Biography

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.

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Pacemaker and ICD Follow-u
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy
  • Right heart catheterisation
  • Defibrillator implants
  • Cardiac biopsy
Conditions Treated
  • Dyspnoea
  • Syncope
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Experience

  • Cardiologist
    Alfred Hospital 1994 - 2010
  • Transpant Registrar
    Harefield Hospital 1992 - 1994
  • Cardiology Advanced Trainee
    Royal Perth Hospital 1989 - 1991
  • Intern, Resident Medial officer, Medical Registrar
    Royal Perth Hospital 1984 - 1989

Awards

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • 1995Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • 1991Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Awards

Research & Publications

Publications

  1. Stephens CJ, Graham RM, Sturm MJ, Richardson M, Taylor RR. Variation in plasma platelet-activating factor degradation and serum lipids after acute myocardial infarction. Coronary Artery Disease 1993; 4(2):187-93
  2. Richardson M, Pitney MR, Gibbons F, Cope GD, Cumpston GN and Mews GC: Short and long term results of coronary angioplasty in patients over the age of 75. Aust NZ J Med 1994; 24: 55-60
  3. Mikhail G, Gibbs J, Richardson M, Wright G, Khagani A, Banner N, Yacoub M. An evaluation of nebulized prostacyclin in patients with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension. Eur Heart J 1997 Sep;18(9):1499-504
  4. Egan MK, Langham RG, Richardson M, Bergin P, Kaye D, Bailey M, Dowling J, Thomson NM, Stein-Oakley AN. Quantitative analysis of PDGFA, PDGFB, PDGF receptor beta and TGF-beta 1 mRNA in cardiac transplant biopsies. Transplant Proc 1999 Feb-Mar; 31(1-2):131-2
  5. Solin P, Bergin P, Richardson M, Kaye DM, Walters EH, Naughton MT. Influence of pulmonary capillary wedge pressure on central apnea in heart failure. Circulation 1999 Mar 30;99(12):1574-9
  6. Snell GI, Richardson M, Griffiths AP, Williams TJ, Esmore DS. Coronary artery disease in potential lung transplant recipients > 50 years old: the role of coronary intervention. Chest 1999 Oct;116(4):874-9
  7. Ueno T, Bergin P, Richardson M, Esmore DS. Bridge to recovery with a left ventricular assist device for fulminant myocarditis. Ann Thorac Surg 2000 Jan:69(1):284-6
  8. Wluka AE, Ryan PFJ, Miller AM, Richardson M, Bergin P, Page JL, Esmore DS. Post cardiac transplantation gout: incidence of therapeutic complications. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2000 Oct; 19(10):951-6
  9. Holst D, Kaye D, Richardson M, Krum H, Prior D, Aggarwal A, Wolfe R, Bergin P. Improved outcomes from a comprehensive management system for heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure 2001 (3) 619-625
  10. Snell GI, Levvey B, Chin W, Richardson M, Kotsimbos T, Whitford H, Williams TJ. Sirolimus (rapamycin) allows renal recovery in lung and heart transplant recipients with chronic renal impairment. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2001 20(2): 163-164
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