Who Are We
Professor Chris Reid
Chris is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with appointments as Research Professor in both the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne. He is Director of the Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement (2016-2020). He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship in addition to being the Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant (2016-2020) focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention. His major research interests include clinical outcome registries, randomised controlled trials, and epidemiological cohort 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, the Statins in Reducing Events in the elderly Trial and the Australian arms of the HOPE-3, REACH and CLARIFY Registries. He is a Principal Investigator for the Victorian Cardiac Procedures Registry Project, the Melbourne Interventional Group (MIG) registry, and the ANZSCTS National Cardiac Surgical Registry. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, many of which are in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JACC and the BMJ. He participates as a WHO consultant for prevention of cardiovascular disease in Mongolia, Vietnam and the West Pacific region.
A/Prof Andrew Ajani
Associate Professor Andrew Ajani is a Melbourne Interventional Cardiologist with a special interest in Acute Coronary Syndromes and In-Stent Restenosis. He is the convener of the Melbourne Intervention Group, who have established a large registry of coronary interventional procedures managed through the CCRE – Therapeutics Data Centre, and to date the MIG has enrolled > 28,000 patients.
He has published over 145 peer reviewed cardiology papers and has presented at multiple national and international cardiology meetings.
A/Prof Rob Baker
Associate Professor Rob Baker is the Director of Cardiac Surgery Research and Perfusion at Flinders University in South Australia.
Prof John Beltrame
Professor John Beltrame is the Michell Professor in Medicine at the University of Adelaide and the Cardiology Academic Lead for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. These roles involve clinical, research and teaching responsibilities.
His research activities primarily focus on coronary heart disease utilising a multidisciplinary approach that includes basic laboratory studies with isolated blood vessel, clinical studies involving the characterization of novel clinical disorders as well as randomised controlled therapeutic trials, and health services research studies using clinical registries and administrative datasets to evaluate healthcare quality.
Prof David Brieger
Professor Brieger is an interventional cardiologist and head of coronary care at Concord Hospital and Professor of Cardiology, University of Sydney.
A/Prof Tom Briffa
Associate Professor Tom Briffa, is a health researcher in the Centre for Health Services Research in the School of Population Health, University of Western Australia
Derek Chew is a clinical and interventional cardiologist as well as a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in cardiovascular medicine.
A/Prof Louise Cullen
Associate Professor Louise Cullen is currently a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Dr Stephen Duffy
Dr. Stephen Duffy is an interventional cardiologist at the Alfred Hospital.
A/Prof Jeffrey Lefkovits
Associate Professor Jeffrey Lefkovits is an interventional cardiologist and Director, Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, Department of Cardiology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Prof Danny Liew
Professor Danny Liew is an epidemilogist and Head of the Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Peter Macdonald is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine in the University of New South Wales, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
Prof Mark Nelson
Professor Mark Nelson is Professor and Chair, Discipline of General Practice, University of Tasmania and Senior Professorial Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research.
A/Prof Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor Suzanne Robinson is Theme Leader for the Health Systems and Health Economics group at Curtin University.
Mr Gil Shardey is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, with previous appointments as Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.
Mr Julian Smith, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at Monash University.
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