Mr Lean-Peng (LP) Cheah MBBS(Hons 1st) MRCS FRACS
Dr Lean-Peng (LP) Cheah was the top medical graduate from the University of Melbourne in 1997. As an undergraduate, he received a full scholarship and won 23 prizes and awards including: the AMA Prize, Rowden White Faculty Prize and the Novartis Prize for being the overall top medical student; the Sterling Prize for Surgery; Exhibition Prize in Anatomy, Melick Prize in Medicine; Herman Lawrence Prize in Dermatology and prizes in otolaryngorology, ophthalmology, occupational medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and neuroscience.
He completed his surgical training in Melbourne and also overseas in England. During his surgical training, he has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Alfred Hospital, Northern Hospital, Geelong and Ballarat. He also trained for 2 years overseas at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust(Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital).
His surgical training included (i) Hernia repairs using tension-free mesh techniques under local anaesthesia - learning from hernia specialists such as Maurice Brygel(Melbourne Hernia Clinic) and David Fossard(England) (ii) Laparoscopic surgery in particular gallbladder surgery & transcystic common bile duct exploration as well as laparoscopic hernia repair and colorectal surgery (iii)Plastic Surgery rotations in Australia and England in particular for skin cancer surgery, local flaps, skin grafts, carpal tunnel release, ulnar nerve transposition, Duputren's fasciectomy (iv)Endoscopy including advanced endoscopy techniques for polypectomy and dilatation of stricture (v)Pilonidal sinus surgery from Paul Kitchen (vi)Breast, Endocrine and Melanoma/Sarcoma Surgery as Senior Registrar at St Vincent's Hospital under A/Prof Michael Henderson
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. He is also accredited in gastroscopy and colonoscopy by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA).
Privately, he operates at John Fawkner Private Hospital, Western Private Hospital, Western Gastroenterology and Mitcham Private Hospital
In the public system, he is commited to providing a service to regional Victoria and he consults in Echuca and Seymour. In addition, he sees a lot of non-English speaking patients(including recent migrants/refugees, overseas students) in Footscray.
He has previously worked as a consultant general surgeon in Ballarat for one year in 2006 and done relieving locum stints at Broken Hill, Batemans Bay & Moruya ,Eastern Health(Maroondah and Angliss Hospitals) and Werribee Mercy Hospital.
His special interest is in short-stay surgery(hernias, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, gastroscopy, colonoscopy including polypectomy and banding of haemorrhoids, perianal surgery, plastic surgery for skin lesions & lumps, vasectomy, varicose vein surgery and pilonidal sinus surgery, breast and endocrine surgery).
He has a strong interest in teaching surgery. He has been a Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Melbourne for 2 years and continues to hold a honorary position as a Fellow. He has also taught surgery in the AMC Clinical Bridging Courses organized by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) and also in the Surgical Skills for GPs course organized by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
His research interest is in electronic handover systems and web-based learning for medical students and doctors sitting for the AMC exams. He has also published and presented in topics such as “The Single-visit Colorectal Cancer Follow-Up Clinic”, “Day Case Abscess Service”, “Work-Life Balance in Surgical Training”, “Penetrating Neck Injuries”, “Emergency Abdominal Decompression in Abdominal Compartment Syndrome”, Surgical Training in Private Hospitals and “Improving Communication among doctors - Electronic Handovers”, "Web-assisted Learning" and "Reducing Wastage in the Operating Theatres".