Leading cardiologist addresses CGHS

A WORLD renowned clinician-scientist  has addressed staff and students at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale on atrial fibrillation.

Professor Jonathan Kalman, who leads clinical and research groups in the Department of Cardiac Arrhythmias at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne, won the National Health and Medical Research Council top practitioner fellow award last year.

Prof Kalman is using this fellowship to deliver his lecture on better understanding the causes of atrial fibrillation, with the aim to develop improved methods of prevention and treatment.

CGHS emergency department deputy director, Dr John Hambly, organised the lecture, which attracted more than 70 people.

CGHS medical director, Dr Howard Connor, said Professor Kalman had international standing in his field of cardiac arrhythmia research and trained a generation of academic electrophysiologists nationally and internationally.

“He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and authored over 30 book chapters,” Dr Connor said. 

“In 2012, he published an invited state-of-the-art review in The Lancet on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.”

Prof Kalman lectures throughout the world and has been invited to deliver the Paul Wood keynote address to the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester next month. 

This is the most prestigious lecture hosted by the British Cardiovascular Society and Prof Kalman is the first Australian cardiologist to be accorded this honour.