Class of 2002
Respiratory and Lung Transplant Physician, The Alfred Hospital
Discovering her love for science at John Paul College, particularly biology and chemistry sparking her curiosity, it was clear for Sakhee her pursuit of medicine would be fostered along the way with the support of her teachers Mr Harold Kanasa and Mr Ryan Cheers.
Her time at JPC led her down a path of success as her academic accolades included biology, ancient history and Proxime Accessit prizes in Year Eleven, and biology and general merit prizes in Year Twelve. Alongside JPConnection Captain and School Vice-Captain in 2002, it was evident Sakhee was destined for success during her time at the College.
Having trained in The Alfred as a junior doctor and specialty registrar, Sakhee enjoyed the complex medical expertise involved in lung transplantation and was encouraged by her senior colleagues to complete a specialty fellowship focussing on lung transplantation.
Sakhee completed her fellowship following her maternity leave and continued her work as a specialist in lung transplantation. For the past two years, she has developed her research pursuits further, alongside her clinical work, as she has presented at international symposiums. In addition to this, Sakhee has published works with the aim of improving management and long-term outcomes of lung transplant recipients.
She loved her whole experience at JPC. Having enrolled in Year Eight, Sakhee quickly made friends and involved herself in a variety of co-curricular activities including choir, youth theatre and debating.
Looking to the future, Sakhee aims to continue her clinical work alongside building on her research pursuits in the hopes of refining her skills to become a more experienced clinical researcher.
‘Lung transplantation has progressed significantly over the last 30 years, however there still remains many medical challenges and unanswered questions’ Sakhee says. ‘I hope to continue research in this exciting field to improve outcomes for lung transplant recipients.’
The complexity of the lung transplant procedure including the short and long-term care required is a challenge, Sakhee admits, however it is incredibly rewarding. She is grateful to work alongside experts and leaders within her field who work well together to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.
The Alfred is a world leader in the service of lung transplantation and achieves successful outcomes for transplant patients, making a difference to over 100 patients receiving the treatment annually. Sakhee is honoured to be a part of such an elite team dedicated to improving the lives of others and cannot wait to continue providing world-class medical treatment, whilst improving management and long-term outcomes of transplant recipients through her research.
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