Dr Sammel is a consultant rheumatologist and vasculitis specialist. He sees patients with all forms of rheumatic, connective tissue and musculoskeletal diseases and has subspecialist expertise in vasculitis. Vasculitis refers to a family of conditions where the immune system attacks blood vessels and includes conditions such as giant cell arteritis, Takayasu arteritis, ANCA associated vasculitis, cryoglobulinaemia, IgG4 and Behcet disease.
Dr Sammel has public hospital appointments at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals. At these sites he leads the rheumatology vasculitis service and coordinates clinical trials. He admits and consults on patients with general rheumatological conditions including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE (lupus), osteoarthritis, myositis and bursitis. He also provides rheumatology support for the uveitis, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension teams
He completed rheumatology training at the Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospitals before undertaking a vascular medicine fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. Subsequently he undertook a clinical observership with the rheumatology vasculitis service at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA.
In addition to clinical work, Dr Sammel is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and has published extensively on giant cell arteritis, a condition which was the focus of his PhD . He has spoken on this topic at national and international conferences.
Dr Ted Tsai MB BS/BSci/BA, FRACP, GCertEduRheumatologist
Dr Ted Tsai is a rheumatologist joining our clinical team at Randwick Specialist Centre from March 2017. He graduated with a combined MB BS/B Sci(Med) and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) degree from the University of NSW in 2006 with Class I Honours.
He completed his rheumatology training in Prince of Wales, Liverpool, and Canberra hospitals. He works in private practices in Wollongong and Canberra, and is a part-time staff specialist at Canberra hospital.
He was a conjoint associate lecturer at the UNSW medical school, and a clinical tutor at Notre Dame university. Ted has special interests in clinical research, medical education, and patient education. He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).
Dr Alexandra Capon prides herself on being a compassionate communicator. She believes in the importance of managing the person as a whole, not just the condition. Dedicated to helping people with a wide range of rheumatic conditions, she has a particular interest in inflammatory arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Gout).
Having always been physically active, Dr Capon has a keen interest in sports medicine and has co-authored a number of book chapters relating to Masters athletes.
Dr Capon graduated from University of New South Wales with Honours in 2007. She trained at John Hunter, Royal Prince Alfred and Royal North Shore Hospitals attaining her Rheumatology Fellowship in 2015. She enjoys teaching junior doctors and regularly provides lectures in Rheumatology to prepare them for their specialist exams.