Biography

Dr Michael Rowland is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and TAVI Practitioner at the University Hospital Geelong. He particularly specialises in adult Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery and has a strong interest in aortic and mitral valve surgery, coronary bypass surgery and acquired lung disease.

After completing his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of New South Wales in 1987, Dr Rowland began his training at St Vincent’s Hospital (SVH) in Sydney. He spent seven years advancing his experience in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation at SVH and was awarded his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1996. During this time, he also completed two years at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne as a Post-Graduate Research Fellow with a special interest into the effects of ageing on the heart. He continued to advance his training at the Austin Repatriation Medical Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) and Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Additionally, he studied overseas at Cambridge University’s Papworth Hospital as a Specialist Registrar before returning to Melbourne in 1998. Dr Rowland began consulting as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Private Hospital, Epworth Hospital, and Cabrini Hospital from 1998 to 2001. Following this, he worked as a VMO Thoracic Surgeon and Head of Unit at the Northern Hospital for the past 8 years. He worked as a Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon at The Alfred Hospital for 10 years and continued to consult as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Cabrini Hospital from 1998 to the present.

Dr Rowland has continued to advance his learning and is currently completing his Bachelor of Engineering, Robotics, and Mechatronics (Honours) at the Swinburne University. He has greatly contributed to many publications and presentations, committees and associations. Most recently, he was the elected Vice President of the Australasian Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (2010) and ASCTS Representative to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2010).

Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • General Cardiology
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Surgery
  • Valve Surgery
Conditions Treated
  • Aortic Stenosis

Experience

  • Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon
    The Alfred Hospital 2001-2011
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Carbini Hospital 1998-2019
  • VMO Thoracic Surgeon
    Northern Hospital 2001-2019
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Royal Melbourne Hospital 1998 - 2001
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Melbourne Private Hospital 1998 - 2001
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Hospital 1998 - 2001

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • 2010

    ASCTS Representative to Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • 2010

    Member of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • 2010

    Vice President Australasian Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • 2008-2011

    Chairman's Representative to all 9 Specialty Divisions on Board of Surgical Education and Training RACS

  • 2006 - 2011

    Deputy Chairman Board of Studies Cardiothoracic Section RACS

  • 2002 - 2006

    Younger Fellows Representative Cardiothoracic Board of Studies RACS

  • 2002 - 2006

    Education Committee ASCTS

  • 2002 - Present

    Head of Thoracic Surgery, Northern Hospital

  • 2002

    Cardiothoracic Scientific Convenor RACS ASC Melbourne 2004

  • 2001 - 2004

    RACS Surgical Mentor for BST Trainees

  • 2001 - 2003

    Younger Fellows Representative Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCTS) Council

  • 2001 - 2003

    Alfred Representative Victorian Cardiac Surgery Database Sterring Committee (ASCTS)

  • 2001 - 2006

    Victorian AMA Senior Salaried Medical Officers Representative

  • 1999 - 2001

    Royal Melbourne Hospital Surgical Audit Committee

Awards
  • 1999

    Younger Fellows Conference, Auckland

  • 1998

    RACS Foundation Travelling Fellowship

  • 1995

    Tag Medical Prize for Best Surgical Research Paper, Inter-ASC RACS Cardiothoracic Section Noosa

  • 1995

    Albert Starr Visiting Surgeon Scholarship

  • 1995

    National Heart Foundation of Australia Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship

  • 1994

    Tag Medical Prize for Best Surgical Research Paper, Inter-ACS RACS Cardiothoracic Section

  • 1994

    George Stirling Research Scholarship

  • 1994

    St. Jude Medical/Getz Bros. Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

Research & Publications

Publications

1. MA Rowland, R Rae, P Van Gelderen, Intraperitoneal gallstone related sinus formation following laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Aust. N.Z.J.Surg (1993) 63 (2):150-1.

2. MA Rowland, FL Rosenfeldt, P Nagley, AW Linnane, Sensitivity of the Senescent Myocardium to ischaemia (abstract), Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (1995)27(8), A484

3. MA Rowland, FL Rosenfeldt, Cardiac Surgery in Australia: The National Heart Foundation of Australia Registry, Asia Pacific J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg; (1994)3(2);86-90

4. MA Rowland, FL Rosenfeldt, P Nagley, AW Linnane, Sensitivity of Senescent Rat Myocardium to Ischaemia and Aerobic Stress (abstract), Asia Pacific J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg; (1995)4(1), 39

5. MA Rowland, P Nagley, AW Linnane, FL Rosenfeldt, Coenzyme Q10 treatment improves the tolerance of the senescent myocardium to pacing stress in the rat. Cardiovascular Research; (1990)40(1), 165-173

6. MA Rowland, FL Rosenfeldt, P Nagley, AW Linnane, Sensitivity of Senescent Rat Myocardium to Ischaemic and Aerobic Stresses (abstract), AUst. NZ J. Med. (1995) 25 (5); 635

7. Rosenfeldt FL, Pepe S, Ou R, Mariani JA, Rowland MA, Nagley P, Linnane AW, Coenzyme Q10 improves the tolerance of the senescent myocardium to aerobic and ischaemic stress: studies in rats and in human artrial tissue. Biofactors. 1999; 9(2-4):291-9

8. J Mariani, R Ou, M Bailey, MA Rowland, P Nagley, FL Rosenfeldt, S Pepe, Tolerance to Ischaemia and Hypoxia is reduced in aged human myocardium, J Thorac and Cardiovasc Surg. 2000; 120: 660667

9. FL Rosenfeldt, S Pepe, A Linnane, P Nagley, M Rowland, R Ou, S Marasco, W Lyon, D Esmore; Coenzyme Q10 protect the ageing heart against stress: Studies in rats, human tissues and patients. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Apr; 959:355-9; discussion 463-5.

10. FL Rosenfeldt, S Pepe, A Linnane, P Nagley, M Rowland, R Ou, S Marasco, W Lyon. The effects of ageing on the response to cardiac surgery: protective strategies for the ageing myocardium. Biogerentology 3:37-40, 2002.

11. J Tatoulis, A Royse, B Buston, J Fuller, P Skillington, J Goldblatt, R Brown, MA Rowland. The radial artery in coronary surgery: A 5-year experience-Clinical and angiographic results. Ann Thorac Surg 2002; 73:143-148.

12. Andrew E. Newcomb, Michael A. Rowland. Nontraumatic localized dehiscence of the proximal ascending aorta through an aortic valve commissure. Ann Thorac Surg 2004; 78:321-323

13. Takahiro Oto, Franklin Rosenfeldt, Michael Rowland, Adrian Pick, Marc Rabinov, Arthur Prevolos, Gregory Snell, Trevor Williams, and Donald Esmore.Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation after Lung Transplantation: Evolving Technique. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004; 78: 1230-1235.

14. Donald Esmore, David Kaye, Robert Salamonsen, Mark Buckland, Michael Rowland, Justin Negri, John Woodard, John Begg, Peter Ayre, and Franklin Rosenfeldt. First Clinical Implant of the Ventrassist Left Ventricular Assist System as Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure. J Heart Lung Transplant 2005; 24:1150-4.

15. Silvana Marasco, Donald Esmore, Justin Negri, Michael Rowland, Andrew Newcomb, Michael Bailey, Meroula Richardson, and Franklin Rosenfeldt. Early Institution of mechanical support improves outcomes in Primary Allograft Cardiac Failure. J Heart Lung Transplant 2005;24:20237-42.

16. Cheng-Hon Yap, Christopher Reid, Michael Yii, Michael Rowland, Morteza Mohakjeri, Peter Skillington, Siven Seevanayagam, Julian Smith. Validation fo the Euroscore model in Australia. Eur J Cardiothoracic Surg. 2006;29:441-446.

17. Anthony Hadj, Donald Esmore, Michael Rowland, Salvatore Pepe, Lawrence Schneider, Jeremy Lewin, Franklin Rosenfeldt. Preoperative preparation for Cardiac Surgery utilizing a combination of metabolic, physical and mental therapy. Heart Lung and Circulation 2006; 15:172-181.

18. Takahiro Oto, Michael Rowland, Anne P. Griffiths, Bronwyn J Levvey, Donald S. Esmore, Trevor J. Williams, Gregory I. Snell. Third-Time Lung Transplant Using Extended Criteria Lungs. Ann Thorac Surg 2007;84:642-644

19. O van den Brink, Michael Rowland, Silvana Marasco, Donald Esmore, Franklin Rosenfeldt. Complex regional pain syndrome and methionine-enkephalin. Clin Chem. 2006 Mar;52 (3)

20. Silvana Marasco, Donald Esmore, Meroula Richardson, Michael Bailey, Justin Negri, Michael Rowland, David Kaye, Peter Bergin. Prolonged cardiac allograft ischemic time–no impact on long-term survival but at what cost? Clin Transplant. 2007 May-Jun;21 (3):321-9.

21. Julian Gooi, Silvana Marasco, Donald Esmore, Michael Rowland, Justin Negri, Adrian Pick. Fast-track cardiac surgery: application in an Australian setting. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2007 Apr;15(2):139-43.

22. Takahiro Oto, Marc Rabinov, Justin Negri, Sivana Marasco, Michael Rowland, Adrian Pick, Greg Snell, Franklin Rosenfeldt, Donald Esmore. Techniques of reconstruction for inadequate donor left atrial cuff in lung transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Apr; 81(4):1199-204.

23. Chris Reid, Melinda Stockell, Peter Skillington, Gil Shardley, Julian Smith, Michael Yii, Siven Seevanayagam, Morteza Mohajeri, Michael Rowland. Inital twelve months experience and analysis for 2001-2002 from the Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons –Victorian database project. Heart Lung Circ. 2004 Sep;13(3):291-7.

24. Phuong L. Markman, Michael A Rowland, Jee-Yoong Leong, Juliana Van Der Merwe, Elsdon Storey, Silvana Marasco, Justin Negri, Michael Bailey, and Franklin L. Rosenfeldt Skeletonized internal thoracic artery harvesting reduces chest wall dysesthesia after coronary bypass surgery. J Thoracic Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 139: 674-9.

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Presentations

  • St Jude Mechanical Valve: The St Vincent’s Experience, Asia Pacific Symposium, St Jude Medical, Nappa Valley USA February 1991.
  • Routine Thoracic Epidural Analgeia after Lung Transplantation. ALA/ATS International Conference, Boston USA May 22-25. 1994
  • Native Lung Pathology after Single Lung Transplantation. ALA/ATS International Conference, Boston USA MAy 22-25 1994
  • Impact of Intraconazole on Aspergillosis after Lung Transplantation. ALA/ATS International Conference, Boston USA MAy 22-25 1994
  • Management of Airway Anastamotic Complications following Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation. ALA/ATS International Conference, Boston USA May 22-23 1994
  • Making Your Heart Younger, Victorian Medical Research Week, Melbourne, Australia Juen 1994
  • The Senescent Myocardium, Australasian Section of ISHR Adelaide, Australia August 1994
  • Tolerance of the Senescent Rat Myocardium to Ischaemic and Aerobic Stress, 10th Inter-Annual Scientific Congress Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Cardiothoracic Section, Surfer’s Paradise November 1994
  • Senescent Rat Myocardium. Invited speaker at Round Table Workshop at the opening of The Centre for Molecular Biology and Medicine, Monash University. Melbourne November 1994.
  • Tolerance of the Senescent rat myocardium to aerobic stress: Effect fo pre-treatment with Coenzyme Q10. Australasian Section of ISHR Canberra August 1995
  • Tolerance of the Senescent rat myocardium to ischaemic and aerobic stress, 43rd ASM Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand, Canberra August 1995
  • Tolerance of the Senescent rat myocardium to aerobic stress: Effect of pre-treatment with Coenzyme Q10. 11th Inter-Annual Scientific Congress Royal Australasian. College of Surgeons Cardiothoracic Section, Noosa November 1995.
  • The first 1000 VATS cases at the Austin Hospital. 12th Inter-Annual Scientific Congress Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Cardiothoracic Section, Noosa November 1996: Trainee lecture session.
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