Dr. Vanathy Varathan | MBBS, FRACGP, MD (Dermatology)

vanathyDr Vanathy Varathan is a personable and experienced General Practitioner who has been part of Rowville Medical Clinic for several years. Dr Vanathy loves taking care of her patients in general practice as well as teaching fellow doctors and colleagues training to become general practitioners. Her role as a teacher and examiner helps her to be up to date with the latest medical developments as well as improving her ability to explain conditions and treatments to her patients.

Dr Vanathy graduated from the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka with her medical degree over a decade ago. She worked in many different hospitals in Sri Lanka in a variety of specialities. She grew to love dermatology, the study and treatment of skin conditions. She undertook her postgraduate qualification in Dermatology (MD – Dermatology) and became a consultant Dermatologist in Sri Lanka. In addition to dermatology, Dr Vanathy also worked as a General Practitioner in Sri Lanka for many years. After nearly nine years of service in Sri Lanka, Dr Vanathy emigrated to Australia to experience a different lifestyle and gain exposure to medicine in a Western country.

Dr Vanathy expanded her experience in Dermatology in Australia by completing a Dermatology Fellowship year at St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne. She also did postgraduate training and skin cancer procedures at the Skin and Cancer Foundation. She has worked in Skin Cancer Clinics and General Dermatology Clinics at Epworth Hospital, Berwick Hospital and Wonthaggi Hospital from 2011 to 2014.

In addition to her work in the field of dermatology, Dr Vanathy has over 5 years of medical experience in Australia including working as a registrar of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Goulburn Valley Health. While working in Australia she began to enjoy the variety and challenges found in all the different areas of General Practice. She followed her love of General Practice to become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2014(FRACGP). Needless to say, her special interests are dermatology, skin cancer detection and management. She also has a particular interest in Children’s health and Preventative Health.

Her current teaching roles include being an Examiner with the RACGP as well as being a Tutor and Examiner at the Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation (HEAL).

Dr Vanathy speaks fluently in Tamil and English and can understand Singhalese. She consults full time at our clinic.

Dr Sanmuganathan Varathan | MBBS, PG Dip. Sports Medicine, FRACGP

varathanDr Varathan is a talented and friendly doctor who has been in medical practice for over 15 years. He completed his Medical degree at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka and gained nearly nine years of experience in a variety of hospitals in different specialities in Sri Lanka. He was a Senior Medical Officer in General Surgery, Medicine and Orthopaedics. During his rotations in various medical departments, his love for Sports Medicine blossomed. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Colombo and became very involved in the Pre-Participation Evaluation of elite athletes as part of the Sri Lankan Olympic Committee. In addition to his hospital work, Dr Varathan worked as a General Practitioner from 2003 to 2011 in Sri Lanka.

After immigrating to Australia, Dr Varathan has continued to pursue his career in General Practice. He has been working as a successful GP in Melbourne since April 2013. He enjoys all aspects of General Practice but has a special interest in Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, General Medicine and Preventative Health. He really enjoys the variety and challenges found in all areas of General Practice. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Outside medicine, Dr Varathan is a keen sportsman. He played Cricket and Badminton at national level in Sri Lanka. He was also a University Colours holder in Athletics. He also enjoys playing tennis and carom.

Dr Varathan is a full time GP at our Clinic and speaks English, Tamil and Singhalese.


Dr Mihiri Padmaragi Karunanayake Theja Karunanayake | MBBS,FRACGP

Dr Karunanayake is an enthusiastic doctor who began her medical practice in 2006 when she graduated from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka with her MBBS degree. She worked in many different hospitals and in different areas of medicine before emigrating to Australia. She worked at Ragama Teaching Hospital in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology(Women’s Health) and department of Paediatrics(Children’s Health). She also worked in the Anaesthesia department of Anuradhapura teaching Hospital and completed the first exam in the postgraduate qualification for Anaesthesiology in 2011.

In Australia, Dr Karunanayake worked for several years in Emergency departments of Campbelltown Hospital and Fairfield Hospital in Sydney before deciding to follow her passion to become a General Practitioner. Her special interests within General Practice stem are from her past experience in the hospital system , so she enjoys Child Health, Women’s Health and Emergency Medicine.

She chose to pursue General Practice because she really enjoys the diversity of patients and medical problems encountered in her day to day practice as well as revelling in the challenges of diagnosing whatever problems patients walk in the door with. She describes these diagnostic challenges as the most challenging, but also the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of her work as a family doctor. She feels she gets the opportunity to use all the knowledge and experience gained not only at medical school but also throughout the past career, to help her patients every day and states gladly that General Practice is a real brain teaser that never lets her get bored. Currently she is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Outside medicine, Dr Karunanayake enjoys travelling and reading.

Dr. Kashif Murtaza | MBBS

Dr Kashif Murtaza began his medical career in 2004 after completing his medical degree at the Zhengzhou University in China. Dr Murtaza is a flexible and broadly experienced doctor who went to work in Pakistan after completing his university studies. He has worked in both urban and rural settings in Hospitals and GP clinics.

He enjoys all aspects of general practice and family medicine while having a special interest in Women’s Health. He completed his Masters of Women’s Health at the University of Melbourne in 2008 to give himself deeper knowledge in this key area. His other special interests are participating in research and treating patients with drug dependence.

The most rewarding part of his job is that he can meet many new people and feel he is really helping his local community.

Outside medicine, Dr Murtaza loves following sports, especially cricket.

Dr Murtaza is a full time GP at our clinic and speaks English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Mandarin.

Dr. Ali Soleimani | MD

Dr Soleimani is a friendly doctor who cherishes his ability to have trusted relationships with his patients and taking care of their physical and mental health.

Dr Soleimani graduated from the Tehran Azad University in Iran in 2008 with his medical degree. He gained many years of experience in multiple specialities in various Hospitals in Iran till 2012. He subsequently worked in the GP Clinic in Zahedan Ali Asghar Hospital before emigrating to Australia.

After obtaining recognition for his medical training in Australia, Dr Soleimani has decided to pursue General Practice because it allows him to have continuity of care of his patients. Within General Practice his special areas of interest are Men’s Health, Children’s Health and Mental Health.

Outside medicine, Dr Soleimani enjoys playing soccer, cycling and reading books.

Dr Soleimani is a part time doctor at our clinic who works on Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays. He can speak English and Persian.

Dr Peter Shu-Hua Li MBBS,FRACGP
Dr Sudesh Nilantha Tudor Ahangamgoda Acharyage MBBS,FRACGP
Dr Varuni Ransika Kumari Patabendi Bandarage MBBS,FRACGP
Dr Suranji Sandamali Hetti Arachchige Perera MBBS
Dr Thanuja Rangani Weligama Pathiranage MBBS