For our participants; we believe in creating a positive experience through interactions with friendly, capable staff and approachable doctors. Participants will always be treated with great care and respect, with each human interaction being valued and each person being assessed for their individual needs to achieve quality outcomes for each person.
For our staff; we will work diligently to ensure our staff are supported in their complex roles, and provide opportunities for career growth. We will strive for the highest standards in everything we do and have a culture of open communication for continuous quality improvement. Our staff will enjoy health initiatives to provide a foundation for taking on new challenges and building innovative attitudes.
We are responsible to our clients and the projects we are fortunate enough to work on. Collectively, our team will provide quality data, exceed recruitment goals and be highly responsive in all interactions. Our client’s expectations will be exceeded and we will continue to experiment with new ideas to improve our services. We will always operate with integrity in our undertakings, committing to the highest quality output in the most efficient way.
Dr Marc Russo
Medical Director / Pain Specialist
MBBS DA(UK) FANZCA FFPMANZCA
Dr Russo is a globally recognised Pain Medicine Physician who believes that clinical diligence, early intervention, education and research in the field of pain management are integral to successfully treating patients suffering from chronic persistent pain.
Dr Russo completed two successful world first spinal cord stimulator device implantations in Newcastle Australia in 2011, establishing him as a leader in his field. Dr Russo has been involved in over 60 clinical trials and published over 40 journal articles. Dr Russo participates in both pharmaceutical and medical device trials (SCS). His primary research areas are Neuropathic Pain (CRPS, PDN, PHN), Chronic Pain (Back, Neck & Limbs), Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Osteoarthritis and Vaccine studies.
Dr Willem Volschenk
Pain Specialist / Anaesthetist
MBChB FCA (SA) FANZCA FFPMANZCA
Dr Volschenk is a dual qualified Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Management Physician from South Africa. He speaks 2 languages; English and Afrikaans. He is passionate about clinical education as a local GP educator and trainer for Fellows of Pain Medicine.
Dr Volschenk commenced working with the Genesis team in 2015 working on device and pharmaceutical studies for people suffering chronic pain as both a study investigator and Anaesthetist for our surgical procedures. His primary research interests are in neuropathic pain conditions and spinal pain.
Dr Cillian Suiter
Pain Specialist / Anaesthetist
MB BCh BAO FFPMCAI FCAI EDRA P Dip Sc.
Dr Suiter is a Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist who joined the Genesis team in 2022. He is passionate about research, specifically new innovations in pain medicine, neuromodulation, and cancer pain management. Dr Suiter believes pain medicine is an exciting area and aspires to be a future leader. He is interested in international collaboration to expand the knowledge of this relatively new field of medicine.
Dr Suiter has also travelled and gained medical work experience in numerous countries such as Tanzania, Malawi, Canada, and Ireland. He has taught as a faculty member on medical training courses in Ireland and Malawi to provide medical support to local hospitals and is a qualified American Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor.
Outside of medicine, Dr Suiter enjoys surfing and exploring the beautiful local beaches.
Dr David Mathers
Dr Mathers is a Consultant Physician in Rheumatology with clinics in Newcastle and regional NSW. He is a regular Specialist at John Hunter Hospital and a Lecturer at both the Universities of Newcastle and Wollongong.
Dr Mathers enjoys the great outdoors having walked the Kokoda track and also climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. In 2017, Dr Mathers joined a small group involved in the Larapinta Trail Challenge, trekking 65km in 5 days in the Northern Territory raising funds to support Indigenous students and research into Indigenous community health issues.
Dr Mathers has worked with Genesis since 2016 as an investigator on numerous Rheumatology studies. His primary research areas are Spondyloarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dr John Van Der Kallen
Dr Van Der Kallen is a leading Rheumatologist in Newcastle with a passion for climate change activism. He speaks 2 languages; English and Dutch. Between his clinical practice and work as a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Dr Van Der Kallen runs his own tree plantation and biodiversity project in Northern NSW. He also chairs the NSW branch of Doctors for the Environment Australia, addressing environmental deterioration and the effects on our health.
Involved in research projects since 2007, Dr Van Der Kallen’s primary research interests are in musculoskeletal disease, osteoporosis and Rheumatology. He has worked with the Genesis team since 2016 on a number of Pharmaceutical studies, expanding our ability to be involved in Rheumatological advances.
Dr Paul Mansfield
MBBS FRACP FRCPA
Dr Mansfield is a local Rheumatologist with a background in Immunology. He joined the investigative research team at Genesis in 2020 to be more involved in clinical developments.
Dr Mansfield is fascinated by the immune system and actively seeks to assist people living with a range of rheumatological conditions to have a higher quality of life. He is passionate about giving people greater treatment options and keeping up to date with new therapies. Outside of medicine, Dr Mansfield enjoys being active and playing tennis. We are thrilled to have him as part of our team.
Dr Uli Liedvogel
Dr Liedvogel is an experienced General Practitioner specialising in the management and rehabilitation of Acute Injuries. He is a thrill-seeker with a passion for adventure sports and has travelled to remote locations for Medical Locum and foreign aid positions to assist people in need. Dr Liedvogel is the owner and Principal Doctor at the Hunter Acute Injury Management Unit at Newcastle Private Hospital. As a procedural GP, he assists numerous surgeons in theatre operations including all Genesis Spinal Cord Stimulation surgeries.
Dr Liedvogel’s flexible approach to medicine centres around his beliefs that treatment options need to be customised to suit each individual, stimulating his interest in developing therapies available through research. He has worked with Genesis since 2016 with his primary interests being in musculoskeletal pain management studies.
Dr Jane Morgan
Dr Morgan is an experienced General Practitioner with special interests in women’s health. She has worked in numerous rural areas of NSW and is currently practicing in Hamilton, Newcastle. Dr Morgan is a passionate advocate for human rights and has a deep appreciation for the natural environment. She is involved in the Hunter Farm Forestry Network and makes significant contributions to the regeneration of bushlands and waterways in NSW through her multiple biodiversity projects.
Dr Morgan’s research interests lie in primary care projects that will have a real community benefit, with a specific focus on conditions that are beyond human control, inherited or otherwise. She commenced working with Genesis in 2019, further expanding our capacity to participate in higher volume primary care and vaccine studies.
Dr Kirsten Pratt
Dr Pratt is an experienced General Practitioner with special interests in mental health and community well-being. She is passionate about supporting people to live their best life and overcome personal challenges. Dr Pratt gives back to the global community by supporting regular mission tours through the provision of medical education and vaccines to travelers. She is a regular visiting doctor at the Good Crocodile Foundation clinic in East Timor. Dr Pratt also gives back to the medical community by engaging in Clinical GP teaching for new registrars to ensure the next generation of doctors feel confident as they start seeing patients.
Dr Pratt is interested in research that has a direct impact on the way people live, overcoming chronic illness and reducing the incidence of mental health conditions. She enjoys her role within the research community and the opportunity to see new therapies being developed.
Dr Richard Verheul
Dr Verheul is a specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, working exclusively in knee surgery. When he is not working at his clinic in Lake Macquarie or in surgery, Dr Verheul can be found getting his hands dirty at his farm in Port Stephens. Dr Verheul has travelled through Asia volunteering to teach arthroscopy and joint replacement surgery to local doctors. He also speaks two languages, English and Dutch.
As one of the most productive knee surgeons in Australia, we are fortunate to have Dr Verheul commencing work with us at Genesis. His primary research interests are improvements to surgical procedures and outcomes for knee surgery patients.
Dr Julia Kuszewski
Research & Business Manager
Julia brings more than 6 years of experience and extensive knowledge in all aspects of clinical trials, having worked as a Research Officer and a Clinical Trial Coordinator, and having successfully grown an independent clinical research site as a Site Manager. Julia has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Maastricht University, a Master in Cardiovascular Research from VU Amsterdam, and a PhD in Human Physiology from The University of Newcastle. She speaks English, German, Dutch and a little bit of French.
Working in clinical trials, Julia gets to play a fundamental role in finding new treatments and medications for patients suffering from various diseases, making sure they are safe before hitting the market. She is thriving on experiencing first-hand how new treatments can have a massive impact on patients’ lives. Outside of work, Julia enjoys exercising and going for long walks with her German Shepherd puppy.
Dr Danielle Santarelli
Medical Writer / Researcher
Danielle is a medical writer and scientist with a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Honours) and a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology / Experimental Pharmacology from The University of Newcastle. Since completing her thesis by publication and leaving the laboratory, she has worked alongside Dr Marc Russo at Genesis Research Services performing patient data analysis and publishing journal articles.
Danielle operates as a consultant medical writer for specialist physicians around the world and is a published author on over 25 journal articles. She also produces educational content for patients and research professionals, and assists with the development of protocols for our investigator-initiated studies. Outside of work, she enjoys being crafty and mountain biking.
Office & Quality Coordinator
Amy first joined the Genesis team as a Research Services Administration Coordinator. She has a strong desire to challenge herself and grow her extensive research administration skill set and has recently taken on the additional role of Quality Administrator. Amy has a Diploma in Business Administration as well as management experience and is going to commence further education and training in her new role.
Amy plays a vital role in supporting our investigators and research team. Her passion for helping people is apparent to everyone who meets her. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as often as she can.
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Heather is a clinical trial coordinator with experience in academic respiratory research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. She has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Newcastle for which she received the Dean’s Merit Award.
Heather has worked in both laboratory and clinical areas with dedication, a high level of technical skill and attention to detail. She works on both pharmaceutical and device studies at Genesis. Heather is passionate about patient care and enriching people’s lives through her work. Outside of work, Heather enjoys music and dancing.
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Mohamad is a highly experienced pharmacist who joined Genesis as a clinical trial coordinator. Having worked extensively in community pharmacies in NSW, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team in pharmacology and clinical science. Mohamad has a Bachelor of Clinical Science from Charles Sturt University, and a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Newcastle. He speaks two languages; English and Arabic.
Mohamad sought a research role to expand his involvement in pharmacological developments. He is interested in following how upcoming treatments will improve the patient experience. Mohamad is responsible for numerous clinical trial projects, taking great care of our trial participants and providing valuable services to our clients.
Research Nurse / Trial Coordinator
Natalie is a highly experienced Registered Nurse with a Masters in Advanced Practice Nursing. She has extensive experience in NSW hospitals, in dual roles of nursing and trial operations. In her role as a Research Nurse at Genesis, Natalie ensures study participants receive the highest levels of care through ethical and quality research conduct.
In her previous roles, Natalie was exposed to the challenges of people living with chronic pain. She is eager to play a part in potential solutions for people who are unable to find successful outcomes with existing treatment options. Natalie believes medical research is an exciting area of nursing, improving the quality of life of many trial participants, and creating future solutions.
Research Nurse / Trial Coordinator
Ashlie is a qualified Registered Nurse with over 7 years experience in hospital emergency departments and GP practices in the Newcastle and Hunter areas. Ashlie’s role at Genesis is largely dedicated to coordinating vaccination trials and providing ongoing participant care. She has additional qualifications in immunisation for health practitioners and Work Health and Safety.
Ashlie is passionate about patient focussed care in order to provide positive health outcomes for her study participants. Outside of work Ashlie is a professional photographer and mother of two beautiful daughters. She enjoys exercising and travelling with her family.
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Avril is an experienced Quality Associate professional with over 15 years of experience in the TGA, FDA, EU & IMB regulated industry, including high volume drug product and API manufacturing. She has worked in laboratories, aseptic and clinical environments. Avril has an Honours in Applied Science – Bioscience from the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland and is fluent in sign language. She moved to Australia 12 years ago from Ireland.
Avril brings experience in all aspects of clinical trials, from concept through to clinical study report completion. She sought a clinical trial coordinator role to contribute to research and bring new treatments one step closer to reaching patients worldwide. Outside of work, Avril is a wife and mother of three kids who loves travelling and exploring.