PROFESSOR AMAL MATTU - Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Maryland, USA

Dr. Amal Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. He joined the faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland in 1996. He has received more than twenty teaching commendations including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA); and in 2000 he was selected as Founder's Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus. He received the 2005-2006 Rookie Faculty of the Year Award and the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award from ACEP, Program Director of the Year Awards from the AAEM Resident and Student Association in 2006 and from EMRA in 2011, the 2007 Maryland Emergency Physician of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter-ACEP, the 2008 "Joe Lex" National Educator of the Year Award from AAEM, and the 2013 "Peter Rosen Award" for outstanding leadership in academic emergency medicine. In 2013 he was awarded ACEP's highest honor for teaching"'he Outstanding Contributions to Education Award.

Dr. Mattu's areas of academic focus are emergency cardiology, geriatric emergency medicine, faculty development, and risk management. He has authored the bestselling texts ECGs for the Emergency Physician Volume 1 and Volume 2, and he has served as an editor for 14 other texts in emergency medicine. Dr. Mattu is the first emergency physician to serve as primary Guest Editor on issues of Cardiology Clinics (twice) and Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, and he serves as the consulting editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. Dr. Mattu is a frequent speaker at national and international CME conferences in emergency medicine.

Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship and the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland.


PROFESSOR DAVID MCGIFFIN, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Alfred Health, Melbourne

Professor McGiffin is cardiac and transplant surgeon. His research interests include new generation ventricular assist devices, appropriate use of ECMO and he has been instrumental in establishing pulmonary thrombectomy in Melbourne for the treatment of  chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

DR ZEFF KOUTSOGIANNIS, Emergency Physician and Toxicologist, Austin Health, Melbourne

Dr Koutsogiannis is an emergency medicine specialist and expert in toxicology at Austin Health Melbourne. Dr Zeff Koutsogiannis is an Emergency Physician and a Clinical Toxicologist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He consults for the Victorian and NSW Poison Information Centres. He has an interest in illicit drug use, acid-base disturbances and the critically unwell poisoned patient. 


DR DION STUB - Interventional Cardiologist, The Alfred, Melbourne

Dr Dion Stub graduated from Monash University in 2003 and undertook cardiology training, at The Alfred Hospital. Dion has particular interest in treating the cardiac emergencies of myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest, and was awarded his PhD in 2013 developing Australia’s first treatment pathway for patients with refractory cardiac arrest, through combined research at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and The Alfred Hospital.

Dr Dion Stub specialises in coronary and structural heart intervention at the Alfred Hospital, Western Health Cardiology & Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.


DR LUCIA LE-KIM - Emergency Physician, Western Health, Melbourne

Dr Lucia Le-Kim is an Emergency Physician at Western Health Melbourne, and a Retrieval Physician for the Victorian state retrieval service ( Adult Retrieval Victoria).

She graduated from Melbourne University Medical school in 1998, and soon undertook emergency medicine training at Western Health, Barwon Health, The Royal Darwin Hospital and the Alfred .She became a fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in 2009.

She has a particular interest in remote area medicine, indigenous health and trauma, and took further work to remote areas of the Northern Territory and South of India.

Lucia has also worked for the Northern Territory Aeromedical Service and the Royal Flying Doctors.

Currently she is involved in emergency medicine education, and interested in systems delivery and quality of care. 


DR GAUTAM VADDADI, Consultant Cardiologist, The Alfred and Northern Health, Melbourne. Director of Cardiac Services, Cabrini Health

Dr Gautam Vaddadi is a general adult cardiologist with expertise in a broad range of non-invasive cardiology. He graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1999 and was also awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science for research at the Baker Heart Research Institute. He completed basic physician training at Austin Health in 2003 and undertook advanced training in cardiology, heart failure and transplantation at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne from 2004 to 2006. He then undertook further post graduate studies investigating the mechanisms of syncope (low blood pressure and fainting) from 2006 to 2009. This work resulted in several high profile peer reviewed research publications in leading cardiovascular journals. Dr Vaddadi was awarded the Ralph Reader Prize by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2008 for his research investigating syncope. He is the Head of Heart Failure Services at Northern Health and has been heavily involved in redesigning the heart failure program including a focus on flow through ED. He is currently undertaking a DHS funded project to improve care of heart failure patients in primary care. In 2017 he was appointed Director of Cardiac Services, Cabrini Health.


PROFESSOR HARSHAL NANDURKAR:  Director of Haematology Alfred Health

Professor Nandurkar specialized in clinical and laboratory haematology at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and his research training included PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and postdoctoral research at Monash University-Department of Biochemistry.  His research interests include the development of new anticoagulants targeted to platelets or endothelium, identification of pathways that regulate haemostasis and understanding molecular mechanisms in antiphospholipid syndrome. He supervises a basic and translational research laboratory supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health, USA, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia and the Heart Foundation, Australia.  He is currently Vice President of the Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and Secretary of the International Union of Angiology (Australia Chapter).

A/PROF JUSTIN MARIANI: Cardiologist and Rhythm/Device Management Specialist, St Vincents Hospital (Melbourne)

Dr Justin Mariani was trained as a specialist cardiologist in Melbourne at The Alfred Hospital, and then completed a PhD at Monash University and the Baker Institute. This was followed with an Interventional Heart Failure Fellowship in Toronto, Canada at the University of Toronto. He achieved specialist status as a cardiologist in 2006.

His expertise is in all fields of cardiology, but he has special interest and training in heart failure and cardiomyopathies, surgical implantation and follow-up of devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators (and recognised nationally as a leader in cardiac resynchronisation therapy), and clinical and research interest in haemodynamics (pressure) and cardiac catheterisation.

Dr DAVID MCGAW, Interventional and Structural Cardiologist, Monash Heart and Cabrini Health

David is senior cardiologist specialising in both intervention and structural heart disease. He is actively involved in teaching, particularly assisting procedural cardiologists to develop their clinical skills.