Dr Kris Nowakowski

Cardiology Staff Specialist,
Clinical lead in Echocardiography
Canberra Hospital
Clinical Lecturer,
ANU Medical School
Cardiology Department, Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT 2605
 02 6244 2222





  • Cardiology


Dr Kris Nowakowski is a Cardiologist and internationally recognised Echocardiography Specialist with expertise in echocardiography, guidance of structural intervention and electrophysiology procedures, valvular heart disease, heart failure, sports and preventative cardiology and cardio-oncology.

He finished secondary school at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, where he was awarded the prize for Dux of School and an Australian Student Prize. He undertook his medical degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2001.

Dr Nowakowski embarked on basic physician training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, where he also started his cardiology training. Attracted to the leading cardiothoracic hospital in Australia, he completed advanced cardiology training at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, where he also gained fellowship experience in general cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac catheterisation. He was recognised as a CT Coronary Angiogram specialist and commenced a cardiac imaging fellowship, focusing on stress echocardiography.

To further develop his skills in echocardiography, Dr Nowakowski travelled to Canada to undertake an advanced echocardiography fellowship at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, a world-renowned centre for heart valve innovation. His focus was in the trans-oesophageal echo guidance of structural heart disease intervention and electrophysiology procedures and stress echocardiography. He was part of the team that guided the first two ‘in-man’ percutaneous mitral valve replacements as well as almost 100 transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR).

In 2014, Dr Nowakowski accepted a position as clinical lead of echocardiography at The Canberra Hospital, where he currently works as a staff specialist. Here, he introduced the use of contrast and strain, 3D transoesophageal, and exercise and dobutisine stress echocardiography.

Dr Nowakowski is dedicated to practising cardiology according to world's best practice and international guidelines. He attends several national and international conferences every year, and undertakes a rigorous self-education process. In 2016, he was awarded special competence in adult echocardiography by the Iserican National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr Nowakowski is also committed to ongoing teaching and research. His work has been published in international and national journals and he has given oral presentations at international and national meetings. He has an active role in the teaching and mentoring of cardiology trainees and junior doctors, as a clinical lecturer at the Australian National University.

Dr Nowakowski consults and performs procedures in his private rooms at the Canberra Heart Clinic, National Capital Private Hospital and The Canberra Hospital.




Research interests

  • The athlete's heart
  • Exercise stress echocardiography
  • Cardio-oncology

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