TomMarwickTom Marwick


Professor Tom Marwick is currently the Director of the Baker IDI Institute, Melbourne and the former Director, Menzies Research Institute, Hobart and Center for Cardiovascular Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. An internationally recognised expert in the field of cardiovascular imaging and an eminent teacher and scientist with numerous peer reviewed publications. He has authored and co-authored many book chapters on various facets of echocardiography.


Philip Mottram


Associate Professor Philip Mottram is a clinical cardiologist and non invasive imaging specialist with expertise in all forms of echocardiography (TTE, stress and TOE) as well as cardiac CT. He is currently the Head of Non Invasive Imaging Services at Monash Heart. Associate Professor Mottram completed his undergraduate degree at Monash University with a high distinction, winning three prestigious university prizes. Phil completed his clinical cardiology training in 2000, followed by an 18-month fellowship in clinical echocardiology with the Department of Cardiology at Southern Health’s Monash Medical Centre Clayton.  Phil then undertook a research fellowship as a National Heart Foundation Scholar with the Cardiac Imaging Research Group in the University of Queensland Department of Medicine. Phil completed his PhD in 2005, which led to several publications in leading international journals, including first author studies in Circulation and JACC.  In 2005, Phil was awarded the John H Tyrer Prize in Internal Medicine.
Phil is active in clinical research at Monash Heart, collaborates in multicentre cardiac imaging studies, and has co-authored approximately 50 scientific papers. Phil’s current interests include transoesophageal imaging for assessment of patients with mitral regurgitation, and TOE guidance of percutaneous mitral valve interventions.
In 2012 he was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Monash University.


Andrew Taylor


A/Prof Andrew Taylor is a full time cardiologist at the Alfred Hospital working within the Heart Failure and Transplant Unit, where he is Director of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Imaging and Head of Non-Invasive Imaging. He is also an Early Career Scientist at the BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, with a strong research interest in CMR and heart failure.  In addition, he has established a clinical and research cardiac CT facility at the Alfred Hospital in conjunction with the Alfred Radiology Department.

He completed his PhD in the microvascular effects of atherosclerotic plaque rupture, with work from his thesis selected as a finalist in the CSANZ Ralph Reader Basic Science Prize and winning the Young Investigator Award of the European Society of Cardiology in 2001.  After completing a fellowship in CMR in Berlin in 2002, he has developed novel CMR applications for the characterisation of cardiac fibrosis, and evaluated the relationship between cardiac fibrosis and cardiovascular disease.  Through CMR T1 mapping techniques, his group was the first in the world to non-invasively assess diffuse myocardial fibrosis with CMR imaging, with subsequent work as senior supervisor being awarded the CSANZ Ralph Reader Clinical Science Prize in 2011.  His group have also applied conventional CMR techniques that identify regional myocardial fibrosis to identify patients with heart failure who are at high risk of future life threatening cardiac arrhythmia.

He has published over 65 peer reviewed articles, with invited editorials in JACC and JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.  He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings, and serves as a reviewer for more than a dozen international journals, including Circulation and JACC.


Luke Galligan


Dr Galligan trained locally graduating from the University of Tasmania medical school and initially training at the Royal Hobart Hospital, completing basic physician training and beginning training in cardiology. He then continued cardiological training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and the Children’s Hospital in Sydney where he undertook training in paediatric cardiology. He then subsequently completed an interventional cardiological fellowship in Canada .

Following return to Hobart in 1990 he has worked jointly in private practice and as a VMO in cardiology at the Royal Hobart hospital. He has an ongoing involvement with the medical school. His practice includes all aspects of general cardiology with special interests in interventional and paediatric cardiology.


James Hare


Dr James Hare is a cardiologist in Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Alfred Hospital in dr-james-hareMelbourne and a Senior Research Fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He completed his PhD in advanced echocardiography at the University of Queensland with Prof Tom Marwick. His thesis investigated the role of novel cardiac imaging techniques such as myocardial strain and 3D echo to assess left ventricular function in clinical populations.

Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac MRI with Prof Matthias Friedrich at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Specific research interests in cardiac MRI have included tissue characterization techniques (T2 and T1 mapping), oxygenation-sensitive CMR (BOLD), reproducibility studies and implementation of new CMR techniques into clinical practice.

Dr Hare has published and presented cardiac imaging research in both echocardiography and cardiac MRI at multiple international meetings and journals in Asia/Pacific, Europe and United States. He is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand Working Group on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (ANZCMR), as well as a member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). He developed and currently maintains the ANZCMR working group website.  He is a current member of the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.


Kaz_PicKazuaki Negishi


Kaz Negishi is a senior lecturer and cardiologist at Menzies Research Institute Tasmania. He graduated from Gunma University, Japan and completed a two-year Echocardiography fellowship at Osaka City University, Japan. He completed his PhD at Gunma University Graduate School of medicine. He then moved to Cleveland Clinic, USA to pursue his research interests and spent three years as a research fellow under the supervision of Professor Tom Marwick. His main area of interest is clinical application of Echocardiography, especially strain imaging. He is also interested in the application of the cardiovascular imaging such as chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity, ventricular-arterial coupling in haemodialysis patients and the effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system.


Andre Le Garche


Andre is currently Head of Sports Cardiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Melbourne LaGercheAand a cardiologist at the Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is an Early Career Fellow and a Future Leader Fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation. Andre completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne and 4 years of post-doctoral research at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium studying the effect of endurance exercise on the heart. His major research interests are interaction between exercise and heart disease, exercise cardiac imaging, exercise induced arrhythmia and right heart and pulmonary vascular function. Andre has developed novel echocardiographic and CMR methodologies for assessment of the right ventricle and pulmonary circulation during exercise. These have been applied to the assessment of heart failure, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and athletes. He has over 90 peer-review publications and text-book chapters including publications in Circulation and the European Heart Journal.