2022 Speaker Profiles

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Prof Papadakis is a Professor in Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is the president for the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and the past chair of the European section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise. He is consultant to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young who screens more than 30,000 young individuals per year for heart disease and a consultant cardiologist to the English Institute of Sport, English and Wales Cricket Board and Rugby Football Union. His interests include preventive cardiology, sports cardiology, inherited heart conditions. Dr Papadakis is currently credited with more than 130 publications in peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations in national and international conferences. He has contributed to international projects that have shaped education in preventive cardiology. In 2016 he launched a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology.


Associate Professor David Prior is the Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging and Head of the Heart Failure Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He is on the board of management for the National Centre for Sports Cardiology and is also the Clinical Director of Cardiology at Albury Wodonga Health. After training in cardiology at the Alfred Hospital, he completed a PhD in heart failure at the Baker Heart Research Institute and subsequently an imaging fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA. He has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2000 and also holds a position as Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Major clinical and research interests are in heart failure management, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, sports cardiology and pulmonary hypertension.


Brad is currently the Cardiac Performance Program fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and will be the Director of Sports Cardiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. His research has focused on pre-participation cardiovascular screening, interpretation of cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercise-induced cardiovascular remodeling, and cardiovascular outcomes among athletes with heart disease.


Charlie is a Sports Physiologist and is a Full Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK.  A Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, Charlie has combined research with applied practice having spent nearly a decade as a physiologist in the English Institute of Sport working with many Olympic level athletes.  He went on to set up the Centre for Health, Applied Sport and Exercise Science at St Mary’s University. Charlie subsequently spent time in the US on a research sabbatical at the Cardiovascular Performance Programme at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Charlie also serves as Chief Scientific Officer at Orreco, and leads a team of sports scientists and nutritionists supporting elite athletes from several pro leagues including the NBA, NHL, NFL and English Premier League.  Charlie’s broad research interests include biomarkers of fatigue and underperformance (particularly iron status, redox and inflammation), compression as a recovery tool, altitude training, sleep, and the Female Athlete. He has over 85 peer reviewed papers and is an associate editor at the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 


Harrison Scott is a senior cardiac scientist at Hearts 1st, Brisbane Australia. Harrison has completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of business and is currently in the middle of his post-graduate echo training. He has a passion for exercise cardiology and has focused heavily on the pre-participation screening of athletes in the south-east Queensland region; screening a variety of sporting teams including the Qld Reds, Brisbane Broncos, Lions and Roar, as well as the Firebirds netball teams and all QLD Academy of Sport athletes. In his spare time he enjoys renovating his house and raising a family of ducks.


Dr Jason Kaplan is a cardiac imaging specialist and preventative cardiologist who studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999, completing his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Dr Kaplan has done additional training in all aspects of echocardiography at international centres including the Mayo Clinic and has been involved in training echo sonographers for the last 10 years.

Prior to training in cardiology, Dr Kaplan completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology. His training in these areas allows him to adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, particularly those with multiple medical issues This training has also led to a special interest in the emerging field of cardio-oncology, Which is the cardiac care of patients who are undergoing or have previously completed cancer treatment.

He is an accredited specialist in Cardiac CT and teaches on a regular basis to other specialists in this discipline.

Dr Kaplan is also a proponent of Integrative Cardiology incorporating principles of cardiovascular, nutritional, functional and Mind – Body Medicine in the care of his patients.

Dr Kaplan also has a strong interest in Sports Cardiology – an emerging subspecialty within cardiology providing cardiac care to elite athletes and exercising individuals and has worked with the NSW Institute of Sport, Olympic athletes, NRL and A- League

In 2019 Dr Kaplan became a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology being recognised for his contribution to cardiovascular medicine.

Dr Kaplan is currently a senior clinical lecturer in Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Dr Timothy Churchill is a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the Cardiovascular Performance Program (CPP) and the MGH Echocardiography Laboratory. He received his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine, Echocardiography, and Sports Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Churchill’s clinical work centers on cardiovascular evaluation and care of athletes and highly active individuals with cardiovascular disease. He also maintains an active clinical presence in the echocardiography laboratory working with all aspects of clinical echocardiography. His primary research focus is on better understanding the impact of exercise and sport on the cardiovascular system and leveraging this knowledge to help reduce the cardiovascular risk associated with all levels of sports and exercise participation, with a particular interest in the impact of sport on the vascular system and the aorta specifically. He is also an active member of the ORCCA (Outcomes Registry for Cardiac Conditions in Athletes) study group. Finally, he maintains an active interest in the use of echocardiography to better risk stratify patients with valvular heart disease.


Prof Christian Hamilton-Craig is director of Noosa Hearts Cardiology in Noosa, and an Honorary Staff Cardiologist at The Prince Charles Hospital. He is full Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. He was previous chair of the Conjoint Committee for Certification in Cardiac MRI for Australia-NZ, is the lead author on the CSANZ position statement for Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, and the regional co-chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has published over 120 scientific papers including citations in the AHA/ACC Valve Guidelines. He collects guitars and likes to surf.

Uni of Otago - NZ

Professor Gillian Whalley is an echocardiographer and clinical researcher at the University of Otago (Dunedin) with interests in heart failure and indigenous cardiovascular care. Her research has evaluated the role of echo in prognosis; the use of echo to screen asymptomatic high-risk populations; and indexing heart size for body composition and ethnicity. She is currently leading a study, funded by the Health Research Council, to establish the appropriateness of echo reference ranges for Maori and Pacific New Zealanders.

Gillian's interest in echocardiography began as a trainee sonographer in 1985. She started working in research in 1990 and then completed a Masters and PhD in Medicine. Her doctoral thesis studied the role of echo in the management of patients with heart failure. She has published over 130 journal papers and been involved with clinical trials, methodological studies and has an interest in meta-analyses of echo data.

Gillian is also the Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Hearts 1st, Brisbane, Aust

Tony Forshaw  is a university lecturer and clinical cardiac sonographer, with a background in exercise science.  He has a masters degree in Cardiac Ultrasound and continues to have a strong ongoing interest in research. Tony believes echo is a practical skill and passionately enjoys the art of performing echocardiography. He has been a sonographer for over 20 years and a vocal campaigner for improving the standards of sonographer training as past president of the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA). Tony is an enthusiastic speaker at conferences on a variety of echo topics. Today, he is the proud convenor of this summit.