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Cardiology Services

Geelong Cardiology Practice

The Geelong Cardiology Practice is the leading provider of cardiac services in the Geelong region. We are a private outpatient clinic located within University Hospital Geelong, offering services to Geelong and surrounding regions. Referrals to Geelong Cardiology Practice can be made by a GP or health professional.


Geelong Cardiology Practice is committed to delivering personalised, high quality healthcare to patients in the hospital setting as well as via their Private Consultation clinic, enabling a continuum of care for patients and their families.

Geelong Cardiology Practice has 11 cardiologists providing extensive cardiology services, which are supported by over 70 staff including cardiac technologists, registered nurses, radiographers and administration personnel.


A/Prof Chin Hiew (Director)

Dr Alan Appelbe A/Prof John Amerena Dr Martin Sebastian

Dr Elizabeth Ryan

Dr Daryl Ridley Dr Michael Mok Dr Mark Perrin

Dr Cathy Jaworski

Dr Adam Hutchison

 Dr Ryan Spencer

Dr Kate Rankin

Dr. Ram Parameswaran

Services provided include

  • Consultations with cardiologists
  • Coronary angiography, angioplasty & stent implantation
  • Rotablator Rotational Atherectomy
  • 24 hour (seven days a week) ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction Service
  • Electrophysiological studies and radio frequency ablation
  • Pacemaker implantation, including biventricular pacing for heart failure
  • Pacemaker evaluation
  • Defibrillator implants and replacements
  • Structural heart disease interventions including PFO/ASD closure
  • Anatomical and Functional assessment of coronary artery disease with IVUS, FFR and OCT studies
  • Echocardiography, including Transoesophageal and Stress Echo
  • Exercise stress tests, tilt table tests
  • ECGs
  • Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring – Holter, Event and Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
  • Our Cardiologists also provide services to patients St John of God Hospital Geelong and Epworth Geelong

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a minimally-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for people suffering from a narrowing of the aortic valve. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and allows patients to recover without the need for intensive care, going home after an average of only three days.

Barwon Health's University Hospital Geelong is the first and currently the only Victorian Hospital outside Melbourne, to offer the TAVI service.

TAVI is available to both public and privately insured patients with severe aortic stenosis.Referred patients will be assessed and managed by a dedicated multidisciplinary TAVI team. Referrals can be made to Dr. Chin Hiew, Dr. Michael Mok and Mr. Michael Rowland.

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) / Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure devices

Referrals for an assessment can be made to A/Prof Chin Hiew, Dr Adam Hutchison or Dr Michael Mok.

Geelong Cardiology Early Access Clinics

Geelong Cardiology at University Hospital Geelong is now providing early access outpatient clinics to ensure prompt follow up of all patients admitted to hospital with a cardiology issue. These clinics run on a weekly basis and are attended by cardiology consultants and registrars.

We offer three separate clinics covering different fields of Cardiology.

  1. Early Access Cardiology Clinic which reviews patients with a broad spectrum of general cardiology issues following discharge from the cardiology unit.
  2. Heart Rhythm Clinic provided by Dr. Mark Perrin, one of our electrophysiology specialists.
  3. Early Access Heart Failure Clinic which is attended by medical staff, nursing and pharmacy and aims to review all patients presenting to hospital with heart failure within seven days of discharge, to ensure patients are receiving the most effective treatment possible and that patients are managing well at home following discharge.

The institution of these early access clinics aids in ensuring our patients are receiving thorough outpatient care in a timely manner following their inpatient stay.

Assoc. Prof. Chin Hiew B.Sc (Hons), PG Echo, PG Clinical Trials, MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, FSCAI

Assoc. Prof. Chin Hiew is Barwon Health's Director of Cardiology. Chin is a Consultant & Interventional Cardiologist and Cardiac CT specialist (Level B). He completed his MBBS at the University of Queensland and subsequently attained his FRACP in Cardiology. He did further post graduate studies and training in Australia, USA and London, UK. He has been with Barwon Health since 2009. Chin has an interest in the application of evidence-based cardiology to clinical practice in addition to percutaneous cardiovascular intervention. He is the principal site investigator for VCOR and MIG Registries and co-investigator in many multi-centres clinical trials through the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit. He has an academic appointment with Deakin University in the School of Medicine as a Clinical Senior Lecturer and has been involved in teaching and supervisory role for medical students, cardiology registrars and fellows. He is a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and American Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.

Consultant cardiologists


Graduated in 1983 and did his undergraduate training in cardiology at the Royal Melbourne and Alfred hospitals before spending two years at Emory University in USA doing post graduate training and research in echocardiography.  He has been part of the Geelong medical community for over 20 years and introduced stress echo and transoesophageal echo to Geelong.  His special interests are in the various fields of echocardiograph especially valvular heart disease.

Assoc. Professor John Amerena MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ - Director, Geelong Cardiology Research Unit

Trained in Melbourne, followed by four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time he worked in the fields of hypertension & hyperlipidaemia, before returning to Australia where he is now a Cardiologist at Barwon Health. He currently has appointments with Deakin University in the School of Medicine as well as the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. He is the director of the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit which is currently involved in many phase II – III clinical trials, as well as director of Cardiac Services at Geelong Private Hospital. While still involved in hypertension he has become involved in research in atherothrombosis, especially with respect to antithrombotic/antiplatelet therapies, particularly in the context of atrial fibrillation. Heart failure is a major interest, and he is also the Director of the Heart Failure Programme at Barwon Health. He is well published in these areas, as well as in many other areas of cardiovascular medicine.

Dr Martin Sebastian MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed basic physician training and advanced training in Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, followed by Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.  He has been a key provider of Interventional Cardiology services to the Geelong community over the last fifteen years.  He also implants cardiac pacemakers and has undertaken training in CT coronary angiography.  Martin is a conjoint Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, and is the Barwon Health representative to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.  He has co-authored 70 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, conference papers and book chapters and has been an invited speaker at international meetings.

Dr Elizabeth Ryan MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ

Is a general cardiologist with a sub specialty of echocardiography. She graduated from the University of Melbourne medical school and undertook training for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in both general medicine and cardiology, based predominantly at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre. Elizabeth spent 2.5 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) doing an echocardiography fellowship. She has been with Barwon Health as a consultant cardiologist since 2002 and has been involved in teaching Melbourne University and now Deakin University medical students.


Is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist who has worked in the Geelong Cardiology Practice for the last 10 years. In addition to general cardiology skills he has a focus on the management of cardiac rhythm disorders and investigation of syncope.   He has undergone advanced training in Australia and overseas for pacemaker and defibrillator implantation along with catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr Mark Perrin MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Was born and grew up in Albury NSW. He completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales, and went on to cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital inSydney. He has an extensive clinical and research background in the management of cardiac rhythm disorders. He completed a PhD in drug-induced arrhythmia before pursuing postdoctoral studies and a clinical arrhythmia fellowship in Ottawa, Canada. He has a special interest in genetic arrhythmia syndromes and the management of atrial fibrillation.


Is a general and interventional cardiologist practicing in the Geelong and Colac region.  Michael undertook further specialist training at the Geelong and Austin Hospitals, and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute in Canada.  He has a special interest in the management of coronary artery disease via a radial artery approach and the management of structural heart conditions. He is widely published in both areas, as well as completing a fellowship in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Michael is also actively involved in medical education as a senior clinical lecturer with Deakin University.

Dr Cathy Jaworski MBBS, FRACP

Is a consultant cardiologist with dual sub-specialty training in Interventional Cardiology and Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging. She graduated from Monash University in 2004 with honours in both MBBS and BMedSci. She completed both her basic and advanced training in Cardiology at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, gaining fellowship of RACP in 2012. Following this she undertook an advanced multimodal imaging Fellowship focusing on cardiac MRI, cardiac CT and echocardiography at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She has recently returned from an Interventional Fellowship at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, which is the largest specialist heart hospital in the United Kingdom. During this high volume fellowship, she practiced at the cutting edge of complex Interventional Cardiology. She maintains on going participation in clinical research and has published in the top cardiology journals. Cathy is interested in all aspects of clinical cardiology with a particular focus on coronary intervention.

Dr Adam Hutchison MBBS, FRACP, MPH

Is an interventional cardiologist who has recently returned from Harvard University with a Master's of Public Health. His area of interest is the diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndromes. As part of his PhD Adam was a key figure in the MonAMI study, enabling ambulances to definitively diagnose ST elevation myocardial infarction and expedite critical hospital based therapy. This model of care was subsequently adopted throughout metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong.  Adam has lectured at Monash University and is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr Ryan Spencer MBBS FRACP

After growing up in rural Victoria Ryan studied medicine at Monash University and graduated in 2006. He then moved to Geelong and completed his junior doctor training at Geelong Hospital, becoming the Chief Resident in his final year. He then spent 2 years training in Cardiology at the Austin Hospital before returning to Geelong to complete his advanced training. An interest in echocardiography led to a 12 month fellowship at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital in Canada where he was extensively involved in structural heart interventions. This year Ryan is undertaking a 2nd fellowship in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology at the Austin Hospital while also working at the Geelong Cardiology Practice. Ryan's other main passion is teaching and he is currently completing a Masters in Health Profession Education at Monash while teaching medical students at Deakin University.

Dr Kate Rankin MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Dr Kate Rankin is a consultant cardiologist with dual sub-speciality training in echocardiography and advanced heart failure. She graduated from Monash University in 2008 with honours. She completed her cardiology training at University Hospital, Geelong and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She then undertook two clinical fellowships at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital in Canada from 2017 to 2019 in echocardiography and advanced heart failure and transplantation. During this time she performed a large volume of complex echocardiography cases (including stress and transoesophageal echocardiography), was published in major cardiology journals and presented research at international conferences. She also gained extensive experience in the management of advanced heart failure including mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation.

Kate's practice covers all aspects of cardiology with a particular focus on the care of patients with acute and chronic heart failure and the diagnostic use of echocardiography. She also has a special interest in the fields of cardio-oncology and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Dr Ram Parameswaran

Dr Ram Parameswaran is a specialist cardiologist and electrophysiologist with a passion for managing heart rhythm disorders.

After completing his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in India, he moved to Australia and completed his cardiology training at Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania. Subsequently, Ram undertook his subspecialty training in cardiac electrophysiology and device implantation at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, The Royal Melbourne and The Alfred Hospitals and completed his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2021. His research investigated the novel mechanisms of atrial fibrillation, the commonest heart rhythm abnormality encountered in clinical practice and provided unique insights into the abnormal patterns of electrical activation that results in this heart rhythm disorder. He has authored several research publications in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Ram holds his public appointment at University Hospital Geelong where he performs catheter ablations for complex’s atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and implants a wide range of cardiac devices and has private consulting sessions at Geelong Cardiology Practice.

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 13 October 2021


Geelong Cardiology Practice
Kardinia House, Level 4
University Hospital Geelong
Cnr Ryrie and Bellerine streets
Geelong 3220

03 4215 1955