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Director of Cardiology/Heart Research Group Leader
Professor Cheung trained at the leading Congenital Cardiac centres in the world including Great Ormond St (London), Royal Brompton Hospital (London), Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
He is currently Director of Cardiology at RCH, and Leader of the Heart Research Group at MCRI. He is a Cardiologist in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
His area of sub specialty interest is non-invasive imaging (echocardiography and MRI).
The Heart Research based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute consists of 7 senior researchers, 5 postgraduate fellows and 4 research assistants. He has established a dedicated research laboratory for echocardiography and vascular ultrasound. The group has significant experience and ongoing studies in molecular cardiology, in vitro cardiac assessment, and also invasive assessments of cardiac function. More information is available on the MCRI website or University of Melbourne
Deputy Director of Cardiology/Clinical Lead in Cardiac MRI
Dr Bryn Jones is Deputy Director of Cardiology and Clinical Lead in Cardiac MRI. He also consults at the Fetal Management Unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital. He graduated from the University of Queensland and completed his Paediatric Training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
prior to training in Paediatric Cardiology at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He undertook further Cardiac MRI training at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London before returning to RCH.
Non-invasive imaging (Cardiac MRI, Echocardiography. Cardiac Rehabilitation in Children with Congenital Heart Disease.
Senior Cardiologist/Clinical Lead Heart Failure/Transplant Program.
Professor Weintraub trained in paediatrics at the Prince of Wales children’s Hospital and in cardiology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He worked as a cardiologist in Harefield Hospital and completed his training at the UCSD Medical Center, San
Diego. He is the lead physician for the Pulmonary Hypertension and Heart Transplant service.
Pulmonary hypertension, heart
failure and cardiomyopathy, heart transplantation, Global Burden of Disease
consortium. More information is available on the MCRI website.
Paediatric Cardiologist/Clinical Lead Arrhythmia Service
Professor Andrew Davis trained in Paediatric Cardiology at the
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and then at The Hospital for Sick Children
in Toronto. He undertook further training in Paediatric Electrophysiology in
Toronto and subsequently at the Children's Hospital in Boston.
Whilst overseas Andrew completed his doctorate on "The
paediatric high-resolution signal-averaged ECG". Andrew is the lead
clinician of the Arrhythmia Service. Andrew’s clinical interests encompass all
aspects of paediatric electrophysiology including syncope, cardiac inherited
diseases, pacemaker and defibrillator management and ablation of arrhythmia
substrate in children. Andrew played an integral role in the introduction of
gene testing for cardiac inherited disease in Australia. Andrew has developed a
Multi-Disciplinary Clinic for Cardiac Inherited Disease - sudden death
prevention, together with The Victorian Clinical Genetics Service. The Clinic
has a close clinical liaison with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
The Clinic sees young family members whose first-degree relatives have died
suddenly and unexpectedly from a possible cardiac cause and in addition young
family members who could potentially inherit a cardiac disease that runs in the
Andrew’s research interest is the prevention of sudden cardiac death in
childhood especially in relation to causes of sudden death with a genetic basis.
Paediatric Cardiologist/Clinical Lead Interventional Electrophysiology
After studying at the LMU in Munich, Germany, followed by Paediatric
and Neonatal training, Andreas completed his sub-specialist training in
Paediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease as well as Electrophysiology at
the German Heart Centre (Technical University Munich) in 2006. He spent a further
three and a half years in Munich as a Senior Physician in Paediatric Cardiology
and Congenital Heart Disease. In 2009, Andreas moved to Melbourne at the RCH
where he is leading the Invasive Electrophysiology. He also holds honorary
appointments with the University of Melbourne, the MCRI, the Royal Melbourne
Hospital and Monash Heart.
Invasive and non-invasive Electrophysiology mapping systems,
quality improvement in Ablation and Pacing therapy and prevention of Sudden
Death in the Young. More details can be found on the University of Melbourne Website.
Clinical Lead in Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention/Ventricular
Assist Device Cardiologist
Dr Lucas Eastaugh is a Paediatric Cardiologist with
subspecialty training in Interventional Cardiology (diagnostic and
interventional cardiac catheterisation procedures in patients with congenital
and structural heart disease). He is a medical graduate of Monash University,
Melbourne and completed Paediatric and subspecialty Paediatric Cardiology
training at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. He undertook advanced fellowship training in
Interventional Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
and Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts, USA. Lucas has also undertaken the role of looking
after infants, children and adolescents requiring a Ventricular Assist Device
(VAD) for severe heart failure. This
role involves the initial assessment, acute care post implantation, and
long-term management of VAD patients.
Lucas has an honorary appointment at The Royal
Melbourne Hospital where he performs interventional catheterization procedures
with the Adult Congenital Cardiology team.
He is an honorary research fellow of the Heart Research Group at MCRI
and regularly provides outreach outpatient clinic services for North East
Interventional Cardiology, haemodynamics and physiology of cardiac
disease, implantation, management and complications of VAD.
Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist
Paediatric Cardiologist/Pediatric Intensivist
Dr Bennett Sheridan is a Paediatric Cardiologist and
Paediatric Intensivist who specializes in critical care cardiology and the
provision of mechanical circulatory support. He is a medical graduate of Monash
University, Melbourne and completed Paediatric and subspecialty Paediatric
Cardiology and Paediatric Intensive Care training with the Queensland
Paediatric Cardiology Service and The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
Heart Failure, Fontan Early Recovery.
Dr Remi Kowalski is a
Paediatric Cardiologist with subspecialty interests in cardiac imaging
(Echocardiography, Cardiac MRI, Vascular functional assessment). He is a
medical graduate of the University of Melbourne and completed Paediatric and
Paediatric Cardiology training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
He recently completed a PhD
focusing on novel non-invasive assessment of vascular function in children with
congenital cardiac and vascular diseases. During his research, he spent time in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He pursued further training in
Cardiac MRI at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London in 2015.
Remi has been a consultant
cardiologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital since 2011 and consults in all
aspects of Paediatric Cardiology.
imaging and vascular function (Cardiac MRI, Echocardiography) in Children with
Congenital Heart Disease.
Dr. Jacob Mathew is a paediatric cardiologist who specialises in looking after children with cardiomyopathy and heart failure, as well as those who need more advanced heart failure therapies such as ventricular assist device (VAD) support or heart transplantation.
Jacob completed his training in paediatric and specialty training at the Royal Children’s Hospital and completed further subspecialty training in heart failure, transplant and VAD at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the USA.
Since returning to Australia he has been one of the two physicians looking after transplant patients in the nationally funded (NFC) paediatric heart transplant program, and is the medical lead for the ventricular assist device program at the RCH.
Outside of his clinical work, Jacob’s interests include the statistical analysis of large clinical datasets, process optimisation and automation, simulation, and the application of improvement science principles to find ways to improve outcomes for the children we look after and to make their medical journey a little easier when possible.
Professorial Fellow, Dept. of Paediatrics/Senior Paediatric Cardiologist (retired)
Prof James Wilkinson trained in the UK where he
first worked in paediatric cardiology in Birmingham in 1968. He was appointed
as a Lecturer in Child Health at Liverpool University before being appointed to
a consultant position in 1975. He stayed in Liverpool for twelve years,
becoming director of the Cardiac unit there, before being invited to apply for
the vacant position of Director of Cardiology at The Royal Children's Hospital
in Melbourne in 1987. He started in that role in early 1988 and has been a
member of the team for thirty years, having been involved in the training of
most of the current team.
He has in the past been involved in research in epidemiology,
cardiac morphology, echocardiography, cardiac transplantation and
interventional cardiology. Having retired from his full-time position he is no longer
actively engaged in research but continues to teach paediatric trainees and
cardiology fellows on a regular basis and does occasional outpatient clinics to
provide cover for absent colleagues.
Chief Technologist, Technical Leader, Imaging
Telephone 9345 5723
Technical Leader, Invasive and Arrhythmia
Telephone 9345 9765
Telephone 9345 5709
Cardiology IT and Applications Administrator
Telephone 9345 4787
Kathy Lim (maternity leave)
Clare Mason (maternity leave)
Dominique Morsman (maternity leave)
Telephone 9345 5943
Telephone 9345 4365
Telephone 9345 4830
Telephone 9345 5713 BH 7.30 am - 4 pm
Assoc Professor Andreas Pflaumer
Professor Andrew Davis
Dr Bryn Jones
Dr Geoff Lane
Professor Robert Weintraub
Telephone 9345 5718 BH 7.30 am - 4 pm
Professor Michael Cheung
Dr Bennett Sheridan
Dr Darren Hutchinson
Dr Jacob Mathew
Dr Lucas Eastaugh
Dr Remi Kowalski