Faculty - nova2024

Meet the team behind NoVa

Course Directors

Professor Rohan Jayasinghe,

Professor Jayasinghe is Medical Director of the Cardiology Department – Gold Coast University Hospital, Professor of Cardiology Griffith University, Clinical Professor of Medicine Macquarie University Sydney, and adjunct Professor of Medicine Bond University Gold Coast.

He has extensive experience as an Interventional cardiologist and is an academic researcher in field of Cardiology worldwide having published articles in different medical magazines/ journals.

Prof Stephen Worthley
MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FACC, FCSANZ, FRCP Mater Hospital North Sydney NSW

Professor Stephen Worthley is a globally renown interventional cardiologist with a particular focus on valve replacements.
He regularly teaches and trains cardiology fellow students in a variety of interventional procedures as well as being active in research with over 230 published papers.

Stephen graduated from Medicine at the Adelaide University. His training included his Cardiology fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, his PhD at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, and post-doctoral fellowship at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne.

Course Co-Directors

Prof Dale Murdoch

Prof Dale Murdoch, FRACP FCSANZ, is a general and interventional cardiologist in Brisbane, Australia, with special
interests in structural heart disease intervention, transcatheter heart valves and transformative technology in healthcare.

Dr Murdoch completed fellowships in interventional cardiology at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia and St Paul’s
Hospital, Vancouver Canada. Currently, he is focussed on clinical
practice, research and education and performs a full range of
complex coronary and structural heart interventions.

He has authored 3 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, and regularly presents at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr Murdoch is a senior staff specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, visits St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside and is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at The University of Queensland.

Prof Kuljit Singh

Prof Kuljit Singh is a senior staff specialist cardiologist at the Gold Coast University Hospital . He is a coronary and structural interventional cardiologist.
Kuljit completed his PhD in Cardiology at university of Adelaide with a research medal and interventioanl cardiology fellowship at the Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dr Ronen Gurtvitch

Dr Ronen Gurvitch completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne followed by specialist cardiology and interventional training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After winning the inaugural CSANZ traveling fellowship award he spent two years training in Vancouver Canada with Professor John Webb, the pioneer of percutaneous heart valve technologies.

He performs a high number of complex coronary interventions including the use of advanced imaging techniques and is regularly on call for the acute infarct angioplasty service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has specific expertise in structural heart disease intervention and is recognised internationally for his work in the field of transcatheter aortic valve intervention.

Currently leading the transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Gurvitch is actively involved in proctoring and teaching other cardiologists setting up their own percutaneous valve replacement programs both nationally and overseas. He has published extensively with over 60 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including as the first author in JACC and Circulation as well as authoring several book chapters.

Dr Suku Thambar

After completing his studies in medicine at the University of Sydney, Dr Suku Thambar undertook training in
cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He then completed a two-year interventional cardiology fellowship
at Rhode Island Hospital in the United States.

In 2000 Dr Thambar was employed as the Senior Staff Specialist Cardiologist at Hunter New England Area
Health, Newcastle, NSW. He holds a conjoint appointment of Senior Staff Interventional Cardiologist at the
John Hunter Hospital, and Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle. He is also a
Visiting Interventional Cardiologist at the outlying Tamworth Base Hospital.

Course Coordinator

Dr Tony Vo

Dr Tony Vo is a staff specialist cardiologist at Gold Coast University Hospital. He performs both coronary and structural interventional with a special interest in PFO and ASD procedures. Dr Vo earned his medical degree from the University of Melbourne
and completed his cardiology training at various Australian teaching hospitals including Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and Royal Darwin Hospital before settling into sunny Queensland and undertaking his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
He will be going to the United States later this year for further education and training in PFO/ASD closures. He is actively involved in teaching has been recognised and been invited on numerous occasions by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CVRF) to be the Australian ambassador for major internationally recognised interventional cardiology meetings
(TCTAP, AP Valves and Structural Heart and Complex PCI).