Associate Professor Andrew Jabbour is a Consultant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and a conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of New South Wales. He heads up the cardiovascular imaging laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
After completing cardiology training at St Vincent’s, Dr Jabbour undertook a PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute before moving to the United Kingdom to work at The Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London.
His research has been published in the highest-ranking medical journals, and his latest study is developing the capability for diagnosing cardiac rejection in patients following their heart transplantation procedure. This will improve the management and treatment of recipients without the need for invasive surgical procedures.
This project, co-funded by St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation, will investigate the reliability of MRI as a replacement for invasive surgical procedures for rejection surveillance. The intended outcome will lead to better clinical pathways for safe, remote, non‐invasive patient monitoring to facilitate better patient management and reduce cost to health systems.
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“Current diagnosis involves multiple heart biopsies, which can be traumatic to the patients, potentially cause harm, and is only accessible in highly-specialised hospitals.”