Eastern infectious diseases and travel medicine
WHO WE ARE
Eastern infectious diseases and travel medicine (EIDTM) was established by Professor Joseph Torresi and Dr Ivan Stratov to initially provide an infectious diseases service to Knox private hospital and the eastern Melbourne suburbs . Over the years, EIDTM has gradually expanded across multiple other locations , providing inpatient services across other major private hospitals in the eastern and south eastern regions of Melbourne. The team currently runs a busy outpatient practices from the Epworth Eastern and Knox private hospitals.
INPATIENT SERVICE LOCATIONS
Our physicians work across various hospitals in eastern and south eastern Melbourne
OUTPATIENT SERVICE LOCATION
Knox Private Hospital Consulting suites
262 Mountain Hwy Wantirna VIC 3152
Epworth Eastern East Wing Tower
Level 14, Suite 14.2, 1 Arnold St, Box Hill VIC 3128
GENERAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES
- Surgical site infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Blood stream infections
- Skin and soft tissue infections
TRAVEL & TROPICAL MEDICINE
- Pre travel assessment (including immunosuppresed patients and families)
- Post travel management (including Dengue fever, Malaria, Typhoid fever)
VIRAL HEPATITIS & HIV
- Treatment and monitoring of patients with hepatitis B and C
(including pregnant patients)
- Management of patients with HIV
- Pre exposure and post exposure prophylaxis to HIV
- Non tuberculosis mycobacterial infections (including mycobacterium avium complex, mycobacterial ulcerans)
INFECTIONS IN IMMUNOCOMPROMISED HOSTS
- Opportunistic infections in patients with solid and haematological malignancies or transplantation
- Pre immunosuppression vaccine and prophylaxis advice
Professor Joseph Torresi
MBBS, BmedSci, FRACP, PhD
Prof Torresi has a long-standing commitment to the practice, teaching and research in infectious diseases. He is an infectious diseases physician and consults in general medicine. His practice encompasses the breadth of clinical infectious diseases in both hospital and community acquired infections and he has a long track record in travel medicine.
Prof Torresi heads a molecular virology research laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials in viral hepatitis and virology research, hepatitis B and C pathogenesis, vaccine research and currently leads a program centred on developing COVID vaccines. He has long been involved in the teaching of medical students and medical practitioners in several aspects of infectious diseases, travel and tropical medicine.
Prof Torresi currently sees inpatient consults at Epworth Eastern and Knox private hospitals and consults in the Hepatitis clinic, Austin Hospital. He currently sees outpatients at the Epworth Eastern East Wing Tower.
Dr Ivan Stratov
MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Dr Ivan Stratov is a founding member of EIDTM who completed his Medical Degree at University of Melbourne in 1989. He then went on to complete a medical mission in 1997 in the Caucasus region and subsequent specialty training in Infectious Diseases in 2001. In 2005 he completed a PhD, focusing on HIV vaccine research and has over 40 scientific and medical publications. Ivan and long standing passion for the provision of medical care to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, as evidence by more than 15 years of experience running a private medical practice in the region.
Ivan currently sees inpatient consults at Knox private hospital, Ringwood private hospital and Mitcham private hospital. He also sees outpatients through the Knox private hospital consulting suites.
Dr Sarah Garner
MBBS BMedSci(Hons) FRCPA FRACP PhD
Dr Sarah Garner is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist, holding dual specialty fellowships as both a physician (FRACP) and pathologist (FRCPA).
Sarah also undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours as part of her undergraduate degrees. In 2022, she completed PhD studies at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research looking at the role of cell death pathways in eradicating the latent reservoir of HIV infection. She works as an Infectious Diseases Physician in Melbourne in both the private and public sectors and also holds a position as a Medical Microbiologist at Austin Health.
Sarah is passionate about integrated care for her patients and working with patients as partners to help manage their health issues. Sarah has helped with development of guidelines of Infectious Diseases management for regional Victorian GPs and holds a Senior Lecturing position with Monash University Rural School teaching undergraduate medical students. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, meditation and yoga.
Sarah currently sees inpatient consults at Knox Private Hospital and Epworth Eastern. She sees outpatients in the consulting suites at Epworth Eastern East Wing Tower.
Dr Venkat Lavu
Dr Venkat Lavu is an Infectious Diseases and General medicine Physician who currently seeing inpatient consults at the Epworth Eastern and Knox Private Hospital. He sees outpatients at the Epworth Eastern East Wing Tower.
Medicare rebate will cover about half the cost of an initial consultation. Discounted fees for Pensioners and Health Care Card holders are available.
A current referral from a specialist or general practitioner is necessary to make an appointment with the EIDTM team
WHAT TO BRING
All patients are advised to bring a current medication list and any relevant pathology and radiology along with them to the consultation.