Invited Speakers

4th International 4 Corners of Cardiology Meeting

The 4 Corners of Cardiology Meeting Organising Committee are pleased to announce the following invited speakers:

Prof Craig Anderson

Dr Anderson is Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales; Executive Director, The George Institute China; Senior Director, Stroke Research, Neurological and Mental Health Division, The George Institute for Global Health, Australia; neurologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; and Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) of Australia.

He has published on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of stroke and cardiovascular disease, and has led several large-scale epidemiological projects and multi-centre clinical trials, the results of which have influenced clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of acute stroke and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Prof Derek Chew

derek-chew_smallClinical and Interventional Cardiologost
Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

My clinical and research career has been focused on the translation of current and further therapies and technologies in cardiology into improved patient outcomes. My current appointment is as the Heart Foundation Edwards Senior Research Fellow, at Flinders University, with contribution to the cardiovascular clinical service at Flinders Medical Centre. I am the Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research group at the Flinders Medical Centre and the Regional Director of Cardiology Southern Adelaide Health Service. My initial contributions have been in the role of novel anti-thrombotic approaches to the treatment of coronary heart disease, specifically highlighting important aspects of clinical trials which provide opportunities for optimization of current therapeutic approaches or where added benefits may be gained among high-risk individuals. After completing a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public health, my more recent directions have focused on the deficits in the provision of care in Acute Coronary Syndromes, recently completing the largest ever registry solely conducted in Australia, directed towards the evaluation of adherence to guidelines, evaluation of local outcomes and definition of underserved groups. I am the current Clinical Steward of ACS-Data, the national standardised definitions for data elements in acute coronary syndrome management held by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. In partnership with the National Heart Foundation (NHF), I am developing an electronic decision support tool for the initial management of patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes, which will be provided free of charge to all hospitals in Australia.  In addition I serve on the NHF acute coronary syndrome guideline implementation working group and the Clinical Issues Committee. I have published over 100 original articles and 12 book chapters have regular international invitations to speak on the application of anti-thrombotic therapies and other evidence based therapies in acute coronary syndrome management.

Prof Andrew Coats

Lone Star Heart Inc.
Melbourne, Australia

Andrew, DM (Oxon), DSc. (Imperial), MBA, born in Australia and a graduate of Oxford and Cambridge, was Viscount Royston Professor at Imperial College, Director of Cardiology at Royal Brompton Hospital, Dean of Medicine and DVC at Sydney and CEO of the Norwich Research Park. He is director of the Monash Warwick Alliance. Andrew has 57,000 citations (H-index 107) in the field of heart failure research and has led many major clinical trials. Andrew received the Linacre Medal (Royal College of Physicians) and Michael L Pollock award (American Heart Association).  Andrew co-founded PsiOxus therapeutics and served as editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cardiology 1999-2016.


Prof Louise Cullen

louise-cullen_smallSenior Staff Specialist
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Prof Louise Cullen is currently a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and an active clinician-researcher with particular interests in acute cardiac diseases, syncope, and cardiac biomarkers. She is widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journal including the Lancet. Her mantra is that “you do not do research for research sake” and as such, clinical redesign and translational research is a key part of her endeavours.

Dr Carmine De Pasquale

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Dr Mike Farkouh

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A/Prof Paul Gould

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Paul Gould is an Electrophysiologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane Australia and an Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland. He completed Medicine with First Class Honours and his Cardiology training at The Alfred Hospital/Monash University in Melbourne. He also completed his Doctoral thesis (PhD) at Monash University with Professor David Kaye as his supervisor. Subsequent to this he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Professor George Klein in Ontario, Canada. He has published widely in his field and participates actively in clinical research, national and international meetings. A long with other colleagues he founded and runs an annual national educational meeting on cardiac arrhythmias and devices. He specialises in complex ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, in particular atrial fibrillation and cardiac device implantation. Current research interests include novel ablation catheter technologies and their clinical application. He is a member of many national Cardiology Committees and is also the inaugural chair of the Australian and New Zealand Cardiac Device Advisory and Complication Committee.

A/Prof Christian Hamilton Craig

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Dr Marcus Ilton

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Prof Geoff Lee

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Dr Dominik Linz

dominik_linz-photo_smallUniversity of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Dominik graduated from the University of Mainz, Germany, in 2007. He joined the world-renowned translational cardiovascular research institute (CARIM) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and obtained his PhD in 2013. After completing a Cardiology training at the University Hospital in Homburg/Saar, Germany, Dominik moved to South Australia to join the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide in 2017. To date, Dominik has co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. As a clinician scientist dedicated to combine preclinical studies and clinical research, he focuses on risk factors management and autonomic modulation in the field of atrial fibrillation.

Dr Sidney Lo

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Prof Andrew McGavigan

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Prof Richard O'Brien

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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Dr Milton Packer

Baylour Scott & White Health, Texas USA

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Dr Vince Paul

Vincent Paul is an Electrophysiologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia. He graduated in Medicine from Manchester University UK and completed his cardiology training in Manchester and London.  He also completed his Doctoral thesis (MD) at Manchester University. Before moving to Perth in 2008 he had held consultant positions at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust and at the St Georges Hospital London.
An early adopter of CRT, he has been involved with teaching and proctoring device implantation both nationally and internationally.

A/Prof Julie Redfern


Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Division
The George Institute for Global Health

A/Professor Julie Redfern is Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute for Global Health, Postgraduate Coordinator at Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney and co-Chair of the Exercise, Prevention and Rehabilitation Council of the CSANZ and a practicing physiotherapist. Julie holds a NHMRC Career Development and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship. She was recently selected on the World Heart Federation Emerging Leader Program and concluded a 6 year term on the CSANZ Board and as Chair of the Allied Health Council. Julie’s research aims to improve access to and engagement with secondary prevention strategies.

Prof Christopher Reid

Professor Christopher Reid is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and holds positions as Associate Director of the Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics at Monash University and Research Professor at Curtin University. He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship in addition to being a Chief Investigator on both NHMRC Project and Program Grants focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention. His major research interests include clinical outcome registries, randomised trials, and epidemiological studies. He has been Study Director for the 2nd Australian National Blood Pressure (ANBP2) Study and currently a Chief Investigator for the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) Study and the Australian arms of the HOPE-3, REACH and CLARIFY Registries. He is a Principal Investigator for the Victorian Cardiac Procedures Registry Project and the Melbourne Interventional Group (MIG) registries. He has more than 300 publications including over 260 peer reviewed journal articles, many of which are in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA and the BMJ. He Chairs the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Evaluation of Cardiovascular Therapies (ASPECT) Collaboration and participates as a WHO consultant for prevention of cardiovascular disease in Mongolia, Vietnam and the West Pacific region.

Prof Frank Ruschitzka

Professor Frank Ruschitzka, MD, FRCP (Edinburgh), FESC is co-head of the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital in Zürich, Switzerland. Professor Ruschitzka received his medical degree from the University of Göttingen in Germany in 1989. He specialized in internal medicine, nephrology and cardiology at the Universities of Göttingen and Zürich.

In 2001, he received the Cardiovascular Science Award of the Swiss Society of Cardiology as well as the Annual Award of the Swiss Society of Hypertension. In 2003, he was awarded the annual Götz-Preis of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zürich for excellence in clinical medicine and research.

In September 2016 Professor Ruschitzka received the Honoris Causa Doctorate of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest.

Professor Ruschitzka is President of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and deputy editor of the European Heart Journal. Professor Ruschitzka has published in such peer-reviewed journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, European  Heart  Journal,  Circulation,  and  Journal  of  the  American  College  of Cardiology.

Professor Ruschitzka’s team focusses on translational research, from the development of novel drugs and devices to randomized clinical trials, in coronary artery disease and heart failure in particular.

Prof Prash Sanders

Professor Prash Sanders is a clinical and academic electrophysiologist. He undertook his Cardiology training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, electrophysiology and doctoral training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before taking up a postdoctoral training in Bordeaux, France. Professor Sanders was appointed to the Knapman-National Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiology Research at the University of Adelaide and as Clinical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2005. He has since established an internationally recognised electrophysiology laboratory and research group which is at the forefront of strategies for the treatment and management of atrial fibrillation. Professor Sanders is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and has published >300 peer-reviewed publications. He has received a variety of accolades including being named the 2010 Australian Medical Researcher of the year under the age of 40, receiving a NHMRC Achievement award for the highest ranked Practitioner Award in 2013, and most recently the RT Hall Prize from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Dr Greg Starmer

Greg Starmer Photo_smallDirector of Cardiology, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, Australia

Dr Greg Starmer is a Clinical and Interventional Cardiologist, and is the current Director of Cardiology at the Cairns Hospital in Far North Queensland.

His professional interests include complex coronary intervention including rotational atherectomy, structural heart intervention, and the ongoing refinement of systems of care and cardiac outreach services in the Far North. He is also the current Chair of the interventional steering committee of the Queensland Cardiac Outcomes Registry.

Prof Liza Thomas

Liza Thomas is a Conjoint Professor at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales and is head of the noninvasive cardiac imaging in the Department of Cardiology at Westmead Hospital. Her major 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 is the cardiovascular coordinator for the NSW Fabry and Amyloidosis groups. Prof Thomas supervises PhD, Masters and ILP students. She has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

Prof Gerald Watts

gerald-watts-photo_smallConsultant Physician
Royal Perth Hospital Unit, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Gerald F Watts is a senior consultant physician, university professor and chair of The Familial Hypercholesterolaemia-Australasia Network. He trained at Imperial and King’s Colleges in the University of London before moving to Australia. He is currently director of the Metabolic Research Centre, Cardiometabolic Services (Department of Cardiology) and Head of the School of Medicine and Pharmacology Unit (University of Western Australia) and Professor of Cardiometabolic Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital campus. Research interests include lipid disorders, obesity and cardiovascular prevention, and clinical interest focuses on delivering improved health care for FH and related conditions. Professor Watts is actively involved in teaching and supervisors several MD and PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. He has authored over 500 published works and is on the editorial board of Atherosclerosis, Clinical Science, Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, and Current Opinion in Lipidology.

Key Dates

Now Open
Early Bird Deadline:
8th December 2017
Meeting Dates:
9th – 10th February 2018

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