Southside Paediatrics is focused on providing specialised high quality, compassionate medical care to babies, children and teenagers and their families in a child friendly practice.


Dr Eric Coudounaris
Dr Eric Coudounaris
Consultant Paediatrician / MBBS (Syd) FRACP

Dr Coudounaris is a Consultant Paediatrician with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of neonatal and paediatric care. After completing his specialty training in paediatrics in 1990 at Sydney Children’s Hospital he worked at Sutherland Hospital and then founded Southside Paediatrics in Kareena Road, Miranda.

Eric covers all aspects of neonatal and paediatric care with special interest in neonates, unsettled infants, GORD, asthma and ADHD. He treats sick infants and children at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Sutherland Hospital participating in the on call roster. He also attends other hospitals including Kareena Private Hospital, St George Private and Hurstville Private where he cares for newborns. He is actively involved in the education of medical and nursing staff in all hospitals including medical students who also attend his rooms to learn about paediatrics.

Eric is married and has three adult children all lingering at home! He speaks Greek and is an avid golfer, he has always been community minded and supports charities such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Bear Cottage and has been active in raising funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital through the St Spyridon Golf Day.

Dr Anthony Epstein
Dr Anthony Epstein
Consultant Paediatrician / MBBS Hons (Syd) Dip.Paed. FRACP

Dr Epstein is a consultant paediatrician with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of neonatal and paediatric care. After graduating from the University of Sydney with first class honours, Anthony completed his training in paediatrics at Sydney Children’s Hospital. This included time spent in Canberra and Great Ormond Street hospital for sick children in London, UK.

Anthony covers all aspects of neonatal and children’s care with a special interest in the unsettled baby as well as paediatric neurology and urinary/kidney issues.

He is actively involved in education and teaching of nursing and medical staff both in hospitals and in the community.

Anthony attends several hospitals including:

  • Sydney Children’s hospital Randwick for general paediatrics,
  • St George Public hospital for general paediatrics,
  • St George Private hospital for newborns, and
  • Hurstville Private hospital for newborns.

He is also a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Tresillian Family Cottages where he has worked for over 20 years with families with babies who are unsettled and have sleeping issues.

Dr Epstein also has private consulting rooms in Miranda. For all Miranda enquiries and appointments please call 02 9540 5344.

He also has rooms in Randwick. For all Randwick enquiries and appointments please call 02 9326 4333.

Anthony is married and has two daughters.

He supports various charities including the Cancer council, Surf Lifesaving Foundation and Neuroscience Research Australia.

Dr Paul Joshua
Dr Paul Joshua
Developmental and General Paediatrician / BSc(Med) MBBS FRACP MPH

Dr Paul Joshua is a Developmental and General Paediatrician with a special interest in ADHD and behavioural disorders in school age children. He is a Visiting Medical Officer and cares for newborns at St George Private Hospital, Hurstville Private Hospital, Kareena Private Hospital, and Prince of Wales Private Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and members of the RACP Chapter of Community Child Health and the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia. He also consults at Developmental Paediatrics in Bondi Junction, via telehealth for rural patients through Anywhere Healthcare, and is the founder of a clinic at Liverpool Hospital for children in South West Sydney with learning, behavioural and developmental challenges.

Dr Joshua worked for 10 years at Sydney Children’s Hospital in developmental medicine, refugee health, child protection and general paediatrics. Dr Joshua has been on the Sydney Children’s Hospital Clinical Council and Health Promotion Committee, and has been on the Paediatrics Division Council for the RACP. He has a Masters of Public Health from the University of New South Wales and has published research on prioritisation of health needs in vulnerable child populations, infectious diseases in newly arrived refugees, and the prognosis of developmental delay in children.

Dr Usha Krishnan
Dr Usha Krishnan
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr Krishnan is a paediatric gastroenterologist with over 20 years of experience in the management of children with gastrointestinal diseases. She completed her paediatric training and dedicated fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology.

She is a senior staff specialist in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Director of Motility Services at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. At the Sydney Children’s Hospital, she looks after infants and children with complex gastrointestinal, nutritional, liver and pancreatic diseases. She has extensive clinical and research experience in motility disorders of the gut, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, coeliac disease, functional gastrointestinal disorders, paediatric inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and gut microbiome.

Dr Krishnan is a world expert on the management of children with Oesophageal Atresia-Tracheoesophageal Fistula (OA-TOF). She is also the Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Multidisciplinary OA-TOF Clinic which was established in 2011. She is the only representative from the Asia Pacific on the Steering Committee of the International Network on Oesophageal Atresia (INoEA) and was the chair of the organising committee for the Fourth International Conference on Oesophageal Atresia which was held in Sydney in September 2016.

Dr Krishnan is also a conjoint senior lecturer at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at University of New South Wales. She has published more than 50 peer reviewed publications.

Dr Guy Henry
Dr Guy Henry
Specialist Paediatric Surgeon

Dr Guy Henry is a specialist paediatric surgeon who has been practising in southern Sydney for over 20 years. He is based at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, and also consults and operates in the Sutherland Shire. His interests include general paediatric surgery (including circumcision), hypospadias, minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery), gastroesophageal reflux surgery, and foetal malformations.

Dr Ganesh Gnanappa
Dr Ganesh Gnanappa
Paediatric Cardiologist

Ganesh Gnanappa is a paediatric cardiologist with more than 15 years of experience. He is a staff specialist in paediatric cardiology and works for Sydney Children Hospital Network (Sydney Children Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead). He has worked in various countries, and he is equipped with a strong clinical acumen. He has advanced imaging skills in echocardiography, foetal echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography, and cardiac MRI.

Dr Claire Smyth
Dr Claire Smyth
Consultant Paediatrician / MB, BCh, BAO, LRCPI, LRCSI(Hons)

Dr Smyth is a General Paediatrician and is currently completing further advanced training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Following her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she returned home to Australia to complete postgraduate training through the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. She continues to work at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Sutherland Hospital.

Dr Smyth is interested in a broad range of general paediatric issues including neonatal wellness, feeding issues, growth problems, common childhood illnesses, food intolerance or allergy, tic disorders, behavioural difficulties, ADHD, constipation and enuresis (bedwetting). She is passionate about empowering children and their families through shared knowledge.

Through her subspecialty emergency training, Dr Smyth has had broad experience with acute clinical problems that are often complex and undifferentiated. She strives to collaborate with patients to achieve excellent health outcomes in line with the best current evidence available.

Dr Linda Tong Pao
Dr Linda Tong Pao
Developmental and General Paediatrician / BSc, BSc(Hons), MBBS, DCH, FRACP

Dr Linda Tong Pao is a Developmental and Behavioural and General Paediatrician who completed her training through the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the RACP Chapter of Community Child Health, the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia and the Australian ADHD Professional’s Association.

Dr Tong Pao has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit, Hyperactive Disorder, developmental and learning difficulties. However, she enjoys working with children across all age groups and has trained in areas including neonatal medicine, general paediatrics, child protection, weight management and adolescent medicine.

Dr Yulia Stekhova
Dr Yulia Stekhova
Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Yulia Stekhova is a paediatrician and neonatologist who completed her initial paediatric training in Russia. She worked in NICU in perinatal centre in Russian Far East region for 8 years and then moved to Australia with her family.

She has subsequently completed Paediatric and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine training through the Children’s Hospital Network with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr Stekhova is working part time in the busy neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital. This work includes looking after critically sick newborn infants in the NICU and special care nursery and also growth and development follow up after discharge.

Yulia is a paediatric VMO in several hospitals: Hurstville and St George Private, Bowral and Dubbo Base Hospital.

She has a special interest in health issues during infancy, looking after NICU graduates and ex-preterm babies.

Yulia speaks Russian and English.

Claire Davidson
Claire Davidson
Accredited Practising Dietitian

B Science (Nutrition) Honours

Claire has been a dietitian since 2007, working for 16 years at Westmead Adults Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, before starting her own private practice in 2023. Whilst at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Claire worked in a number of clinical areas including the Feeding and Nutrition Support Service, supporting children and families with a wide range of clinical and feeding conditions, many of whom required feeding tubes to meet their nutrition requirements. She also was a member of the multidisciplinary feeding clinic, working alongside a Paediatrician and Paediatric Speech Pathologist, providing support to children and families with feeding difficulties and tube feeds.

Claire is passionate about working with children and families who experience a wide range of different nutrition concerns. She enjoys being able to support her clients through adjusting their nutrition to their individual needs, whilst also encouraging an enjoyment of and love for food, and supporting families to create positive mealtimes.

Claire supports children and families with:
• Infant feeding and breastfeeding support
• Introducing solids
• Fussy eating and mealtime difficulties
• Faltering or poor growth
• Food allergies/intolerances e.g. CMPI/CMPA, FPIES, EoE
• Nutrient deficiencies e.g. iron, calcium
• Constipation
• NDIS Disability including tube feeding
• Transition from hospital admission to home

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