MQ Health - Macquarie University

Cardiology clinic

Providing the highest quality patient care and treatment for heart-related conditions including coronary heart disease, heart failure and hypertension.

Our Doctors

Dr Jason Kaplan

Subspeciality: Echocardiography

Dr Jason Kaplan studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999, then completed his internal medicine training at St George and Prince of Wales Hospitals and adult cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His clinical interests include sports cardiology, integrative and preventative cardiology and cardiac imaging for minimally invasive cardiac procedures.

Prior to training in cardiology, Dr Kaplan completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology. His training in these areas allows Dr Kaplan to adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, particularly those with multiple medical issues. Dr Kaplan has also completed additional training in cardiac imaging in Australia and has spent time at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA. He performs transoesophageal echocardiography, pharmacological stress (dobutamine) echocardiography and has brought the use of contrast echo and strain imaging to Macquarie University Hospital. He is an accredited specialist in Cardiac CT and personally evaluates all his patients’ scans. Dr Kaplan is currently Clinical Lead of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine at Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre and is a clinical lecturer in Medicine and Cardiology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Additional languages spoken: French

Dr Joseph Chiha

Subspeciality: Interventional Cardiology

Joseph Chiha received his medical degree with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2003. He then completed his internal medicine and adult cardiology training through the Westmead Hospital Network. Dr Chiha was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2009. Following his PhD, he undertook a 2 year fellowship in complex interventional cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, Canada, in association with the Toronto General Hospital. This is a world leader in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease. He returned in 2016 bringing his experience and motivation to MQ Health. His clinical interests include integrating diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology and invasive coronary procedures including angiography and stenting. Dr Joseph Chiha is a general cardiologist with sub-specialty training and accreditation in interventional cardiology.

Dr Chiha also has experience in aged care and the renal complications of coronary disease, especially contrast nephropathy and coronary interventions. He is a consultant cardiologist for Douglass Hanly Moir Cardiac Services, responsible for the interpretation and reporting of 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitors, electrocardiograms and holter monitors. He believes a consultative approach to cardiology and thorough communication with each member of the medical team responsible for his patients is paramount to excellent care.

Additional languages spoken: Arabic (Lebanese)

Dr Edward Barin

Subspeciality: Cardiac Arrhythmias, Hypertension, Heart Failure

A/Prof. Edward Barin is a consultant cardiologist and head of the discipline of cardiology at MQ Health which comprises of Macquarie University Hospital and outpatient clinics and is Senior VMO in the department of cardiology and the department of medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.  Dr Barin teaches in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University and its medical school.  He also consults at North Shore Private Hospital, RNS Hospital and Ryde Hospital. His clinical and research interests include heart arrhythmias, implanted devices, hypertension, vascular imaging and arterial analysis techniques.

Having graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 1979, Dr Barin was a fellow of the National Heart Foundation of Australia between 1985 and 1987, and undertook postgraduate studies in London, England. He holds postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Epidemiology from Sydney University and has been Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney.  His recent published research has been in J Hypertension, JMRI, J Applied Physiology and Heart Lung and Circulation.  A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Dr Barin is also a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, a recipient of the Ralph Reader Investigator's Prize and Member of the US and European Heart Rhythm Societies.

In his spare time, he explores seaside walks with his wife and reads travel books.

Additional languages spoken: Bahasa, Cantonese, French and Malay

Dr Peter Illes

Subspeciality: Device Implantation (Management and Monitor)

Dr Illes trained at the University of Cape Town in General Medicine, receiving an MB BCh, and subsequently attained his FCP (SA). He completed his cardiology training as Senior Registrar to Professor Ronald Campbell (President Elect of the British Cardiac Society) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he qualified in interventional cardiology with extensive electrophysiology study experience. Dr Illes emigrated to Australia in 1997 and attained his FRACP in 1998. He also holds a DCH (SA). His current appointments are at Sydney Adventist Hospital as interventional cardiologist and as Director of the Coronary Care Unit. He is also a senior clinical lecturer at Macquarie University.

Dr Illes has a special interest in interventional cardiology, device implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronisation therapy, for which he conducted the first implant in Australia. He is also interested in heart failure management. He now administers one of the largest home monitoring sites for pacemakers and defibrillators – monitoring over 200 patients remotely. This site is run with the cooperation of other cardiologists whose patients are monitored. Dr Illes is the principle investigator in numerous pacemaker and defibrillator outcome trials, including for PASSES (Medtronic), FREEDOM (St Judes), COGNITION (Biotronik), IN-TIME (Biotronik, IMPACT (Biotronik).

Dr Arvind Iyer

Dr Iyer is dedicated to providing impeccable, compassionate and comprehensive care, state of art screening services, expert preventative care and diagnosis in this professional facility. Dr Iyer graduated from St Petersburg State Medical University with high distinction. He was bestowed the Presidential Red Degree for attaining the university gold medallist with academic excellence. He subsequently completed postgraduate training in the UK. Dr Iyer underwent further Physician’s training at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney and completed his Cardiology training and fellowship in Royal Canberra and Launceston General Hospitals. Dr Iyer has a special interest in heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy, onco-cardiology, cardiovascular disease in women, structural and valvular heart disease with a strong focus on non-invasive cardiology such as Stress ECHO, LV strain, Trans-oesophageal and 3D TTE. He is a faculty member at Macquarie University Hospital and a VMO at Ryde Hospital.

Additional languages spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Russian, Ukrainian

Dr Michael Ward

Subspeciality: Interventional Cardiology

Dr Michael Ward is an interventional cardiologist at Macquarie University and RNS Hospitals with wide clinical and research experience in the vascular biology of atherogenesis, including postgraduate studies at the Baker Institute in Melbourne. He translates this expertise to his work in the diagnostic laboratories at Macquarie University Hospital, and is nationally recognised for his skill in endocatheter techniques. His research has enhanced understanding of the biology of ischaemic syndromes and heart failure.

Dr Martin Brown

Subspecialty: Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr Brown graduated from London University in 1994 and completed specialist training in both cardiology and general medicine in 2007. He studied a Fellowship in advanced heart failure and heart transplantation at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane in 2008 and was a staff cardiologist in the cardiac transplant unit for 5 years, before returning to Sydney in 2014.

Dr Brown was awarded Fellowships to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2007, the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 2009, the European Society of Cardiology 2012 and the Royal College of Physicians (London) 2014.

During his 5 years at The Prince Charles Hospital, Dr Brown was head of departmental research in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Unit. He has authored more than 60 publications and is a regular guest reviewer for Circulation, European Heart Journal and European Society of Cardiology.

Dr Brown is a Senior Lecturer at both the University of Queensland and Macquarie University and an investigator in multiple international clinical trials.

Dr Brown specialises in advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, percutaneous valve therapies, high-risk surgery patients and transplant cardiology.

Dr Fiona Foo

Subspeciality: Interventional Cardiology

Dr Fiona Foo graduated from the University of Western Australia with honours, and completed her Advanced Cardiology Training in Fremantle Hospital (WA). She then undertook Interventional Cardiology Fellowships in the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, in Edmonton, Canada; and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr Hari Raju

Dr Hari Raju undertook over 10 years of training in cardiology before commencing in specialist practice as a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney. He was first awarded his medical degree from University of Leeds (UK) in 2001. His subsequent extensive medical and cardiological training includes a PhD doctorate from St George's (University of London, UK) and 3.5 years of subspecialty clinical cardiac electrophysiology training at leading international institutions: St Thomas' Hospital (London, UK); St George's Hospital (London, UK); and Royal Melbourne Hospital (Australia). His mentors at these institutions include internationally-renowned electrophysiologists and world-class device specialists including Professors Mark O'Neill, C Aldo Rinaldi and Jon Kalman in addition to international expert consensus representatives for inherited primary arrhythmia syndromes, Dr Elijah Behr and Dr Jitendra Vohra.

His academic interest in sudden death and sports cardiology has been recognised by the international community and published in high-profile journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Moreover, he won the Young Investigator Award at Heart Rhythm Congress in 2013 for his research focusing on the genetics of sudden death. He personally performed specialist cardiac evaluation on over 2000 young individuals as part of the UK nationwide Cardiac Risk in the Young screening programme, which included pre-participation evaluation of the Great Britain 2012 Olympic team, Premiership football teams and other elite athletes. This expertise was recognised by his invitation to deliver a talk on bradycardia in athletes at the premier international cardiology conference: the European Society of Cardiology Congress in 2015.

Nephrology Dr Mona Razavian

Subspeciality: Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Glomerulonephritis and Kidney Stone Disease

Dr Razavian has outpatient clinics at Macquarie University Clinic. She is a visiting consultant nephrologist at Macquarie University Hospital and a staff specialist nephrologist at Concord Hospital. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000. Following completion of her nephrology training at Concord and Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospitals, she undertook research in cardiovascular health in chronic kidney disease at the George Institute for Global Health.

Dr Razavian's areas of interests are chronic kidney disease (early detection and early implementations of preventative measures aimed at slowing progression and complications of kidney disease), hypertension, glomerulonephritis, renal stones and dialysis. Her affiliation with Concord and RPA Hospitals facilitates multidisciplinary approach to care of patients in need of renal replacement therapy (dialysis ortransplantation). Dr Razavian has admitting rights at Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital.