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Dr Thomas Gavaghan
Dr Gavaghan
MB, BS (NSW) FRACP
I am a Clinical Cardiologist and have been practising in the Northern and Central suburbs of Sydney for over 20 years. My initial training from final year medical student to Clinical Cardiologist was undertaken at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst where I gained extensive experience in diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases.
I had an intense interest in interventional cardiology from its earliest days of angioplasty and its evolution through to stenting and now into other forms of vascular disease as well as coronary artery disease. I now perform interventional cardiac procedures both at Sydney Adventist Hospital and also at St Vincent’s Hospital. I am constantly interested in expanding the new areas of non-invasive interventional cardiology.
I have enjoyed clinical practice enormously on the Northern Beaches region of Sydney as well as the upper North Shore. As a Clinical Practitioner I place a high priority on giving patient’s support and empathy during the diagnostic and treatment phases of cardiovascular disease.
In my own personal life I have three children and a wonderful supportive wife and I have grown increasingly attracted to and interested in trying to improve my performance in a ridiculously frustrating game called golf. My past addiction to tennis and water sports has faded as golf looms large on my horizon.
Dr Masami Miyashita
Dr Miyashita
MB, BS (NSW) FRACP
I was born in Kobe, Japan, and arrived in Australia in 1969 when aged 7, when my father was transferred to Australia on business. Having received most of my primary schooling in Sydney and Melbourne, my family returned to Japan in 1974 but returned to Australia in 1975 when my father was again transferred to Sydney. Most of my high school years were at Barker College, Hornsby, where I completed my HSC in 1979.

I went to University of NSW for undergraduate medical training in 1980, and was attached to Prince of Wales and the former Prince Henry Hospital for clincial attachment. I have fond memories of lining up with other medical students to listen to the Pacific Island patients with rheumatic valvular disease and trying to diagnose their valve disorder… this was where my interest in cardiology began. Internship and my junior hospital years were spent mostly at Royal North Shore Hospital and its secondment hospitals. Having passed my specialist examinations in 1992, I did 4 years of dedicated cardiology training at The Canberra Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and St. George Hospital.
I have been in private practice since 1996, and have seen my practice grow in that time. Most of my patients requiring hospital tests and in-patient treatment have been at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest private hospital in NSW, with first-class cardiac facilities. I am on the general cardiology roster, as well as being on the 24/7 angiography on-call roster for urgent treatment of heart attack patients.

I am married to Michelle, with a daughter born in 2004, who keeps me young and not-too-serious! When not dealing with work matters, I love nothing better than kayaking the beautiful waterways of Sydney with friends.
Dr Peter Illes
Dr Illes
MBBCH,DCH(SA) FCP(SA)FRACP.
I qualified as a General Physician in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. I then went to Newcastle upon Tyne and completed my cardiology training where I gained experience in coronary interventions, cardiac pacing , defibrillator implants and Electrophysiology.

At present I am director of the Coronary care unit at the Sydney Adventist Hospital and Senior Clinical lecturer at the Macquarie University Hospital.

My special interests include device implantation (Pacemakers, Defibrillators, Loop recorders), Interventional cardiology (angioplasty, coronary stents , closure of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects. ) and heart failure. I have been principle investigator in a number of Pacemaker and Defibrillator trials including trials for heart failure ,and have been instrumental in introducing new procedures such as TAVI( trans catheter aortic valve implantation) to the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

I am part of the Operation Open Heart which is an outreach program run by the Sydney Adventist Hospital ,delivering cardiology services to 3rd world countries. At present we are teaching and delivering services in Myanmar to enable the local cardiologists to gain expertise in various interventional procedures .
Dr Dylan Wynne
Dr Wynne
MBBS, BSc, PhD (LON) FRACP
Born and bred a Welshman, I moved to Australia to study medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2003.
My pre–medicine path however was an unconventional one, training initially as an academic scientist and attaining a PhD qualification in the molecular mechanisms of the failing human heart through Imperial College, University of London. My post doctorate experience at the Brompton Hospital was under the auspicious direction of Sir Magdi Yacoub; the pioneering heart surgeon. From such experience I was drawn to clinical cardiology and completed physician and cardiology specialty training through the Prince Of Wales Hospital Network. Thereafter I subspecialised in Interventional Cardiology, completing a two year Fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital, one of Sydney’s most innovative and prestigious academic institutions.

To complete my training I returned to the UK to undertake a further 14 month specialized fellowship as the Senior Cardiology Research Fellow at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. As well as co-investigating over a dozen international clinical trials, my focus there was to gain hands-on expertise in new, minimally invasive technologies for structural heart diseases including atrial appendage occlusion and correction of congenital cardiac lesions. In particular, having learnt transcatheter aortic valve implantation under the expert guidance of Dr David Hildick-Smith, who is one of Europe’s foremost Interventional operators, my aim having returned to the Sydney Adventist Hospital is to capitalize on these skills and help establish this revolutionary, surgery-sparing technology locally.

On a more personal note, I’m happiest indulging in good food, wine and photography, whether it be in the northern suburbs or travelling the world with my wife and young son.
Dr Susan Wright
Dr Wright
MBCHB, MMEDSCI, PHD FRACP
I trained as a cardiologist in Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in cardiac ultrasound (also called echocardiography).
I completed a Masters of Medical science, where I developed an interest in heart failure, which is a common cardiac condition which accounts for more hospital beds occupied in Australia than any other medical condition. Over the next 5 years I completed a Doctorate in Philosophy examining the use of a blood test for a heart protein, called B-type Natriuretic Peptide, for the diagnosis in heart failure. I moved to Sydney in 2004 to work as a Cardiology Fellow at St Vincent’s hospital, specialising in cardiac echocardiography. I then worked at St George Hospital as a cardiologist, before returning to New Zealand where I worked as a cardiologist at Middlemore and Greenlane Hospitals for two years. I returned permanently to Sydney in 2009 when I joined Pennisula Cardiology. I also work as a cardiologist at Hornsby Kuring Gai hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital, and I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney.
I am involved with “Operation Heart International”, visiting Suva Hospital and several other hospitals in Fiji each year to run cardiac clinics. I am also mum to Harry, aged 7. I live on the Northern Beaches and enjoy swimming, cooking, gardening and reading in my spare time.
Dr Cathie F. Forster
Dr Forster
BSc(Med), M.B.B.S (Hons), FRACP, FCSANZ
Dr Forster studied medicine in Sydney, graduating with Honours. She undertook her specialist cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital where she also had a year of dedicated training in heart failure, cardiac transplantation, left ventricular assist devices and pulmonary hypertension, with their associated interventional procedures. In addition, she completed a fellowship year at St Vincent’s Clinic in Echocardiography and Cardiac Investigations. During this time she co-authored several papers in these areas.

Dr Forster is a clinical cardiologist, with an interest in general cardiology, heart failure, hypertension and cardiac ultrasound including transoesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography. She is part of Peninsula Cardiology where she performs exercise stress and pharmacological stress echocardiograms for the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease, and works at St Vincent’s clinic with consulting rooms and echocardiography.

Dr Forster enjoys teaching with ongoing procedural training of advanced trainees at St Vincent’s Clinic and delivering cardiology update talks to local General Practitioners. Dr Forster is involved in the Heart Foundation, aiming to promote awareness and prevention of heart disease and as a speaker for the Heart Foundation’s “Women and Heart Disease” initiative.