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Assoc. Prof. Nidhikant Patel

Associate Professor Nidhikant Patel (MBBS, MD, FRACP, FCSANZ) has been in practice as a consultant cardiologist at Auburn Cardiology Centre and a VMO cardiologist at Auburn Hospital, Sydney for more than 40 years. He also coordinates and chairs regular teaching and quality care meetings at the Auburn hospital. He was previously a VMO cardiologist at Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney from 1974 until 2017. He has a longstanding commitment to medical student, Resident medical officer and general medical practitioner teaching. Professor Patel is actively involved in mentoring students and resident staff at the Auburn hospital. He is currently appointed as Associate Professor at Notre Dame University. In 2015 he was awarded the Australia Day Local Citizen of the Year award in recognition for his long service to the Auburn and surrounding communities. He has specific expertise in the management of various cardiac conditions. He is also involved in research activities at various hospitals.

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Assoc. Prof. Sanjay Patel

A/Professor Sanjay Patel (MBBS [Hons 1 Syd] PhD FRACP FCSANZ) is a Staff Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Group Leader at the Heart Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School. He was awarded his MBBS (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney in 2000; completed his advanced cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 2006; and his doctoral studies in 2009, supported by a NHF postgraduate research scholarship. He then undertook postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, whilst simultaneously training in interventional cardiology at Stanford University Medical Centre (2009-2010), supported by an NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Fellowship Grant.

He has specific expertise in complex coronary intervention, intra-coronary imaging, renal artery denervation and transcatheter structural procedures (including PFO/ASD closure, balloon mitral valvuloplasty, prosthetic perileak closure). He also established a CT coronary angiography co-reporting service at RPAH and Alfred Imaging and currently holds level A CT certification.

As a cardiovascular researcher, he has published over 100 research papers and abstracts; and leads a ranslational coronary disease program at RPAH and HRI, with a specific focus on drug therapies targeting arterial inflammation. This program has attracted over >$1millon in peer-reviewed research funding.

A/Prof Patel has admitting rights at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital.

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Dr. Clare Arnott

Dr Clare Arnott is a staff specialist cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital who specialises in advanced cardiac imaging, women’s cardiovascular health and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Arnott graduated with an MBBS(Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2007. She also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (2003) and a PhD in Medicine (2017) from the University of Sydney. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

She completed her basic medical and advanced cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital. She also obtained a fellowship in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Dr Arnott established and runs the Women’s Heart Clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Charles Perkins Centre). In addition to this work, she is also at consultant cardiologist at the RPA Pulmonary Hypertension clinic and performs cardiac CT imaging at Alfred Imaging (RPA Medical Centre).

Dr Arnott is a clinical researcher, with a senior post-doctoral position at the George Institute for Global Health. She is regularly invited to speak nationally on her work and has obtained multiple scholarships, grants and awards for her research. Most notably, she has a 2017 Winston Churchill Fellowship for her work in Women’s Cardiovascular Health. Dr Arnott also engages in medical teaching as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and Unit of Study Co-ordinator for the Master in Medicine (Cardiology).

Her qualifications are BMedSci MBBS(Hons) PhD FRACP.

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Dr. Kevin Fung

Dr. Kevin Fung graduated with first class honours from the University of NSW and he has been a staff cardiologist at Concord Hospital since 2002. He specialises in general adult cardiology, coronary angiography and heart failure.
His clinical interests include coronary artery disease and hypertension. Apart from English he is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Assoc. Prof. William Chik

Associate Professor William Chik is an Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Cardiac Device Implantation Specialist and adult General Cardiologist. He currently has public appointments as a Consultant Cardiologist at Westmead and Auburn Public Hospitals. He is an accredited Cardiologist at Westmead Private Hospital and Strathfield Private Hospital. He has academic appointments with the University of Sydney and Notre Dame Australia.

A/Prof Chik has extensive experience in general cardiology, hypertension and heart failure management. He specialises in management of heart rhythm disorders and is an expert in radiofrequency ablation of cardiac arrhythmia. He has special interests in cardiac device implantation including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and biventricular pacing to deliver cardiac resynchronization therapy

A/Prof Chik was awarded his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Adelaide in 2002. He completed advanced cardiology training in South Australia and Westmead Hospital in New South Wales. He was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2009.

A/Prof Chik was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney. Outstanding cardiac research output has been highlighted by over 100 national and international peer reviewed publications and abstract presentations, culminating in international recognition and awards from the cardiac electrophysiology and pacing community.

He returned to Australia following the completion of his Clinical Intervention Fellowship specialising in Cardiac Arrhythmia and Cardiac Device Management at the prestigious Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2013-2015) where he worked and published clinical research with the renowned world leading experts in this field.

He is a current Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (FCSANZ) and American College of Cardiology (FACC).

He speaks fluent Cantonese and is conversant in Mandarin.

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Dr. Rahul Kurup

Dr. Rahul Kurup is a consultant cardiologist with an interest in lifestyle modification in preventive cardiology and percutaneous intervention for coronary artery and structural heart disease. He completed his cardiology training at Westmead Hospital and is currently a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Medicine. He has a passion for translational medical research and is currently undertaking a PhD with the Heart Research Institute and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, looking at the role of inflammation in heart disease.