Medical Advisory Committee – Australia

ahora si jijiProfessor Jonathan Kalman 

Professor Jonathan Kalman is a clinician-scientist who leads both clinical and research groups in the Department of Cardiac Arrhythmias at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne.

Professor Kalman has a national and international reputation as a leader in the field of atrial arrhythmias and has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, more than 30 book chapters and delivered over 200 invited lectures at national and international meetings.

In June 2015, Professor Kalman was the Paul Wood invited lecturer of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Professor Kalman is the current Scientific Chair of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and of the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society. He was the Scientific Co-chair of the 2014 World Congress of Cardiology. Professor Kalman serves on the editorial board of 9 international cardiology journals and is the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Arrhythmias.

Professor Kalman has received the Simon Dack Award of the American College of Cardiology 2014 for outstanding scholarship, and both the Eric Susman prize (2006) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the R.T. Hall prize (2003) of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in recognition of sustained and outstanding research achievement.


Prash SandersProfessor Prash Sanders 
Professor Prash Sanders is a clinical and academic electrophysiologist. He undertook his Cardiology training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, electrophysiology and doctoral training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before taking up a postdoctoral training in Bordeaux, France.

Professor Sanders was appointed to the Knapman-National Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiology Research at the University of Adelaide and as Clinical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2005. He has since established an internationally recognised electrophysiology laboratory and research group which is at the forefront of strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Professor Sanders is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and has published >300 peer-reviewed publications. He has received a variety of accolades including being named the 2010 Australian Medical Researcher of the year under the age of 40, receiving a NHMRC Achievement award for the highest ranked Practitioner Award in 2013, and most recently the RT Hall Prize from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2015.


Dr David O'DonnellDr David O’Donnell

Dr David O’Donnell is an Interventional Electrophysiologist, working at Warringal Hospital, as part of the Genesis Care Cardiology Network and as the Director of Electrophysiology at the Austin Hospital.

Having studied at Melbourne University and the Austin Hospital, his advanced training was in Europe, at the time when the applications of interventional electrophysiology were beginning to emerge and develop. This led to an ongoing clinical focus on ablation for atrial fibrillation and the device management of heart failure.

David also has a specific interest in the management of arrhythmias in athletes and currently works with a number of sporting bodies and elite athletes.Whilst his focus is clinical electrophysiology, he also has a strong commitment to ongoing education, in particular hosting regular training symposia in advanced device implantation techniques for national and international electrophysiology colleagues.


Professor Rukshen WeerasooriyaProfessor Rukshen Weerasooriya

Professor Rukshen Weerasooriya is a cardiac electrophysiologist based in Perth. After graduating from UWA in 1994, Rukshen trained in all aspects of cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital before undertaking sub-speciality training in cardiac electrophysiology with the pioneering group at Hopital Cardiologique du Haut Leveque in Bordeaux, France. Rukshen is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UWA and is secretary of the Heart Rhythm Council of CSANZ and chairman of the CSANZ (WA). He is active in clinical electrophysiology and research, having co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Karen Phillips

Dr Karen Phillips is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist in fulltime private practice with HeartCare Partners a GenesisCare Health Care Group in Brisbane. She is a Clinician and Researcher. She heads the Atrial Fibrillation Centre of Excellence based at Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane – the largest private hospital in Australia.

She underwent specialised training at the Cleveland Clinic, America’s Number One rated Cardiac Hospital in 2006-2007 under the mentorship of Dr Andrea Natale, a recognised world leader in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.

Since 2008 she has established one of the largest single-operator Atrial Fibrillation ablation services in Australia at Greenslopes Private Hospital. She has emerged as an expert and one of the leaders of Atrial Fibrillation Interventional procedures in Australia, including performing Catheter Ablation for AF and implantation of Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Devices for stroke prevention. She has a strong publication record, presents regularly at national and international conferences, is actively involved in clinical trials and has been a vocal patient advocate for new therapies for atrial fibrillation.


Professor Vincent Thijs

Professor Vincent Thijs is a stroke neurologist and clinician researcher specialised in stroke research with more than 15 years of experience in the field. In his career as clinician he has lead stroke units in Belgium and is now the Head of Stroke at Austin Health. He was recently appointed as the co-head of the Stroke Division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

His main research topics include acute stroke imaging, genetics of stroke, atrial fibrillation and cryptogenic stroke.

He has published more than 200 papers in the field of stroke, including co-authorship in top tier journals NEJM, Lancet, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, and Lancet Neurology and >30 articles in the leading journal of the field Stroke. He is/has been on the steering committee of 10 randomized clinical trials (MITI-IV, WAKEUP, SCAST, TASTE, AXIS2, REACT-AF, DIAGNOSE-AF, SOCRATES, RESPECT-ESUS, TEXAIS) and was national coordinator of more than 10 trials both in the field of acute stroke and secondary prevention of stroke.


sah_begg_190Dr Alistair Begg

Dr Alistair Begg MBBS FRACP FCSANZ DDU is an experienced cardiologist with special interests in echocardiography, stress echocardiography, coronary intervention and general cardiology.  He has particular expertise in stress echocardiography. Dr Begg joined SA Heart in 2007.

Alistair has had 15 years of private practice experience in Sydney and Adelaide, and has previously worked as a cardiologist at Flinders Medical Centre.   He graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1989 and commenced his post graduate training in cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre before completing his post-fellowship training in Sydney. He was awarded his Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1996. Dr Begg went on to obtain his Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU) in 1997 and in 2006 was awarded his Fellowship of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (FCSANZ).   In 2008 he completed level 2 training for CT coronary angiography and this complements his special interest in cardiac Imaging.


anglenewDr Angeline Leet

Dr Angeline Leet graduated from Monash University, Victoria in 1994. After completing her Cardiology training at Monash Medical Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, she spent a year in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea as a doctor with Australian Volunteers International. She returned to the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Unit at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne in 2004 where she has remained since. Her additional interests include Echocardiography, Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), The Young Heart Transplant Clinic and research in heart transplant myocardial fibrosis and VAD outcomes.

Dr Lis NeubeckDr Lis Neubeck

Dr Lis Neubeck is a Senior Lecturer at the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Nursing School. She is an NHMRC early career fellow and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on innovative solutions to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, identification and management of atrial fibrillation, and use of new technologies to improve access to health care.

Lis is President of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association, chair of the scientific committee for ACRA 2015, and is on the board of the Cardiovascular Nursing Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.