About Dr Garth McLeod

Dr Garth McLeod BSc, BHB, MBChB, FRACS is a General and Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgeon who lives and operates on the Sunshine Coast. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in general surgery, with subspecialty training in obesity and metabolic surgery. Dr McLeod is a current member of ANZMOSS, the subspecialty surgical society for weight loss surgeons.

His main consulting rooms are located in Tewantin. This clinic is a short drive from Noosa Private Hospital in Noosaville, where he operates for both general and bariatric surgery. He also operates at Buderim Private Hospital and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. In addition, he offers consulting clinics in Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, and Mt Isa.


Dr McLeod’s surgical exposure was broad from the outset. After he graduated from Auckland University School of Medicine in 1998, he spent over ten years working in Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Six years were in General Surgery and Urology, and five years in Emergency Departments. This exposure was predominantly rural hospitals in both New Zealand and Australia. He began his advanced surgical training in 2010 and completed it four years later. In 2014 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the specialty of General Surgery.

Prior to his appointment at Noosa Private Hospital, Dr McLeod completed a 12-month Fellowship in Bariatrics with Dr George Hopkins in Brisbane. The fellowship involved a high volume caseload, with more than 500 bariatric procedures annually. The Practice was based at both Holy Spirit Northside, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospitals. The caseload was incredibly varied, including primary, revisional and complex cases – with patients from intrastate and interstate.

Approach to bariatric care

As a surgeon and specialist in obesity and metabolic disease, Dr McLeod’s approach is very much centred around the whole patient. He believes that successful weight loss surgery requires a lifelong dedication to health and wellbeing. Good outcomes are enhanced by a commitment to lifestyle changes and supported by consistent follow-up. This is why he offers a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team. He is focused on helping to cement the lifestyle changes patients require to have every chance of long term success. To capitalise on the early additional metabolic effects of surgery, and utilise them to build life-long positive habits. In order to do this, he has assembled a team of experts in the fields of dietetics, psychology and exercise physiology as well a number of bariatric physicians. Together, they commit to your post-surgery care and long term wellbeing long after the procedure.

Our Team

Dr Garth McLeod’s consulting clinics comprise a number of Bariatric Physicians, Allied Health Team, Practice Manager and Administration Staff, who are all dedicated to your long term health and wellbeing.

Dr Melanie Farr

Dr Melanie Farr

Bariatric Physician

Michelle Underwood

Michelle Underwood

Practice Manager

When it comes to follow-up care, we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Follow-up is important to your long term success. That’s why Dr McLeod and his team are available at a range of consulting locations:

  • Tewantin
  • Maroochydore
  • Gympie
  • Hervey Bay
  • Mt Isa

Wherever you join us for consults, your surgery will be at one of three hospitals on the Sunshine Coast:

  • Noosa Private Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
  • Buderim Private Hospital

The hospitals he operates in offer a high-volume bariatric service and are all accredited Level 6 surgical facilities. This means that the staff are prepared for complex surgeries such as weight loss surgery. Dr McLeod’s team at each hospital includes experienced anesthetists, specialist physicians, dietitians and nursing staff. To further optimise patient success, Dr McLeod always operates with another qualified bariatric surgeon assisting him for weight loss procedures. For Dr McLeod and his surgical team, living on the Sunshine Coast means they can provide 24/7 emergency care after surgery as well.

Dr Garth McLeod is part of Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast

Dr Garth McLeod established Weight Loss Solutions Sunshine Coast, with bariatric colleague Dr James Askew in 2015. Dr Benedict Macakay joined the group in 2019 to create the only 3-surgeon practice in Queensland. This group of surgeons has committed to assist each other in surgery, so you get the benefit of two highly qualified experienced surgeons at each bariatric procedure. In addition, they share the team philosophy of modern, comprehensive care for long term bariatric success. They also share a passion for continued education and professional development and a commitment to educating the public and our medical community about metabolic disease.

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