Our Team limedigital March 20, 2024

Our Team

Mr Michael Booth

Our Surgeon – MBChB MBA FRACS

Michael is highly experienced in open and laparoscopic surgery and has over the years performed more than 5000 laparoscopic operations for gallstones, hernia, reflux and weight loss. He has been lucky to straddle the era when major abdominal surgery transitioned into major laparoscopic surgery giving him skills in both open and laparoscopic surgery. He is also an experienced endoscopist.

He also has an appointment at North Shore Hospital (Te Whatu Ora Waitemata) and over the years has trained many upper GI and Bariatric Fellows who are now practicing consultants in New Zealand and overseas. He is a member of a number of Surgical Societies.

He has lead Bariatric clinical research at North Shore including Randomised Controlled trials for the treatment of obesity and Type 2 diabetes as well as antireflux surgery. He is particularly interested in the long term outcomes of surgery and has published on this.

We need to look at our outcomes to look forwards in our practice.

He is an Affiliated Provider with Southern Cross Health Care

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Dr Chaey Leem

Our Physician

Chaey Leem is a NZ-trained medical graduate from the University of Otago. He aspires to become the first bariatric physician in New Zealand – a very new field of medicine which is currently under-recognised.

After graduation, Chaey has worked in a wide range of surgical-based rotations including his time with Michael Booth, which greatly sparked his interest in helping patients with obesity. He is SCOPE certified, an internationally recognised certificate in obesity management. As a bariatric doctor, Chaey is interested in providing an individualised, patient-centred treatment plan.

He is looking to support patients throughout their entire journey, from before surgery to many years after surgery too.

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Ella Smits

Our Dietitian – Registered Dietitian, PgDip, BSc

Ella is a registered dietitian who currently works in private practice. She began her training at Massey University gaining a BSc in Human Nutrition and Sport and Exercise Science. Ella then moved to Perth to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics at Curtin University of Technology.

Ella initially began her working life as a clinical dietitian for Albany Health Campus in Western Australia, she then moved to Melbourne where she was the sole dietitian working across two private hospitals and multiple aged care facilities. Within these roles Ella gained experience in a vast range of areas including surgical, gastroenterology, diabetes, oncology, critical care and general medical. Ella has recently joined us from Tauranga Hospital, in the Bay of Plenty, where she worked as an outpatient clinical lead dietitian (specialising in oncology and bariatrics). Ella brings her passion for promoting positive behaviour change within the area of bariatrics, using an evidenced based and person-centred approach.

Suheelan Kulasegaran

Our Upper GI & Laparoscopic Surgeon and Bariatric Surgeon, Endoscopist, MBChB MBA FRACS

Suheelan Kulasegaran is an Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric, General Surgeon, and Endoscopist. He grew up in Hamilton and graduated with distinction from the University of Auckland Medical School. After earning his postgraduate fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, he completed a one-year fellowship in Oesophago-gastric and Bariatric surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He then served as a senior clinical Oesophago-Gastric Fellow at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the UK, followed by a year as a consultant oesophago-gastric surgeon at the same hospital. Here, he gained invaluable training and experience working alongside international leaders in the field of minimally invasive oesophago-gastric surgery. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a leading institution for minimally invasive upper gastrointestinal cases in the UK.

During his tenure, he also completed robotic credentialing and training, attending advanced robotic surgery courses at various institutes in Europe and the UK. He is passionate about research and surgical education, having served as the Auckland University Surgical Research Teaching Fellow and completed a Masters of Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on Quality Performance Indicators for Oesophago-Gastric cancer management and Bariatrics. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. In his public practice at North Shore Hospital, Auckland, he manages oesophageal, stomach, bariatric, reflux diseases, hernias, and gallstones.

Outside of work, he enjoys family time, running, road biking, and practicing martial arts. He is fluent in three languages.

Lyn Pearless

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Lyn is a registered nurse in public and private practice who has worked in a variety of disciplines. Qualified as a Comprehensive Nurse, completed BSc (Nursing), Post Graduate Certificate (Critical Care) and Master Nursing (Hons).

Lyn has been working with Michael Booth since 2003 with the practice having a multidisciplinary focus in line with Centre of Excellence principles

My strengths within the bariatric practice:

  • Patient focus, pre and post operative during weight loss journey
  • Research for a client centred evidence based approach.
  • Papers published with Michael Booth
  • Member ANZMOSS (Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society).

Sue Booth

Office Manager

Sue was born and raised in Napier. A daughter of 2 doctors but chose a path of hospitality.

After running her own businesses for over 30 years, Sue joined us in 2023.

Sue’s happy places are in the kitchen and the garden. She loves entertaining and spending time in Central Otago. She has one daughter, Dominique, a veterinary surgeon in the USA.

With all of her experience in hospitality, she is client focused.

Maria McDonald

Practice Manager

Maria has worked as an administrator in the private healthcare sector for over 18 years.

She is married with two children and one grandchild.

Maria has a big focus on keeping fit. She enjoys her bush walks with her dog and doing pilates. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Maria has a warm, bubbly personality and loves meeting people and helping them through their medical journey.

Erin Judge

Medical Secretary/Theatre co-ordinator

Having always been in a front facing role, Erin is very passionate about people.

She is a social person, who, in her free time, loves being with friends and family, being outdoors, and making the most of what nature has to offer. She enjoys going for walks, swimming, heading out on the boat and water sports, and a good Kiwi BBQ!

She is really enjoying discovering and seeing the difference we at Auckland Surgical Associates make to our patients lives.

Weight loss surgery is only part of the equation.

Our support goes so much further.

Our Team are committed to providing world-class support from start to finish.

Through our comprehensive consultation we endeavour to find the best solution for you, tailored to your needs and wants.

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    Unit 14/326 Sunset Road
    Windsor Park
    Auckland 0632

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    Saturday - Closed
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