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Cardiologist at Westmead Hospital; Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney

Biographical details
Dr. Clara Chow is a cardiologist at Westmead Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She is the Academic Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) and holds honorary posts as the Program Director of Community Based Cardiac Services at Westmead Hospital, Academic co-Director of the Charles Perkins Centre Westmead (2016), co-lead of the Cardiovascular stream of Sydney Health Partners and Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute. In the community, she is a member of PBAC and is on the Board and Honorary Secretary of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
She has a PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia in cardiovascular epidemiology and international public Health and a Postdoc from McMaster University, Canada in clinical trials and cardiac imaging. She is a NHMRC / National Heart Foundation Career Development Fellow and a Sydney Medical School Foundation Chapman Fellow. Her principal clinical interests are in cardiac imaging particularly cardiac CT and echo. The main focus of her research is cardiovascular disease prevention.

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Research interests
Dr Clara Chow’s principal research interests are in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention both in Australia and globally. She is particularly interested in frugal innovation with clinical and public health approaches. She leads a number of studies in Australia and overseas that extend from observational studies of cardiovascular disease determinants to clinical trials of simple interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease. She has an active and growing program in E-health, particularly M-health. She has worked in CVD prevention in low-income countries, such as India. She also has an interest in improving the management of those at high risk of CVD e.g. in Cardiovascular disease secondary prevention, patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery and populations with a family history of premature coronary disease.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, University of Sydney


  • 2008 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1997 
    University of Sydney, MBBS