Gillian Whalley


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.

Presentation: Rethinking cardiac chamber sizes

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