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

Subspecialty: 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.

Available on Wednesday and Friday
Additional languages spoken: French

Dr Joseph Chiha

Subspecialty: Interventional Cardiology

Dr 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.

Available on: Friday
Additional languages spoken: Arabic (Lebanese)

Associate Professor Hariharan Raju

A/Prof Hariharan 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.

Available on: Thursday

Associate Professor Edward Barin

Subspecialty: 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.

Available on: Tuesday and Thursday
Additional languages spoken: Bahasa, Cantonese, French and Malay

Associate Professor Martin Brown

Subspecialty: Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension

A/Prof. 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.

A/Prof. Brown has been 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, A/Prof. Brown was head of departmental research in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Unit. He has authored more than 60 publications and is a peer reviewer for Circulation, European Heart Journal, Internal Medicine Journal and European Society of Cardiology.

A/Prof. Brown is an Associate Professor in Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. He is a primary investigator in multiple international clinical trials and is invited to lecture internationally.

A/Prof. Brown specialises in advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, structural heart disease and valve therapies, high-risk surgery patients and transplant cardiology.

Available on: Wednesday and Friday

Dr Arvind Iyer

Dr Arvind 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.

Available on Tuesday and Thursday
Additional languages spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Russian, Ukrainian

Dr Fiona Foo

Dr Fiona Foo graduated from the University of Western Australia with honors 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 Foo is an experienced interventional cardiologist, having trained in 2 world renowned, high volume centres. She performs coronary angiography, angioplasty, stents and uses FFR (fractional flow reserve) in guiding management. She actively promotes Women and Heart disease, giving regular presentations, and has written numerous articles regarding women and heart disease, their cardiovascular risk factors, and pregnancy related risk factors. She has a strong interest in Sports cardiology, being very active herself. She sees patients from the "weekend warrior" to the elite athlete. She also advocates a healthy lifestyle, and practices what she preaches; with an extensive exercise regime and endorses a heart healthy diet.

Dr Foo also has interests in preoperative cardiac assessment of patients prior to non-cardiac surgery.

Dr Fiona Foo is actively involved in pro bono international Aid work. She has been regularly visiting CWM Hospital in Suva, Fiji to provide interventional cardiology services and teaching, since 2013. She has also taught and provided interventional cardiology services in Dhulikhel hospital, Nepal and performed the first angioplasty/stent there in 2012. She is passionate about providing cardiology services/medical help to the less fortunate.

She has been an accredited practitioner at Macquarie University Hospital since 2012 and joined MQ Health Cardiology in 2017.

Available on: Monday

Dr Grant Shalaby

Dr Shalaby is a Diagnostic and Procedural Cardiologist with an interest in cardiac pacing and cardiac imaging. Grant has graduated from the University of New South Wales with Bsc Med and MBBS.    He has expertise in the use of device therapy in the management of Heart Failure.

He undertook dual training in Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine, attaining his FRACP in 2007. Dr Shalaby went on to train in cardiac device implantation.  He is currently accredited in device implantation such as permanent pacing, and performs diagnostic coronary angiography, transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE). Dr Shalaby has also undertaken training in the use of Cardiac CT angiography. 

Dr Shalaby is involved in medical teaching of doctors and medical students. He is also a senior lecturer at Macquarie University Medical School.

He has held several past and present roles and is currently the Network Director of Physician Training for the Nepean Hospital network including Nepean, Ryde, Tweed Heads and Bathurst.

Dr Shalaby is committed to staying up to date with the latest developments in the care of the cardiac patient and technological advances in cardiac device therapy. He is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society.

Sessions: Monday afternoon
Additional Languages: Arabic

Dr Rominder Grover

Dr Grover is a consultant cardiologist with a subspecialty interest in multimodality cardiac imaging including echocardiography, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne as a National Medicine Scholar with First Class Honours in 2006. He completed his Basic Physician Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital followed by Advanced Training in Cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital.

He has recently returned to Australia after completing a 12-month postgraduate clinical and research fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada with a particular emphasis on imaging for Structural Heart Interventions.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds Level B accreditation in reporting Cardiac CT with the Conjoint Committee for Reporting Cardiac CT in Australia. He also has expertise in reporting Cardiac MRI equivalent to Level 3 accreditation with the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

In addition to imaging, he has strong interests in heart failure and preventative cardiology. He is passionate about teaching and education, and regularly delivers seminars to his medical colleagues including general practitioners and medical students.

Dr Grover is appointed at MQ Health as an Imaging Cardiologist and consults at the clinic in Blacktown.

Available: Thursdays, and Wednesday (fortnightly) at Blacktown.

Dr Athula Gunasekara

In addition to adult general cardiology Dr. Athula Gunasekara provides a range of Interventional Cardiology services. His expertise includes Complex Coronary Intervention; Peripheral Vascular Intervention; and Percutaneous Therapy for structural and valvular heart disease. He is renowned for complex CTO intervention and LAA closure device implantation.

Dr Gunasekara graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997. After completing his general cardiology training, he further trained in Interventional Cardiology at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. In 2008 he further developed his interest and expertise in Interventional Cardiology; endovascular procedures; and structural heart disease at the prestigious Mount Sinai Cardiovascular Institute in New York, USA under the mentorship of Dr. Samin Sharma.
Since then he has continued to train with internationally recognized experts in the field of Interventional Cardiology in the USA; Japan and Europe and is able to offer highly specialized diagnostic and interventional techniques to his patients.

Available: Saturdays

Associate Professor Chrishan Joseph Nalliah

A/Prof Chrishan Nalliah is a clinical academic electrophysiologist with a vision to meet the needs of patients with arrhythmia disorders by delivering excellent clinical care and engagement in translational/clinical research. He is presently appointed Conjoint Associate Professor at Macquarie University and Macquarie University Hospital.

He graduated from Medicine with Honors from The University of Sydney, completed clinical cardiology training at Westmead Hospital and was admitted as a fellow to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2015. Throughout his clinical training he was awarded multiple awards by the National Heart Foundation (NHF), Australian Medical Association and the Westmead Foundation.

Dr Nalliah completed a PhD and clinical fellowship at The University of Melbourne supported by the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation post graduate scholarship. He trained under Professor Jonathan Kalman at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, a world leader and pioneer in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. His PhD investigated the arrhythmogenic role of obesity and sleep apnoea in the human heart. This work has been awarded multiple accolades including the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) young investigator of the year, CSANZ arrhythmia prize and the Heart Rhythm Society Eric Prystowsky Award. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Westmead Hospital investigating ventricular arrhythmia mechanisms supported by the APHRS travelling fellowship. Dr Nalliah's work has culminated in multiple international publications and presentations at national/international conferences. To date he has co-authored greater than 40 publications, five book chapters and is an invited speaker at CSANZ. A/Prof Nalliah is presently a lecturer at the Macquarie University MD program.

His clinical expertise spans general cardiology, complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmia management, device implantation and diagnosis/management of inherited arrhythmia syndromes. These skills have been developed through clinical fellowships at two high volume electrophysiology centers of excellence.

Dr Nalliah believes in a patient centered approach to clinical management that involves partnership with patients, primary care physicians and allied health. He sees patients with complaints relating to general cardiology and all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology.

Available: Wednesdays at Macquarie and Tuesdays at Blacktown

Dr Ruba Haddad

Dr Ruba Haddad is a Clinical Cardiologist and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Specialist. She has particular interests in familial cardiomyopathies, inherited arrhythmias, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and aortopathies.

After obtaining a cardiology fellowship from Hunter New England Health, Dr Haddad pursued an electrophysiology and pacing fellowship followed by clinical genetics training with a focus on inherited arrhythmia. She then spent two years in Canada at The University of Ottawa Heart Institute pursuing a clinical and research fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplantation. During her time in Canada, Dr Haddad also trained in inherited arrhythmia and gained extensive experience in pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Haddad is accredited to provide patient care at Macquarie University Hospital.

Availability: Mondays
Additional languages spoken: Arabic