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Associate Professor Rachael Cordina is a clinical academic cardiologist with a special interest in adult congenital heart disease as well as maternal cardiology, exercise physiology, Indigenous health and pulmonary hypertension. Her studies began in 2002 at the University of New South Wales, after which she undertook medical and cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she was awarded a FRACP in 2009. For her PhD research ‘Studying important pathophysiology in adults with congenital heart disease’, Assoc Prof Cordina won the Young Investigator Award from the Cardiovascular Disease in the Young Council at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (2012), as well as the Peter Bancroft Prize for outstanding thesis from The University of Sydney.

Assoc Prof Cordina spent two years in postdoctoral training as Clinical Fellow in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Maternal Cardiology at the Heart Hospital, University College, London and as Adult Congenital Heart Disease Echocardiography Fellow at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London. She has also completed her Accreditation in Congenital Heart Disease Echocardiography through the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

Current appointments

Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Consultant Cardiologist at the Aboriginal Health Service in Redfern

Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry

Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney

Founder of Congenital Heart Outreach Clinics (Nowra, Port Macquarie, Canberra and Orange)