F.R.C.S,F.R.C.S (Ed), F.R.A.C.S
Allan Kalus was born in Melbourne, Australia and educated at Melbourne High School and The University of Melbourne. His postgraduate education was at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit, The Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, The Queen Victoria Hospital, and tThe McIndoe Burns Unit, East Grinstead, The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. His surgical education resulted in his qualification as a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).
Throughout his career, Mr Kalus’ focus has been on the welfare of his patients and the minimisation the stress and complications of surgery. His ability to question conventional surgical beliefs and to develop innovative solutions to improve patient outcomes has been at the centre of his career.
For example, in 1991, Mr Kalus was one of the pioneers of Day Surgery in Australia. He established Avenue Day Surgery (now Windsor Private Hospital) as a Day Surgery Centre and developed techniques for performing major surgery such as breast reduction surgery, abdominoplasty and facelift surgery as a Day Case. This was done in close collaboration with his anaesthetists and was considered revolutionary at a time when most patients spent several days in hospital. The advantages of Day Surgery in terms of rapid patient recovery and increased patient wellbeing with fewer complications are now well recognised.
Mr Kalus’ primary concern has always been to minimise the risk to the surgical patient. For this reason, in 1990 he abandoned the use of silicone-gel breast implants in favour of smooth-walled saline implants placed under the muscle. He recognised that placing the implant under the muscle made the implant far less detectable and therefore usually indistinguishable from a silicone-gel implant. His concerns about silicone gel implants were confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer in 2015 when he stated that “All silicone-gel implants are considered high risk medical devices”. Many silicone-gel implants have now been withdrawn from the market with the recognition that they can cause serious disease.
In 2013 Mr Kalus introduced Fat Transfer to the Breast as an alternative method of breast augmentation. He has now developed this procedure into a reliable technique which is particularly useful as an aid to reconstructing the breasts in women requiring removal of their old silicone-gel implants.
In the field of facial rejuvenation and facelift surgery, Mr Kalus has long advocated a minimally invasive approach to tighten both the skin and muscle and also pioneered the use of fat transfer to rejuvenate the lips and cheeks. His techniques have been designed to avoid complications such as nerve damage while producing a superior aesthetic result.
In the field of rhinoplasty surgery, Mr Kalus has been an advocate of the “closed” approach as a means of achieving superior results with minimal scarring. His innovations have also included avoiding the use of nasal packs following rhinoplasty, minimal bruising following rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty as Day Surgery.
Mr Kalus is married with 3 daughters and a 16 month old grandson. His wife, Susan, was born in London and studied History at Bedford College, University of London. Their eldest daughter, Sarah, is a Consultant Radiologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is married to Mr. Iwan Bennett who is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Their middle daughter, Michelle (also recently married), has a Masters of Teaching and is a Primary School Teacher. Together with her best friend from school, Ali Berg, she started Books On The Rail in Melbourne and this led to their first novel being published – “The Book Ninja”. This has proved to be an international best seller. It has been translated into several languages and the film rights have recently been sold. Their second book “While You Were Reading” has recently been published. Their youngest daughter, Alicia, is a Senior Economist at the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria.
Apart from Surgery, Mr Kalus has pursued many interests. He is an accomplished jazz pianist whose teacher and mentor was the late Dr. Allan Zavod. He has trained as a pilot and has held a multi- engine instrument rating with over 1000 hours flight time. He enjoys swimming, walking and tennis and is an avid reader currently reading books on early Australian maritime explorers and Military History.