Dr Prathap Hegde

Dr Prathap Hegde

Consultant and Interventional cardiologist


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), JJMMC, India
  • General Medical Training – Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Dumfries Royal Infirmary UK
  • Basic Physician Training – St George Hospital Network, Sydney
  • Cardiology Advanced Training at the Wollongong/St George/Prince of Wales Hospitals, Sydney
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at The Townsville Hospital, Queensland

Special Interests

  • Interventional Cardiology: Coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty and stenting, Fractional Flow Reserve, Bifurcation PCI, Complex PCI, Intra Vascular imaging.
  • General Cardiology: Ischemic Heart Disease- primary and secondary prevention, heart failure management, arrhythmia management, transoesophageal echocardiography.

Personal Statement

“The prevalence of cardiac diseases is increasing due to the current lifestyle in the community. I have made a commitment to serve for the better health of people living in regional and rural Australia. I have enjoyed the challenges that I have faced and derived satisfaction from the significant positive outcomes.

My ultimate career aim is to provide the best cardiac care to my patients while building professional relationships with my colleagues.”

Dr Han Ling

A/Prof Han Ling

Specialist in Heart Rhythm Disorders

A/Prof Han Ling is a visiting consultant cardiologist who specialises in diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. He performs 3D mapping and catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmias, and established complex arrhythmia ablation at Peninsula Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne.

A/Prof Ling obtained his medical degree at the University of Adelaide in 2002, and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as a fully-qualified cardiologist in 2010. He brings experience from leading Australian and international centres including the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, and Barts Heart Centre (London UK), Europe’s largest cardiovascular centre.

A/Prof Ling is a clinical associate professor and PhD supervisor at the Dept of Medicine (RMH), University of Melbourne. He was awarded a PhD by the same University for his thesis on atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This area remains the focus of his current research. He is responsible for clinical supervision and training of cardiology registrars, fellows, and PhD candidates.

2002 – MBBS, University of Adelaide
2010 – FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
2014 – PhD, University of Melbourne

Dr Bernard Kuepper

Dr Bernhard Kuepper

Specialist Consultant Cardiologist and Internal Medicine

Dr Kuepper was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. He studied at RWTH Aachen and Heinrich-Hein-University Düsseldorf.

Trained in General Medicine and Cardiology in Augusta Hospital Düsseldorf, Hessenklinik Wolfhagen, Kreiskrankehaus Leer.

Dr Kuepper has held Consultant Cardiologist positions at the following hospitals,

- Albury Wodonga Health, Albury, NSW, Australia
- Alice Springs Hospital, NT, Australia
- South Canterbury District Health Board, Timaru, NZ
- Elisabeth Hospital Essen, Germany
- Herzzentrum Osnabrueck-Bad Rothenfelde (Tertiary Cardiothoracic Centre), Germany.

Teaching Affiliations

Senior Lecturer Flinders University Rural Campus, Alice Springs
Senior Lecturer UNSW, Sydney/Rural Clinical School Albury

New Zealand:
Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Otago/Dunedin

Germany: Senior Lecturer at University Witten/Herdecke

Special Interests

  • General Cardiology, Imaging, Heart Failure, Heart Rhythm Disorders, Pacemakers, Defibrillators and Heart Failure Devices.

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