Professor David Playford
MBBS, PhD, FRACP
David is Professor of Cardiology in the School of Medicine in Fremantle. He completed his medical degree in WA before doing his initial training in general medicine followed by cardiology at RPH. He has a PhD from University of Western Australia, in vascular function and diabetes, and a fellowship in echocardiography from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently Professor of Cardiology at the Mount Hospital in Perth.
He has been a founder and managing director of several companies including a private cardiology practice, a sleep disorders clinic, and a vascular practice. He is on several national boards, has acted as advisor for the WA Health Department.
David combines his clinical work with both enthusiastic teaching and active research program. He is coordinator of the cardiovascular teaching and founded the cardiovascular living anatomy program which received a Vice Chancellor's award for teaching. His main research interests are pulmonary hypertension and echocardiography in which he has over 36 publications. Much of his current research interests centre around a newly developed National Echo Database Australia (NEDA) which, with more than 900,000 records, is already the largest echo database in the world. This resource will enable his research team, including several HDR students, to answer a series of important questions on heart disease.