Dr James Leitch

Dr James Leitch

MB. BS. FRACP

James (Jim) Leitch was born and raised in Armidale NSW. He studied medicine at Sydney University and completed medical internship, residency and general medical training at Royal Newcastle Hospital. Specialty cardiology training was performed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and subspecialty training in cardiac arrhythmia treatment in London, Ontario Canada under the mentorship of George Klein. He is an author of more than 81 peer reviewed articles/book chapters and is a clinical associate professor at Newcastle University. He has worked as volunteer proctor for cardiac procedures in New Zealand, India, Vietnam and Myanmar. Currently he is head of the cardiology department at John Hunter Hospital. He performs catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias and pacemaker and defibrillation implantation at John Hunter Hospital and at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital in Newcastle and provides clinical cardiology consultations at Hunter Heart.

Dr Suku Thambar

MB. BS. FRACP

Dr Suku Thambar undertook his specialist training in cardiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, USA. He has since lived in the Hunter region where he practices as an interventional cardiologist in the private and public sectors. Dr Thambar is a Visiting Medical Officer at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, Newcastle Private Hospital and Mayo Private Hospital. He holds a conjoint appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital and Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle.

Dr Thambar is an active clinical researcher who acknowledges the significance of research in contributing to the advancement of cardiology. His major research interests are the use of adult stem cells in the management of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases, and the emerging technology of renal artery denervation using catheter-based radio frequency ablation to manage conditions such as resistant hypertension and heart failure.

Dr Jonathan Silberberg

Dr Jonathan Silberberg

M.B.B.Ch. M.Sc. Ph.D. F.R.A.C.P.

Dr Silberberg is a general cardiologist. He graduated in Medicine in South Africa in 1978 and undertook specialist training in Australia, with FRACP in 1986. He obtained MSc in Epidemiology at McGill in 1989 and joined the University of Newcastle in 1989, completing PhD in 1998. He was among the first group of cardiologists appointed to John Hunter Hospital. His areas of interest are familial heart disease and lipid disorders. He is active in medical student and junior doctor education and is on the Examination Committee for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has authored a web-based series of cardiology tutorials in 3-min cartoon format, see www.profmontage.com.au Dr Silberberg is on the on-call roster for general cardiology at John Hunter and Belmont Hospitals and attends various specialty clinics.

Dr Nick Jackson

BMedSc. MB. BS. FRACP

Dr Nick Jackson was born and raised in Hobart and studied medicine at the University of Tasmania. Following medical school he moved to Newcastle where he completed his training in cardiology before undertaking fellowships in cardiac electrophysiology in Newcastle, Australia and at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada. During this time he has authored over twenty peer reviewed articles and book chapters, including work on ventricular fibrillation in explanted human hearts, renal denervation for treating post infarction ventricular arrhythmias and new mapping techniques for ventricular tachycardia ablation.

Dr Jackson is a conjoint lecturer with the University of Newcastle, a staff specialist at John Hunter Hospital and works in private practice to perform ablations for simple and complex cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac electronic device implantations and extractions. He had worked as a volunteer proctor in Myanmar performing catheter ablations and when not working he enjoys hobbies such as surfing and hiking and spending time with his family.

Dr Ruba Haddad

MBBS, FRACP

Dr Ruba Haddad is a clinical cardiologist and advanced heart failure and transplantation specialist. After obtaining her cardiology fellowship from Hunter New England Health, she pursued an electrophysiology and pacing fellowship followed by clinical genetics training with a focus on inherited arrhythmia. Dr Haddad then pursed a 2 year clinical/research fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation and training in inherited arrhythmia at The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which is Canada’s largest and foremost cardiovascular health center with world class patients’ care. During her time in Canada she also gained extensive experience in pulmonary hypertension which led to a number of publications in international journals.

Particular interests include advanced heart failure and transplantation, performing right heart catheterization, endomyocardial biopsies and exercise stress tests, pulmonary hypertension, familial cadiomyopathies and inherited arrhythmias.

Our Support Staff

Hunter Hearts doctors are assisted by our wonderful support staff, Carol, Donna, Helen, Kathy, Margo and Rhonda.