Special clinical interest in assessment of ischemia, structural heart disease and coronary revascularisation
Dr Gerald Yong is an interventional cardiologist who has an interest in structural heart and obstructive coronary conditions, as well as general cardiology patients. He is a leading expert in the latest advances in minimally invasive treatment of heart valves or structural diseases (instead of open-heart surgery). These include transcatheter valve replacements, valvuloplasties, and closure of various defects in the heart (ASD, VSD, PDA) and closure of leaks around prosthetic heart valves. He also has special interest in complex and high risk coronary interventions including chronic total occlusions.
He performed the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI, which is replacement of the aortic heart valve with an artificial valve without open surgery) in Western Australia in 2009. He is frequently asked to proctor and train new operators in Australia and Asia.
Gerald graduated medicine with honours from the University of Western Australia. He completed general cardiology training and a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital. He then completed super-speciality training in Structural Cardiac Interventions at Evanston Hospital, Chicago and at the Montreal Heart Institute, Canada. He has been involved in numerous national and international research studies, particular in TAVI and structural heart disease. He is widely published and has been an invited faculty member and presenter in many international meetings.
Gerald is a consultant interventional cardiologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), Royal Pert Hospital, Mount Hospital and St John of God Hospital Murdoch. He is the head of structural heart intervention at FSH and the interventional head of the High Risk Aortic Stenosis and TAVI programme at FSH. He participates in the on-call roster for general cardiology and acute angioplasty at FSH and RPH.
Dr Yong combines his keen interest in the development of cardiac prostheses and non-surgical solutions with a strong sense of duty toward the public health system. He combines his expertise in cardiac intervention always with the aim to also optimise the medical management of all his patients. He prioritises access for patients into his practice ensuring minimal delays for assessment and review.