• The University of Western Australia (M570), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a senior interventional and general cardiologist, and clinician researcher at Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Western Australia.

I trained in clinical medicine in South Africa before taking up a Rhodes Scholarship to obtain a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford. I moved on to the Cambridge medical rotation before training in Cardiology at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London.

I sub-specialised in interventional cardiology and cardiac CT-angiography at the Thorax Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and stayed on as staff member and University Medical Specialist for several years. I became interested in working with bioengineers to developing clinically relevant research concept and in working with Industry partners in translating novel research into clinical practice focusing on medical devices and imaging technologies including bio-reabsorbable scaffolds, trans-catheter aortic valve implantation and intra-coronary imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Two image analysis approached that I has helped to conceptualise are FDA approved and widely used, one of which is considered the industry standard. 

Since moving to Australia 6 years ago I have established the use of novel imaging approaches to atherosclerosis including the use of optical coherence tomography and 18F-Fluoride PET in Western Australia. My research aim has been to improve risk stratification and prevention of cardiovascular disease in high-risk populations. My group has been testing novel approaches to prevent arterial calcification and we are now working on clinical translation.

My great passion, apart from preventing cardiovascular disease, is to train the next generation of researchers and doctors.

Research interests


intra-coronary imaging

arterial calcification

aortic stenosis

acute coronary syndrome


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

Education/Academic qualification

FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Award Date: 1 Aug 2014

Certificate of completion of training: Cardiology, Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Award Date: 1 May 2009

D.Phil., University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Aug 2001

MBChB , University of Stellenbosch

Award Date: 6 Dec 1994

External positions

Director, Heart Foundation (WA)

17 Feb 20151 Aug 2018

Interventional Cardiologist, Fremantle Hospital

1 Mar 20141 Feb 2015

Chair in Cardiology, Royal Perth Hospital

15 Sept 2013 → …

Industry keywords

  • Clinical Trials
  • Medical Devices
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Cardiology
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Transcatheter intervention/devices
  • Bioreabsorbable scaffolds
  • Cardiac computed tomography/rotational angiography
  • Optical coherence tomography/intra-vascular ultrasound
  • Vulnerable plaque
  • 18F-PET


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