Our Specialists - Kew Endoscopy



Our Directors of Nursing & Executive Director of Nursing

Helen Fowler - Director of Nursing



Helen Fowler qualified as a registered nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and later went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University. Helen spent several years working in different hospitals in both surgical wards and emergency departments.


She enjoyed working at Maroondah Hospital as an ANUM in a busy surgical ward. After a break for children and study Helen returned to agency work. Areas worked in included both hospital ward work and emergency departments.


In 2002 Helen began working at Eastside Endoscopy and in 2003 became the Director of Nursing. To facilitate her knowledge in Endoscopy Helen joined the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA) and has since joined the GENCA Victorian/ Tasmanian Committee. Her current position is the Victorian/Tasmania Regional Manager for GENCA. This educational organisation helps Gastroenterological nurses keep up to date with best practice in this specialty.


Outside of work Helen enjoys time with her children, gardening, walking her dogs and very occasionally going to the gym.

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Dr Ross Balson

Dr Ross Balson specialises in:


  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Barrett's Syndrome/Reflux
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Cancer (Oesophagus Stomach Pancreas Bowel)


Dr Balson is member of the following professional bodies and recommends these as useful resources:


www.gesa.org.au (Gastroenterological Society of Australia)

www.gastro.org (American Gastroenterological Association)

www.asge.org (American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)

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Dr Benjamin Katz



Dr Ben Katz is Director of Kew Endoscopy since its inception in 2003. Dr Katz graduated from medicine in 1981 and completed his fellowship specialising in Gastroenterology in 1991 through Prince Henry’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.


His practice includes management of digestive diseases including Gastro-Oesophageal reflux, peptic ulcer disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Cancer screening and Hepato-biliary disease. He is fully certified for endscopic procedures including Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and Capsule Endoscopy of the Small intestine.


Dr Katz has appointments at Monash Medical Centre, Cabrini Hospital and Epworth Hospital. He is a member of RACP and GESA and regularly attends local and international conferences.



Mr Erik Koppert



Mr Koppert obtained his Medical Degree in 1988 from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.  He subsequently received extensive surgical training in Europe, Canada, and the USA.  After settling in Australia in 2000, Mr Koppert served as a Director of Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Supervisor of Surgical Training.  Presently Mr Koppert practices as a full-time private surgeon at leading Melbourne facilities.

With a surgical and endoscopy career spanning more than 25 years, and having worked in various international healthcare systems, Mr Koppert offers a wealth of knowledge and experience and a practice with a unique philosophy to make his patient’s journeys as expedient and as low-cost as possible. Mr Koppert is committed to providing an exceptional level of safety and quality care to all of his patients.


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  Dr Sally James











Dr Sally James is a dedicated, approachable female gastroenterologist with over a decade of extensive experience in all areas of complex gastroenterology. 


She trained at St Vincent’s and Concord Hospital Sydney and was awarded her doctoral thesis entitled “Dietary Fibre and FODMAPs in Inflammatory Bowel Disease” in 2010.


Dr James is heavily involved in research and education. She has publications in prestigious local and international journals (namely Internal Medicine Journal and Gut), tutors undergraduates and Advanced Trainees and is a regular supervisor for Endoscopic Training for physicians, surgeons and nurse endoscopists.


Dr James has a special interest in: Inflammatory bowel disease Functional gut disorders Coeliac disease and Bowel cancer screening.

Dr James supports the following professional bodies: GESA, AMA, FRACP, IBD Australia, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Dr James has appointments at: Eastern Health, Epworth Richmond and Epworth Eastern

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