Month: December 2016

Phillip Brenner

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One of the very few urologists in all of Australia with the depth of knowledge and specificity of training needed to treat patients with urological cancers such as kidney and prostate cancer, Dr. Phillip Brenner has assisted countless patients in need of a truly specialized level of care at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales.

Dr. Brenner, who completed a fellowship at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center based in New York, has performed more than 1,000 radical prostatectomies along with more than 750 laparoscopic procedures throughout the course of his illustrious and achievement-laden career. Previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s, Dr. Brenner has repeatedly demonstrated the invaluable nature of his leadership and expertise in promoting the best possible patient outcomes.

1.  What do you do for work?

As a urological surgeon, I care for patients who might be dealing with a wide range of issues, including kidney or prostate cancer. I was previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, and I also perform medical research on prostate and kidney cancer through the Garvan Institute.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The medical profession appealed to me due to nothing more than the frequent opportunity to help the people who are most in need of immediate care.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

In my role as a urological surgeon and head of the urology unit, I have the opportunity to work directly with patients and doctors with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for the patient. My unique skill set as a surgeon — as well as the breadth of my understanding of urological cancers — ensures that patients dealing with complex issues will have access to nothing but the most outstanding level of medical care.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia?

Since I live and work in Sydney, I often have the pleasure of running into former patients or their friends and family members whenever I happen to be out and about. It is nice to hear a positive patient update and to know that my care had a significant impact on the patient and their loved ones.

5. What do you do for recreation?

There is no shortage of recreational opportunities in Sydney, but I really enjoy tennis, skiing, and sailing whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d head back to the US to visit Manhattan and some other places throughout the Northeast, particularly since I still have many close friends from the time I spent at Sloan-Kettering.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Something else! I enjoy skiing, sailing and tennis. 

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

As a medical researcher myself, I have long admired Basil Hetzel and all that he was able to contribute to the field of medicine through his outstanding research.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Sydney is a great place for a first-time visitor looking to become acquainted with Australian culture while enjoying some of the more traditional components of a holiday.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

A visitor once tugged on my shirt to earnestly ask me how he could go about renting the “giant sailboat over there in the harbor,” which, upon turning to look in the direction in which he was pointing, I discovered was the Sydney Opera House and not a sailboat at all. I’d never heard of anyone making that mistake before, and I am confident that I won’t ever hear of it again.

Kim Dao

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At the time of its founding, the Kim Dao Blog was created as a simple way to digitally document and share a trip to Japan. Kim Dao, the founder of the Kim Dao Blog and a social media influencer of impressive magnitude, quickly learned that her blog could be so much more than an online journal documenting a single trip for friends and family.

The Australian-born Dao has since moved to Japan on an extended basis, due in part to the immense success of her blog and YouTube channel, which has been bolstered by her pervasive presence on a number of social media platforms. In addition to travel, the Kim Dao blog — as well as Dao’s social media accounts and her YouTube channel — offers extensive coverage of subjects that include makeup and fashion, among many others.

1.  What do you do for work?

In addition to my blog, I also produce videos for my YouTube channel and work with quite a few brands on social media marketing campaigns.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Since I began this career mostly by accident, I feel as though the field chose me more than I chose it. Either way, I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful industry.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I try to ensure everything I share is not just entertaining, but also informative and valuable to my followers.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Western Australia?

Although I plan on staying in Japan for quite a while, I have so many friends and family members in Western Australia that I look forward to seeing every time I have the opportunity to visit. I do intend to move back to Australia to settle down at some point, but I’m not sure when that will be.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to just head out with the goal of exploring a place I have yet to experience, so my recreation is really dependent on whatever I happen to find while I’m out exploring.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

Other than Japan, I would like to spend more time in Western Europe since I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy an extended trip to the region.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve actually considered taking up golf since it is so popular in both Australia and Japan.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Absolutely, and there are quite a few Australians I admire and whose influence is of profound importance to me, but none more so than the members of my family.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Everyone goes to Sydney and New South Wales the first time they visit Australia. My advice is to visit Western Australia instead.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Although I’ve heard some stories about travelers and their odd questions, I do not have one of my own that qualifies as particularly strange or funny.