A/Professor Jim Tsaltas

National Director

Jim Tsaltas graduated from Melbourne University in 1985. He completed his two year residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and then decided to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Women’s Hospital. In 1992 he moved to the United Kingdom for further postgraduate training, At this time he decided to specialise in endoscopic surgery and in particular the management of endometriosis. On his return to Australia he did two years of advanced training in endoscopic surgery at Monash Medical Centre.

During his fellowship he developed a close working relationship with Professor Carl Wood and Professor Peter Maher. He has an active role in the management of infertility through his association with Melbourne IVF. He is a clinical director and senior infertility specialist at Melbourne IVF. Being an Infertility specialist which compliments the way he approaches endometriosis management. This allows Jim to follow his patients and if they do not fall pregnant spontaneously treat them himself if they require IVF rather than referring to another practitioner. He is currently one of the directors of Melbourne IVF.

Jim believes that "endometriosis has always been a disease which is extremely difficult to manage. However, now with modern endoscopic surgical techniques and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment new hope is available to women. One of the cornerstones of management is the empowerment of women so that they can be actively involved in the decision making process when treating their endometriosis."

Jim is currently the head of the unit of the Monash Health and Monash University Endometriosis and Gynaecological Endosurgical Units and performs complex laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis and other gynaecological conditions. He is past president of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and surgery Society. He has published over 50 articles and authored a number of book chapters and regularly speaks at national and  international meetings. He is currently involved in teaching endoscopic surgery to gynaecologists from around Australia through the Monash University preceptorship program and is performing research into the causes of endometriosis. He is the director of the subspeciality programme in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery at Monash Health. This is a two year programme and candidates both from Australia and overseas spend up to two years training in gynaecological endoscopy. This training programme (2 positions out of only 20 in Australia and New Zealand) is responsible in training the next generation of endometriosis subspecialty surgeons.  He is a board member of the International society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. With Luk Rombauts he was the co-programme chair for the World Endometriosis Congress in Melbourne in 2008. He has convened many national and international meetings on endometriosis and gynaecological laparoscopic surgery.

Jim is married and when not spending time with his wife and daughter, tries to keep up with his jogging, yoga, gym training as well as his other interests being the theatre, classical history  and the cinema.