South West Sydney Local Health District
Dr Tim Spicer is currently the director of renal medicine for South West Sydney Local Health District, encompassing Liverpool, Bankstown, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bowral hospitals. Dr Spicer chose to stay on as a staff specialist in this growing, interesting and diverse and lower socioeconomic region of Sydney after completing his PhD in the 1990s. They have become a large unit with around 700 dialysis patients and 14 nephrologists.
After graduating in medicine from UNSW 30 years ago, Dr Spicer trained through St Vincent’s Sydney, then completed nephrology training through St Vincent’s and Westmead hospitals. He spent an elective year doing Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine at Westmead, before completing a PhD through Liverpool Hospital/UNSW titled ‘The role of T cells and Cytokines in Experimental Membranous Nephropathy’. He completed a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in 1999 (general), and as a nephrologist he has been significantly involved in the development of ANZSIN. After initially running ultrasound and interventional and ultrasound training workshops for nephrologists and trainees for 6 years, Dr Spicer now helps to coordinate and run the ANZSIN course annually during the ANZSN renal week program.
Dr Spicer has a special interest in training and supervision of junior doctors and been heavily involved in education and training as a consultant, first for 5 years as director of clinical training of junior medical staff at Liverpool, then for 7 years as director of medical student education for UNSW in the Southwest. His main areas of interest remain training in interventional nephrology especially renal biopsy accreditation as well as transplant, renal tract and arteriovenous fistula ultrasound and duplex.