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Our Doctors

Doctor George SomersDr George Somers (MBBS, BMedSci, DRANZCOG, GradDipClinEpid, GCHPE, PhD, MRACGP (life) FAAETS, FACRRM)

George was born in Holland, and brought up in Monbulk and Tecoma. His choice to study medicine was mentored and supported by Dr Elef Jorgensen, the original doctor of Belgrave. George graduated in Medicine in 1976. He trained at the Royal Hobart hospital for a couple of years and studied Obstetrics at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, UK.

When Dr Spud Murphy, the original doctor in ‘the Hills beyond Belgrave’ died in 1981, his widow Margaret asked George to continue the practice. He accepted the challenge and has managed it ever since.  He has always had a very strong interest in disaster medicine and community resilience. This originated during the Ash Wednesday bushfires, when he was a GP in Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook.

He set up the Clinical Skills program at the Gippsland Medical School in Churchill (Monash University School of Rural Health) in 2008, where he was appointed an Associate Professor at Monash University.

He now works part time at Emerald Medical Centre, but continues to manage the centre from the sidelines with the able support of a very competent and capable medical, nursing and administrative team.

Doctor Ruth Johnston

Dr Ruth Johnston (MBBS)

Ruth graduated from Monash University in 1980. She joined EMC in 1989. She has lived and worked in the hills for the last 30 years. She enjoys all facets of General Practice, with special interests including women’s health, maternal and child health, and chronic disease management. Regrettably Dr Johnston is unable to take on new patients.

Doctor Roger Steer

Dr Roger Steer (MBBS, BMed Sci, Dip RACOG)

Roger graduated from Monash University in 1974. After working at the Queen Victoria, Prince Henry’s & Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne it was off to Crown Street Women’s Hospital in Sydney followed by a stint in the UK where he completed his Senior House Officer post and sat for the DRCOG. Roger then continued his travels to Tanzania where he worked at a small hospital in Berega. He later moved to Northern Victoria where he spent 17 years practicing obstetrics.

Roger now lives with his wife in Emerald and close enough to stroll into town for a latte on the weekend. He enjoys being part of the small supportive community. Roger has broad general health experience, and prefers a collaborative approach to improving his patients’ health. The health field is constantly changing, and as the Monash motto says, “I am still learning”. Roger joined the team at EMC in 1999.

As Dr Steer is now spending more time in his garden enjoying semi-retirement, his hours at EMC have reduced.

Doctor Collin WongDr Collin Wong (BSc (hons), MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, FRACGP)

Collin was trained in the UK and spent 5 years working in rural Victoria before joining EMC. He is a very experienced general practitioner.

Doctor Chris MaddenDr Chris Madden (MBBS, MRCGP (UK), FRACGP, BSc Hons, DFSRH, DRCOG)

Chris graduated from St George’s University of London in 2003, working as a junior doctor then training as a GP in and around London. He attained the royal college membership in 2008. He and his family moved to Australia and joined the team at EMC in 2011.

Chris has a passion for general family medicine and medical education. He is an associate of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, teaching clinical year medical students; he often has medical students shadowing him on Thursdays. Chris is also a registered GP Supervisor with EVGP, training GP registrars on their 6 month placements here at EMC. He is also the Educational Lead at EMC, coordinating the continued professional development program & meetings for the clinical staff here. For more information on medical education at EMC click here.

Outside work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, cooking, running and cycling. He is a passionate supporter of Leicester City FC.

Doctor Vassili LapchineDr Vassili Lapchine (PhD Traumatology & Orthopaedics, MD, FRACGP)

Vassili Trained in Moscow in General Practice and Orthopaedics and graduated in 1984. He commenced consulting at EMC in 1999.

Doctor Nazmul HoqueDr Nazmul Hoque (MBBS, MFamMed, FRACGP)

Nazmul has been consulting at EMC since 2004 after working in Tasmania for 3 years and having previously worked in South Africa, where he served as Principal Medical Officer at a general hospital. He enjoys family medicine & comprehensive patient care.


Dr Simone Weragoda

Simone is our current GP registrar who will be with us until August 2018. Simone originally trained as a physiotherapist before deciding on a career in medicine. Upon finishing medical school in 2012, she worked at The Royal Melbourne Hospital gaining experience in a wide range of medical specialties. Simone is interested in all aspects of general practice, particularly sports medicine, chronic disease management and preventative health.