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 leadless 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. 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

Dr. JENNIFER LAW

BSc (Med) Hons MBBS FRACP

Dr Jennifer Law is a non-interventional cardiologist with a special interest in transoesophageal echocardiography and other echo related diagnostic testing. She graduated from medicine at the University of New South Wales and completed her training at St Vincents Hospital Sydney and Liverpool Hospital. She has extensive clinical experience in both cardiology and general medicine as she has served major regional NSW communities for a number of years. She had worked in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital as a cardiologist and consultant physician for 2 years before moving to Albury to set up her own practice working with other cardiologists from major metropolitan centres to offer a tertiary level of care. She also worked at Albury Wodonga Health and established the first transoesophageal echo service for the region and was involved in establishing the cardiac cath lab in Albury.

Dr Law has relocated to Sydney and is committed to serving the local community in the upper north shore and northern beaches. She is passionate about providing the best care and achieving the best outcomes for her patients.

Dr. JENNIFER LAW

Dr. SAURABH KUMAR

Professor Saurabh Kumar is a Cardiologist, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Staff Specialist and Program Director for Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death at Westmead Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and the translational electrophysiology lead at the Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney.

Special Interests:

  • Catheter ablation of all forms of atrial arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, flutter, atrial tachycardia), ventricular arrhythmias (ventricular extra-systoles, sustained ventricular tachycardia), and supraventricular tachycardias (accessory pathways, atrio-ventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardias)
  • Cardiac device implantation and follow up including pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices and the newly available, totally external subcutaneous defibrillator
  • Management of familial cardiomyopathies such as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy as well as inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as Long QT and Brugada syndromes

Academic Achievements:

  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Thesis of 2013 (University of Melbourne)
  • Ralph Reader Prize from the Cardiac Society of ANZ in 2012
  • American College of Cardiology Young Author Award 2018
  • A/Prof. Kumar has more than 200 publications pertaining to cardiac arrhythmias in prominent international peer-reviewed cardiology journals such as Circulation, the Journal of the American College of CardiologyThe Lancet and European Heart Journal in addition to the top Cardiac Electrophysiology Textbook, “Zipes: from Cell to Bedside”
  • Faculty speaker at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society, Korean Heart Heart Rhythm Society, and the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society
  • Guest editor for Heart, Lung & Circulation Journal, the official journal of the Cardiac Society of ANZ
  • Editorial board member of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology, International Journal of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Case Reports, Journal of Arrhythmia, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Heart Lung & Circulation, Internal Medicine Journal.
  • Chair of the Heart Rhythm Council, Cardiac Society of ANZ.
  • Supervisor of Masters and PhD students in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Sydney.
Dr. SAURABH KUMAR
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