Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery


The human body relies on the cardiovascular system to transport blood, oxygen, nutrients and hormones to and from the body’s cells. It does this through a number of components including the heart, lungs, arteries, veins as well as coronary and portal vessels. This essential function is put at risk as a result of heart disease and disorders.


Heart disease remains a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Coronary heart disease (consisting of heart attack and angina) is the most common type of heart disease and accounts for the majority of deaths and hospitalisations in Australia.

Research Manager: Dr Kelley Foster

WMR collaborates with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other health professionals at UnitingCare Health across several sub-specialties to improve the lives of patients with heart disease and disorders through clinical research conducted within the following areas:

  • Cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedures and radiation metrics
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Diagnostic cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology (percutaneous coronary intervention)
  • Electrophysiology and implantable cardiac devices
  • Cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve repair and replacement)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

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Current Research Projects

  • The Return of the Normal Heart – An MRI analysis of resolution of cardiac amyloidosis after chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation [Chief Investigator: Dr Ben Fitzgerald]
  • Towards the rational use of anti-thrombotic prophylaxis to minimize thromboembolic and bleeding complications following transcatheter aortic valve implantation. [Chief Investigator: Dr Jonathon Fanning]
  • Feasibility, safety, adherence and efficacy of high intensity interval training in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation. Is it superior for patient outcomes? [Chief Investigator: Ms Jenna Kirchner]
  • Optimising the clinical application of capnography for monitoring ventilation of sedated patients in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory [Chief Investigator: Dr Aaron Conway]
  • Radiation risk during cardiac catheter procedure: does individualised feedback reduce radiation usage without compromising procedural success? [Chief Investigator: Dr Tony Rafter]

Our Researchers

  • Dr Aaron Conway
  • Dr Ben Fitzgerald
  • Dr Jonathon Fanning
  • Ms Jenna Kirchner
  • Dr Tony Rafter

Research Supporters

Katharina Elizabeth Foundation          |          Estate of Daisy Georgina Love          |          Heart Support Australia – Caboolture