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Dr Elizabeth Paratz

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Dr Elizabeth Paratz is Team Leader at the HEART Laboratory at St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, joining the Institute’s Professor André La Gerche.

Dr Paratz completed a PhD in cardiac arrest at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in 2023, receiving the Paul Korner PhD Medal for best PhD thesis. During her medical and cardiology training, she undertook additional studies at Imperial College London (2007-08, laboratory-based research in pulmonary hypertension), Harvard University (2015-16, biostatistics and epidemiology), and a cardiac imaging fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in 2024.

In 2023, Dr Paratz was selected as one of 25 Emerging Leaders globally by the World Heart Federation.

Her research centres around cardiac arrest, rheumatic heart disease, global health, digital innovations, and big data analysis. She has 85 publications, is an Associate Editor on multiple international journals, and has attracted >$1 million in competitive funding.

Dr Paratz has constructed the largest comprehensively adjudicated database of sudden cardiac arrest globally and sits on the Steering Committee of the National Echo Database and the governmental National Digital Health Advisory Committee.

She is also Deputy Medical Director of the East Timor Hearts Fund, travelling to Timor-Leste regularly to provide volunteer cardiac services. She sits on the National Rheumatic Heart Disease Committee and is a co-investigator in a trial into digital wearable devices to augment the detection of arrhythmias in people living with rheumatic heart disease in Kano, Nigeria.

Dr Paratz is one of just a few Designated Aviation Cardiologists in Australia, and a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). She regularly provides cardiology aviation expert assessments and opinions, as well as piloting research insights in aviation cardiology.

Dr Elizabeth Paratz

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - The Home of Heart Research for 30 Years