Pediatric Ballarat visiting subspecialists

To provide the best Pediatric Ballarat resources and expertise.


Dr. Robert Weintraub is a paediatric cardiologist who completed his paediatric training at the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital in Sydney, before training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Harefield Hospital, UK and the UCSD Medical Centre, San Diego.  He has been employed as a Cardiologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital since 1992.

Dr. Weintraub runs the heart failure, heart transplantation and pulmonary hypertension services at the Royal Children’s Hospital, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Michael Hayman trained in Paediatrics, prior to sub-specialising in Paediatric Neurology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Austin and Repatriation Medical Centres, in Melbourne. Subsequent training occurred at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Michael holds appointments as a Paediatric Neurologist at Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, Cabrini Medical Centre and Ballarat Base Hospital, and visits Frankston, Warragul and Ballarat.

Dr. Marcelo Leal is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a specialist Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist.

Having grown up in Perth, Dr Marcelo Leal obtained both his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, and his passion for football supporting the West Coast Eagles.

He moved to Melbourne to undertake his paediatric training at Monash Children’s and the Royal Children’s Hospital, and in 2014 he completed his subspecialty training in paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at the Royal Children’s Hospital under the tutelage of Professor Tony Catto-Smith.

He is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Melbourne and he obtained a certificate in clinical research at Harvard Medical School in June 2015.

Associate Professor John Massie has been a paediatric respiratory physician at Royal Childrens Hospital, Melbourne, for the last 18 years. He sees children from infancy to adolescence with airway and breathing problems, including asthma, recurrent chest infections, cough, chronic neonatal lung disease, congenital lung and airway diseases, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnoea and respiratory complications of neuromuscular weakness.

Associate Professor Christine Rodda is a Paediatric Endocrinologist with 30 years of clinical experience. Her major areas of expertise include disorders of calcium, metabolic bone disease, vitamin D deficiency, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, and osteopenia of prematurity, with over 75 peer reviewed publications. Current appointments include at Ballarat Base and Sunshine Hospitals, having previously been Head of Paediatric Endocrinology at Monash Medical Centre until 2012.

She is working to strengthen links between Endocrinology and Diabetes Services at Western Health and Ballarat Health, with a specific focus on a transition clinic for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Christine and her husband enjoy singing, and have a few acres near Ballarat for weekend fruit and vegetable gardening in the bush.