Our Rehabilitation Specialists
Dr Darren Lee
BSc(Med) MBBS FAFRM(RACP)
Dr Darren Lee is a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a Visiting Medical Officer at MetroRehab since 2009 and admits to the inpatient and day programs, as well as being involved with the Neurorehab clinic and Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab.
He is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a major teaching hospital of the University of Sydney, and at Balmain Hospital, having commenced there as Postgraduate Fellow in 2008. He also admits to the Royal Rehab Private Hospital at Ryde.
Dr Lee graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2008, having undergone extensive training with experts in the field of rehabilitation medicine. He is an accredited supervisor of advanced trainees in rehabilitation medicine and accredited formal long case assessor for the AFRM and sits on a number of medical advisory committees.
His clinical expertise and research interests include rehabilitation of neurological conditions, with a particular interest in stroke, cancers of the nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease, as well as rehabilitation after trauma and complex orthopaedic surgery, and deconditioning after complicated hospital admissions. He runs specialised multidisciplinary spasticity clinics and has extensive experience in performing targeted injections for spasticity management. Future challenges include assessing the role of new technologies in rehabilitation.
Active areas of research include treatment of post-stroke shoulder pain, post-stroke spasticity management, rehabilitation after complex surgery such as pelvic exenteration, implementation and scale-up of innovative models of rehabilitation delivery, and the role of music therapy as part of an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation for stroke survivors with aphasia.
Dr Helen Redmond
MBBS FAFRM (RACP)
Dr Redmond is a rehabilitation physician who has worked at MetroRehab since 1998. She works in general rehabilitation and has a wide range of skills including stroke rehabilitation, pain management, multi-trauma, orthopaedic and aged care rehabilitation. She is qualified in spasticity management including botulinum toxin injection and heads the Spasticity Management Service at Liverpool Hospital. Of particular interest to Dr Redmond is how mind-body interactions affect recovery and rehabilitation from illness and injury. Her outside interests include bushwalking, running, Argentine Tango and voluntary work for Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Associate Professor Peter Youssef
Dr Peter Youssef is Associate Professor of Rheumatology at Sydney University and is a staff specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Assoc. Prof Youssef is the rheumatology subeditor of the Internal Medicine Journal, which is the journal of the College of Physicians. He is also chair of the Scientific Committee of Arthritis Australia and the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group. He has held several NHMRC research grants and currently runs a research program at Prince Alfred Hospital. He has more than 40 publications in refereed journals. He trains doctors and medical students in rheumatology and is an examiner for the College of Physicians. He is on several advisory boards and gives many national and international invited talks.
Associate Professor Arun Aggarwal
MBBS, FRACP, FAFRM (RACP), FAFPM (ANZCA), PhD
Assoc. Prof Arun Aggarwal is a Neurologist and Pain specialist. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1987. He then went on to specialise in Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine with 3 Fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Australasian Faculty of Pain Medicine. He is a Clinical Associate Professor through the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney.
Assoc. Prof Aggarwal completed his PhD in 2004 on Electrophysiological Studies in Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with his primary paper, ‘Detection of pre-clinical motor neurone loss in SOD1 mutation carriers using motor unit number estimation’ being widely cited in the international literature. He was awarded the Australian Association of Neurologists Young Investigator Award for his presentation of this paper. He is the primary author of 3 book chapters on this subject and also has over 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals on a number of different topics including Chronic Pain, Parkinson’s disease and Spasticity. He is on the Editorial board of a number of journals. He is the current Chairman of the ANZ Association of Neurologists Neuro-Rehabilitation Sub-Committee and on the Medical Advisory Board of Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (Australia).
Assoc. Prof Aggarwal has been a VMO at MetroRehab since 1998.
Dr Anuka R. Parapuram
MBBCh(Wales, UK) FAFRM (RACP)
Dr Parapuram took on the role of General Rehabilitation Physician at MetroRehab in February 2008. Dr Parapuram works in both the Inpatient and Day Programs at MetroRehab and has been integral in establishing the Reconditioning inpatient and outpatient programs. She has an interest in Orthogeriatric and Cancer rehabilitation.
Dr Parapuram has a keen interest in teaching and is Joint Trainee Supervisor at MetroRehab for the AFRM Advanced Trainees. She coordinates Training of Undergraduate Medical Students from University of Sydney in their Urban Rehabilitation placements at MetroRehab and has just been made a Clinical Lecturer at University of Sydney Medical School.
Dr Parapuram has also held several Honorary Roles in the NSW Branch of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and is currently a member of the Board of Assessments of the AFRM and the Clinical Exam Working Party.
Dr Mariela Hendriks
Dr Mariela Hendriks is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine. She has worked at Metro Rehab since 2012. Dr Hendriks is a Consultant to the day program and has been key in establishing and running the Metro Cardiac Rehab Program. She is heavily involved in training and educating University of Sydney medical students, rehabilitation registrars and has been involved in the development and administration of Fellowship exams for the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM). Dr Hendriks is passionate about neurological and cognitive rehabilitation, orthopaedic, musculoskeletal (including amputations), geriatric and cardiac rehabilitation.