Doctors

Dr. MASAMI 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. MASAMI MIYASHITA

Dr. PETER 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 and Director of Echocardiology Services 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 was the first implanter of leafless pacemakers in Sydney and have been engaged to train other physicians in this technology. 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. PETER ILLES

Dr. SUSAN 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 13. I live on the Northern Beaches and enjoy swimming, cooking, gardening and reading in my spare time.

Dr. SUSAN WRIGHT

Dr. DYLAN 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, I’ve more recently been instrumental in establishing and co-directing the TAVI program at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.  Lastly, having a comprehensive published track record coupled with a current Staff Specialist position at Westmead Public Hospital guarantees close engagement with the forefront of academic cardiology.

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 two young sons.

Dr. DYLAN WYNNE

Dr. THOMAS GAVAGHAN

MB, BS (NSW) FRACP

I am a Clinical Cardiologist and have been practising in the Northern and Central suburbs of Sydney for over 25 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 at Sydney Adventist 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.

As of September 2018 I have semi-retired and reduced my consulting days to just one per week, Mondays, alternating between Mona Vale and Frenchs Forest.

Dr. THOMAS GAVAGHAN

Dr. CATHIE F. 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.

Dr. CATHIE F. FORSTER

Dr. CLAIRE IRVING

MBChB, MD, DCH, MRCPCH (UK), FRACP

I completed my postgraduate paediatric training in Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, before specializing in cardiology and spending five years in a dedicated training position in paediatric cardiology at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. I also spent 6 months at Boston Children’s Hospital and a year at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh in the United States in fellowship positions. My subspecialty interests are in the management of paediatric heart failure and cardiomyopathy and in paediatric cardiac transplantation – alongside my general paediatric cardiology practice I run a cardiomyopathy and transplant clinic and am able to provide screening for families affected by these conditions.

I moved to Sydney from the UK in January 2015 to take up a staff specialist position in paediatric cardiology for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. I currently work at both Children’s Hospital Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital.

I have a strong research interest, completed a postgraduate MD degree with my thesis concentrating on antibody development following cardiac transplantation, and have many publications in peer-reviewed journals. I serve in a council leadership role for an international transplant society and am often invited to speak at both national and International conferences, mainly in the fields of heart failure and transplantation. I also completed a postgraduate diploma in medical education and enjoy teaching and supervising. I’m also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Sydney.

I provide a full general paediatric cardiology service from newborn onwards including screening of family members as needed.

Outside of work, I live on the upper north shore and when not chasing after my three young children spend time attempting to train for marathons, hiking and continuing to explore Sydney.

Dr. CLAIRE IRVING

Dr. HARRY KLIMIS

MBBS, B.Med.Sci (Hons I, Medal), FRACP

I am a clinical cardiologist with strong interests in general adult cardiology, cardiovascular disease prevention and cardiac ultrasound. I studied medicine at the University of Sydney prior to training in general medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. I completed my specialist cardiology training at Westmead Hospital, where I also dedicated a year towards setting up novel outpatient cardiology services aimed at seeing patients with chest pain, heart failure, and disturbances of heart rhythm in a timely fashion. These clinics focused on providing streamlined access to specialist cardiac services and cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk populations.

I have a strong interest in clinical research and am currently completing my PhD which focuses on novel clinical approaches for cardiovascular disease prevention including utilising mobile health technology and evaluating Rapid Access Cardiology models of care. As part of my PhD, I have authored several papers on cardiac service development and cardiovascular disease prevention. Additionally, I have had the exciting opportunity to present my research at both national and international conferences. I also have a strong interest in teaching and am a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

When I am not working, I love exploring Sydney culture with friends and family including my pug, and travelling the world looking for new places to explore and hike with my wife Jenny.

Dr. HARRY KLIMIS

Dr. ARVIND IYER

MD (University medal) FRACP FCSANZ

Dr Arvind Iyer is dedicated in providing impeccable and compassionate care with highly comprehensive, state of art screening services, expert preventative care and diagnosis in a comfortable environment

Dr Iyer graduated from St.Petersburg State Medical University with High distinction. He was Honored the Presidential Red Degree for being the university gold medallist with academic excellence. He subsequently finished his post graduate accreditation exams in London, UK. Dr Iyer underwent his Physician’s training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney and completed his Cardiology training & fellowship in Royal Canberra & Launceston General hospitals.

He has worked in the local area network for several years and achieved accolades from Northern Sydney Area Health service which includes the “Employee of the Month award” and “Ryde council’s Carer award”.

Dr Iyer has special interest in Cardio-oncology, Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease in women, structural and valvular heart disease with a strong focus on non-invasive cardiology such as Stress ECHO, Trans-oesophageal ECHO, Advanced LV/LA strain imaging and 3D TTE. He has completed the Level 3 CTCA certification (Tutor & Report) and works as a Honorary faculty at the UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. He is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Macquarie University, in Sydney. Arvind Iyer leads the ECHO division of the Cardiology department at Macquarie Hospital and works as a VMO Cardiology/General Medicine at Northern Beaches Hospital.

Dr Iyer is fluent in several international and Indian languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam). His multilingual skills make him more popular amongst his patient cohort.

Dr. ARVIND IYER