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Echo Australia Organising Committee



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Gregory M. Scalia   Darryl J. Burstow   Bonita Anderson

Director of Echocardiography, The Prince Charles Hospital
Senior Cardiologist, Heart Care Partners, Brisbane
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Queensland


Senior Staff Cardiologist, The Prince Charles Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland
Adjunct Professor, School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology


DMU (Cardiac), M App Sc (Med Ultrasound), ACS, AMS, FASE, AFASA
Clinical Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
Advanced Cardiac Scientist, The Prince Charles Hospital


International Faculty


Jonathan R. Lindner, M.D
  Merri Bremer


Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Dr. Lindner is a Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University where he is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging and holds the M. Lowell Edwards Professorship of Cardiology. He is also the Chief of the Division of Cardiometabolic Health at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.  Dr. Lindner has expertise in the fields of cardiovascular imaging and microvascular physiology; and is currently the principal investigator on several R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health and a grant from the NASA National Space and Biomedical Research Institute. His research laboratory has pioneered the use of contrast ultrasound for non-invasive molecular imaging of disease and the evaluation of microvascular function/dysfunction. Dr. Lindner is the President Elect for the American Society of Echocardiography and also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. He is on the Board of Directors and serves as the Vice-chair for the Exam Writing Committee for the National Board of Echocardiography.



Merri L. Bremer, EdD, RN, ACS, RDCS, FASE, serves on the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Ms. Bremer is the Education and Quality Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Lab in Rochester, Minn., and also holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Ms. Bremer is board-certified as a Registered Nurse, and holds the sonographer credentials of RDCS and ACS. In 2015, she earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In addition to the SDMS, Ms. Bremer is an active member of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), where she is a Fellow and a member of several committees. She also participates in ultrasound accreditation program through Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and is a member of the CCI ACS Credentialing Exam Committee.During the past 20 years, Ms. Bremer has lectured extensively at national meetings, promoting the topic of sonographer ergonomics, quality improvement, and accreditation; in addition, she has co-authored several publications.

Dr Philippe Pibarot   S. Allen Luis

Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Quebec

Dr Pibarot is professor at the Department of Medicine of Laval University and holds the Canada Research Chair in Valvular Heart Disease (VHD) at the Québec Heart & Lung Institute, and he is the director of the Echocardiography Core Laboratory at the Québec Heart & Lung Institute. The objective of his research program is to develop and validate novel approaches to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of VHD. He is the principal investigator of several multicenter studies and has published more than 450 articles in the course of his career. He received the Annual Achievement Award of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography (2010), the Research Achievement Award, Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2010), the Feigenbaum Lecture Award, American Society of Echocardiography (2012), and a doctorate “honoris causa” from the University of Liège in Belgium (2017).

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

S. Allen Luis is the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography Program. He is a Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota). He is a member of the Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Core Laboratory, which over reads echocardiograms for numerous large multicenter clinical trials. His clinical and research interests include valvular heart disease, carcinoid heart disease and pericardial disease. His daily practice includes all facets of echocardiography, with a particular interest in the echocardiographic guidance of interventional and intraoperative procedures, speckle tracking echocardiography, and 3-dimensional echocardiography.

John O'Shea Memorial Lecturer



Professor Michael Feneley

Professor Michael Feneley is the Director of the Heart Lung Clinical Stream and Cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and oversees the Departments of Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, was Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s Cardiac Imaging Management Committee and is a past President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in CT Coronary Angiography (CTCA). In addition to echocardiography and CTCA, his research interests in the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute include small animal models of cardiovascular diseases, particularly molecular signalling pathways in the control of cardiac hypertrophy and contractility. He is a recipient of the RT Hall Prize and a Life Member of the Cardiac Society. In 2012, he was named a Member of the Order of Australia.

Domestic Faculty

Aubrey Almeida

Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Monash Medical Centre Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery,... More

Christian Hamilton-Craig

Senior Staff Specialist Cardiologist, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane Associate... More

Dr David G Platts

Senior Staff Specialist, Echocardiography Department, Qld Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac... More

Helen L. Thomson

Visiting Cardiologist, The Alfred Hospital Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Victoria.... More

Jill Fawcett

DMU (Cardiac), EACVI/AEPC certification in Congenital Heart Disease, AMS (Cardiac)... More

Jonathan Chan

Professor of Cardiology, Griffith University Senior Staff Specialist, The Prince Charles... More

Julie Humphries

Staff Consultant Cardiologist, The Prince Charles Hospital Cardiologist, Heart Care Partners,... More

Natalie Edwards

B Ex Sci, Masters of Cardiac Ultrasound, AMS (Cardiac)
 Senior Cardiac Scientist, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane

Rachael Cordina

MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP and EACVI Accreditation in Paediatric and Congenital Echocardiography
Staff Specialist, Adult Congenital Heart Service, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Clinical Senior... More

Rob Chamberlain

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology, Grad Dip Cardiac... More

Sharon Kay

BSc (Hons) MSc (Perfusion) Grad Dip (Cardiac Ultrasound)