Canberra Cardiologist & Echocardiography Specialist

Dr Kris Nowakowski | Canberra Cardiologist & Echocardiography (Echo) Specialist

Dr Kris Nowakowski is a clinical cardiologist and internationally recognised echocardiography (echo) specialist at the National Capital Private Hospital and The Canberra Hospital. He has been awarded special competence in echocardiography by the American Board of Echocardiography and manages patients according to world's best practice.


Dr Kris Nowakowski


Thank you for your interest in my website. I am 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.

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

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

To further develop my skills in echocardiography, I travelled to Canada to undertake an advanced echocardiography fellowship at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, a world-renowned centre for heart valve innovation. My focus was in the trans-oesophageal echo guidance of structural heart disease intervention and electrophysiology procedures and stress echocardiography. I 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).

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

I am dedicated to practising cardiology according to world's best practice and international guidelines. I attend several national and international conferences every year, and undertake a rigorous self-education program. I was awarded with special competence, comprehensive certification and Diplomate in echocardiography by the American National Board of Echocardiography. I have been accepted as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography in recognition of my expertise and extraordinary commitment to cardiovascular ultrasound.  

I am also committed to ongoing teaching and research. My work has been published in international and national journals and I have given oral presentations at international and national meetings. I have an active role in the teaching and mentoring of cardiology trainees and junior doctors, as a clinical lecturer at the Australian National University.

I consult and perform procedures in my private rooms at the Canberra Heart Clinic, National Capital Private Hospital and The Canberra Hospital.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and son, as well as cycling, skiing, landscape photography, practising yoga and trying to perfect the art of making coffee.

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