Mr. Chris Merry is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Murdoch and Subiaco and The Mount Private Hospital. He holds a fellowship from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Cardiothoracic surgery. In addition, he is Supervisor of Surgical Training at Fiona Stanley, and holds the position of senior lecturer at Notre Dame University and Murdoch University.
Cardiac surgery interests:
Heart transplantation and LVAD insertion, Mitral valve repair, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, aortic valve replacement, heart valve repair, atrial fibrillation surgery, arterial coronary revascularisation, aortic procedures.
Thoracic surgery interests:
All aspects of lung cancer surgery, particularly minimally invasive lung resection. In advanced lung disease surgery, Mr Merry performs the majority of lung transplantation surgery in Western Australia.
Education and Training:
A Melbourne native and graduate of Melbourne University, Mr. Merry completed his post graduate training at St Vincent’s hospital, the Alfred Hospital, where he specialised in heart and lung transplantation and the Royal Children’s Hospital. He then undertook a fellowship in Aortic surgery at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne under the directorship of Mr George Matalanis, the most experienced aortic surgeon in Australia. Mr. Merry has recently completed a Masters in Health and Medical Law at Melbourne University.
He has also completed a number of post graduate courses and workshops in minimally invasive lung surgery, minimally invasive aortic surgery and minimally invasive mitral valve surgery in the United States and Europe.
He is currently undertaking a Masters Degree from Melbourne University in Health and Medical Law.
Publications and Speaking:
Mr. Merry is a recognized expert in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung transplantation and in the study and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. He has been instrumental in the development of new, less invasive treatment approaches for patients with lung cancer and atrial fibrillation. Mr Merry regularly contributes to and presents at national and international conferences and recently convened the Cardiothoracic section of the RACS national conference. He is often invited to give lectures for nursing staff and at conferences on Aortic Surgery, LVAD implantation and lung cancer surgery.
Mr Merry is a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons. He is the Cardiothoracic representative on the West Australian RACS committee and sits on the International registry of Mechanical Circulatory support devices.
Mr Merry was the youngest Vice President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and continued in that role for ten years, for which he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the AMA. He currently the Younger Fellows representative for Western Australia and is the Cardiothoracic representative on the Western Australian AMA.
Mr Merry’s primary concern is both the physical and psychological well being of his patients and has a strong interest in ensuring that patients are well informed and comfortable with all treatment plans. He believes in forming a partnership with patients and their carers which has been shown to improve post operative results.
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