Professor David Brieger
Professor David Brieger

Interventional Cardiologist
Cardiology Today

David Brieger is an Interventional Cardiologist and Head of the Coronary Care at Concord Hospital in Sydney; and Professor of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. He is on the academic staff at the ANZAC research institute.

Professor Brieger has research interests in clinical registries to document and improve quality of care and use of antithrombotic agents in acute coronary syndromes (ACS), coronary interventions and atrial fibrillation.

He has served on the boards of the NSW Division of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and is co-chair of the Cardiac Network of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Most recently he has served as chairperson of the NHFA/CSANZ writing committee for the recently released Australian Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation.

Professor Brieger is the Editor-in-Chief of Cardiology Today.

Associate Professor John Atherton
Associate Professor John Atherton

Director of Cardiology
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

John Atherton is Director of Cardiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor at the University of Queensland; Professor at the University of Sunshine Coast; Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology; Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne; Pre-eminent Staff Specialist at Queensland Health; and an appointed member of the Australian Government Medical Services Advisory Committee (2003-2018).

Dr Atherton sat on the Board of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) (2009-2016) and previously chaired the CSANZ Professional Ethics Standards Committee, the CSANZ Heart Failure Council and the Asia-Pacific Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Registry SAC. He recently chaired the Working Group for the National Heart Foundation of Australia and CSANZ Heart Failure guidelines, previously sat on the Therapeutic Guidelines Cardiovascular Expert Group and was one of three non-European official content reviewers for the 2016 European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure guidelines. He is the chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the CSANZ 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr Atherton chairs the Queensland Heart Failure Reporting Outcomes (HERO) registry and co-chairs the Statewide Heart Failure Services Steering Committee. His research interests include heart failure epidemiology, investigating methods to detect presymptomatic heart disease and cardiac genetics.

Professor Andrew Sindone
Professor Andrew Sindone

Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Concord Hospital, NSW

Andrew Sindone is Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Concord Hospital and Consultant Cardiologist at Ryde Hospital in Sydney, NSW. He has been involved in research, teaching and improving the lives of people with cardiovascular disease for more than 25 years. He set up the Heart Failure Unit at Concord Hospital with its clinic, research, rehabilitation and outreach programs. He teaches medical students, junior doctors, GPs and ran a program to update specialists in heart failure management.

Professor Sindone has been Principal Investigator in more than 35 international multicentre clinical trials, has presented more than 85 research papers and continues to publish in cardiovascular disease. He is a co-chair of the NSW Cardiovascular Expert Reference Group and is co-author of the Australian Guidelines for the Management of Heart Failure. He is patron of multiple charities and assists the Italian Community in education and support of those with heart disease.

Professor Javed Butler
Professor Javed Butler

Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Chief of Cardiology
Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Javed Butler is the Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Chief of Cardiology at Stony Brook University, New York. In 2014, he was cited America's Best Doctors list and is considered an international expert in heart failure. He serves on the Board of the Heart Failure Society of America, is the Deputy Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association, and a Guidelines Committee member of the American College of Cardiology.

Professor Butler is also an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Heart Failure and the Journal of Cardiac Failure. He is a Senior Consulting Editor of Congestive Heart Failure and JACC: Heart Failure. He is an Editorial Board member of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and the American Heart Journal.

Associate Professor Gary Kilov
Associate Professor Gary Kilov

General Practitioner, Launceston, Tasmania
Co-founder, Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia

Gary Kilov is a founding member of the RACGP Diabetes Specific Interest Group, a co-founder of the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia and past Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s journal, Diabetes & Primary Care Australia. He is a contributor to the current RACGP diabetes handbook (2016-2018) and a member of several National Diabetes Supply Scheme Expert Reference Groups.

Associate Professor Kilov has established a multidisciplinary, diabetes-focused general practice in Launceston, Tasmania. He shares his time between Launceston treating the spectrum of patients with diabetes and obesity-related conditions and providing peer-to-peer and medical undergraduate education on diabetes and related conditions.

He has presented papers and conducted many educational sessions at national and international seminars and conferences and he has been published in peer-reviewed journals on topics covering diabetes, obesity and respiratory medicine.

Professor Phillip Newton
Professor Phillip Newton

Director of the Nursing Research Centre
Western Sydney University
and Western Sydney Local Health District

Phillip Newton is Professor and Director of the Nursing Research Centre at Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW. As a registered nurse with a strong academic track record, Professor Newton’s program of research demonstrates a strong interdisciplinary focus and an emphasis on the links between clinical research and translation into the health service.

Professor Newton has been elected a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology.

Professor Newton’s main research focus has been risk-factor modification and symptom management. His PhD and his early postdoctoral work investigated interventions to improve symptoms and improve self-management. He is leading a team who are investigating the impact of frailty on people with chronic heart failure as well as people referred for solid organ transplantation. He is also a senior investigator of the Heart Failure SNAPSHOT study, the largest point prevalence study of acute heart failure and investigation of clinical variation across institutions in Australia.