Brendan McQuillan

Professor, MB BS PhD W.Aust., FRACP

  • The University of Western Australia (M500), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Career Summary: Dr McQuillan is currently Dean and Head of the Medical School at the University of WA. He is a Cardiologist and Director of Echocardiography in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH). Following completion of his PhD in vascular biology at the Heart Research Institute of WA, he undertook Postdoctoral research at Harvard University and completed a Fellowship in Echocardiography at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. He was the Director of Clinical Training at SCGH for six years. He has been the primary supervisor for ten advanced trainees in Cardiology and continues to be actively involved in the supervision and training of basic trainees in internal medicine for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). He has been nominated for teaching awards in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UWA and SCGH.    


Profile and Peer Recognition: He was a finalist for the Ralph Reader Prize at the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and the Advanced Trainees Award at the RACP Annual Scientific Meeting in 1997. He has been awarded Research Fellowships from the RACP (2003) and University of WA (1996-97). His status as an emerging national and international leader in this field is evidenced by invitations to speak at the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2010 and 2011), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (2010), Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (2018), and Australasian Sonographers Association Annual Meetings (2008, 2015). He is a member of the Quality Standards Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He was Convenor and Chair of the organising committee for the 65th CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth, August 2017.


Current projects

He is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC project grant (APP1145970: The interaction between obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular risk factors on cardiovascular disease; 2018-2021) examining cardiovascular outcomes in obstructive sleep apnoea. In 2019, he will commence the National Heart Foundation of Australia Vanguard Grant Funded project A pilot study of aspirin combined with warfarin in patients with left sided mechanical heart valves. He is a coinvestigator on the WA Health Department, Research Translation Project: A randomised controlled trial of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of severe respiratory distress by ambulance paramedics in the pre-hospital setting. 


He has extensive clinical trial experience and is a current principal investigator on CLEAR-Outcomes (Bempedoic Acid) and VICTORIA (Vericiguat) clinical trials. He was the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital site principal investigator for a number of large multicentre clinical trials, including EchoCRT, Caprie, Chablis, REVIVE II, Crescendo, and CHARM. He is a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the NHMRC APP1088455 LoDoCo2 Low Dose Colchicine for secondary prevention in Stable Coronary Heart Disease (the LoDoCo2 Trial) and the National Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant 2014 funded Low Dose Colchicine After Acute Myocardial Infarction - LoDoCo MI'. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

Cardiologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

1 Feb 2002 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular genetics
  • Cardiovascular risk factors and epidemiology
  • Vascular biology
  • Echocardiography and vascular imaging


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