Meet the Team

Meet The Team

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Dr. Kumar — Bariatric and Surgical Solutions in Cairns, QLD
A General, Laparoscopic, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, Dr Harish Kumar works at Cairns Private Hospital in addition to his private consulting rooms at Cairns Private Specialist Clinic. For 10 years, Dr Harish Kumar led a large Bariatric Unit in the UK and served as a Consultant Specialist Surgeon for 12 years in the UK and Queensland prior to moving to Cairns. He was head of the surgical department for three years at Toowoomba Hospital.

Dr Kumar originally trained in the UK under the guidance of leading internationally renowned surgeons in the fields of keyhole and cancer surgery. The central focus was on advanced minimally invasive surgery and finding new and innovative techniques for treatment. Key-hole surgery for cancer treatment became a specialty field for Dr Harish Kumar.

His published works on molecular research regarding cancer development have featured in several highly reputed international journals. His passion for learning more drives him and his research continues to be published regularly in these journals. He also enjoys spending time training and teaching Senior Fellows from Australasian and European countries.

Among his many specialisations, Dr Kumar’s fields of expertise include general surgery and endocrine surgery. His special interest is keyhole surgery for gallstone disease involving Bile Duct stones. He performs laparoscopic and open surgeries to treat Stomach, Large Bowel and Oesophageal cancers. With a list of awards that includes MBBS, FRCS [ED], MD, MS, FRCS, MBA, FRACS, Dr Kumar is also an active member of many international academic associations including IFSO [International Federation for surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders], SAGES, OSSANZ and ANZGOSA.
Britanny Northham — Bariatric and Surgical Solutions in Cairns, QLD

Brittany Northam


Practice Manager

Brittany moved to Cairns in 2016 with her fiancé and staffy, where she started working alongside Dr Kumar as a Medical Secretary, before stepping into the position of Practice Manager for HK Surgical in 2018.

She has completed her Certificate III in Business Medical Administration and is also experienced in working with ENT, Urology, Optometry, Oncology, Physiotherapy and Haematology. Brittany thrives in a customer-based position where she can use her excellent organisation and social skills to exceed expectations. Brittany is expecting her first child in September 2019 and will be taking some time off during this period to adapt to her new family life.
Simone Deuble — Bariatric and Surgical Solutions in Cairns, QLD

Simone Deuble


Medical Administrator

Simone has nearly 20 years experience in the medical field, starting out at the Townsville Mater Hospital where she spent 10 years working with the nuns and staff to help people in all aspects of the health pathway. She then relocated to the Atherton Tablelands with her family and tribe of animals where she was given the opportunity to help set up a new medical practice in Malanda. She has just recently joined the HK Surgical team and with her passion to help people achieve good health and happiness, with a special interest in nutrition and weight loss, we think she is a great asset to the team. When she is not researching new advice on nutrition, she loves to race her car at the drag strip and train her horses.
Simone Deuble — Bariatric and Surgical Solutions in Cairns, QLD

Zoey Banister


Medical Administrator

Zoey is a born and bred Cairns local who enjoys exploring FNQ on her weekends and travelling to new countries yearly. During her short time in the workforce she already has experience working in various medical clinics such as Urology, Oncology, Physiotherapy & Haematology and has also successfully completed her Certificate III in Medical Administration. Zoey prioritises her focus on providing high patient care and ensuring she completes all tasks to the highest of her ability. Zoey is very well spoken and is good at engaging with patients to ensure they feel at ease. She is a passionate and valued member of HK Surgical.
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