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Dr Andrew Hopkins

Dr Andrew Hopkins graduated from Sydney University in 1979 and is a Member of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has completed training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospital and Universitätsklinikum Mainz.

Qualifications and memberships: MB, BS (Hons. 1, University Medal), FRACP, DDU, FCSANZ, Member of the Heart Rhythm Society.

His special interests include Echocardiography/transoesophageal echo, Clinical electrophysiology, Permanent pacemakers, Implantable defibrillators, Biventricular pacing/heart failure and Medical informatics.

He is currently attending as senior staff specialist at Liverpool Hospital and St George Hospital, Visiting at Sydney Southwest Private Hospital, St George Private Hospital, Eastern Heart Clinic, Sutherland Heart Clinic and Hurstville Private Hospital.

Dr Hopkins offers the following services:
Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and follow-up
Echocardiography – TOE, TTE, stress
Clinical Cardiology

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Dr Gayathri Kumarasinghe

Dr Gayathri Kumarasinghe graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2003 and completed her cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital, NSW. She completed a PhD in the field of cardiac transplantation at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the University of New South Wales.

Qualifications: MBBS. PhD. FRACP.

She has been awarded Young Investigator Awards and the President’s Prize for presentation of her research at scientific meetings of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at several national and international scientific meetings.

Gayathri undertook a Fellowship in Pulmonary Hypertension and Adult Congenital Heart Diseases at Oxford University Hospitals, UK. During this time she also gained experience in cardiac MRI and maternal cardiology.
She is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at University Of New South Wales, St. Vincent’s Clinical School, and is involved in training and mentoring medical students, physician and cardiology trainees.

Special interests in cardiology: advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, adult congenital heart disease, cardiac MRI and maternal cardiology.

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Dr Sidney Lo

Qualifications: MBBS(Hons). FRACP. DDU. FCSANZ.

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Assoc. Prof. Hany Dimitri

Assoc. Prof. Hany Dimitri is a cardiologist and interventional electrophysiologist. He completed his cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW, before embarking on further subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and then at Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Qualifications: MBBS. PhD. FRACP.

During the latter, he also completed a doctorate of philosophy in Medicine  (PhD, University of Adelaide) and furthered his training in cardiac electrophysiology, advanced ablation techniques and cardiac device implantation.

Since 2010, Hany has been Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Liverpool Hospital. He also continues his academic interests and is actively involved with supervising PhDs and teaching medical students from the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University.

He has a keen interest in atrial fibrillation and the role of potential atrial myocardial substrate modifiers such as obstructive sleep apnea and obesity.

As well as consulting in general cardiology and electrophysiology at his Liverpool office, Hany performs operations and procedures encompassing all areas of cardiac devices implantation, electrophysiology and ablation at Liverpool Public Hospital, Sydney Southwest Private hospital, and Westmead Private Hospital.

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Dr Sonya Burgess

Dr Sonya Burgess is an interventional cardiologist and consultant cardiologist who also works at Nepean hospital and Sydney South West Hospital. She has a BSc in biochemistry and an MBChB, having graduated with Distinction from the University of Otago Medical School in 2001.

Qualifications: MBChB, BSc, FRACP

Dr Burgess undertook her residency and general medicine training at Wellington hospital and worked in the United Kingdom during her general medicine training at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, Southampton General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, and the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. She returned home to New Zealand in 2006 to complete her FRACP exams and advanced cardiology training at Wellington hospital. She then completed a two-year interventional fellowship at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, and worked as a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool. She is currently completing her PhD with the University of New South Wales.

Dr Burgess specializes as a general and interventional cardiologist and her clinical interests include coronary heart disease and ST elevation myocardial infarction, multivessel disease, completeness of revascularization, heart disease in diabetes radial PCI, and dual antiplatelet therapy. She has published and presented both original research and reviews in international peer reviewed journals, and has presented at both local and international meetings. Dr Burgess works at our Camden rooms on Wednesdays and provides echocardiography, exercise testing, angiography and angioplasty services and general cardiology consultation. She is a caring and dedicated doctor, who has an excellent rapport with patients, families and their general practitioners, and prides herself on providing patient centered, evidence based care.

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Prof. John French

Professor John French is an academic interventional cardiologist, having co-authored 215 peer-reviewed papers. Prof French currently works at Liverpool Hospital, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, and also consults at Riverina Cardiology and South West Cardiology (in Camden), NSW, Australia.

Qualifications: BMED Sc. MBChB. PhD. FRACP. FESC. FACC. FCSANZ.

His major clinical and research interests include management of acute coronary syndromes especially ST elevation MI with acute percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), cardiac biomarkers especially high sensitivity troponins, and revascularisation of patients with diabetes; while no longer having a laboratory Prof French has an ongoing interest in cardiac genetics.

Prof French has been a conjoint Professor at UNSW since 2003, director of Cardiac Research at Liverpool Hospital since 2004, and director of the Coronary Care Unit in the Cardiology Department at Liverpool Hospital (HOD 2007-11). After basic physician training in Auckland, he undertook a PhD at the University of Adelaide (1984-1988), further cardiology training at Green Lane Hospital New Zealand and a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College London, UK. Prior to arriving in Sydney, Prof French was appointed to Green Lane Hospital and the University of Auckland from 1992-2003. He has been an investigator in numerous randomised controlled trials and is currently on the steering committees of the STREAM-2 and FREEDOM follow-on trials, and a member of the WNICR collaborative. Prof French has served on the clinical endpoints committees (CECs) of several major trials. Prof French since 2005 has served on the editorial board of the American Heart Journal, and reviews for many journals. Prof French has recently co-authored the NHF-CSANZ (Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand) 2016 ACS guidelines (lead writer for the STEMI section). He was the medical co-chair of the ACI cardiac network of NSW [2012-5], and chair of the clinical trials council of CSANZ [2011-4].

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Dr Kishor Kadappu

Dr Kadappu completed his MBBS from Calicut University and obtained MD from Agra University, India with a gold medal.  He became a member of Royal College of Physicians, London in 2005.

Qualifications: MBBS. MRCP. FRACP.

He completed his Cardiology in training at Liverpool Hospital and awarded FRACP from Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2008.  He worked as Cardiology Fellow at Liverpool Hospital and trained in Interventional Cardiology as well as cardiac imaging.  He has Specialist A accreditation in CT coronary angiogram by Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in CTCA.

Dr Kadappu is a recipient of the prestigious NHMRC scholarship and submitted his PhD in cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease at the University of New South Wales.  He is working as a consultant cardiologist at Campbelltown and Liverpool hospitals and also lectures at the University of Western Sydney.

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Dr Adam Berger

Dr Adam Berger graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales in 2003, and completed physician training at Prince of Wales and Liverpool Hospitals.

Qualifications: MBBS(Hons). BSc(Med). FRACP

He completed a postgraduate imaging fellowship at Prince of Wales Hospital before travelling overseas to work at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on a combined clinical/research fellowship, with an emphasis on cardiac CT and MRI.
He is a visiting medical officer at Liverpool Hospital, and has admitting rights at Sydney Southwest and Hurstville Private Hospitals. He is also a specialist imaging cardiologist reporting with Spectrum Cardiac Imaging, and is an accredited Level B cardiac CT reporter.

His special interest is cardiac CT, especially its utility in the early detection of heart disease, preventative cardiology and in structural heart disease. He also has strong interests in emerging MRI technology, echocardiography, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and lipid management. He is a strong believer in holistic medicine, and in particular is keen to emphasise the importance of diet and exercise rather than drug therapy alone.

Outside of medicine, he is a keen collector of vinyl LPs and an enthusiastic home cook.

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Assoc. Prof. Craig Juergens

Craig Juergens is an Interventional Cardiologist at Liverpool Hospital where he is Director of Cardiology. He is an Associate Professor affiliated with the University of NSW.

Qualifications: MBBS. FRACP. FACC. FCSANZ

After basic Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, he completed an Interventional Fellowship at Stanford University, California and came back to Australia in 1997 to establish the coronary interventional service at Liverpool hospital. Liverpool hospital has subsequently become a centre of training for interventional Cardiologists.

As well as training numerous Australian Fellows, Doctors from China, England, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Myanmar have learnt coronary interventional techniques under the supervision of Craig and his colleagues. In addition Craig has demonstrated PCI techniques in centres in Taiwan, China, Myanmar, Vietnam and Fiji.

Apart from his interest in Interventional Cardiology, he has a major interest in acute coronary syndromes and has been involved in a large number of multicentre, multinational clinical trials. He has been invited to speak at a number of local and international meetings. He has been author of over 70 peer reviewed papers in Local and International Journals and he continues as an active clinician in the Department of Cardiology at Liverpool hospital, as well as providing support for the interventional Cardiology program at Orange Base hospital.

He provides a consultative service in the rooms in Moore street and performs coronary interventions including ASD/PFO closures both at Liverpool public hospital and Sydney Southwest Private hospital.

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Dr Deidre Holley

Qualifications: MBBS. FRACP.

Interest: General Paediatric Cardiology

Training: The Children’s Hospital Westmead, The Children’s National Medical Centre, Washington DC.