Dr Kris Nowakowski completed secondary school at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, where he was awarded the prize for Dux of School.
He undertook his medical degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2001.
He moved to Sydney to undertake basic physician training at the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he also commenced his advanced cardiology training. He completed cardiology training at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, where he gained further fellowship experience in general, electrophysiological and interventional cardiology. He then commenced a cardiac imaging fellowship under the guidance of Dr Darryl Burstow, specialising in stress echocardiography.
Dr Nowakowski moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2013 to complete an advanced echocardiography fellowship, specialising in trans-oesophageal guidance of structural heart disease intervention, in the Centre for Valvular Innovation at St. Paul's Hospital. He was part of the team that guided the first two in-man percutaneous mitral valve replacements, as well as almost one hundred 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 full-time staff specialist, in addition to private consulting and procedural work.
Dr Nowakowski is dedicated to practising cardiology according to international guidelines. He attends several national and international conferences every year, and undertakes a rigorous self-education program. In 2016, he sat the American National Board of Echocardiography's examination of special competence in adult echocardiography, scoring in the 85th percentile.
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.
- The athlete's heart
- Exercise stress echocardiography