Dr Nick Fisher MBBS MRCP FRACP FC CANZ MD
Nick is the head and founder of the cardiology department for Nelson Marlborough DHB. He is an experienced interventional cardiologist who practiced at the Royal Brompton North Hampshire hospitals before his move from the Royal Navy to New Zealand in 2006 when as a Surgeon Commander he was the Cardiologist for Her Majesties Armed Forces.
He qualified from Charring Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1991, having already joined the Royal Navy in 1990. He experienced military conflicts in the Falklands, Gulf and the Adriatic.
His formal research was carried out in Virginia USA between 2000-2002 where he gained an MD in contrast echocardiography for which he was a finalist for the American Young Investigator of the Year award in 2002 and awarded the Gilbert Blaine award for excellence in research by the Royal College of Physicians in 2004. He has numerous publications based on his clinical experience and research and is the author of the cardiology text book Frontline Cardiology. He is also the author or New Zealand's Expected Standards of care document used by all DHBs.
He was involved in implementing North Hampshire Hospitals primary angioplasty programme and it was based on this experience that he accepted the challenge of starting New Zealand’s first public hospital angioplasty service outside of a cardiothoracic service here in Nelson.
He remains passionate about excellence in health care pathways and has been elected to sit on the cardiac society and chair the central cardiac network where he is striving to universal quality to New Zealand's cardiac patients.
Dr Tammy Pegg MBChB (Honours) MRCP FRACP FC CANZ DPhil
Tammy is a specialist cardiologist with an interest in Heart Failure and Non-invasive imaging including cardiac MRI. She graduated with honours from the University of Leeds in 2000. After house jobs, Tammy undertook basic medical training at the University of Manchester Hospitals and gained membership to the Royal College of Physicians in 2003.
In 2004 Tammy commenced advanced training in Cardiology in the Wessex Deanery. In 2005 she commenced a PhD in cardiac surgery at the University of Oxford, working with one of the UK’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons. Her work involved improving surgical techniques in patients with heart failure and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for the assessment of heart function and injury. In 2008 she was awarded her PhD and has been widely published in peer review cardiology journals. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Vivenne Thomas American Heart Association Young investigator of the year award and also the New Zealand Heart Foundation Young Investigator of the year.
Dr Daniel Garofalo FRACP
Daniel is a specialist in Electrophysiology (EP) which is a specialist of heart rhythm disorders and their treatment (catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators).
He has a joint appointment with Nelson Marlborough DHB and Cantebury DHB where he performs more complex EP procedures than are currently available in Nelson.
Originally from Uruguay, he moved to New Zealand in 2002 after University. He then trained in New Zealand completing advanced fellowship training in Auckland and then electrophysiology training at the Hospital Universitario La Paz, in Madrid, and to Hammersmith Hospital in London. He became Certified in Electrophysiology by the European Heart Rhythm Association in 2014 and undertook a final clinical fellowship year in Waikato Hospital before joining Nelson Marlborough and Top of the South Cardiology in 2015.
Dr Liam Hughes MD FRCP
Liam moved to Nelson from the UK in 2015 to join Nick in providing a world class interventional service for the local population. With over 30 years’ experience in cardiology he relished the opportunity to be part of the integrated care pathways pioneered by Nick and Tammy.
Having been a consultant cardiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Teaching Hospital for 23 years Liam was persuaded to make the move by not only the job but also the multiple lifestyle advantages of living with his family in such a beautiful place.
Liam brings a wealth of experience across the whole spectrum of cardiology. His main interest is coronary disease and he has performed 20,000 invasive cardiac procedures including 8,000 angioplasties.
His other interest is sports medicine and he has been the cardiologist to many sports clubs including English Premier League football and rugby clubs.
Liam trained at Guy’s Hospital London qualifying in 1980, and gained the MRCP in 1983 and a doctoral MD thesis in 1989. He has over 40 publications in major journals including the British Medical Journal and New England Journal of Medicine.
Liam has enjoyed sport throughout his life including cricket at Surrey CCC and rugby at Bath and was fortunate to play for representative and international sides at school. In 2007 as a fundraising enterprise he rowed the Atlantic in a world record time (33 days). He still enjoys sport either watching his 2 sons at Nelson College or playing cricket for Wakatu.
Dr Kerryanne Johnson MB ChB (UK), FRACP
Kerryanne is a non-invasive imaging cardiologist with particular interest in 3D Transoesophageal echocardiography and valvular heart disease.
She initially worked in the UK after graduating from Dundee Medical school, prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2007. After completing her cardiology training at Tauranga and Auckland City Hospitals she returned temporarily to the UK, after being awarded an overseas fellowship from the New Zealand Heart Foundation, to complete a non-invasive multi-modality imaging fellowship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Here she worked alongside world leaders in cardiac MRI and underwent subspecialty in CT Coronary angiography, Cardiac MRI and advanced echocardiography.
Kerry returned to New Zealand to join the Nelson Marlborough Cardiology team in 2017 where she has gone on to set up and lead the CT coronary angiography service and introduce contrast echocardiography.
She is also a New Zealand Resuscitation council CORE (Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care) instructor, providing advanced resuscitation training to health professionals and is passionate about maintaining resuscitation skills and providing simulation training within the Nelson Marlborough DHB.
Kate Fisher BA (Hons) PGCE
Practice manager (and Nicks mum!)
Kate is the matriarch of the practice and often the first point of contact you will have. With a background in nursing she is well versed with cardiac problems and will guide you smoothly through the consultation investigation and follow up process
Debbie is often the first friendly face that will greet you for your treadmill test. With years of experience she will confidently make sure that the test provides the information that the Doctors are looking for.
Steve White DMU
With over 20 years of experience Steve is one of NZ most experienced and respected sonographers. He will be performing your echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram
Tracy has been a fully qualified nurse before training as a technologist. She is involved in treadmill testing and also the analysis of all the ECG monitors.