Ivanhoe Grammar School graduates shaping medicine in Australia

For many professions the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed starts in the formative years at school. Ivanhoe Grammar has a long history of fostering pupils who go on to work in high-end professions including the prestigious calling of medicine.  

Dr Michael Hong

Dr Hong left the halls of Ivanhoe Grammar in 2000 and completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and General Surgery Residency Program with the University of Melbourne. He has since worked as a surgical registrar across Victoria and Tasmania including a position with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.


Dr Rebecca Shields

Dr Shields is currently a trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After a gap year, Dr Shields studied a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Monash University. The young doctor hopes to set-up a group practice in Melbourne in the near future.


Mr Mayooran Theivendran

A 1997 graduate, Mr Theivendran studied medicine at Monash University and completed his internship at Austin Hospital in 2004. He went on to complete his training in surgery and is now a Fellow of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.

Don McIntosh 

Don McIntosh (Class of 1970) graduated in Medicine from Monash in 1976 and continued his passion for Sports and Emergency Medicine working in Emergency Departments at Dandenong Hospital, Queen Victoria/Monash Medical Centre and the RAAF Base at Laverton for many years. In his own practice, he has worked at an elite level with many sports including Australian Rules, Basketball and Gymnastics; in the latter as Chief Medical Officer for Gymnastics Australia. He has recently worked as one of the Australian team doctors for both the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.




Professor W. Graeme Laver

The late Professor Laver had a long career that has taken him as far as London, since graduating from Ivanhoe Grammar in 1947. His work was largely in medical research including as the Head of the Influenza Research Unit at the Australian National University from 1983 to 1995.


Professor Geoff McColl

Graduating in 1978, Professor McColl is now Director of the Medical Education Unit and Professor of Medical Education and Training at the University of Melbourne. As well as dedicating time to the various Victorian hospitals he has worked at, he has also held position as President of the Australian Rheumatology Association and been part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.


Professor Stephen Harrap

After finishing school in 1972, Professor Harrap went on to become a physician with a strong focus on genetics and cardiovascular disease. In 1990 he founded landmark research into genetics, known globally as the Victorian Family Heart Study. He currently holds the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne.


Dr Richard D. Allen

Dr Allen has been a pioneer of many successful transplant programs since leaving Ivanhoe Grammar School in 1968. After studying at the University of Melbourne, Dr Allen gained valuable medical experience that led to him establishing a new renal transplant program at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. He has also held the appointment of Professor of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Sydney.


Professor Antony Burgess

Professor Burgess (Class of 1964) has had a successful medical career, particularly in cancer research. He is currently Director of the Melbourne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and a Professor of Cell Biology. His dedication to scientific research and clinical medicine has seen him appointed Companion in the Order of Australia.


The Reverend Irwin B. Faris

Since graduating with the Class of 1957, Reverend Faris has spent his life devoted to training and teaching in the specialty of vascular surgery. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Medal for Services to Surgery. After retirement, Reverend Faris took holy order in the Anglican Church and was ordained in the Diocese of Melbourne in 2000.