Dr Lay Theng Gan
MBBS (Hons) FRACP PhD
Dr Lay Gan is a clinical gastroenterologist who practices in general gastroenterology and hepatology. She has a keen interest in all forms of liver disease, having completed her training in the major liver unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Alongside her specialised training in hepatology, Lay is also experienced in management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and other areas of general gastroenterology. Lay provides high quality gastroscopy, colonoscopy, as well as small bowel capsule study via Hunter Gastroenterology.
John Hunter Hospital – Staff Specialist
Lingard Private Hospital – Visiting Medical Officer
Hunter Valley Private Hospital – Visiting Medical Officer
Newcastle Endoscopy Centre – Visiting Medical Officer
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP); Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Postgraduate PhD, ANU
Bachelor of Medicine, University of Tasmania
Lay went to medical school at The University of Tasmania in Hobart. After obtaining her medical degree, she worked at Launceston General Hospital from internship and started basic physician training there. She first came to Newcastle in 2006, where she completed her basic training, then progressed to gastroenterology training at John Hunter Hospital before finishing her fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Due to her interest in research, Lay went to the Australian National University in Canberra where she earned a PhD on her thesis in Mechanistic Studies of Cholesterol Lipotoxicity pertinent to NASH. While in Canberra and in between experiments, Lay worked as a visiting medical officer as General Physician and Gastroenterologist at Calvary Hospital there. She also flew every second weekend to Western Australia, where she performed high volume endoscopy procedures in a private endoscopy centre. Her brother lives there, giving Lay a good excuse to visit the city. After her stint in Canberra, Lay returned to Newcastle the second time to settle in 2013. She carries this enthusiasm for research into her clinical practice. Lay is principal investigator for several clinical trials in metabolic fatty liver and inflammatory bowel diseases. Lay plays a strong role in training our future doctors through her current appointment as Staff Specialist at John Hospital. She takes pride in her holistic patient-centred care, ensuring patients are actively involved in their care and decision processes.
Lay is supported by her husband, who plays a big role within her sphere professionally and personally. When Lay is not busy at work, she enjoys cooking all kinds of cuisines, especially those from her home country in Malaysia and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.