The Specialist Anaesthetist who administers anaesthesia for your surgery is a critical member of the surgical team. He/she is a highly trained medical specialist who is entrusted to administer your anaesthetic and will also coordinate your preoperative medical care and post operative pain management. Your anaesthetist will assess you and advise as to the safest and most appropriate form of anaesthesia for your surgery (for example General Anaesthetic vs Regional/Spinal/Epidural Anaesthesia)

As expert anaesthesia is such a critical aspect for safe and comfortable surgery, Mr Freedman is very selective as to which Anaesthetists look after his patients.

For most surgeries, the Anaesthetist for your procedure will be either Dr Jane Fitzgerald or Dr Mark Freedman. If Dr Fitzgerald or Dr Freedman are not available, another suitable Specialist Anaesthetist will be organised for your surgery.

You will be informed in advance regarding who the anaesthetist will be for your surgery. You will an opportunity to discuss the medical aspects of your anaesthetic as well as any fees associated with the anaesthetic service.  Please bring any medical and anaesthetic history to the attention of the anaesthetist.

Dr Jane Fitzgerald:

Dr Jane FitzGerald trained in anaesthetics at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and completing a fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia in 2008. As a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne since 2008, her practice includes a range of the most acute and complex surgical and trauma cases in Melbourne.

Jane has further qualifications in echocardiography, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative and Critical Echocardiography and the HART scan workshop (Haemodynamic Echocardiography Assessment in Real Time).

Jane maintains extensive participation in academic activities, including as the convenor of the Alfred Anaesthetic Symposium from 2010 -2013. She has organised College Trial Viva examinations for anaesthetic trainees, instructed at the Monash Perioperative Medicine Short Course and been a session chair at previous ANZCA conferences.

Dr Mark Freedman:

Dr Mark Freedman is a experienced Consultant Anaesthetist who has been Head of Anaesthetic Department and Anaesthetic representative on the Medical Advisory Committee at John Fawkner Private Hospital.

Dr. Mark Freedman trained in South Africa, where he was awarded the Horace Wells Prize in Anaesthesia. He became a member of the Surgical Research society and was awarded the Diploma in Anaesthesia in 1981 and was admitted as a a fellow of faculty of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of the South African College of Medicine in 1984. He held positions as Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia at Johannesburg Hospital and has been in private practice since 1986, with extensive experience in Neurosurgery, Thoracic surgery, Opthalmic surgery, Orthopaedics and Urological Surgery.

Dr Freedman has held positions as a Senior Anaesthetic Consultant in Australia at Western General Hospital Melbourne 1995 – 1996,  Maroondah Hospital 1996-2000, Peter Macullum Cancer Institute 1997 – 1999 and Senior Consultant Monash Medical Centre 2005-2007. Mark has been a Senior Anaesthetic Consultant at Box Hill Hospital from  1995 – 2015 (current).  His private practice has been associated with Northern Anaesthetic Group 1996 – current.

Current fields of Interest: Orthopaedic Surgery with particular emphasis on regional anaesthetic techniques.