The People

Staff Profiles

DR PETER PURNELL

M.B.B.S. (UWA)   F.R.A.C.P.   F.C.S.A.N.Z.

Peter studied medicine in Perth and graduated in 1990. He completed cardiology training in Perth, Canberra and Geelong before doing a fellowship in echocardiography at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia under Professor Randy Martin.

Peter was the Head of Department of Cardiology at Joondalup Health Campus from 2007 to 2010 and currently works in private practice with the members of Heartcare WA and consults at Mount and Joondalup rooms with admitting privileges to the Mount Hospital and Joondalup Private Hospital.

Peter's clinical interests are heart failure, coronary disease and valvular heart disease. He has a special interest in the evaluation of the patient with heart failure and normal ejection fraction. He performs coronary angiography, transoesophageal echocardiography and runs a regular stress echo clinic.

Peter is the founding Director of the Research Foundation.


DR ALAN WHELAN

M.B.B.S. (London)   M.R.C.P.   F.R.A.C.P.   F.C.S.A.N.Z.

Alan graduated from Guy's Hospital, London in 1991 and trained in Cardiology in the UK and Perth. Post-graduate studies in Interventional Cardiology were completed at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

In 2001 Alan was appointed as an Interventional Cardiologist at Fremantle Hospital. At Fremantle Hospital he has been integral in the establishment of an emergency angioplasty service for the treatment of myocardial infarction.

Alan's particular interests are in Interventional Cardiology including angioplasty, stent implantation, intravascular ultrasound, peripheral interventions and pacemaker insertion. Alan has been extensively involved in over 50 clinical trials at Fremantle Hospital, many as a Principal Investigator with a particular interest in the management of acute coronary syndromes.

Alan has appointments at Fremantle Hospital, St John of God Hospital Murdoch, The Mount Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital. He currently consults at St John of God Hospital Murdoch and Mandurah. Alan also collaborates with his colleagues at Cardiovascular Trials WA to conduct out-patient clinical trials.


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JOY VIBERT

Clinical Research Manager

Joy trained at the school of nursing at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. She has a Post Basic Critical Care Certificate from Royal Perth Hospital and worked in Intensive Care/ Coronary care from 1983 – 2003, including time at Nickol Bay Hospital and The Canberra Hospital. Joy was the coordinator of the cardiac rehabilitation service at Joondalup Health Campus for several years before commencing in the field of clinical research. Joy is a founding member of CTWA.


LEONIE BURNS

Study Coordinator

Leonie completed her RGN training at Mid -Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery in Nottingham in 1991. She worked in Post surgical Cardiothoracic and Transplantation Intensive Care and obtained her Post –Basic Intensive Care Certificate at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. After consolidating her experience in neurological and general Intensive Care, she travelled to Saudi Arabia where she worked in a tertiary hospital and then for the Crown Prince for the remainder of her 3 years in Saudi Arabia. She emigrated to Australia in 1998 and worked in Critical care until becoming a practice nurse for a GP surgery in 2004. Leonie joined CTWA in January 2009.


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