Dr John Rivers is a Director of the Queensland Cardiovascular Group, with special interests in heart failure, valve disease, and all aspects of echocardiography, including exercise stress echocardiography, transoesophageal echocardiography and intraoperative echocardiography for valve surgery. Under Dr Rivers’ direction, QCG has become well recognised for high quality non-invasive testing.

Dr Rivers is a graduate of the University of Queensland in both Medicine and Science, and holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Cardiology. After obtaining his postgraduate degrees, Dr Rivers undertook a clinical and research Fellowship at the internationally recognised Greenlane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, and at the time was involved in key research in thrombolysis therapy. He has also worked at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland USA.

He has lead the ethical quality improvement and clinical governance programs at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and subsequently the Health Quality and Complaints Commission of Queensland. An extensive publication history includes work in myocardial ischemia, thrombolysis, medical quality improvement, clinical outcomes monitoring and radiation safety systems.

Dr Rivers has recognised expertise in the areas of echocardiography, stress echocardiography, and transoesophageal echocardiography. Dr Rivers also has extensive teaching experience, and has been involved in innovative work in continuing medical education, including development of online CME programmes throughout Queensland.


Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Echocardiography
  • Exercise Stress Echocardiography
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography
  • Intraoperative Echocardiography for Valve Surgery
Conditions Treated
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure


  • Consultant Cardiologist
    St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital Present
  • Consultant Cardiologist
    Mater Private Medical Centre Present
  • Consultant Cardiologist
    St Vincent's Hospital Northside Present


Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (FSCANZ)

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)

  • St Andrew's Medical Institute Member and Previous Chairman