Virtus' Management team has considerable experience in the Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS), diagnostics and day hospital markets around the world.
Kate Munnings, Group Chief Executive Officer
Kate commenced as Group CEO at Virtus Health Limited on 23 March 2020. A qualified lawyer and registered nurse, Kate’s diverse breadth of professional experience equips her to lead the Virtus Health team in continuing to provide their exceptional work that helps people become parents.
Prior to joining Virtus Health, Kate led significant operations including as Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay Health Care Limited’s 72 Australian hospitals; and as Chief Executive, Operations leading a portfolio of largely government contracts across Australia, New Zealand and Melanesia at Transfield Services Limited (now Broadspectrum Limited).
Kate has also been a partner at law firms Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Baker McKenzie; specialising in contract law and also spent eight years as Chief Risk & Legal Officer/Company Secretary at Transfield Services focused on commercial law, risk management and corporate governance.
As a registered nurse, Kate was one of the early specialist in HIV/AIDS nursing at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.
Kate is currently a Board member of the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre and previously spent four years on the Board of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
Teena Pisarev, Managing Director, NSW/ACT, Singapore and Diagnostics
Teena is an experienced executive, with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry.
Skilled in strategic planning, business development, strategy, change management, and healthcare management, Teena has 23 years’ experience working across leadership roles managing the delivery of clinical services.
A strong business development professional, Teena graduated from Griffith University (AUS).
A/Prof Peter Illingworth, Medical Director, New South Wales
Peter joined Virtus in May 2006 and since that date has served as Medical Director of IVF Australia Pty Ltd along with providing contracted clinical services to patients of IVF Australia Pty Ltd.
Peter is an accredited specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 20 years specialist experience in the area of infertility practice. Peter has an international reputation in the field of reproductive medicine.
Prior to joining Virtus, Peter was Network Director at the Women’s and Children’s Health, Director of Reproductive Medicine at Westmead Hospital and a Clinical Scientist at MRC Reproductive Biology Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Peter is a Conjoint Honorary Associate Professor at Sydney University, a position he has held since 1996.
Adurty Rao, Managing Director, Victoria and Tasmania
Adurty Rao joined Virtus Health as Managing Director - VIC/TAS in December 2020.
Adurty has held leadership positions across a range of health care groups over the past 14 years, and also holds a Masters in International Hospitality Management with experience in the hospitality sector, and therefore has a unique focus on customer experience.
A skilled people leader, Adurty was on the Australian Executive team at Ramsay Health Care, where she played a key role in transforming the group's operating model so as to improve patient outcomes, simplify and harmonise processes, while supporting the staff through those significant changes.
Adurty welcomed her daughter into the world in August 2019 and is enjoying her most important role, that of parenthood.
Dr Fleur Cattrall, Medical Director, Victoria
Fleur commenced her role as Medical Director of Melbourne IVF in January 2021. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1996, Fleur completed her residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Monash Medical Centre. She then undertook further training at Monash IVF, Melbourne IVF and The Women’s Hospital, and is a recognised subspecialist in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI).
Joining Melbourne IVF in 2006, over the course of her career, Fleur has held clinical responsibility for Melbourne IVF’s PGD programme and she is a subspecialist examiner in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Dr Lyndon Hale, interim Medical Director, Tasmania
Lyndon brings his clinical leadership to Tasmania as interim Medical Director. Lyndon was the Medical Director of Melbourne IVF Pty Ltd from 2008-January 2021. He is also Director of Reproductive Surgery at The Women’s Hospital, and is on the board of the Fertility Society of Australia. Lyndon is highly regarded for his knowledge and proactive approach and brings extensive experience in assisted reproduction treatments to the care of his patients.
Chris Smedley, Managing Director, Queensland
Chris Smedley joined Virtus Health in June 2020 to drive operational excellence across our fertility and day hospital businesses in Queensland. A seasoned executive with more than 20 years’ working in complex healthcare organisations, Chris has a strong track record in effective change management and growing revenue through creating positive, resilient workplace cultures.
With previous roles as Chief Executive Officer of Assure Programs and General Manager of BUPA, Queensland, Chris is purpose-driven, results-focused and skilled at harnessing employee engagement and customer experience to transform business and revenue growth.
A qualified Chartered Accountant and with a Bachelor of Engineering, Chris is a proven leader and a valuable addition to the Virtus Health executive team.
A/Prof Anusch Yazdani, Medical Director, Queensland
A/Prof Anusch Yazdani was appointed the Medical Director of Queensland Fertiity Group in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland (MBBS Hons), Anusch completed his specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG) in Brisbane.
Following a fellowship in minimally invasive pelvic surgery in Sydney, A/Prof Yazdani returned to Brisbane in 2002 to develop tertiary referral units in minimally invasive surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Mater Hospitals. In 2006, he completed his subspecialisation in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI), resulting in the unique subspecialist qualifications in reproductive endocrinology, fertility and minimally invasive surgery.
A/Prof Yazdani is widely published in medical journals, has co-authored numerous textbooks and lectures widely nationally and internationally.
Dr David Molloy, Director Medical Affairs, Virtus Health
David was appointed as Director Medical Affairs in 2019 to identify and proactively manage Virtus Health's interests within the political, legislative and regulatory environment in which the ARS sector operates in Australia.
Serving as Medical Director of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd in 2004 and providing contracted clinical services to patients of Queensland Fertility Group Pty Ltd since 1986, David has a distinguished resume of achievements, including acting as President of the Australian Medical Association in Queensland, Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society Limited and National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as well as Chairman of the IVF Directors Group.
David also currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the IVF Directors Group, a position he has held since 2004.
Richard Banks, Group Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director, Europe
Richard joined Virtus in August 2017 with a strong reputation in strategic planning, service transformation, operational turnaround, business development and program management. Richard has significant experience of working with Executive teams in healthcare organisations and enjoys both developing strategy and taking plans through to implementation.
Richard received his formal management training through the UK’s NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and he has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership. He has worked as an NHS Director, Management Consultant and Private Hospital Director. Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Richard plays a vital role in the expansion of Virtus operations within Europe.
Dr Hani Daabis, Medical Director, Ireland
Dr Hani Daabis was appointed Medical Director of Sims IVF Clinics in Ireland in February 2021.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Dr Hani is a lead Consultant in Fertility and Gynaecology and an experienced Medical Director. Dr Hani has spent over 20 years working in the UK and during this time he has demonstrated strong clinical leadership in his management of medical teams and the treatment and care of his patients. As an accredited trainer with the British Fertility Society and very experienced in the development of Clinical Governance, Dr Hani brings a depth of knowledge and skills to both his patients and to the Sims IVF Clinicians and wider team.
As Virtus Ireland's Medical Director, Dr Hani oversees the medical management and clinical governance at Sims IVF and collaborate with the broader Virtus team as we work together to enhance patient safety, success, and satisfaction.
Dr. Aboubakar Cissé, Medical Director, Aagaard Klinik
Dr. Aboubakar Cissé joined Virtus in September 2020 as Medical Director at Aagaard Klinik. Aboubakar is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. He graduated as a doctor from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania in 1992. He has worked as a fertility specialist since 1997 in several countries.
In Denmark, he has worked within obstetrics and gynecology and fertility departments at Herlev Hospital, Symbion Research Center and Hvidovre Hospital.
He also has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked as a clinical research director and safety specialist/coordinator.
Dr Kåre Rygaard, Medical Director, Trianglen Denmark
Kåre is the Medical Director of Trianglen Fertility Clinic in Copenhagen. Partnering with the Virtus Health group in June 2018, Kåre is a specialist in advanced infertility treatment and all procedures related to infertility including IUI, IVF, ICSI and TESA.
Kåre first joined Trianglen Fertility Clinic as an external consultant in 2001. In 2005, he accepted a full-time position at the clinic and in 2012 became the owner of Trianglen.
Kåre studied medicine at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1987. Completing his thesis in 1993, Kåre undertook laboratory research on cancer related genes in small cell lung before becoming a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2000. Fascinated by the field of fertility, Kåre obtained further education from the fertility clinics at Rigshospitalet and Herlev Hospital, both of which are part of The Copenhagen University Hospital.
Professor Ying Cheong, Medical Director, Complete Fertility
Medical Director and Co-founder Complete Fertility is a Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Southampton, a specialist in Fertility Medicine, laparoscopic and open fertility surgery, endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage, polycystic ovarian disease and adhesions.
Prof Ying is an active researcher, leading the clinical research network for Reproductive Health in Hampshire and Isle of Wight and, lectures around the world disseminating her research as editor and author to over 100 peer-reviewed papers, books and chapters. An educator of Undergraduate and Post-graduate medicine and other related biological sciences she continues to mentor clinicians of the future. In her daily practice, Prof Ying cares for both private and NHS patients.
Dr Roland Chieng, Interim Medical Director, Singapore
As the Founding Medical Director of Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore, Dr Chieng was instrumental in setting up the centre in January 2015, bringing across his expertise and experience to enhance the depth of fertility care in Singapore.
Dr Chieng specialises in male infertility, reproductive microsurgery and fertility preservation. He is highly-regarded in Singapore as a specialist who achieves results, and provides exceptional quality care and service.
He has worked at KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, and also spent some time in Melbourne consulting with Melbourne IVF.