Specialty clinical fellowships

Specialty clinical fellowship positions are offered each year in diverse sub-specialty areas of cardiology and are particularly suitable for those seeking an academic and research career in cardiology.

Higher Degrees by Research

Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) also offers higher degree opportunities through research. These are active Masters, PhD and MD programs which are ongoing, organised through universities and are supported by the MCRC and MonashHeart teams.

Dr Abdul Ihdayhid

Dr Abdul Ihdayhid is currently undertaking a fellowship in interventional cardiology at MonashHeart and is enrolled in the PhD program at Monash University.  His research will focus on cardiac CT and the use of computational fluid dynamics in investigating the diagnostic accuracy and clinical utility of a novel, non-invasive, point-of-care CT-derived fractional flow reserve technique.   This research aims to improve the utility of cardiac CT in providing a comprehensive assessment of both coronary anatomy and function, in a single, accurate, safe, rapid and cost-effective investigation.

Dr Andrew Lin

Dr Andrew Lin is undertaking a PhD into the non-invasive detection of coronary inflammation by imaging perivascular adipose tissue with cardiac CT. This research will focus on the relationship between vascular inflammation and different stages of coronary artery disease, and aims to improve the role of cardiac CT in risk stratification. Andrew is the recipient of a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, and has completed a Non Invasive Imaging fellowship at MonashHeart.

Dr Sam Mirzaee

Dr Sam Mirzaee

Dr Sam Mirzaee is currently undertaking his PhD by research at Monash University. He is investigating the underlying mechanism of abnormal ventricular contractile reserve to exercise in patients with no significant coronary artery disease. This project will utilise several novel modalities including index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR), coronary flow reserve (CFR), arterial tonometry, cardiac MRI and 3D echocardiography assessment.  Sam’s aim is to diagnose cardiomyopathy at a subclinical stage in order to improve the prognosis of patients with heart failure.

Dr Kiran Munnur

Dr Kiran Munnur is investigating the use of cardiac CT Imaging in predicting cardiovascular outcome. He is employing advanced cardiac CT analysis to investigate coronary artery disease progression and its relationship to treatment and to genetic phenotype.

Dr Nitesh Nerlekar

Dr Nitesh Nerlekar

Dr Nitesh Nerlekar graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Honours in 2007. After completing his basic physician training at Monash Health, he completed his advanced training in cardiology at MonashHeart with placements at the Alfred and Frankston hospitals. He subsequently completed a fellowship in advanced echocardiographic and cardiac CT interpretation at MonashHeart.

Enquires to

Professor James Cameron
Director of Research and Education

Phone: +61 3 9594 4306
Fax: +61 3 9594 6239
Mail : Cardiovascular Research Centre, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, 3168

Undergraduate Teaching

MCRC provides the core cardiovascular teaching in the final year Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) degree course. In addition to this nine lecture component, MCRC laboratories host three student groups for laboratory work.

MonashHeart and MCRC provide undergraduate medical student teaching and clinical instruction in cardiology. MCRC continues its program of research training for all junior medical staff. All registrars participate in abstract submission to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Scientific session each year.

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