TomMarwickProfessor Tom Marwick


Professor Tom Marwick is currently the Director of the Baker Heart and Diabetes 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.


A/Prof David Prior


A/ Prof David Prior is the Director of Non-invasive Cardiac imaging, an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and a Clinical Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. His advanced cardiology training was undertaken at the Alfred Hospital. He then completed a PhD at the Baker Heart Research Institute and Alfred Hospital examining abnormal vascular function in heart failure. After undertaking an Advanced Fellowship in Echocardiography at the Cleveland Clinic, A/ Prof Prior returned to Melbourne to take up a position at St Vincent’s Hospital. A/ Prof Prior is a cardiologist with extensive experience in echocardiography and heart failure. His research interests include non-invasive assessment of myocardial function in athletes and patients with heart failure, the role of echocardiography in diagnosis and prognosis in heart failure, as well as pulmonary hypertension.


Dr 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.


Professor Kazuaki Negishi


Dr 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.


Professor Liza Thomas


Professor Liza Thomas is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Cardiology at Westmead Hospital. Her research focuses on echocardiography and noninvasive cardiac imaging. Specific interests include imaging for the assessment of atrial dynamics and function, diastolic function, chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy, amyloid and Fabry cardiomyopathies and cardiac involvement in chronic kidney disease. She supervises PhD, Masters and ILP students and teaches medical students, BPT’s and cardiology fellows.


AChong picDr Adrian Chong


Adrian is a cardiologist at Princess Alexandra and Mater Adults Hospitals in Brisbane. He completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy degree before graduating from Medicine with first class honours and awarded a university medal from the University of Queensland. Adrian completed his cardiology training and clinical echocardiography fellowship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital followed by a further two-year clinical and research imaging fellowship at St Michael’s Hospital and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (University of Toronto) in Canada. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland with active research interests in aortic valve disease and is an examiner for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DMU, Cardiac).


Dr James Otton

BA, BSc (Med), MBBS, FRACP, MBiomedE, PhD

bio-james_ottonDr James Otton is a Consultant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. He is a clinical faculty member of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and has experience in advanced heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and advanced cardiac imaging techniques. James undertook fellowships in advanced cardiac imaging at both at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, King’s College London, a pre-eminent site of international cardiac MRI research. He has received the highest international SCMR Level 3 certification in Cardiac MRI diagnostics as well as the highest qualification in cardiovascular CT. James was awarded the Foundation Year Graduate’s Medal from the University of New South Wales and has received numerous research awards including the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Cardiovascular CT. In addition to his medical qualifications James holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, a Masters of Biomedical engineering and has a PhD on the early detection of cardiovascular disease from the University of New South Wales and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. James has broad range of expertise with particular interest in cardiac CT and management of complex cardiac conditions including valvular heart disease.


Dr Faraz Pathan


Doctor Faraz Pathan is a cardiologist and cardiovascular imaging specialist. He is currently the head of cardiac imaging and cardiac research in the Cardiology department at Nepean hospital. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours in 2006. He has completed cardiology training at Nepean hospital and undertaken fellowships in cardiac imaging at Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney Australia, The Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Tasmania and the Goethe Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, Frankfurt Germany. He is a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has published in leading cardiovascular journals and presented at multiple national and international meetings.