Dr James Edward Schlimmer (Jim) has been an anaesthetist in Australia and overseas for more than 20 years. He has specialized knowledge of the unique challenges of bariatric anaesthetics, having performed anaesthetics for over 3400 weight loss procedures.
Dr Schlimmer graduated from the University of Witwatersand (MB ChB), South Africa in 1983. He trained and worked in some of the busiest and renowned hospitals, including Baragwanath, the Johannesburg General Hospital and the Pretoria Academic Hospital Complex.
He qualified as an anaesthetist through the University of Pretoria in 1993.
After a distinguished career as a doctor in the South African Army, he was recruited by the Australian Defence Force and he migrated to Australia in 1998. While serving in the Australian Army, Dr Schlimmer obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2003. He undertook numerous overseas deployments and has been awarded the Australian Service Medal and the Active Australia Service Medal.
Dr Schlimmer has been in private practice on the Gold Coast since 2003 with a special interest in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. Jim is married to Nicole Ransley, the ballet dancer, and has six lovely children.
Dr Nova Jordaan runs Jordaan Surgical and the Surgical Weight Loss Centre with her husband, Dr Jacobus Jordaan, on the principle of providing the highest level of patient care.
She was raised on the Gold Coast and completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, while working as a researcher at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
She relocated to Sydney to study medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2006. Dr Jordaan trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and then returned to the Gold Coast, starting a family. Nova and Jacobus are raising three lovely daughters together.
Lisa Cotton is a registered nurse. She graduated from Griffith University, Gold Coast, with honours in 1999.
Lisa has years of experience in weight loss surgery, patient support, education, diabetes, surgical care and chronic disease management. She works with each patient and their family from their initial visit to ensure that they reach their goals and maintain their results.
Lisa is passionate about her role in helping patients be the best version of themselves in every possible way.
Casey is a trained nurse who provides specialised bariatric clinical and interpersonal support both before and after surgery. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Science (Psychology).
Casey has worked as nurse at the Gold Coast Hospital since 2007. She has extensive experience in surgical and specialist outpatient nursing, including advanced wound care, physical assessments and clinic coordination. Casey further specialised in acute mental health, integrating her medical and psychological knowledge to support patients with complex physical and psychosocial needs.
Her diverse professional background has fostered a holistic approach to patient care, which values the interconnected relationship between the body and mind.