Professor Weerasooriya has developed a team-based approach to deal with the complexity and potential risks of managing patients with heart rhythm problems. The team includes dedicated electrophysiology technicians, physician assistants, specific cardiac cath lab nurses, a subspecialised nurse and a team of anaesthetists who all have high volume expertise in arrhythmia procedures.

Each member of the team is highly trained and experienced. Because arrhythmia procedures can be some of the most complex procedures in cardiology, we have adopted risk management strategies from the aviation industry including the routine use of checklists and a ‘no blame’ reporting and communication policy.

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Professor Rukshen Weerasooriya

Professor Weerasooriya is a UWA graduate who completed cardiology training at Royal Perth Hospital. Rukshen commenced private atrial fibrillation ablation procedures in 2003 after returning from 2 years training overseas at the world’s leading centre for AF ablation – the Hopital Cardiologique du Haut Leveque in Bordeaux, France. AF ablation was pioneered and subsequently developed for mainstream application by the cardiac electrophysiologists in Bordeaux.

Rukshen is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UWA and has maintained close links with his alma mater and he maintains a position as visiting scientist at the LIRYC Institute of advanced cardiac arrhythmia mapping in Bordeaux (www.ihu-liryc.fr). Rukshen has sub-speciality training in all aspects of heart rhythm management, and in addition to performing catheter ablation procedures, the practice is a high-volume implanter of cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.

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Aruni Weerasooriya

Aruni is an Electrophysiology Technician who works with Professor Weerasooriya and his team, during the ablation procedures at Hollywood Private Hospital and Mount Hospital. Aruni has been extensively trained under the direct supervision of Professor Weerasooriya during the past 10 years. Aruni also assists Professor Weerasooriya with co-ordinating and assisting in the management of his research projects when required. Aruni holds a Graduate Diploma in Electrophysiology from the Cardiac Electrophysiology Institute of Australasia (CEPIA).

Doctor Wei Hong Chua

Doctor Chua studied Medicine at the University of New South Wales, where he spent most of his undergraduate training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Upon relocating to Perth, he worked at the major teaching hospitals, before completing his Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Currently he divides his time between GP and Heart Rhythm Clinic. Dr Chua has extensive knowledge about arrhythmia and catheter ablation procedures and is the assistant physician to Professor Weerasooriya during complex ablation procedures.

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International Expert Advisory Board of the Heart Rhythm Clinic

The International Expert Advisory Board represents some of the world’s most experienced electrophysiologists in the field of AF ablation. The panel provides expert advice and consultation to Professor Weerasooriya regarding complex or technically challenging cases. Members of the panel regularly visit Perth to undertake clinical work, quality assurance/audit, research and teaching in collaboration with HRC.

Professor Pierre Jaïs

Pierre Jaïs is a senior visiting consultant and advisor. Pierre was one of the pioneers of AF ablation and is usually based in Bordeaux as a Professor based at Hopital Cardiologique Haut Leveque and the LIRYC institute . He spent one year in Perth on sabbatical in 2015/16 and regularly visits Perth to undertake patient care, education, research, training and quality assurance at Heart Rhythm Clinic.

Professor Christophe Scavee

Professor Christophe Scavee

Christophe Scavee is the Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Cliniques St Luc in Brussels. Christophe is a

high-volume AF ablation specialist who is dedicated to teaching and research at The Catholic University of Louvain. Christophe regularly visits Perth to undertake training and quality assurance at Heart Rhythm Clinic and regularly speaks with Rukshen regarding more challenging cases.

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Professor Laurent Macle

Laurent Macle based at the Montreal Heart Institute. He is a senior cardiac electrophysiologist in a very high volume North American centre. Laurent is an experienced and widely published cardiac electrophysiologist who recently published a landmark study about AF ablation in The Lancet. Laurent regularly visits Perth to undertake training and quality assurance at Heart Rhythm Clinic and regularly speaks with Rukshen regarding more challenging cases.
 

Clinic Staff

Our friendly reception staff are your first point of contact for any queries you may have. Alyssa and Marlies are here to help you to ensure that you have a smooth patient journey with HRC, from booking your initial consultation through to your discharge date.

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Alyssa

Alyssa has been working at the Heart Rhythm Clinic for several years as a PA, cardiology secretary, and receptionist. With previous experience in the banking, finance, and small business sectors Alyssa now thoroughly enjoys working within the health industry. She is committed to the highest standards of patient service and communication.

 

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Marlies

Marlies is the newest member of the Heart Rhythm Clinic team. She has a degree in Mass Communication and has previously worked in local government. Marlies is passionate about patient engagement and is also able to assist patients with any of their AliveCor queries.

 

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