A/Prof Ryan trained in Gastroenterology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, before completing an MD investigating relationships between the Metabolic Syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at the University of Melbourne.
She then spent 2.5 years at Stanford University in California, working in the laboratory of Professor Gerald Reaven and undertaking clinical research into insulin resistance and hepatic metabolism.
Since being back in Melbourne, A/Prof Ryan has taken up a role as gastroenterologist at St Vincent’s public and private hospitals. She is the clinical lead for the hepatocellular cancer service, and also leads the parenteral nutrition service. She also started the Weight Management Clinic which is a multidisciplinary clinic for the management of obesity. She performs weekly endoscopy lists doing gastroscopy and colonoscopy.
Her research interests include glucose and lipid metabolism in the liver, and the dietary management of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.