Biography

Dr Joe Morton is a Senior Cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, John Fawkner Private Hospital, Melbourne Private Hospital, The Heart Specialists – John Fawkner Cardiology, and is part of Melbourne Heart Rhythm. He is involved with all aspects of clinical cardiac electrophysiology including arrhythmias, cardiac ablations, pacing implantation and resynchronisation therapy.

Joe completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and his basic physician and specialty cardiology training at Austin Health. He completed further training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was awarded a scholarship from the National Heart Foundation and completed a PhD focusing on atrial electrophysiology and the link between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation.

Following this, he completed a two-year clinical postdoctoral electrophysiology fellowship at the Loyola University Medical Centre in Chicago Illinois under the guidance of Professor David Wilber and gained significant training and experience in complex ablations of arrhythmias. His return to Victoria after this fellowship saw him integral in the introduction of new techniques for ventricular tachycardia catheter ablations, which led to the increased utilisation of catheter ablation at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Morton is dedicated to medical research and education at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne. His current research interests are focusing on sudden cardiac death, particularly in patients with chronic kidney disease and continuing to investigate ventricular arrhythmias.

Dr Joe Morton can be contacted at:  The Heart Specialists – John Fawkner Cardiology
Address: 275 Moreland Road, Coburg, VIC, 3058
Telephone: (03) 9915 4800
Fax: (03) 9915 4833
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Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Clinical Cardiology
  • Cardiac Catheter Ablation
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Electrophysiology Study
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT)
Conditions Treated
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias

Experience

  • Electrophysiologist
    The Royal Melbourne Hospital Present
  • Electrophysiologist
    Melbourne Private Hospital Present
  • Electrophysiologist
    John Fawkner Private Hospital Present
  • Electrophysiologist
    Melbourne Heart Rhythm Present
  • Electrophysiologist
    The Heart Specialists - John Fawkner Cardiology Present

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Sugumar, Hariharan & Nanayakkara, Shane & Chieng, David & Wong, Geoffrey & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Anderson, Robert & Al-kaisey, Ahmed & Nalliah, Chrishan & Azzopardi, Sonia & Prabhu, Sandeep & Voskoboinik, Alex & Lee, Geoffrey & Mclellan, Alex & Ling, Liang-Han & Morton, Joseph & Kalman, Jonathan & Kistler, Peter. (2019). Arrhythmia recurrence is more common in females undergoing multiple catheter ablation procedures for persistent atrial fibrillation: Time to close the gender gap. Heart Rhythm. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2019.12.013.

2. Wong, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Lee, Geoffrey & Voskoboinik, Alex & Prabhu, Sandeep & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Sugumar, Hariharan & Anderson, Robert & Mclellan, Alex & Ling, Liang-Han & Morton, Joseph & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2019). Dynamic Atrial Substrate During High-Density Mapping of Paroxysmal and Persistent AF. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 5. 10.1016/j.jacep.2019.06.002.

3. Choo, Wai & Raju, Hariharan & Lipton, Jonathan & Bates, Matthew & Kistler, Peter & Sparks, Paul & Morton, Joseph & Kalman, Jonathan. (2019). Assessment of ablation catheter contact on valve annulus: Implications on accessory pathway ablation. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal. 19. 84-89. 10.1016/j.ipej.2019.03.007.

4. Anderson, Robert & Kumar, Saurabh & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Wong, Geoffrey & Voskoboinik, Alex & Sugumar, Hariharan & Watts, Troy & Sparks, Paul & Morton, Joseph & Mclellan, Alex & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan & Lee, Geoffrey. (2019). Differentiating Right- and Left-Sided Outflow Tract Ventricular Arrhythmias – “Classical” ECG Signatures and Prediction Algorithms. Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 12. 10.1161/CIRCEP.119.007392.

5. Anderson, Robert & Prabhu, Mukund & Kalman, Jonathan & Vohra, Jitendra & Morton, Joseph & Stevenson, Irene. (2019). Intra-Hisian Wenckebach Phenomenon During His Bundle Pacing. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 5. 530-531. 10.1016/j.jacep.2018.12.012.

6. Morris, Gwilym & Segan, Louise & Wong, Geoffrey & Wynn, Gareth & Watts, Troy & Heck, Patrick & Walters, Tomos & Nisbet, Ashley & Sparks, Paul & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2019). Atrial Tachycardia Arising From the Crista Terminalis, Detailed Electrophysiological Features and Long-Term Ablation Outcomes. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 5. 10.1016/j.jacep.2019.01.014.

7. Voskoboinik, Alex & Wong, Geoffrey & Lee, Geoff & Nalliah, Chrishan & Hawson, Joshua & Prabhu, Sandeep & Sugumar, Hariharan & Ling, Liang-Han & Mclellan, Alex & Morton, Joseph & Kalman, Jonathan & Kistler, Peter. (2019). Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with atrial electrical and structural changes: Insights from high-density left atrial electroanatomic mapping. Heart Rhythm. 16. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2018.10.041.

8. Anderson, Robert & Prabhu, Mukund & Kalman, Jonathan & Vohra, Jitendra & Morton, Joseph & Stevenson, Irene. (2018). Intra-Hisian Wenckebach Phenomenon During His Bundle Pacing: A Hazard Associated with “Precision” Medicine. JACC Clinical Electrophysiology.

9. Walters, Tomos & Wick, Kate & Tan, Gabriel & Mearns, Megan & Joseph, Shary & Morton, Joseph & Sanders, Prashanthan & Bryant, Christina & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Symptom severity and quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation: Psychological function outweighs clinical predictors. International Journal of Cardiology. 279. 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.10.101.

10. Emami, Mehrdad & Morton, Joseph & Chan, Kim & Roberts-Thomson, Kurt. (2018). Catheter Ablation of Post-Infarct VT: Mechanisms, Strategies and Outcomes. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 28. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.10.003.

11. Nalliah, Chrishan & Mahajan, Rajiv & Elliott, Adrian & Haqqani, Haris & Lau, Dennis & Vohra, Jitendra & Morton, Joseph & Semsarian, Christopher & Marwick, Thomas & Kalman, Jonathan & Sanders, Prashanthan. (2018). Mitral valve prolapse and sudden cardiac death: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart. 105. heartjnl-2017. 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-312932.

12. Walters, Tomos & Wick, Kate & Tan, Gabriel & Mearns, Megan & Joseph, Shary & Morton, Joseph & Sanders, Prashanthan & Bryant, Christina & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Psychological Distress and Suicidal Ideation in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Prevalence and Response to Management Strategy. Journal of the American Heart Association. 7. 10.1161/JAHA.117.005502.

13. Voskoboinik, Alex & Wong, Michael & Elliott, Jessica & Costello, Ben & Prabhu, Sandeep & Mariani, Justin & Kalman, Jonathan & Kistler, Peter & Taylor, Andrew & Morton, Joseph. (2018). Absence of late gadolinium enhancement on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in ventricular fibrillation and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 41. 10.1111/pace.13426.

14. Morris, Gwilym & Segan, Louise & Heck, Patrick & Wynn, Gareth & Wong, Geoffrey & McClellan, Alex & Nisbet, A. & Walters, Tomos & Ariyaratnam, J & Sparks, Paul & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, J.. (2018). 692Focal atrial tachycardia arising from the crista terminals; detailed electrophysiology and long-term ablation outcomes. EP Europace. 20. i118-i119. 10.1093/europace/euy015.337.

15. Voskoboinik, Alex & Sparks, Paul & Morton, Joseph & Lee, Geoffrey & Joseph, Shary & Hawson, Joshua & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Low Rates of Major Complications for Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Maintained Over 14 Years: A Single Centre Experience of 2750 Consecutive Cases. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.01.002.

16. Wong, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Prabhu, Sandeep & Pathik, B. & Sugumar, Hariharan & Ling, Liang-Han & Anderson, Robert & Lee, Geoffrey & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Incremental Pacing Identifies Target Atrial Substrate in Paroxysmal and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S171. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.289.

17. Wong, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Prabhu, Sandeep & Pathik, B. & Sugumar, Hariharan & Anderson, Robert & Ling, Liang-Han & Lee, Geoffrey & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Greater Regional Left Atrial Complex Fractionated Potentials in Obese Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S164-S165. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.274.

18. Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Wirth, D. & Pathik, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Morton, Joseph & Goldin, Jeremy & Lee, Geoffrey & Kee, Kirk & Ling, H. & Mclellan, Alex & Joseph, Shary & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). High-Density Mapping of the Substrate for Atrial Fibrillation in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Implications for the Crista Terminalis and Posterior Right Atrium. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S166. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.278.

19. Sugumar, Hariharan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Morton, Joseph & Kalman, J. & Kistler, Peter. (2018). Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation in the Presence of Enduring Pulmonary Vein Isolation is Associated with Poorer Outcomes Compared with Pulmonary Vein Reconnection at Repeat Catheter Ablation: Long-Term Multi–Procedural Outcomes for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S188-S189. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.328.

20. Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Pathik, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Morton, Joseph & Lee, Geoffrey & Joseph, Shary & Ling, H. & Mclellan, Alex & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). The Crista Terminalis: A Site of Localised Re-Entry in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S195-S196. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.344.

21. Nalliah, Chrishan & Wirth, D. & Wong, Geoffrey & Voskoboinik, Alex & Prabhu, Sandeep & Pathik, B. & Morton, Joseph & Lee, Geoffrey & Joseph, Shary & Ling, H. & Goldin, Jeremy & Kee, Kirk & Mclellan, Alex & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Aponea in Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Patients: Relationship with the Atrial Fibrillation Phenotype. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S185. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.320.

22. Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Pathik, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Wirth, D. & Morton, Joseph & Goldin, Jeremy & Lee, Geoffrey & Kee, Kirk & Ling, H. & Mclellan, Alex & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). High-Density Mapping of the Substrate for Atrial Fibrillation in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: Relationship with Atrial Fibrillation Phenotype. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S57. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.032.

23. Wong, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Parameswaran, Ramanathan & Prabhu, Sandeep & Pathik, B. & Sugumar, Hariharan & Anderson, Robert & Ling, Liang-Han & Lee, Geoffrey & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2018). Gender-Based Differences in High-Density Electroanatomic Mapping: More Advanced Atrial Remodelling in Females with Atrial Fibrillation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S163. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.271.

24. Pathik, B. & Lee, Geoffrey & Sacher, F. & Jais, P. & Massoullié, Grégoire & Derval, N. & Bates, Matthew & Lipton, J. & Joseph, Shary & Morton, Joseph & Sparks, P. & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, J.. (2017). Ultra High-Density Three Dimensional Electroanatomical Mapping Demonstrates Conduction and Substrate Variability in Right Atrial Flutter. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S195-S196. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.347.

25. Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Voscoboinik, A. & Pathil, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Wirth, D. & Morton, Joseph & Goldin, Jeremy & Joseph, Shary & Kee, Kirk & Lee, Geoffrey & Ling, H. & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2017). Ultra High Density Mapping Reveals Regional Conduction Slowing in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S195. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.346.

26. Wirth, D. & Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Voskoboinik, Alex & Pathik, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Morton, Joseph & Lee, Geoffrey & Joseph, Shary & Ling, H. & Goldin, Jeremy & Kee, Kirk & Kistler, Peter & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kalman, Jonathan. (2017). Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Patients Having Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Prevalence, Severity and Association with Arrhythmia Phenotype. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S187. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.329.

27. Pathik, B. & Lee, Geoffrey & Bates, Matthew & Lipton, J. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Nalliah, Chrishan & Joseph, Shary & Morton, Joseph & Sparks, P. & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, J.. (2017). Entrainment: Still Critical in the Era of High-Density Three-Dimensional Electroanatomical Mapping. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S181. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.315.

28. Wong, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Voskoboinik, Alex & Pathik, B. & Prabhu, Sandeep & Ling, Liang-Han & Lee, Geoffrey & Morton, Joseph & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2017). High Density Mapping of Atrial Fibrillation: Regional Atrial Substrate Abnormalities and Implications for Substrate Ablation. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S183. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.320.

29. Voskoboinik, Alex & Hawson, Joshua & Morton, Joseph & Lee, Geoffrey & Joseph, Shary & Sparks, Paul & Prabhu, Sandeep & Nalliah, Chrishan & Wong, Geoffrey & Taylor, Andrew & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2017). Low Rates of Major Complications for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Over Time Using Radiofrequency Energy: A 13-Year Single Centre Experience of 2,600 Cases. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S185. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.06.326.

30. Pathik, Bhupesh & Lee, Geoffrey & Nalliah, Chrishan & Joseph, Shary & Morton, Joseph & Sparks, Paul & Sanders, Prashanthan & Kistler, Peter & Kalman, Jonathan. (2017). Entrainment And High Density Three Dimensional Mapping In Right Atrial Macro-Reentry Provide Critical Complementary Information: Entrainment May Unmask “Visual Reentry” As Passive. Heart Rhythm. 14. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.06.021.

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