Our Team

Dr Zaahid Pandie (MBChB FRACP PEM FACEM)

Zaahid has 20 yrs of experience in General and Paediatric Emergency Medicine and having been involved in ACEM Exam teaching for a decade, he has previously held positions as a Co-DEMT, Director of Emergency Medicine, an ACEM College SAQ Exam Committee member. He has co-founded many courses including APEM, AFEM and PEMRevision.

Zaahid has had a strong interest in volunteering in resource challenged settings like South Africa, Fiji, India and would love to extend EM teaching online to rural Australia. Zaahid clinical skills and interest broadly cover work in ED, some private paediatrics as well as the occasional international retrieval with Vector 360.

Together with Vector 360 Zaahid hopes to continue teaching in areas of need like Papua NewGuinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji where they retrieve most of their patients from.

When he is not working in ED or teaching he is on the cricket field either coaching or watching his sons play cricket.

Dr Zaahid Pandie

MBChB FRACP PEM FACEM

Zaahid has 20 yrs of experience in General and Paediatric Emergency Medicine and having been involved in ACEM Exam teaching for a decade, he has previously held positions as a Co-DEMT, Director of Emergency Medicine, an ACEM College SAQ Exam Committee member. He has co-founded many courses including APEM, AFEM and PEMRevision. Zaahid has had a strong interest in volunteering in resource challenged settings like South Africa, Fiji, India and would love to extend EM teaching online to rural Australia. Zaahid clinical skills and interest broadly cover work in ED, some private paediatrics as well as the occasional international retrieval with Vector 360. Together with Vector 360 Zaahid hopes to continue teaching in areas of need like Papua NewGuinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji where they retrieve most of their patients from. When he is not working in ED or teaching he is on the cricket field either coaching or watching his sons play cricket.

Dr Yogesh Nataly (MBBS FACEM Dip Child Health)

Works as an Emergency Physician for Queensland Health at Redland Hospital having completed his Fellowship training in 2009. He spent a year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane with a Diploma in Child Health from Sydney University. Throughout his training he has worked in several hospitals in Auckland (NZ), South East Qld and in parts of NSW which has provided Dr Nataly with a tremendous range of experience.

His other passion is teaching and he is active in the local training program for registrars at Redlands hospital. Besides work and teaching, other interest are travelling, keeping fit which included a recent trip to the Himalayas where he successfully made it to base camp! He is currently writing a book about his travels and journey to Everest.

Due to COIVD and a busy work schedule we look forward to welcoming him online to do some OSCEs for 2021.

Dr Yogesh Nataly

MBBS FACEM Dip Child Health

Works as an Emergency Physician for Queensland Health at Redland Hospital having completed his Fellowship training in 2009. He spent a year at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane with a Diploma in Child Health from Sydney University. Throughout his training he has worked in several hospitals in Auckland (NZ), South East Qld and in parts of NSW which has provided Dr Nataly with a tremendous range of experience. His other passion is teaching and he is active in the local training program for registrars at Redlands hospital. Besides work and teaching, other interest are travelling, keeping fit which included a recent trip to the Himalayas where he successfully made it to base camp! He is currently writing a book about his travels and journey to Everest. Due to COIVD and a busy work schedule we look forward to welcoming him online to do some OSCEs for 2021.

Dr Yuri Gilhotra (MBBS (Hons) (Syd) FRACP FACEM)

Dr Yuri Gilhotra brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience to the Ace the Acem team. He currently holds a number of roles including Senior Medical Coordinator for Retrieval Services Queensland, Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine specialist for LifeFlight, Australia and is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

He is passionate about education and has developed and delivered multiple educational programs locally, nationally and internationally. He has an established research track record with multiple peer review publications including the Lancet. He is an avid golfer and has two teenage boys who keep him on his toes and are the joy of his life.

Dr Yuri Gilhotra

MBBS (Hons) (Syd) FRACP FACEM

Dr Yuri Gilhotra brings a wealth of clinical and academic experience to the Ace the Acem team. He currently holds a number of roles including Senior Medical Coordinator for Retrieval Services Queensland, Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine specialist for LifeFlight, Australia and is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about education and has developed and delivered multiple educational programs locally, nationally and internationally. He has an established research track record with multiple peer review publications including the Lancet. He is an avid golfer and has two teenage boys who keep him on his toes and are the joy of his life.

Dr Peter Rizzo (MD Facem Dip ABEM)

Dr Peter Rizzo completed his medical training at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx New York where he honed his skills in Emergency Medicine and specifically in Trauma Medicine. He moved to Brisbane in 2008 to spend time with his son and commenced at Logan Hospital in Brisbane as a FACEM.

The original ‘ACE the ACEM’ team was born in this partnership at Logan Hospital which was an awesome place to work and train. Doctors Pandie, Gilhotra, Nataly and Rizzo worked on the same team in ED, managing a range of emergencies across the spectrum of Adult, Paediatric, Neonatal, Trauma, O&G and Geriatric Medicine.

In 2011 Peter held the position of Medical Superintendent of Beaudesert Hospital. Peter currently works as a FACEM at The Prince Charles Hospital and has held portfolios across Quality & Safety, and Mortality & Morbidity reviews.

He has recently been appointed as the Medical Director of Vector 360 – an Aeromedical Rescue and Retrieval Service based on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Peter Rizzo

MD Facem Dip ABEM

Dr Peter Rizzo completed his medical training at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx New York where he honed his skills in Emergency Medicine and specifically in Trauma Medicine. He moved to Brisbane in 2008 to spend time with his son and commenced at Logan Hospital in Brisbane as a FACEM. The original ‘ACE the ACEM’ team was born in this partnership at Logan Hospital which was an awesome place to work and train. Doctors Pandie, Gilhotra, Nataly and Rizzo worked on the same team in ED, managing a range of emergencies across the spectrum of Adult, Paediatric, Neonatal, Trauma, O&G and Geriatric Medicine. In 2011 Peter held the position of Medical Superintendent of Beaudesert Hospital. Peter currently works as a FACEM at The Prince Charles Hospital and has held portfolios across Quality & Safety, and Mortality & Morbidity reviews. He has recently been appointed as the Medical Director of Vector 360 – an Aeromedical Rescue and Retrieval Service based on the Sunshine Coast.

Barry McCarthy (RcpN Dip Nrsg, Clin Ed, Dip Mgt)

Barry is the director of Bledisloe Medical, a clinical simulation company. Trained in New Zealand, and passionate about simulation, with 30 years experience in all aspects of Critical Care nursing, as well as a wealth of current knowledge and understanding of the pre hospital realm.

Barry is the perfect fit for our OSCE Simulation course in Brisbane as he is able to deliver high quality training, simulations, clinical assessments.. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Emergency Response) on the Sunshine Coast and a retrieval nurse for Vector 360 – an Aeromedical Rescue and Retrieval Service based on the Sunshine Coast.

Barry McCarthy

RcpN Dip Nrsg, Clin Ed, Dip Mgt

Barry is the director of Bledisloe Medical, a clinical simulation company. Trained in New Zealand, and passionate about simulation, with 30 years experience in all aspects of Critical Care nursing, as well as a wealth of current knowledge and understanding of the pre hospital realm. Barry is the perfect fit for our OSCE Simulation course in Brisbane as he is able to deliver high quality training, simulations, clinical assessments.. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Emergency Response) on the Sunshine Coast and a retrieval nurse for Vector 360 – an Aeromedical Rescue and Retrieval Service based on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Julian Wong (FACEM/PEM MBBS Dip Child Health BPharm (Hons I))

Julian is a newly fellowed consultant working at the Townsville University Hospital and provides a contemporaneous trainee’s perspective on the challenges of navigating through the fellowship exam journey. He was unfortunately also afflicted with the disease of “study procrastination” that has struck down so many candidates before him but has survived and come out successfully the other side.

He completed his training in various Brisbane tertiary and urban district hospitals including QCH, PAH, TPCH and Logan hospitals. His passion is in the provision of quality paediatric emergency critical care, upskilling the team around him and integrating digital hospital efficiently in daily practice. In his spare time, as is archetypal for his gender and ethnicity, he is an avid gamer and technophile but also enjoys road cycling, photography and electric rideables.

He is delighted to have the opportunity to share his experiences with candidates so they don’t make the same mistakes in their fellowship journey!

Barry McCarthy

RcpN Dip Nrsg, Clin Ed, Dip Mgt

Barry is the director of Bledisloe Medical, a clinical simulation company. Trained in New Zealand, and passionate about simulation, with 30 years experience in all aspects of Critical Care nursing, as well as a wealth of current knowledge and understanding of the pre hospital realm. Barry is the perfect fit for our OSCE Simulation course in Brisbane as he is able to deliver high quality training, simulations, clinical assessments.. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Emergency Response) on the Sunshine Coast and a retrieval nurse for Vector 360 – an Aeromedical Rescue and Retrieval Service based on the Sunshine Coast.