Dr Nick Fisher
MBBS MRCP FRACP FC CANZ MD
Nick is the founder of Top of the South Cardiology and the cardiology department at Nelson Marlborough DHB. He was Head of department of cardiology from 2007- 2020 and the clinical director of the central cardiac network from 2015- 2021. His focus now is on growing and mentoring the growing multidisciplinary team in a distributed leadership model that focuses on patient care in an innovative and collegial way.
He is an experienced general and interventional cardiologist who practiced at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and North Hampshire hospital 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. Having joined the Royal Navy in 1990 he experienced military conflicts in the Falklands, Gulf and the Adriatic.
He has numerous publications based on his clinical experience and research and is the author of the cardiology textbook Frontline Cardiology. He is also the author of New Zealand's Expected Standards of access to secondary care document used by all DHBs.
Dr Tammy Pegg
MBChB (Honours) MRCP FRACP FC CANZ DPhil
Tammy is the head of Department at Nelson Marlborough cardiology department. She is a general cardiologist and a specialist 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
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 Kerryanne Johnson
MB ChB (UK), FRACP
Kerryanne is the clinical lead for the cardiac imaging service in Nelson Marlborough DHB. She is general cardiologist who specialises in a non-invasive imaging 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.
Cardiology Team Nelson
Cardiology Team Nelson
Cardiology Team Nelson
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.
DMU Senior Sonographer
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.
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.
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.