The team at Werribee Heart is led by Professor Robert Whitbourn, who is one of the founding Directors of the Cardiovascular Research Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Professor Whitbourn is also Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Professor Whitbourn completed his advanced training in Cardiology in Australia before spending 2 years as Interventional Cardiology and Research Fellow at Stanford University Medical Centre in the USA. Since 1997 he has been a fulltime staff cardiologist and Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine.
Professor Whitbourn has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals, presented at all major international cardiology scientific meetings and has been principal investigator of over 30 medical device trials.
His primary interest is interventional cardiology & new device therapies for coronary artery disease. He has led numerous trials of stents and novel cardiac devices, including systemic hypothermia for metabolic protection of ischaemia and performed the first cases in man of renal sympathetic denervation for resistant hypertension.
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