery also at the University of Toronto in 1990. He is a graduate of the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto and received post graduate fellowship training in the area of adult and paediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery.

After completing fellowships in paediatric and adult craniofacial surgery and aesthetic surgery, he started his university appointment at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1993 and moved to the Hospital for Sick Children in 1999 as the Medical Director of the Craniofacial Program. He is an internationally recognized expert in paediatric craniofacial disorders and has trained fellows from all around the world. 

Dr. Forrest became the chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive in January 2003 and stepped down from this position in October 2022 after almost 20 years. During his tenure, the division grew from 5 to 10 full time academic staff making it the largest division of paediatric plastic surgeons in North America with internationally recognized expertise in all aspects of paediatric care. 

After almost 2 years as the interim Chair, he was appointed Chair of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at the University of Toronto in 2013 and stepped down in October 2022 after 12 years at the helm. He has published over 210 peer reviewed papers and has authored several book chapters. He has research interests in surgical simulation, global outreach, patient reported outcome measures and the application of surgical robotics in craniofacial surgery. Dr. Forrest has just completed a 12 month sabbatical at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Sydney, Australia and has returned to his position at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He continues to remain as part of the team at SCHN and participates in clinical care by zoom and in-person site visits.

Last updated Friday 17th May 2024