Meroula Richardson (MBBS, FRACP) completed her medical degree at the University of Western Australia, followed by training in cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital. She was awarded her FRACP in 1991 and thereafter went to London where she spent two years training in cardiac transplantation at Harefield Hospital under the supervision of Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. During that time she managed patients with end-stage heart failure, including those on mechanical support with left ventricular assist devices, as well as all aspects of pre- and post-transplant care. She also participated in early trials of inhaled therapy for pulmonary hypertension, and developed an interest in this area too.
In 1994 she returned to Australia to a position as Cardiologist with the Heart and Lung Replacement Service at the Alfred Hospital, under the leadership of Professor Don Esmore. She was a founding member of the Heart Failure Unit at the Alfred in 1997. In 2001 she returned to Harefield and Brompton Hospitals on sabbatical leave, where she trained in implantation of CRT devices (a very new therapy for heart failure at that time). She has continued to implant and manage all forms of cardiac devices since then. Since 2010 she has been in practice at Cabrini Hospital where she continues her strong commitment to the optimal management of patients with all degrees of heart failure, as well as general cardiology. She maintains strong links with The Alfred Hospital and has an appointment to the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic there, another of her key interests.