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St. Philip's Hospital has a panel of consultants and specialists who are available for consultation in various specialties.

All our consultants have received advanced training in their respective fields.

Dr. Anthony Alfred Bernard MD, FRCS Ed, FRCS Orth
Dr. Bernard is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. Luke’s Hospital, Malta, and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Philip’s Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. His areas of specialization include knee & hip replacement, knee ligament reconstruction – Auto graft & Artificial and leg lengthening/angular correction by Callus Distraction. Dr Bernard has furthered his studies and received further training in various hospitals across the UK.
Mr. Joseph E Briffa MD, FRCS (Ed FICS)

Dr Briffa holds the post of consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon within the Maltese NHS. Following general surgical training in Malta and the UK, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1990. His specialist training in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery was undertaken in regional centres in Norwich and Plymouth as well as at Charing Cross, Queen Mary’s and St George’s Hospitals in London.

Professor Mark Brincat

Professor Brincat is the Chairman and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Malta Medical School. He held the post of Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Nottingham (1997–2001). He was also Registrar at King’s College Hospital (1985-1996) and Senior Registrar at St. George’s Hospital Medical School (1980-1990). Prof Brincat received his training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at King’s College Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Mr. Walter Joseph Busuttil

Dr Busuttil holds the post of consultant in cardio thoracic surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, Malta. He has given tutorials to medical students at The University of Liverpool both in General Surgery and in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery in the UK as well as tutorials in surgery to medical students at the University of Malta. He holds a full registration with the UK General Medical Council.

Dr. George Buttigieg

Dr Buttigieg is a senior Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. Luke's Hospital, Malta. His professional interests include Laparoscopic surgery, Gynaecological cancer surgery and Urogynaecology. Dr Buttigieg is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery within the University of Malta. He is also Malta’s Official Representative at the European College and Boards of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Mr. Gordon R. Caruana Dingli MD, LRCP (Edin), LRCS (Edin), LRCP & S (Glasg), FRCS (Edin), FRCS, RCPS (Glasg).

Mr Caruana Dingli is a general surgeon with an interest in breast disease and all forms of hernia repair and at present holds the post of Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Malta. He is a journal reviewer for the British Medical Journal as well as the Malta Medical Journal. Mr Caruana Dingli furthered his studies and received training in the UK and Italy.

Dr. Joseph Anthony Coleiro MD (Malta), FRCS (Ed, FRCOphth (London), DO (London)

Dr Coleiro is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland. He is also Hon. Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology, at the University of Dundee, Scotland. His main areas of expertise include cataract surgery and corneal transplantation. He is an examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. He received his training in Scotland.

Mr. Victor Grech DCH, MRCP, MRCPH, PHD

Consultant Paediatrician
Diploma in Child Health - D.C.H.
Royal College of Physicians of London
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London - M.R.C.P. (U.K.)
Royal College of Physicians of London - March 1993 (at 1st attempt)
Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D. ‘Congenital Heart Disease In Malta’
University of London - January 1998
Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - M.R.C.P.C.H.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - November 2000
Consultant Paediatrician (Cardiology) and Senior Lecturer, University of Malta.
Paediatric cardiology at the Cardio thoracic Unit,
Formerly Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London.
CURRICULUM VITAE Teddie Attard MLS (University of Malta) MSc BMS (University of Ulster) Thesis “ a comparative study of some novel and established prognostic indicators in breast carcinoma” MSc in Biomedical Sciences with distinction in June 2004. Technologist : Histopathology : Officer in charge of Immunohistochemistry St Luke’s Hospital Malta Setup of skeletal muscle diagnostic service in Malta in collaboration with the Dubovitz Neuromuscular Unit at Hammersmith London and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry. New diagnostic techniques in muscle pathology at Hammersmith hospital London.

Mr Stephen Mattocks MD, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glasg), FEBU, FRCS (UROL)

Mr. Mattocks is a Consultant Urologist in the Maltese NHS and the private sector. His areas of expertise include general urology, stone management as well as renal, bladder, and prostate and testicular tumours. He is a member of the European Board of Urology, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow He received postgraduate training in various teaching hospitals in the UK.

Dr. Adrian Padovani MD, DEAA

Dr Padovani held posts within the NHS and among others; he held the post of appointed consultant Anaesthetist at St. Luke’s Hospital, Malta. His area of specialization is anaesthesia. In 1997 he left the local NHS to work solely in private practice and at St. Philip’s Hospital. He furthered his studies received specialized training in the UK.

Professor Angelo J. Psaila MD, DCH (Lond), FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Glasg)

Prof Psaila is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Malta and a visiting consultant physician at St Philip's Hospital. Prof Psaila is a general physician and his areas of specialization include clinical cardiology and cardiovascular medicine.

Prof Psaila received his postgraduate training in the UK (London, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, York) and later in Sweden (Stockholm and Gothenburg).

Dr. Bernard Coleiro MD, M.R.C.P. (UK)

Special interest in rheumatology. Assessing and managing referrals of patients with a variety of rheumatological conditions ranging from soft tissue rheumatism such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and tenosynovitis to the more serious systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and dermatomyositis.

Previously specialist Registrar at the Department of Rheumatology / Royal Free Hospital in London under the supervision of Prof C. Black.

Honorary Clinical Lecturer University of Malta.

Mr. Mario Said

Mr. Said is a consultant Otolaryngologist with the Malta NHS, a Consultant Otolaryngologist at St Philip’s Hospital and a lecturer in Otolaryngology at the University of Malta Medical School. His areas of specialization include functional Endoscopic sinus surgery, laser and co ablation assisted procedures for sleep disorders including tongue-base techniques, laryngeal framework surgery, Salivary gland surgery and Tympanoplasty, and stapedectomy. He received further training in Germany and Italy.

Dr. Charles Savona Ventura

Dr Savona Ventura is a consultant obstetrician-Gynaecologist and Consultant at the Diabetic Pregnancy Joint Clinic, Department of Health, and Malta. He also holds the post of Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine& Surgery and Institute of Health Care, University of Malta; He is also a Specialist Obstetrician-Gynaecologist in Private Practice. Dr Savona Ventura furthered his studies and received specialized training in the UK, Belgium. Poland and Ireland.

Mr. John Mamo MB ChB, FRCOG (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist)

Medical License: Malta, Europe: Reg. # 1970.
Medical Council of UK 1980 Reg# 2683315
Specialist Certificate in GYNAECOLOGY and OBSTETRICS

Medical Training:
1974-1977 University of Malta, M.D.
1977-1980 Victoria University of Manchester: Degree: MB.ChB
1987-1989 Clinical Tutor: University of Liverpool

Special Interest: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Endoscopy

Professor Albert C Vincenti MD, FRCPath

Prof Vincenti is the Director of Surgical Pathology Services at St Philip's Hospital. Formerly head of University and NHS Pathology Departments at St Luke's Hospital, Malta's General Teaching Hospital.

He held the post of consultant Histopathologist & Cytologist, and later Pathology Services Director, at Winchester & Eastleigh Health Care Trust, UK.

Prof Vincenti trained in Pathology in five centres of excellence in London, between 1971 and 1980.

Dr. Mario Zerafa MD, FRCA, DEAA, DA (UK)

Dr Zerafa holds the post of consultant Anaesthetist at St. Luke's Hospital,
Malta and has particular interest in Paediatric and cardio thoracic
anaesthesia. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and
Intensive Care at the University of Malta. He has previously held the posts
of registrar, senior registrar and specialist registrar in anaesthesia in
various hospitals in Malta and across the UK, including a year at the Great
Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He is also a UKRC certified Paediatric
Advanced Life Support Instructor and Chairperson of the first Malta
Resuscitation Council.

Mr. George Felice MD, FRCS(London)

Qualified In Malta studied in UK, Senior Registrar at St Marks Hospital City Rd, London followed by 5 years of research at the Hunterian Institute Royal College of London leading to a PHD.

1991 appointed as Consultant Surgeon ST Luke’s Hospital – special interest laparoscopic surgery and thyroid surgery.

Dr. Alex Aquilina

Consultant and Chairman in National Blood Transfusion Service in April 2002.
“Responsible Person” National Blood Transfusion Service as from February 2005
Member of the Blood Products Advisory Committee for the Dept of Health since April 1998.

Maltese expert on “The Council of Europe;” Committee of Experts on Blood Transfusion since 1998.
Representative of the Maltese Government on the “Blood Regulatory Committee” European Commission DG Health and Consumer Protection since 2003. National expert on EMEA (European Medicines Agency) on the Blood Products Working Group since 2004.

Lecturer University of Malta in Haematology and Immunology

Dr. James DeGaetano MD, DCP (Lond), FRCPA

September 1987 to February 1988 Histopathology Module at the RMPS Distinction
September 1988 to February 1989 Haematology Module at the RMPS Hammersmith Hospital, London

Elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in September 1996


Consultant Histopathologist at St. Luke’s Hospital
Senior Lecturer in Pathology at The University of Malta


Solitary Fibrous tumour of the nasal cavity: MMJ 1993
Melanoma-like pigmented cutaneous metastasis from breast carcinoma:
Clin. Exp. Dermatology 2004; 29: 144-6
Lupus Vulgaris in a Maltese Patient: MMJ 2004

Dr. Michael Sammut BSc(Hons), PhD (Brist), MRCPath, CSci, CChem, FRSC

1977 PhD Environmental/Analytical Chemistry , Bristol University (UK)
2004 MRCPath ( Toxicology)
By invitation of Council of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK; under ordinance 3( C ) (iii ) of the college statute: 
"for persons who shall have been judged by the council to be pathologists of sufficient standing"


Chief Scientist ( Consultant Toxicologist) i/c Toxicology Unit, Pathology Department, St. Luke’s Hospital. Senior Lecturer (Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology)
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta
Court Expert in Forensic Toxicology


Assessment of Human Exposure to Lead.
Comparison between Belgium, Malta, Mexico and Sweden.
Bruax and Svartengren ( Eds)
WHO 1985
Pethidine blood concentration at time of birth.
Savona Ventura C., Sammut M. and Sammut C.
J. Gynaecology. Obstetric., 1991, 103 – 107
Aspects of analytical chemistry in marine toxicity testing.
Chronic lead exposure and pregnancy.
Savona Ventura C. Sammut M. Ducoffre G. and Clayes F.
International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 1994, 6, 5
Petrol lead in a small island environment
Sammut M. and Savona Ventura C.
International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 1996, 9, 33

Blood Lead levels in pregnant women and neonates
Savona Ventura C, Sammut M., Licari L and Vassallo A.
Maltese Medical Journal 1997, 1, 42
Lead in the Maltese Environment and its significance to man.
Savona Ventura C. and Sammut M.
Journal of Euro med Pharmacy, 1998, 1: 4, 8
Lead shot pellets as soil pollutants in the Maltese Islands.
Sammut M. Savona Ventura C., Taliana M. and Cachia W
Xjenza , 1998, 3:1, 25

Lead and other metals in gestational hypertension
Magri J., Sammut M., Savona Ventura C.,
Int. J. Gynae and Obst., 2004, 83., 29-36

Dr. Christopher Henry Barbara

M.D., M.Sc.(Med. Micro.) (London), D.L.S.H.T.M., F.M.C.Path

May 2002 : Consultant Pathologist, Department of Health
Head, Virology Unit
St. Luke’s Hospital, Malta


Genetic Relatedness and Diversity of Cryptococcus neoformans strains in the Maltese Islands.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol 35, No 3 Pgs 751 - 755, March 1997
(American Society of Microbiology)

Aetiological patterns of vulvovaginal candidiasis in Maltese patients.
Debattista N.;Barbara C.;Cuschieri P.; Todaro Luck F.
“Trends in Pathology in Malta”, Page 4, 1996

Yeast Infections and Antifungal Susceptibility Patterns in Malta.
Vella, L.;Barbara C; Cuschieri P; Todaro Luck F.
In “Trends in Pathology in Malta, p.5,1996.

Rotavirus gastroenteritis in children: Antigen detection using enzyme immunoassay techniques.
Barbara C.; Portelli A.
In “Trends in Pathology in Malta , p. 10, 1996.

Molecular ecology of Cryptococcus neoformans Strains in the Maltese Islands.
Todaro Luck F.; Barbara C.; Criseo G.; Gallo M.; Lo Passo C.;
In “Trends in Pathology in Malta, p39, 1996.

Sentinel Surveillance for Influenza like Illnesses in the Maltese Islands.
Falzon D.; Barbara C,; Muscat M.; Soler J K
It- Tabib tal- Familja , July 2000

“Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections in the Maltese Islands.”
Portelli A.;Barbara C.
Maltese Medical Journal, 2000;12(1,2):40

“Diagnosis of leishmaniasis in Maltese dogs with the aid of the polymerase chain reaction”
Headington C.E., Barbara C.H., Lambson B.E., Hart D.T., Barker D.C.
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (2002) 96, supplement S1/195-S1/197.

“West Nile Virus and Arboviruses”, Micallef C. , Barbara C , The Synapse June 2004

“Drug Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (DRSP) in the Maltese Islands.” Christianne Micallef, Christopher Barbara, Paul Cuschieri, Robert Cassar. Malta Medical Journal, Vol 16 Issue 02 July 2004

“Isolation of drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in the Maltese Islands” , Micallef C., Barbara C., Cuschieri P., Cassar R.,

Mrs. Rosalie Frendo (Radiographer)

Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography St. Luke's Hospital GuardaMangia, Malta 1979 - 1982.

Radiographer St Luke's Hospital, GuardaMangia Malta: 1982 -1986.
Radiographer St. Luke's Hospital: 1994 - 1997.
Radiographer St. Philips Hospital: 1998 -

Married to Dr. Stefan L. Frendo (advocate). Two children: Chiara (age16) & Francesco (age 14).

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