Our Doctors

Assoc. Prof Atifur Rahman

MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ


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ABOUT DR RAHMAN

Associate Professor Rahman is an Interventional Cardiologist who joined the Gold Coast Hospital in 2000 as a trainee registrar. Over the years he has worked at the Mater Hospital, and then became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) while working at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2002.

He completed his postgraduate training and fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Canberra Hospital in 2005. Currently, Assoc. Professor Rahman is the Clinical Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he has been a consultant interventional cardiologist since January 2006. He is an Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Medicine, as well as the Faculty of Health Science and Medicine at Bond University. His current academic work includes Director of Advanced Training (Royal Australian College of Physicians) and Educational Supervisor for the trainee registrars at GCUH.

Asoc. Professor Rahman has written a book chapter on Troponin and Acute Stroke in Advances in Troponin Research 2013, by Nova Publishing (Huappuage, NY), along with publishing numerous journal articles.

Assoc. Professor Rahman is also a reviewer for the Annals of Medicine and the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. He is a regional examiner for the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) and undertakes the role of examiner for the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Assoc. Professor Rahman is a speaker at both National and International conferences. In 2003, he was awarded the Registrars Clinical Training Award at the Canberra Hospital for his contribution to teaching. His speciality areas include interventional cardiology, management of hypertension, including renal denervation, and pacemaker insertion.


SPECIALISATIONS

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Management of Hypertension including renal denervation
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Pace Maker Insertion
  • Trans Oesophageal Echocardiography

Assoc. Prof Karam Kostner

MD, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ


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ABOUT DR KOSTNER

Assoc. Professor Kostner (MD, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ) is Director of Cardiology at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

He is a general cardiologist and lipidologist (cholesterol specialist), with an interest in cardiac imaging. He has extensive clinical and research experience in lipid management, and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He runs a large public and private lipid and primary prevention clinic at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr Kostner is a past President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand QLD branch, and he is the cardiovascular section editor for the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. He has organised many national and International conferences and is the chair of the World Congress of Clinical Lipidology, which was held in Brisbane in February 2017.

Dr Kostner has published over 100 journal articles. He is a grant reviewer for the National Health and Medical Research Council, as well as several European medical grant agencies.


SPECIALISATIONS

  • General cardiology
  • Lipidology

Dr Ahmad Nasir

M.B.Ch.B, MRCP(UK), FRACP


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ABOUT DR NASIR

Dr Nasir obtained his medical degree in 1991 from Baghdad University, and has since trained extensively in many different countries. Dr Nasir completed his medical training in 2003 in the UK.

He moved to Australia in 2007, where he trained in Cardiology at the Gold Coast Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. In 2013 Dr Nasir joined the John Flynn Cardiology group.

Dr Nasir’s special interests include coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm problems, heart valve problems, heart imaging and heart devices.


SPECIALISATIONS

  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Holter and event monitoring
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography
  • Pre-operative cardiac risk assessment
  • Cardiac failure
  • Cardioversion
  • Coronary Angiography

Dr Assad Jadeer

Bs A Sci, MBBS, FRACP


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ABOUT DR JADEER

After graduating from his medical studies, Dr Jadeer completed a Bachelor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the university of Canberra. He completed his advanced training in cardiology at the Canberra Hospital between 2013 and 2014 and in Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand in 2015. He has worked at the Prince Charles Hospital as a cardiology fellow, specialising in heart failure.

Dr Jadeer’s main interests are in heart failure and echocardiography, including trans oesophageal echocardiography and stress echocardiography. His other interests include general cardiology, hypertension and preventive cardiology.

He was nominated as "Registrar of the Year" in ACT health in 2013 and in 2014. He has also received the Australian National University teaching recognition award five times. He speaks English, Farsi, Hindi, Pashtu and basic Russian.


SPECIALISATIONS

  • Oesophageal Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiography

Dr Richa Richa

MBBS, FRACP


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ABOUT DR RICHA RICHA

Dr Richa is an Endocrinologist. She completed her basic physician training at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales. She has since worked in Darwin, Cairns and completed her training at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

She currently practices at Gold Coast University hospital on a regular basis, as well as the Mater Hospital in Brisbane on a casual basis. Dr Richa also lectures at Griffith University, specialising in the field of hormones.

Her experience and areas of interest include disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, calcium and bone, including osteoporosis and adrenal disorders. She also has extensive experience in all kinds of diabetes management, including Type 1, Type 2 , Gestational diabetes, MODY and insulin pump management.