Dr John Younger is a clinical cardiologist and Advanced Cardiac Imaging Specialist. He specialises in cardiac imaging, particularly cardiac CT and cardiac MRI, but also transthoracic, transoesophageal and stress echocardiography. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, and has acted as the scientific coordinator for several national meetings including CSANZ scientific sessions.
He graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast before moving to Australia in 1997. He completed physician and cardiology training in Newcastle, NSW, before returning to the UK for 4 years further cardiology training. This included working with one of the first cardiac CT scanners installed in the UK and a mini-fellowship in Erlangen, Germany, to gain further expertise in the technique.
He undertook a 2 year fellowship in cardiac MRI at British Heart Foundation Cardiac MRI Centre, in Leeds University, UK, where he contributed to the landmark CEMARC trial of MRI stress perfusion. Returning to Australia in 2007 he established the cardiac CT and cardiac MRI programs at RBWH (in conjunction with the Medical Imaging Dept.). John was the clinical lead in echocardiography and cardiac imaging at RBWH until 2017. He developed St Andrews Hospital Cardiac CT service, including a novel scan protocol for TAVI imaging, and now leads cardiac imaging at River City Hospital.
John is very active in CT education and organised Australia’s first radiographer training course for cardiac CT (in 2010) and he has taught on CT angiography courses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Singapore. His research has been published in a variety of medical journals including The BMJ, Lancet and Heart.
He is a Cardiac Society representative on the Australia and New Zealand Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of training in CT Coronary Angiography, which accredits practitioners in the region and he has co-authored both the recent CSANZ Position Statement on Calcium Scoring and Cardiac MRI training guidelines.
Dr Younger is a private consultant at CVC CardioVascular Clinics St Andrew’s Private Hospital Spring Hill, and holds a public consulting position at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland.