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Our Doctors


Associate Professor Roderic Warren

Associate Professor Rod Warren has been the director of Interventional Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 20 years. Having trained at Royal Melbourne, undertaken a PhD at the Baker Institute and advanced angioplasty training in the United States. He has performed more than 50000 procedures and has been instrumental in developing the acute infarct service at Royal Melbourne and Melbourne Private hospitals. He has trained many interventional cardiologists both locally and from overseas and the units have achieved outstanding results for re-vascularisation either by stent or bypass surgery.  
He also provides a service to country centres and interstate in Tasmania.


Associate Professor James Wong

Associate Professor James Wong is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and Heart failure specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985 with honours in Medicine and Surgery. Trained in cardiology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and was awarded a National Heart Foundation scholarship to complete a PhD in vascular biology at the Baker Medical Research Institute. Post graduate training was obtained in an Advance Cardiac Imaging Fellowship in the Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio USA. He won first prize in the advanced fellow's research award for two successive years at the Cleveland Clinic, first prize at the Ohio Chapter of the ACC Young Investigators award in 1997, first prize in the Young Investigators Award of the American Society of Echocardiograpy 1998 for work on ultrasound facilitated gene therapy. Main interests are in treatment of heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiac ultrasound and stress echocardiography


Dr Helen Thomson

Trained in cardiology at The Prince Charles Hospital and was awarded the Prince Charles Clinical Fellowship and NH&MRC Postgraduate scholarships to complete a PhD at the University of Queensland in Baroreceptor function in health and disease. Further post graduate fellowship was obtained in an Advance Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic USA. Dr. Thomson has appointments at the Alfred Hospital, and has joined The Heart Specialists as a non invasive cardiologist with excellent clinical and research credentials in cardiac ultrasound and stress echocardiography.


Dr Joseph Morton

 Dr Joe Morton graduated from the University of Melbourne with a medical degree in 1992. He underwent his residency and registrar training in internal medicine and cardiology at Austin Health. Whilst a cardiology registrar at the Austin Hospital his interest in cardiac electrophysiology. He received a National Heart Foundation scholarship and completed a PhD during his fellowship researching atrial electrophysiology, in particular exploring the link between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. Dr Morton has undertaken research into various aspects of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. His current research interest is in the field of sudden cardiac death, especially in patients with chronic kidney disease. He has ongoing active research projects investigating and defining the substrate for ventricular arrhythmias in cardiomyopathy.

Dr Morton performs a large number of catheter ablation and pacing / device procedures at the RMH, Melbourne Private Hospital and John Fawkner Private Hospital. Dr Morton is available to provide consultations at both the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Western Hospital through their respective arrhythmia clinics, and also through his private rooms at John Fawkner Hospital Cardiology.   


Dr Samuel Wright

Dr Wright graduated with his medical degree from University of Melbourne before undertaking his clinical training at Royal Melbourne and Austin Hospitals. He completed advanced physician training in Cardiology before specialising in multi-modality cardiac imaging, including level A CT coronary angiography accreditation, and is one of a very small number of cardiologists in Melbourne with dual training in Nuclear Medicine. 
He is currently appointed as a staff specialist Cardiologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as a consultant physician at Northern Health and provides nuclear cardiology (and general nuclear) investigations at MIA radiology at John Fawkner Hospital, Epping and Warringal Private Hospital.
Special interests include; chest pain, undifferentiated dyspnoea, heart failure and managing cardiac issues in complex medical patients.


Dr Pavithra Naidu

Dr Naidu completed her medical degree from the University of Adelaide. She then undertook postgraduate training in Cardiology at Geelong Hospital followed by a two year Echocardiography fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She joined the Heart Specialists in 2015. Areas of interest include chest pain, heart failure and adult congenital heart disease.


Dr Matthew Brooks

Dr Brooks is a cardiologist specialising in structural heart disease and coronary intervention. Completing his cardiology training and an interventional cardiology fellowship at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, he undertook additional advanced fellowships in complex coronary intervention (including chronic total occlusion PCI), transcatheter aortic and mitral valve intervention, and structural intervention at Rigshospitalet University Hospital in Copenhagen and The Edinburgh Heart Centre in Scotland. 
He holds appointments as a consultant cardiologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and John Fawkner and Melbourne Private Hospitals. He also regularly attends regional clinics in Mildura


Dr Bhupesh Pathik

BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACP, PhD


Consultant Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist


Bhupesh Pathik is committed to the management of his patients with a range of general cardiac issues with a special interest in the management of patients with arrhythmias.

Bhupesh Pathik graduated from the University of Tasmania with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with First Class Honours. He completed his Basic Physician Training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Advanced Training in Cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.  He subsequently completed a PhD at the Royal Melbourne Hospital evaluating the mechanisms of atrial arrhythmias using novel 3D mapping techniques. He was awarded the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and National Heart Foundation (NHF) Postgraduate Research Scholarship to undertake this research. His research has been presented at national and international meetings and published in leading international journals.

After completing his PhD, Bhupesh Pathik completed a two year clinical fellowship in Pacing and Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA. Here, he furthered his skills with a focus on the use of 3D mapping for complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

He has public appointments at the Royal Melbourne and Box Hill Hospitals and has private appointments at John Fawkner, Melbourne Private and Epworth (Eastern and Richmond) Hospitals.


Dr Kai Leong

Dr Kai Leong graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with honours in medicine and surgery. He then completed all of his post-graduate medical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to become a dual qualified general medicine specialist physician and cardiologist. Dr Kai Leong completed his echocardiography fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before being awarded an EACVI/ESC (European Society of Cardiology) grant to undertake further advanced imaging training (cardiac MRI and cardiac CT) at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK. Dr Kai Leong is a multi-modality cardiac imaging specialist and is a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, and is SCMR and SCCT level 3 accredited in cardiac MRI and CT.


Dr Josie Warren

Dr Josie Warren completed her Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Sciences degrees at Monash University in 2015, graduating with first class honours in both.  She then undertook basic physician training at the Alfred Hospital, before completing Advanced Training in Cardiology at the Alfred, St Vincent's and Royal Hobart Hospitals. In addition to her clinical work, she is enrolled in a PhD examining new cardiac CT techniques in the assessment of coronary artery disease and completing a part time fellowship in interventional cardiology. She has a special interest in managing coronary artery disease, heart failure and women's heart disease. 


Dr Homa Forotan

Dr Homa Forotan is a cardiologist committed to providing a detailed assessment of your symptoms and heart condition with a caring and compassionate approach, whilst helping you understand your symptoms and cardiac diagnosis. She treats people with a range of general cardiac issues with a special interest in valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy.


She studied Biomedical and Neuroscience at the University of Queensland and subsequently undertook her medical studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She completed her Cardiology Advance Training in Brisbane at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She is subspecialising in Multimodality Cardiac Imaging including echocardiography, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  


Dr Homa Forotan is multilingual and passionate about improving cardiovascular health of her patients, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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